Like today, Ann and Meade's friend, Glenn Reynolds (above) has a long (for Instapundit) and fascinating discussion of the resemblances between Communists and Nazis. Reynolds ends his first section of the discussion with these words:
Communists are as bad as Nazis, and their defenders and apologists are as bad as Nazis’ defenders, but far more common. When you meet them, show them no respect. They’re evil, stupid, and dishonest. They should not enjoy the consequences of their behavior.Got that? Communists are as bad as Nazis. Nazis and their defenders are bad, and "when you meet them, show them no respect. They’re evil, stupid, and dishonest."
Well, we couldn't agree more! That's why we find it weird that we're considered crazy for attacking NewAge when it was Glenn Reynolds' other friend, Jonah Goldberg (above) who wrote:
Many of the progressive and holistic ideas that lie at the heart of today’s lifestyle Left, the environmental Left, and the New Age movement share numerous unquestioned philosophical, emotional, and practical similarities with the intellectual and cultural currents that fed into and sustained Nazism.Seems to us, this means we should all be treating NewAgers as Reynolds says and "when you meet them, show them no respect. They’re evil, stupid, and dishonest", right?
Yet we can barely compel Reynolds or Althouse (or Meade) to take the subject seriously.
Another of Glenn Reynold's friends, Bill Whittle (above) did a talk that got this response from a commenter:
[Bill Whittle’s] attacking a whole group association think-set. I had been an uber New Agey leftist for many years and his caricatured characterization is right on. He could have also put in adjectival terms such as 'homeopathic', 'Buddhistic', 'yoga posturing', Indigenous peoples loving’, or 'meditating'. Any of those fits the group although none on their own would be considered insulting — except for perhaps, homeopathic — if you don’t like invisible, non-existent medicines. There is definitely a personality grouping of the New Agey hip, cool, enlightened, pacifistic Earth warrior. I think that ignoring the hard core paganistic tendencies of the New Agey left is to be in denial.We hope Meade remembers this the next time Ann does a post about the gobs of money the two of them spend at Whole Foods, where they had to have passed the various sections devoted to Buddhist statues, homeopathic medicines, yoga mats, the sale of items by Indigenous peoples, fraudulent environmentalist items, and the like.
Moving along through Instapundit's Communist/Nazi conversation, in the next section Reynolds reminds us:
The [communists] “good intentions” argument has long been an excuse for mass murder."Good intentions" and "mass murder", you say?
Well, on that note, we'd like to point you to a post we did - about Geoff Gilpin (above) author of the book The Maharishi Effect - which we called "Good Intentions Can't Help The Occultists". Don't forget - according to Glenn Reynolds' own friends, Goldberg and Whittle - the NewAgers are Nazis and, according to Reynolds, "when you meet them, show them no respect. They’re evil, stupid, and dishonest".
So who are the Nazis Gilpin's referring to? He calls them "the "left wing occult" which, by some remarkable coincidence, is exactly what we call them too! Small world, huh?
Communists, Nazis, The Left, and NewAge, all wrapped up together like that. Remarkable!
So what's our proof there's a connection between all these influences Reynolds has labeled "evil"? How about a New York Times Magazine interview with Louise Hay (above with Oprah Winfrey) - AKA "The Queen of New Age" - where she agrees that "with a situation like the Holocaust, the victims deserved what they got"?
Or how about that slip-up film director David Lynch (above) made in Germany?
Lynch ("whose new-age beliefs are sometimes as quirky as his movies") was trying to establish "a network of so-called 'invincible universities' to teach the philosophy of transcendental meditation", when his partner in the effort to build a school on "Devil's Mountain", Emanuel Schiffgens, took the podium and this happened:
"What do you mean by this concept of invincibility," asked an onlooker from the audience, made up mainly of film students with a smattering of meditation devotees. "An invincible Germany is a Germany that's invincible," replied a Delphic Schiffgens, who was dressed in a long white robe and gold crown. Adolf Hitler wanted that too!," shouted out one man. "Yes," countered Schiffgens. "But unfortunately he didn't succeed."Nice, huh?
By the way, the connection between NewAge and Naziism has also been pointed out by Bronte Baxter of the Transcendental Meditation Free blog, and Chris Locke (author of the internet marketing bible "The Cluetrain Manifesto") has repeatedly been banging that drum (and hitting all the same major themes and players we do) to almost no recognition.
What's important for Glenn Reynolds, Ann Althouse, and Meade, to understand here is we are (all) trapped in a NewAge culture - it's the Baby Boomer's true legacy to America - and, being Baby Boomers themselves, we can see how easily it can be for them to ignore or dismiss it rather than fight:
They (all) grew up in it.
What Geoff Gilpin called the Maharishi's "create your own reality" philosophy is the same one mentioned by "Brightsided" author Barbara Ehrenreich (above) as she's been explaining the reasons our economy crashed.
It's the same one that provided the fuel for the Bernie Madoff scandal. And it's the same one that caused my ex-wife, Karine Ann Brunck (a Boomer) to kill three people, for Penelope Dingle's husband to kill her, for Thomas Sam to kill his daughter, for Oprah Winfrey to help kill Kim Tinkham (as well as getting girls raped at her NewAge "school" in Africa) for Homeopath Frank Shallenberger to kill two people, and for NewAgers the world over to kill countless others - especially in Africa.
NewAge is Naziism, and this is Glenn Reynolds' "mass murder" - happening right under everyone's nose because they claim to have "good intentions" - and we think it's a shame so many truly smart people can find nothing better to do than attack the messenger for utilizing the only style available that's been proven to work.
Honestly, we're sorry - we don't necessarily mean to offend - but, as Glenn Reynolds himself also says:
Communists are as bad as Nazis, and their defenders and apologists are as bad as Nazis’ defenders, but far more common. When you meet them, show them no respect. They’re evil, stupid, and dishonest. They should not enjoy the consequences of their behavior.