April 24, 2005
Asia by Free Republic
Earlier I described the view of Asia, and particularly China, from a mainstream far left perspective. That is, Beijing from the further left point of view that has political power in the United States.
Below is the complement to that -- China as seen by the Far Right Free Republic.
It's becoming increasingly clear that China is planning for the contingency of military confrontation with us in the coming years, and that they see the Europeans no threat to their plans for regional domination.
No, we (or at least some of us) see them as strategic competitors. They see us as THE enemy.
In certain areas it is becoming a First World military force - in areas such as ballistic and cruise missiles, advanced fighters and multi-role aircraft, advanced submarines with anti-ship cruise missiles.
In certain areas? Heck that's about ALL the areas!
Caribbean. Cuba. Panama Canal. Mexico?
Knock, knock, knock...
Conclusion: the far right of mainstream American politics share the following beliefs on Asia
There are three main differences between the mainstream far-left's (Democratic Underground)'s and the mainstream far-right's (Free Republic's) views on China and Asia
What does that mean for the larger left-right split in America? To what extent are both DU and FR united against American centrists? Those are posts for another time...
These themes are interest to compare against the mainstream far left's. Human rights are almost entirely absent, except for charging America of neglect of them in Sudan.posted by Dan tdaxp on 04.24.05 at 08:07 AM in the
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I wouldn't exactly call FR far-right. Extremely neoconservative? Yes. But far-right brings up images of Hitler and Mussolini (i.e. guys most of FR don't really like to say the least).posted by: Rajan R on 04.24.05 at 02:34 PM [permalink]
Well it turns out I share about as much with Freep as DU, but I must say that I'm less comfortable with the way the Freepers say it.posted by: Kelvin on 04.24.05 at 06:16 PM [permalink]
I think tdaxp has done an excellent job summarizing (and sanitizing) neo-conservative attitudes though I thought my response in the DU thread was much funnier.posted by: Jing on 04.24.05 at 07:36 PM [permalink]
I think tdaxp has done an excellent job summarizing (and sanitizing) neo-conservative attitudes though I thought my response in the DU thread was much funnier.posted by: jing on 04.24.05 at 07:37 PM [permalink]
Thanks for the kind comments. I will try to look at other opinion sources too.
I used "mainstream far right" instead of "far right" because I didn't want to use the term as an insult. The simplistic left/right divide does have some validity, and I think FR definitely falls on the mainstream far right of it. There are definitely people to FR's right (Michael Savage, etc), but they don't have a prayer of influencing US policies. The Free Republic does.
Politically, I think "neoconservative" refers to a particularly academic strain of Right thinking that has its origin in center-left and leftists movements in the 1970s (Senator Jackson, maybe Senator Humphrey, the Social Democrats, Trotskyites, "Right Communists," etc). Today, neoconservatives typically are free traders and believe in an activist foreign policy. I think the the Free Republic posters are much more traditional conservatives, or "paleocons," than neoconservatives.posted by: Dan on 04.24.05 at 11:17 PM [permalink]
you are right of course and I should probably have known better than to describe them carte blanche as "neo-cons". However, I wouldn't consider Free-Republic as traditional conservatives either because traditional conservatism doesn't generally promote an activist foreign policy nor profligate federal spending.posted by: Jing on 04.25.05 at 03:39 AM [permalink]