“the wrong aesthetic”?


RIP, Andrew Breitbart.

So where does the late AB’s aesthetic fit into Mr. Wolfe’s schema? No, he wasn’t Christian but he didn’t approach politics in the usual way, either.
For all that though did he resist the “preaching and speeching,” or did he play into it? 

This line seems deserving of some attention:

The left is smart enough to understand that the way to change a political system is through its cultural systems,” he told The New Yorker’s Rebecca Mead in 2010. “So you look at the conservative movement — working the levers of power, creating think tanks, and trying to get people elected in different places — while the left is taking over Hollywood, the music industry, the churches.”


  1. Jonathan Webb says

    I liked him and was very moved to hear about the young children he left behind. He seemed like a good dad. I know that Matthew and Jonathan had problems with the way that he went after Acorn and Planned Parenthood. They probably have valid points. However, the those organizations were depraved and the things he and O’Keefe exposed were real problems. He was a brave man and never hesitated to enter the fray, but did it with good humor in my opinion. “This isn’t your mom’s Democratic Party,” he used to say. And it isn’t. I remember my mom, a staunch Democrat, voted for Reagan in 1980 because she just had a visceral reaction to Jimmy Carter. That reaction came from a good place and was part of what I loved about my mom. My parents worked in the Filmore District in San Franciso registering Black people to vote in the early 1950s. They were patriotic liberals. My dad served in the Pacific theater during WWII at great physical cost. He was a county prosecuter for 30 years after the war. Much beloved by his men in both roles. Mr. and Mrs. Webb were Liberals in the original sense. Tolerant and generous.

    The Reagan Democrat has gone the way of the carrier pigeon. Today’s progressives have been made demented by their sins, and by the sins they ignore in others. Hal the computer was made mad by contradictory mission imperatives, a pretty good metaphor for what is happening in the souls of modern progressives where the group identification signals are in such tension with reality and the angels of their better natures. Observe the reactions by many on the left to Breitbart’s demise. It is difficult to see what is recognizably human.

    I would have enjoyed meeting the gentleman.

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