20 April 2012

Burke Knew What Genovese Experienced

". . . in these dreariest of days in Academia . . . American history has largely become a plaything for canting ideologues . . . our times call for a correct ideological line, which at its increasingly popular extreme regards the Old South as a rehearsal for Nazi Germany and calls for the eradication of all traces of the conservative voices that have loomed so large in southern history . . . [There is a] step-by-step domination of departments of history in our southern as well as northern universities by those who regard what Richard Weaver aptly called the Southern Tradition and all its works as an evil past to be exorcised by all means, fair and foul." ~ Eugene D. Genovese (The Southern Front - History and Politics in the Cultural War, page 25.)

"For Smith and Burke the greatest threat to liberty, justice, and order came from those who would soon be known as ideologues. Probably influenced by Burke, as Otteson has argued, Smith fought vehemently against the 'Man of System,' the close-minded and cocksure would-be tyrant, petty bureaucrat, or public-school administrator." ~ From the Celtic Mind at The American Conservative

1 comment:

Brock Townsend said...

Some good ones. Posted.