Grendel’s Laundry List: H.P. on the G.O.P.


As for the Republicans–how can one regard seriously a frightened, greedy, nostalgic huddle of tradesmen and lucky idlers who shut their eyes to history and science, steel their emotions against decent human sympathy, cling to sordid and provincial ideals exalting sheer acquisitiveness and condoning artificial hardship for the non-materially-shrewd, dwell smugly and sentimentally in a distorted dream-cosmos of outmoded phrases and principles and attitudes based on the bygone agricultural-handicraft world, and revel in (consciously or unconsciously) mendacious assumptions (such as the notion that real liberty is synonymous with the single detail of unrestricted economic license or that a rational planning of resource-distribution would contravene some vague and mystical ‘American heritage’…) utterly contrary to fact and without the slightest foundation in human experience? Intellectually, the Republican idea deserves the tolerance and respect one gives to the dead.

H.P. Lovecraft to C.L. Moore, August 1936

H/t Driftglass


3 responses to “Grendel’s Laundry List: H.P. on the G.O.P.

  1. wow, that quote is a find.
    thnx, Good Dr.
    feel like Spike could have
    spewed that.
    Maybe i’ll dig up a Nineties equivalent.
    In re Tea Party-ites: these are mostly
    folks past the age of 55 who NEVER
    participated in politics in any way in
    their previous lives. They do not
    deserve an audience.

  2. “Not all Republicans are mealy-mouthed, dog-eating, cat-kicking, sister-jammin, Raygun-sainting, Orange-County plutocrats. Of course those that aren’t tend to be waxring-sucking, pederastic, slaveholding, no-tipping, HumVee-hoggering, country-clubbing, lemonpeelbutt Enronistas.
    You can’t have everything i guess.”

  3. in the end ( to paraphrase Mr. H.G Wells) love is the only thing that makes life bearable….and then…possibly Lovecraft…Thanksgiving lovely Dr. for lovely Lovecraft … noel

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