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Fugitive Essays: Selected Writings of Frank Chodorov Hardcover – October 1, 1980
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Across these forty-five essays, written with grace, wit, and gentility, you will get to know a clarity of thinking and of feeling uncommon in contemporary sociopolitical writing. You will also get to know a man who suffered neither fools nor collectivists left or right gladly, yet had the surety never to make it a personal or a venal rebuke. I could point to numerous examples of just how lyric, how embracing, was his way of enunciating all the reasons why we should be and remain suspicious of the encroachments of the State against the sovereignty of the individual, but perhaps this will do for an introduction, from his gentle rebuke to the militant wing of the anti-Communist movement, written at the threshold of the Smith Act trial of 1949, "How To Curb The Commies." Here is wisdom we would do wisely to heed even now, as only too many of our fellows seem sooner disposed to a curb upon our freedoms than a healthy defence thereof):
"Heterodoxy is a necessary condition of a free society...Read more ›
Clearly in the writings Chodorov takes issue with the aspects of big communism, but unlike many conservatives who advocated combating communism through military intervention, Chodorov argues that communism should be judged on the merit of its ideas. Chodorov reasons that using force to combat communism you actually submit yourself to the same tactics used by the communists, such as suppressing speech, military intervention, etc. Also, in his defense of nonaggression Chodorov criticizes American Cold War policy which asserts that we must use military force to stop the advancement of the ideals of communism. In the essay Reds Are Natives, he asks how the United States plans to stop the spread of communism in America. First he analysis our techniques of military intervention and then applies that logic domestically showing how such a position is erroneous for both foreign and domestic policies.
Chodorov also has interesting insights into the aspect of what is known as isolationism. He believed that an inherent feature of human nature was centered on the individual and localism.Read more ›
Chodorov was opposed to socialism. He was obviously at odds with the True Believing Communists, but he also expressed criticism at the New Dealers whom he thought would inaugurate socialism under different labels. He shared many of the same criticisms that John T. Flynn had of the New Deal programs.
One of the themes that Chodorov emphasizes is the fact that the "Capitalists" did not do a good job of defending themselves in refuting their Marxist and socialists critics. Chodorov is clear that anyone looking to the professors for intellectual support against Marxist and socialist criticisms was wasting their time. Chodorov was also against supressing Free Speech and Free Press of the Marxists and socialists. He remarked that to do so was to emulate the Communists wherevever they held power that emulating the Communists' tactics lowered Americans to their level. Chodorov's solution was for men to refute the ideas of the Marxists. In other words, one should confront the buzz words and phrases and slogans of the Marxists and socialists such as surplus value, greed, etc.
While Chodorov disagreed with Big Communism, he was no supporter of the Conservatives dreams of the U.S. Military State. In fact Chodorov was disillusioned with many Conservatives who wanted to build a garrison state in the U.S. and match such as state with a police state. Chodorov stated that the Conservatives would split over Anti-Communism, and Chodorov had little patience with "The Dumb Right.Read more ›