"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!

And this is how the Washington Rebel treats it's friends.

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  • smitty

    Learned something.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Immanentize_the_eschaton
    I thought that weird phrase was due to The Illuminatus Trilogy.

  • http://wyblog.us/ Chris Wysocki

    I dropped my subscription to NR when Lowry took over. Ugh, he's too tiresome to read on a regular basis.

    Any chance you guys can recruit John Derbyshire to your Original NR revival? He's my mind kind of guy.

  • http://thecampofthesaints.wordpress.com Bob Belvedere

    The Trilogy is a great read.

    While not as harsh on NR [they still employ Mark Steyn and John Derbyshire and Jonah Goldberg], I must say that under Rich 'Twinkle Toes' Lowry they've gone downhill.

    • theCL

      I tried not to be too harsh, but I think you understand my point which is consistent throughout this blog. Just as the Constitution is not a "living document," conservatism isn't a "living philosophy."

      Skepticism of the State, in other words a distrust of government, is essential to liberty. And just as little poison is too much, so too is a little acceptance of State power.

      Remember Washington's words, "Government is not reason; it is not eloquent; it is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master."

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  • Donald

    Please!! It's = It is. [ " treat it's (sic) friends"]

  • http://newabandon.com ultranaut

    I'd love to immanetize her eschaton! You're a lucky man Mr. Rebel

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