"Don’t let them immanentize the eschaton," Eric Voegelin’s famous phrase, once adorned pins and t-shirts sold by the conservative magazine National Review. Today however, the National Review has immanentized it, and flies it as their flag as they claim to be the "I Am" of the conservative movement.
Once a proud magazine of broad conservative thought, including Russell Kirk, Richard Weaver, and Ludwig von Mises, is but a shell of its former self. In 1956, when William F. Buckley declared conservatives should accept big government, military expansion, and the modern state (New Deal) to beat the Soviet Union ... the purge began.
"Immanentizing the eschaton" was Voegelin’s phrase used to describe the ideological attempt of progressivism (New Deal) to promise the perfection in this world today, that Christians understood to be available only after death. Give us power, and we'll give you paradise! All we need to do is throw away the constraints of the Constitution and watch out, "you'll be blown away!"
Embracing the State was as foreign to conservatives, as a little green Martians are to Earth. So they slowly got rid of those "radical," traditional conservative and libertarian thinkers, and started promoting a pro-State (neoconservative) point of view instead.
Fast-forward to 2003, and the National Review married the eschaton, the wedding announcement being David Frum's magnum opus (and utter disgrace), "Unpatriotic Conservatives."
But Eric Voegelin’s words are still alive and well!
Don’t Let Them Immanentize the Eschaton!
Here at the Classic Liberal you'll find opinion, theory and ideas that will never bow to the State!
Tired of the mainstream? Make this your first stop! Then click on the many links provided for a broad conservative view.
Then head on over to the Washington Rebel! Irish Cicero is reviving the great tradition the original National Review!
- Irish Cicero
- Friend Fuchs
- John Jay
- Nicki (Warning: Reading too much Nicki has been known to cause blog crushes.)
- Rob De Witt
- The Classical Liberal (Who is this cat? For some reason, I like him!)
- Walking Horse
And this is how the Washington Rebel treats it's friends.