Not to forgive the flawed logic of Bret Stephens’s NYT piece on global warming, but perhaps he’s attempting a rapprochement in his choice of the easy target in his latest effort on Michael Anton’s Flight 93 Election.
Stephens defends that hallowed ground of conservatism, neoliberal capitalism and lands few punches other than echoing the “unhinged” euphemism that has been an unfortunately normalized description of Lord Dampnut.
No RW activist can compare to the actions of the actual flight 93 passengers and it is presumptuous for them to make that analogy even if it fits the Bannonist millenarianism and its generational suicide pacts.
In case you’ve had the pleasure of forgetting, “The Flight 93 Election” was the title of a portentous essay, published last September under a Roman pseudonym in The Claremont Review of Books, that declared the stakes for the United States in 2016 thus: “Charge the cockpit or you die.”
In the lurid imagination of the author — it turned out to be Michael Anton, who now holds a senior job in the White House — the American republic was Flight 93, a plane deliberately set on a course for destruction by liberals and their accomplices in the Republican establishment and the globalist “Davoisie.” As for Donald Trump, Anton implied that he was the political equivalent of Todd Beamer, the heroic passenger who cried “Let’s Roll” in a desperate bid for salvation.