10 October 2005
In a half-hearted attempt to fill that large gap in my knowledge related to European history, I recently read a book on Napoleon. While reading, I was struck by the parallels between Napoleonic France and the American conservative movement in terms of the formation of a popular coalition. Napoleon, while clearly having no personal interest in religion (much like Shrub), immediately saw the religious faction (suppressed during the revolution) as a key element of support. He therefore went to extensive lengths to court Catholics. At the same time, he presented a very nationalistic view of France that was somehow coupled to international ambitions. (Sound familiar?) As is happening today, public discourse often revolved around an extremely militarized view of history. Fortunately, the U.S. conservative movement has failed to produce a charismatic leader. I suppose the small pool of trusted plutocrats makes a poor field to choose from.
Posted by Karlo at 2:18 pm