Re: OT - Interview with the Great James Carroll("House of War")
- From: theBZA <dewey3kNOSPAM@xxxxxxxxx>
- Date: 17 Sep 2007 15:43:12 GMT
mozark <swooning@xxxxxxxxx> wrote in news:1190039622.967411.187960
Tomdispatch: I recently heard this joke: How many neocons does it takeI love James Carroll. We get him every week in the Globe.
to screw in a light bulb? The answer: Neocons don't believe in light
bulbs, they declare war on evil and set the house on fire.
TD: That's my introduction to a discussion of American fundamentalism.
James Carroll: Well, embedded in that joke is a central idea: that
what matters is not outcome, but purity of intent. A mark of a
fundamentalist mindset is that one's own personal virtue is the
ultimate value. The American fundamentalist ethos of the Cold War
prepared us to destroy the world. In other words, a world absolutely
devastated through nuclear war was acceptable as an outcome because it
reflected the virtue of our opposition to the evil of communism.
Better dead than red.
Crippled but free
I was blind all the time
I was learning to see.