InstaPocalyptic One-Party State?

One of the most fascinating bloggers I've had the fortune to read, David Neiwert -- a guy I really hope is engaged in satire (although I've been disappointed before) -- accuses Glenn Reynolds of unleashing a massive compaign of intimidation, the goal of which is the creation of a one-party state:

But led by the Drudge Report and a number of [NOTE: InstaPundit link] prominent right-wing bloggers, the right has again unleashed one of its massive intimidation campaigns aimed at forcing ABC News to toe the conservative-movement line, in much the way that Landay described in his Media Transparency piece:
The apparat's media-attack organizations are charged with keeping journalists in line, mobilizing the base to wage harassment campaigns against media organizations and reporters they dub as too "liberal." Journalists who dare criticize the Administration are priority targets for abuse. For that reason, among others, Americans learn almost nothing from mainstream media about the apparat, whose media-attack operations effectively silenced Hillary Clinton's charges of a "vast right-wing conspiracy" operating against her husband's administration.
Wow! No wonder I never heard of the vast right wing conspiracy! Not only did the rightist apparatchiks stop Hillary dead in her tracks, but apparently, they have now charged Glenn Reynolds with the task of making the media toe the conservative line, towards of course the ultimate goal: establishing a ONE PARTY STATE!

Whew! This is almost too much to process all at once. My limited mind just can't quite grasp the full enormity of this very serious situation.

There's much more, and it's... well, all part and parcel of a larger war. Something truly big:

.....what it most closely resembles, in fact, is a program of psychological warfare, waged not against opposing nations but the American populace itself.
I am sure it will come as news to many that the mild-mannered law professor is a key player in the rise of one-party-state pseudofascism, and is charged with waging psychological warfare against.... the American populace itself!

Why, up until today, I swear, the man had me completely fooled. I believed his slick doubletalk about supporting gay rights, legalized drugs, stem-cell research, and abortion rights! I even believed him when he said he was a registered Democrat. And a libertarian!

Why, I was even dumb enough to fall for the cute picture of him wearing the "I had an abortion" T-shirt! I now see that this --


GlennAbort.jpg

-- was not the real Glenn Reynolds.

It all figures, in a way....

"Crushing of dissent" has long been one of the favorite phrases used by Glenn Reynolds to ridicule the left.... Obviously, he's doing what the other pseudo-fascists do when they accuse others of being fascists:

When confronted with eliminationist fantasies like Limbaugh's, mainstream conservatives are quick to say that it's just intended as humor. (As though suggesting we eliminate about half the country were something to joke about.)
It's all a diversionary tactic, and now that things are getting clear. I'm starting to -- what's the expression? CONNECT THE DOTS!

I see the future now, and it's a very scary picture!

glenno e benito01.jpg

It wasn't as if we weren't warned.

It's too late to escape the rise of eliminationist fantasies! I can almost hear them now, the horrid marching slogans of the sinister Blogfuhrer's pseudofascist one-party pseudolibertarianism....

"Ein volk, Ayn Rand, Ein Fuhrer!"


UPDATE: Speaking of connecting the dots, Howard Kurtz has uncovered (via Tony Pierce) a very damning quote, which shows what's really on Glenn Reynolds' mind:

I'm not interested in being anything more than a tool for the right and an echo of their propaganda.
This damning admission I found via Glenn Reynolds himself. Frankly, I am amazed that he would dare to publicly reveal the inner workings of his eliminationist strategy!

MORE: One-party rule seems to be catching on among Democrats. Jeff Jarvis has endorsed Glenn Reynolds for Fuhrer President! As for Reynolds, he's promised to appoint another one-party statist, Eugene Volokh, to the Supreme Court.

Hey, someone has to sound the alarm!

MORE: I believe in promoting fairness, satire, and goodwill to the extent I can. (I also have a very liberal blogroll policy.) Conscience therefore dictates that I blogroll Mr. Neiwert -- just as I blogrolled Mr. Veit. While these two bloggers appear to have vastly different philosophies, to the extent that their work approaches satire, they might be analogous to being fellow travelers. Besides, I've linked both repeatedly, so I have to be symmetrically consistent.

AND MORE: Strongman Reynolds now dangles new InstaClues about what he would do if the vast power grab he's contemplating manages to succeed: appointing Randy Barnett "as an Associate Justice" to the Supreme Court! Wow! Does that mean Barnett's a fascist too? Never woulda known.

You can't be too careful!


MORE: Wow! An InstaLanche -- with an admission that "THE TRUTH IS OUT!"

While there's no escaping these dark truths that must be told, I nonetheless warmly welcome all new readers! (Ve know you haf relatifs in Visconsin!)

Lingering question: can Glenn Reynolds really make the trains run on time?

UPDATE: David Neiwert has replied to this post and my answer is here.

MORE: Seriously, folks, electing Glenn Reynolds? An old idea, really. Jay Solo has more. Come to think of it, I signed onto the idea myself (before I knew the truth, of course....)

posted by Eric on 10.19.04 at 06:06 PM










Comments

Some people, however, say that Glenn's website is silly. Indeed.

bink   ·  October 20, 2004 2:36 PM

Silly? Indeed NOT!

Better not make such a remark about anything here!

;)

Eric Scheie   ·  October 20, 2004 2:46 PM

Yes, well ... But look at it this way. It's really hard to criticize Glenn, because his posts are so short. What is there to criticize? He links to an article, says something vague ... and then ends it with "Ha" or "Indeed." At least here, I get a bit of text with my Conservatism. And who doesn't like to read?

bink   ·  October 20, 2004 5:47 PM

Read the whole thing.

Heh.

Eric Scheie   ·  October 20, 2004 8:56 PM

Indeed. That was a good post from Glenn. And a good reminder.

bink   ·  October 21, 2004 2:08 PM

That's OK Glenn. They all suffer from this: http://home.comcast.net/~g2f/. The "Ein volk, Ayn Rand, Ein Fuhrer!" is priceless.

Glenn L.

Glenn L.   ·  October 22, 2004 10:36 AM

I for one welcome our InstaMasters.

Mitch   ·  October 22, 2004 10:46 AM

Ever since Neiwert accused me of having Nazi sympathies because I posted a cartoon of a U.S. soldier being stabbed in the back by "peace" activists, I've lost insterest in his schtick.

I imagine that if I next said I was a vegetarian, loved dogs, and was a frustrated art student, he's be even more convinced. %-)

Dean Esmay   ·  October 22, 2004 10:48 AM

again proving conservatives are not funny people.

Your satirical/sardomic look at the charge that the right is an organized dissent-silencing machine was not only lame but on a serious note, dead wrong.

Get over it. You're in an organized, hateful, dissent-silencing party whose minions will follow the party line like lemmings, and this year the party line is Iraq. Reynolds and the rest of you are following the leadership on Iraq like the little foot soldiers you are.

1. You're both hacks.
2. Stop trying to be funny, you're not.
3. Anyone who doesn't think the repubs actually want a one party state is clearly not familiar with Karl Rove or even Tom DeLay, and in that case, you don't deserve to even have this blog. Quit now.

candyyams   ·  October 22, 2004 10:57 AM

Where would Rove and DeLay get their money were this a one party state? I doubt they'd trade in the lobbyist goodies for plain old tax dollars...

Tim   ·  October 22, 2004 10:59 AM

You're in an organized, hateful, dissent-silencing party whose minions will follow the party line like lemmings, and this year the party line is Iraq.

Release the hounds!

skipkent   ·  October 22, 2004 11:06 AM

Hahahaha, poor candyyams.

Stankleberry   ·  October 22, 2004 11:14 AM

"Your satirical/sardomic look at the charge that the right is an organized dissent-silencing machine was not only lame but on a serious note, dead wrong.

2. Stop trying to be funny, you're not."

Uh, who's the one lacking in a sense of humor here? You been drinking Neiwert's Koolaid?

Shana Barrow   ·  October 22, 2004 11:14 AM

"..You're in an organized, hateful, dissent-silencing party whose minions will follow the party line like lemmings..."

just a minute - I couldn't hear you - I have to go tell the "Democrats for Life" that are protesting outside to quiet down -

trappedinmn   ·  October 22, 2004 11:17 AM


ROTFLMAO!

My god, the Left in this country is SO utterly pathetic!

Makes you wonder why the Democrats still exists as a political party.... Who in the hell would still vote for these clowns?

Joanna   ·  October 22, 2004 11:17 AM

Candy,

Mary Cheney is a lesbian.

I thought you might want to know.

John Kerry.

John Kerry   ·  October 22, 2004 11:18 AM

..I have got to second the comment about the "Ein Volk" line; that one ALONE was worth my ISP fees for the year.

Best regards,
Mike Kozlowski

Mike Kozlowski   ·  October 22, 2004 11:19 AM

I knew there was something about that guy I didn't like. Maybe it was the hint of Mussolini scent that lingers.

And to think I blogrolled that guy...

Lockjaw the Ogre   ·  October 22, 2004 11:22 AM


"Ein volk, Ayn Rand, Ein Fuhrer, Einstapundit!"

Buddy Larsen   ·  October 22, 2004 11:25 AM

Mr. Niewert: Pot, meet kettle. Amazing how easy it is to see the mote in the other guy's eye.

JorgXMcKie   ·  October 22, 2004 11:29 AM

"2. Stop trying to be funny, you're not."

Very true. All the jokes and laughs come from the left anyways.

John Johnson   ·  October 22, 2004 11:31 AM

You're a sadistic beastialic necrophilliac (but that's just beating a dead horse)

Phil-Z   ·  October 22, 2004 11:31 AM

Those blue blue eyes of the InstaNazi are oh so Aryan. I would like to measure his cranium to determine his heritage.

Now, back to my "organized, hateful, dissent-silencing blogging". My "lemmings" need to be led, and I have a my duty to fullfil as a "little foot soldier" in Bu$Hitler's Army of Amerikkka.

Bill Roggio   ·  October 22, 2004 11:35 AM

atlas shrugged, then farted.
it truly is the eponymy.

Misles   ·  October 22, 2004 11:38 AM

I understand that Dr Reynold's ultimate goal is the establishment of the "one person party state". He has a sub rosa alliance with Lileks, who cooperates enthusiastically.

J.M. Heinrichs   ·  October 22, 2004 11:45 AM

hilarious! (that's code for all bow to the one party state!) if this is the level of paranoia in the left, I think the battle is over. (of course it's not paranoia if we're really out to get them. by the way, can I be an associate storm trooper, PLEASE?) :)

Anonymous   ·  October 22, 2004 11:52 AM

Don't you know that true Conservatives are poisonous to the touch?

Which, come to think of it, is probably a useful defense when confronted with the rabid barking moonbat.

Slartibartfast   ·  October 22, 2004 11:54 AM

unnamed above,

I am looking to hire associate storm troopers. You must pass the cranium test and be able to raise your right arm in the proper salute (no doubt you are already an expert in this). And I will not provide for your jackboots.

Bill Roggio   ·  October 22, 2004 12:04 PM

Actually, I want a half-party state, which people of my stature could dominate more easily.

Lileks   ·  October 22, 2004 12:04 PM

"Glenn Reynolds" (if that IS his real name) is an anagram of "Adolf Hitler" -- and it's clearly deliberate. Given what we know about Reynoldshitler, we can safely assume that the INTENT is for it to be an anagram, although the actual letters have been changed to mask the intent. That perfidious bastard. I've got him over a barrel this time, and he knows it. "Eric", of course, is a similarly occulted anagram for "IROC", signalling his fascist devotion to the totalitarian one-party NASCAR circuit.

Another Suspicious Coincidence is the fact that the left's paranoid gibberish^W^W"legitimate concerns" about international capitalism do sort of line up rather well with Hitler's lunatic ravings^W^W"masterful and incisive critical analysis" on the subject... I suspect Reynoldshitler is behind that one too, in some subtle way that Neiwert hasn't yet "analyzed".

Aarrgghh   ·  October 22, 2004 12:05 PM

That post was as funny as a John Stewart "news" bit. Part satire, part substance, part naked partisanship and part narcissistic, assinine egotism.

Heh.

paul   ·  October 22, 2004 12:12 PM

Paul,

I will not be your dancing monkey!!!

Jon (not John)

Jon Stewart   ·  October 22, 2004 12:25 PM

There's a party? Where? Can I go like this? Or do I have to dress up? Is it a cash bar? Because I don't have alot of cash. Can I bring my own? If this is the one party, I don't want to miss it. Do I need an invitation? Will there be women there? I mean, single women? Is there a band?

eracus   ·  October 22, 2004 12:30 PM

Eracus,

Of course there's a party. You ask where? Right here:

http://www.drudgereport.com/hkb.jpg

I thought you might want to know.

John Kerry

P.S. Did all you lemmings know Mary Cheney is a lesbian?

John Kerry   ·  October 22, 2004 12:43 PM

The Vast-Right-Wing-Conspiracy actually does exist you know. We're so sneaky in fact, that we have both the Neo-cons and their "opposition" in our pockets.

The opposition says only what we want it to say, and in this election cycle, we've been having lots of fun causing them to make complete fools of themselves.
This is called "The Bezerkly Projeckt" after that famous University in Kalifornia in which any rational objections to the ruling party are exaggerated to the extent that they cease to become credible.

Psicattus   ·  October 22, 2004 12:52 PM

All your blogs are belong to us!

Ayn Rand   ·  October 22, 2004 12:52 PM

All under the banner that bears the chilling slogan:

"The smaller the puppy, the smoother the shake!"

Parker   ·  October 22, 2004 12:53 PM

Did all you voters know that Kerry is a lemming?

Mary Cheney   ·  October 22, 2004 12:58 PM

Don't Kos and TPM have larger audiences than Reynolds? Why aren't they considered threats to democracy?

AST   ·  October 22, 2004 1:07 PM

"3. Anyone who doesn't think the repubs actually want a one party state is clearly not familiar with Karl Rove or even Tom DeLay, and in that case, you don't deserve to even have this blog. Quit now. "

Hmm... Quit now. Nice to have an overt attempt to stifle dissent instead of this crypto-fascism of the Reynolds variety that seeks to influence the more-open-to-suggestion unconscious mind. Oh, he is a wily one, that Glenn. IF that's his real name. I suddenly have an inexplicably strong desire to veer away from this line of inquiry...

Reid   ·  October 22, 2004 1:15 PM

Hey,I wanna get MY cranium measured too!
Maybe we could be Aryan phrends, huh? And vote together?
C,mon...pleeeze. We wouldn't really need to hurt anybody. Speaking as a Regular guy, I don't favor "eliminationist" behavior...

J. Case   ·  October 22, 2004 1:19 PM

Too funny, and thanks to Parker we got Puppies in the Blender. The diabolical professor is exposed for what he is. At last!

Candyyams why do you remind me of Sgt. Shultz?

Abu Qa'Qa   ·  October 22, 2004 1:20 PM

One party state, or two parties that are in the same state? What's the difference? http://www.siglamag.com/features/0410/BushBashing.php

glenn   ·  October 22, 2004 1:23 PM

Who in the hell would still vote for these clowns?

Joanna, they vote for themselves ... and the inbreeding is starting to show.

Jrm   ·  October 22, 2004 1:25 PM

John Kerry just sent me an insta-message as follows:

"... did you know that Mary Cheney is a lesbian?"

pippo

pippo   ·  October 22, 2004 1:42 PM

Now where did I leave my brown shirt?

Can I get me a hunting license here?

Marty   ·  October 22, 2004 2:09 PM

"Heh." (but said in a macho way, while leaning off balcony and jutting chin forward)

El Insty   ·  October 22, 2004 2:10 PM

Misles said:

"atlas shrugged, then farted.
it truly is the eponymy."

Actually that was the Trey Parker / Matt Stone puppet version of "Atlas Shrugged".

Money line:
"Who the fuck is John fucking Galt?"

Southpark Atlas   ·  October 22, 2004 2:16 PM

Forget about Mussolini. What about Bert? I hear he's a close personal friend of Glenn Reynolds.

Joanne Jacobs   ·  October 22, 2004 2:27 PM

bollocks, horseshit and gobshite.

The left has no moral foundation. In fact, they have an amoral foundation, or even an immoral foundation. They should be attacked and discredited in the universities, especially the education departments.

party on.

no mercy   ·  October 22, 2004 2:34 PM

Intimidation campaigns and psychological warfare? Hey, it could be worse. Neiwert could have accused Reynolds of being . . . Tom Sawyer. According to novelist George Saunders:

"Let's think of this [election] in terms of Huck Finn. Huck [Kerry] is generous, concerned about the suffering of others, generally pleased with life, and interested in it. Tom Sawyer, on the other hand, is obsessed with a highly conceptualized view of the world, and imposing this view on others (the Sunday school picnic, Huck, Jim), regardless of how this imposition might actually affect them. Huck is bold, curious, flexible. Tom is, at heart, afraid of the world, suspicious, ego-driven, incurious, and rigid. Our nation is engaged in a struggle to decide if it is going to be the United States of Tom or the United States of Huck."
Heck, and all these years I thought Huck and Tom were just a couple of mischievous, all-American boys.

Roger Mitchell   ·  October 22, 2004 2:43 PM

Candyyams is onto us. He must be liquidated before he decodes the message on the dollar bill, or finds the hidden wing of the Library of Congress.

Maybe we can get by with just a brain-wipe and personality implant. Candyyams, are you free on Thursday?

A different Mitch   ·  October 22, 2004 4:01 PM

Now that's quite enough.

In my last secret email to all minions I specifically mentioned that the first rule of the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy is that we don't talk about the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy.

Tell Reynolds I'll deal with him later. I've got to secretly communicate to the President through this great little device the CIA whipped up for us during the debates.

Karl Rove   ·  October 22, 2004 4:24 PM

Dammit, I can't get these brown shirts to coordinate with my Peanuts pajamas. Anyone got any ideas?

Bill Peschel   ·  October 22, 2004 4:39 PM

The first rule of the VRWC is
you don't talk about the VRWC !

sefton   ·  October 22, 2004 4:39 PM

I'm all for a two-party system. It just happens to be more important that neither party be as left-wing as either current party.

Gregg the obscure   ·  October 22, 2004 4:53 PM

wow ... I haven't had this much fun
since I played "Illuminati" years
ago.

Two words show that the Left
has no sense of humor: Jimmy Carter

pragmatist   ·  October 22, 2004 5:20 PM

Dude! How! About! Using! Some! More! Exclamation! Points!

Maybe there is an actual argument in this post, but I can't hear it with all the yelling.

Cripes.

conservative assclown   ·  October 22, 2004 7:23 PM

Part satire, part substance, part naked partisanship and part narcissistic, assinine egotism.

You Called?

Tucker Carlson   ·  October 22, 2004 7:59 PM

Only "PART narcissistic, assinine egotism"?

I thought that part was my whole whole!

And what's with trying to make a narcissistic, asinine egotist get rid of exclamations, anyway? Isn't that a form of "eliminationist rhetoric?"

Eric Scheie   ·  October 22, 2004 8:47 PM

Poor Candyyams. To be so dumb. Hopefully, it's young, with many decades of brain teasers and I.Q. building exercises ahead of it. Who knows? One day it might even be human.

Excellent post, Eric. Beautiful humor, perfectly done.

Mr. Bowen   ·  October 22, 2004 9:14 PM

You lemmings should go to Neiwert's site and read his "Rush, Newspeak and the Rise of Fascism." It's pretty unequivocal, what the right is doing, and David's exegesis is really quite good. We in the reality-based community think highly of it. Your mileage may vary.

Lo Ping Wong   ·  October 22, 2004 11:29 PM

Oooooh, he used exegesis in a sentence!
I'll bet he reads The Economist! I am so very impressed, let me tell you! He must be terribly, hugely intelligent! And Eric, didn't I warn you a year ago about exclamation mark abuse? When you said it was fun, and I should try it? I guess you were right! IT IS FUN!! Now I must march into the sea with my furry retarded brethren.


J. Case   ·  October 23, 2004 12:41 AM

My god, the Left in this country is SO utterly pathetic!

Makes you wonder why the Democrats still exists as a political party.... Who in the hell would still vote for these clowns?

the rabid barking moonbat.

The left has no moral foundation. In fact, they have an amoral foundation, or even an immoral foundation.

It just happens to be more important that neither party be as left-wing as either current party.

Ha ha ha.
Ha ha ha ha.
Ha ha....

bitter mastermind   ·  October 23, 2004 1:41 AM

Welcome to the reality-based community.

Adam Stanhope   ·  October 23, 2004 3:28 AM

Regarding the Democrats and their charges against conservatives: As we used to say in elementary school -"The smeller's the feller".

Larry Crick   ·  October 23, 2004 9:59 AM

"The smeller's the feller."

Well, damn. You got us there. That's just... what can a guy say to something like that? The raw power and might of such an argument has surely never been seen before in all the history of the Intrawebs.

Bryant   ·  October 23, 2004 10:09 AM

BUT, can you prove it DIDN'T happen? Eh? Hah!

Canpflier   ·  October 23, 2004 10:59 AM

Ummm, maybe you should actually read Neiwert's whole article (I know it's long, but I'll be happy to help with the big words...)

hint...ITS NOT ABOUT GLENN REYNOLDS!

A Hermit   ·  October 23, 2004 11:21 AM

Oh, you and your small, pointless lives. I enjoy watching the little pipple, with your monkey dancing ways, struggling childlike in futility against your fate (to fetch and carry for me).

You minions will worship me when I rule this land of idiots through what's-his-name, Lurch.

/PS don't think that uppity millworker's son will be setting foot in *my* house once I'm running things, either.

Terayza Heinz, current consort Kerry   ·  October 23, 2004 11:41 AM

Wow. I have now found the stupidest pseudo-conservative blogger on the planet.

"Classical values" eh? Buggery you mean? Slavery? Oligarchy? (No wonder you like Bush.)

The thing about Dave Neiwert is: he deals with facts. His opinions and suppositions are based on facts.

Since your opinions concern his opinion, your opinions are based on opinion. Where does that leave you?

Ah, the cry of the truly intellectually impotent: "My opinion is that your opinion is worthless." Followed by ad hominem attacks, but no analysis of the case presented by the offending opinion.

What's wrong with so-called "conservatives" like you? Are you afraid to actually engage in the argument?

Why don't you tally up incidents of right wing violence vs. left wing violence and see which column hold more reported incidents? How about trying to find a DA who refused to prosecute a liberal caught on video assaulting a conservative? (A right-wing fantasy, but the opposite case does exist.)

As for the one-party state, I've read your stuff: it's clerly what you'd like as well, though you are far too cowardly and intellectually dishonest to admit it.

After all, what are you really after when all you do is demonize "the other side" and fail to engage in argument?

Answer: quashing dissent through force, rather than winning with the better argument.

Of course, if you don't have the better argument, then your only hope for victory is...

Well, you know the answer to that. If you possess "classical vales," then you're right in line with genocide, eh?

cal godot   ·  October 23, 2004 11:45 AM

"After all, what are you really after when all you do is demonize "the other side" and fail to engage in argument?

Answer: quashing dissent through force, rather than winning with the better argument.

Of course, if you don't have the better argument, then your only hope for victory is...

Well, you know the answer to that. If you possess "classical vales," then you're right in line with genocide, eh?"

Pot. Kettle. Black.

Anonymous   ·  October 23, 2004 1:08 PM

Don't skirt the issue. He's right, and you know. Fancy one-liners will only save the Neoconservative movement for so long.

Anonymous   ·  October 23, 2004 3:56 PM

I'm not sure about the trains, but scuttlebutt has it that Glenn *does* do a decent job at fixing big horse races. Funny Cide? Smarty Jones? Victims of Glenn.

Really, as a horse-racing buff, I should investigate that rumor more thoroughly...

Miss O'Hara   ·  October 23, 2004 4:39 PM

I'm glad you got another Instalanche. Once again, superb _style_ you have. Classical Values.

You wingers are all bs talk and no real action. Weak and immature.
Everytime you open your mouths you prove our talking points.
Go for it girls.

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