Speaking of urban agony, by the way — if folks on the right were truly Macchiavellian, they’d be joining the critics of stop-and-frisk. The big Blue enclaves are where the crime and racial strife mostly are; letting those get worse would probably benefit folks on the right. Luckily for the hipsters, righties are too principled for that sort of “heightening the contradictions” thing.
Never mind that New York City has below-average rates of crime and a mass transit system where no one blinks at being the only white or black person in their subway car, what’s ridiculous here is that Glenn calls himself a libertarian. Let’s grant that most libertarians are just Republicans who smoke pot, but even so, stop-and-frisk is aimed at denying Muricans the Only Right That Matters. Maybe it’s that Glenn doesn’t think the blahs should have this right too, but I don’t think that’s it, I think he likes stop-and-frisk simply because liberals complain about it. This is textbook Cleekian conservatism:
today’s conservatism is the opposite of what liberals want today: updated daily.
So why don’t conservatarians come out and call themselves conservatives? One explanation is the Slatification of our discourse: no one wants to be pigeonholed, better to come up with ironic, contrarian, counterintutive reasons why you’ve arrived at the exact standard conservative position on every issue than to admit you’re a Dittohead.
Another more hopeful explanation is this: “conservative” has become a dirty word, if only among people who purport to be intellectuals, just as “liberal” became a dirty in certain cirlces. Hear me now, believe me later, but no one admits to being a “neocon” after the Bush debacle, and in another ten years, the same being true of “conservative”.