Monday, August 29, 2011

right Right/wrong Right

Many of the conservatives I've been encountering recently are far more interesting than the persons that carry the banner of the conservative or "right" aspect of society in the main cultural venues such as T.V., radio, best-selling books and so forth. All of these venues give us a notion of conservatism that is narrow, constricted, and unimaginative, as if that is the "official"/brand-name conservative-right product item that the culture allows us. It is an unimaginative, uncreative society. So, that's all you get to have. Boohoo.
     Paul Harvey, by contrast, seems to have had some pretty interesting views. His arguments for supporting women's equality were quite interesting. He also expressed his opposition to the Reagan administration's support of the "Contras."
     I have met some interesting conservatives but they are not those whom the T.V. anoints as "conservative" and the T.V. is not going to change. T.V. stands as a symptom of sickness, a big open sore, always available to us---it is a sort of an eye, and it is a peephole into the perversity of man.
     If we go back, we can read what conservatives of an earlier era had to say. There is, for example, opposition to capitalism. There are objections expressed concerning some of the forms of crass commercialization that we under the regime of capitalism are exposed to. Such conservative views are scarcely know or cared about today. We may begin to perceive that what "economic" or "corporate" interests want along with all of the collective of the profit-seeking folks, is the furtherance of a crass, superficial world. This would be a fake world oriented only around material gain, a world that believes in egotistical gratification, a narrow, doomed sort of world where the primary actors' short-sighted wishes are guaranteed to destroy us. And they will appoint  their automaton intellectuals, too, they will try to defend this fake world philosophically but actually those are not the kinds of person that Paul Harvey was.

(One book, with these conservative kinds of views in opposition to the crass commercialism of capitalism is, surprisingly, what seems to be a "humor" book in the "Mouse/Grand Fenwick" series by Leonard Wibberly published in 1969 as "The Mouse on Wall Street." This tome contains charming ideas on topics related to economy. --in paperback, by Bantam, N.Y. Apparently our culture can't cut it anymore. Apparently, our culture is no longer capable of producing a product of this quality, although it seems like this little comedy book -- yet "it is commentary," declares the Chicago Tribune in a review -- was produced more or less by second-nature, just fifty or sixty years back. I've been reading a lot of old books lately. But the Paul Harvey info comes from a recent book I found at the regular store: Good Day!: The Paul Harvey Story; author Paul J. Batura. "...follows the remarkable life of one of the founding fathers of the news media...")

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