The best argument against shutting down the State Department (and Brunswick) I’ve ever read

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Cole Stangler is a student at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service where he studies [sic]  International History .Imagine if this communist were to join the State Department and set loose on the world to “represent” our interests? Of course he’d receive a warm welcome in Foggy Bottom where he’d serve with others of his ilk but for those of us who aren’t communists, the prospect is daunting.

Here’s his take on Che Guevara. You really should read the whole thing but this excerpt will demonstrate what the mush-for-brains idiot is thinking and planning.

British-Pakistani historian Tariq Ali’s reaction to the assassination of Che Guevara on October 12, 1967 was shared by an entire generation of leftists, activists, and youth hopeful for change. Setting aside long-standing debates regarding some of Guevara’s misdeeds, [emphasis added] it’s safe to say Che was the unquestionable symbol of global revolution. He was born in Argentina, became a revolutionary in Cuba, appeared as a statesman at the United Nations in New York City, and returned to the guerilla struggle in Africa and South America. His youthful dynamism, energy, optimism and sense of international solidarity in the pursuit of collective liberation were remarkable and inspirational traits. He was, in the fullest sense of the word, an icon.

As the thirty-fourth anniversary of Che’s death passes, our generation is mourning the death of one could be considered a cultural equivalent—Apple CEO Steve Jobs. At this point, the attention given to Job’s death parallels, if not surpasses, that given to Che’s in 1967. One only wonders if, like Tariq Ali’s generation, an entire generation of youth will “recall every small detail of the day” that Jobs died. This doesn’t seem all that unlikely.

Facebook statuses and profile photos were updated in homage to the head of the corporate giant, and opinion pages worldwide were filled with glowing reflections. My mom sent me an “inspirational” quote of his, and a friend commented on how he watched Jobs’ 2005 commencement address at Stanford after hearing the news of the CEO’s passing. Nearly everyone was in agreement: Jobs was a visionary who helped define one of the most important technological achievements in human history. He also had an apparently extraordinary ability to anticipate what consumers would want before they even knew it: “A lot of times, people don’t know what they want until you show it to them,” Jobs famously said.

That this last point has been celebrated is quite chilling for a number of reasons, but it is also remarkably fitting for an entire generation that has internalized the values of corporate capitalism and mass consumption. Jobs created and oversaw a profit-yielding machine that could apparently shape human preferences into desiring more of his company’s products. While Ernesto Guevara represented global solidarity in fighting oppression [emphasis added], our modern icon celebrated and perpetuated the idea that, well, there are really cool things that we must buy—we must own these cool things so we can consume them. Then we repeat this cycle because it makes us feel good.

Having demonstrated his ability to suck $400,000 from his parents for a Brunswick “education” and learn nothing from it, it’s too much to hope that young Cole will read anything of substance during his current stay at Georgetown but other readers might be interested in an alternative to a very stupid sophomore’s hagiography of Che.

The cult of Ernesto Che Guevara is an episode in the moral callousness of our time. Che was a totalitarian. He achieved nothing but disaster. Many of the early leaders of the Cuban Revolution favored a democratic or democratic-socialist direction for the new Cuba. But Che was a mainstay of the hardline pro-Soviet faction, and his faction won. Che presided over the Cuban Revolution’s first firing squads. He founded Cuba’s “labor camp” system—the system that was eventually employed to incarcerate gays, dissidents, and AIDS victims. To get himself killed, and to get a lot of other people killed, was central to Che’s imagination. In the famous essay in which he issued his ringing call for “two, three, many Vietnams,” he also spoke about martyrdom and managed to compose a number of chilling phrases: “Hatred as an element of struggle; unbending hatred for the enemy, which pushes a human being beyond his natural limitations, making him into an effective, violent, selective, and cold-blooded killing machine. This is what our soldiers must become …”— and so on. He was killed in Bolivia in 1967, leading a guerrilla movement that had failed to enlist a single Bolivian peasant. And yet he succeeded in inspiring tens of thousands of middle class Latin-Americans to exit the universities and organize guerrilla insurgencies of their own. And these insurgencies likewise accomplished nothing, except to bring about the death of hundreds of thousands, and to set back the cause of Latin-American democracy—a tragedy on the hugest scale.

i certainly don’t begrudge this stupid, silly boy his passion for terrorists and communists and if he wants to enslave his fellow citizens well, we’ve survived such threats before and can surely rid ourselves of the like of Cole Stangler. But I am concerned that he’s part of Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service from which, unbelievably, the State Department often draws recruits. Alone, a spoiled Greenwich kid is no threat to anyone; lurking behind the scenes at the State Department is another matter entirely.


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23 responses to “The best argument against shutting down the State Department (and Brunswick) I’ve ever read

  1. anonymous

    Quit picking on college students – what, are you afraid of people your own age? And this anger against Brunswick simply makes me think there you just are envious that you didn’t benefit from a Brunswick education. Maybe if you had gone to Brunswick, you could write a proper sentence instead of the drivel I see on this blog every day.

  2. Libertarian Advocate

    Ahhh… maybe Chris you’ve just brought him to the attention of the State Department’s hiring team and your berating missive is to them the equivalent of high praise?

  3. Anonymous

    all of this is, in a word, frightening:

    then again, the current marxist-in-chief and other top appointed officials/cronies in gov’t probably wrote similar things in their revolutionary heyday in the 60’s…

    ….and today, we suffer the consequences.

  4. Cobra

    anonymous at 9:42 am = dollar bill?

  5. anonymous

    Chris – Being an esteemed member of the bar, it should be interesting when Mr. Stangler decides to sue you for libel. By posting such vitriolic comments about him on the internet, you could be ruining his future. Lay off the poor kid – he’s young and idealistic – don’t you remember being that age?

    • By 18, anon, I’d figured out that communism is an evil, wicked system of government. I expect the same degree of brain activity from a 20-year-old, especially one who is the product of wealth and privelege – can’t blame malnutrition for his stupidity- and who purports to be a student of international history.
      As for libel, truth is an absolute defense.

  6. Evo Morales

    ¡Sabes nada!

    Tuvimos nuestra revoluicón antes de llegada de Chè.

  7. Dude

    I think young Cole has proven himself to be strong enough to handle any insults hurled at him from this blog or worse.
    How people on this blog continue to equate the OWS movement, Obama, Democrats and Liberal with Communism, Socialism and now Che speaks to their ignorance. And the broken refrain “if you’re rich and don’t think the rich pay enough taxes, just write a check to the government” is just nonsense. You don’t solve a revenue problem by calling for voluntary contributions. I respond with the equally inane suggestion to those who think they pay too much in taxes, just move to Albania or similar tax structured country (no/minimal income tax and only a flat consumption tax)
    And speaking of young and naive, Chris didn’t you proudly admit to spitting on returning vietnam vets or guardsman? And you have the balls to equate Cole with being a Communist?

    • Ah, no, Dude, I never spat at returning servicemen. As for calling Cole a communist, I didn’t say it, he did. And anyone, of any age, who can see the oppression and poverty caused as the direct result of communist rule and still support it is an idiot, a terrorist and a blight on this planet (harsh words to follow).

  8. HG

    There is a good book called “Age of Delirium” by David Satter. Most of the book talks about life inside the Soviet Union but parts of the book discuss how respectable, left-leaning Americans who had visited the Soviet Union and been fooled by Lenin / Stalin in the late 1920s (my timing might be off) had figured out by the 1930s that they had been wrong / had been fooled. A well-educated, sophisticated American had no excuse post-1940 for harboring idealistic opinions about communists. Not sure what would be going on in someone’s head in 2011.

  9. Anonymous

    oppression and poverty are not mutually exclusive to communism.

    Reading this blog is like watching a man descend into madness in slow motion.

  10. Stump

    Don’t you mean the best argument FOR shutting down the State Department?

  11. Dude

    Chris, if not spitting, you did do something disgraceful (taunting?) aimed at military members, whether Guard or active duty. I forget what it was, but you have mentioned it in your blog and chalked it up to youthful indiscretion. Indeed!

    • I attended anti-war rallies, Dude. Something even Cole Strangler can do, and does. If he stopped there I’d have no objection, even at his advanced age – we make allowances for retarded development.

  12. MY ANONYMOUS CHRISTMAS WISH — That all you Anonymi out there, and versions thereof, would get better handles. It certainly would save a lot of confusion. And a very merry to you, too.

  13. Georgie

    anonymous, December 23, 2011 at 10:04 am

    You must be kidding that CF is somehow “outing” Stangler and tarnishing his name. Stangler:
    – writes a blathering, ranting blog on the WORLD wide web;
    – he shows up as a prominent protester at a rally;
    – he lets himself be interviewed and pictured….

    all at his own volition…and somehow CF is liable for tarnishing his VERY PUBLIC image???

  14. Anonymous

    Dude – the problem with OWS is that their goals will only exacerbate the problems created by a smaller pool of tax payers being responsible for a greater portion of revenue.
    Historically, the democrats raise taxes on an upper incomes while the republicans lower the rates all incomes. Over time this results in an steepening of the revenue generated by the progressive tax rates (today’s payroll tax “holiday” is a great example if you remember that its being paid for by charging lenders more to guarantee repayment of new loans, which will be passed along to Chris’ clients, i.e., the top 25% of incomes).
    As a country, state, or town begins to rely on a smaller group of people for larger percentages of its revenue it becomes more susceptible to the peaks and valleys of the group’s income. Just look at the roller coaster ride NY is on with the salaries of wall street. Placing more reliance on a smaller group will not help long term planning, which is in short supply. Broader tax bases enable stable long term planning.
    So, the solution is not to whack a small group of over achievers, but to whack them (if you must) along with EVERYONE else. The working rich (i.e., not W. Buffet) are quickly approaching real tax rate of 50%, and they will use (are using?) their considerable talents to avoid taxes rather than run businesses.

  15. Dude

    Chris, you at least claimed at one time to have done more then simply attend anti-war rallies…something which you attributed to youthful indiscretion. As a military member I took note when you had mentioned it. However, I understand why you may want to back off those claims. I’m not trying to put you on the spot and I’ve never held that against you (hey, I still read your blog and recommend you to buyers, with the caveat that they shouldn’t bring up politics). I just brought it up because of your attack on Cole’s idealism which is very similar to yours.

    Anon@12:14, Democrats try to make the tax code more progressive, republicans try to make it more regressive. I agree with you that those in the middle/upper middle class feel the squeeze. I would propose about more tax brackets, something like: beginning 5% at 25,000, 15% at 50,000, 25% at 100,000 and then add 10% for each $100,000 maxing out at a 60% top marginal rate. Keep in mind, these are marginal rates so everyone is paying the same in taxes up to their respective highest tax bracket.

    Let the arrows fly.

  16. nick

    You can graduate Georgetown’s Froreign Service School and NOT have taken a course on American History.

  17. Anonymous

    why doesn’t someone invite the young revolutionary to join this discussion?

    i looked at the counterpoint website but there is no way to contact him. he is, after all: “a freelance journalist and activist. He is a junior in the School of Foreign Service studying International History. Cole is currently studying abroad in Paris, France.”

    gee, thanks to his mom & dad for supporting his expanding worldview. their pride will be fully realized when their 1%’er home and assets are seized in the name of wealth redistribution. viva la revolucion!

  18. Evo Morales

    De Veras:

  19. Just_looking

    @ Dude, I agree in principal to your concept of taxes, with one exception, that of a business owner v. an employee. An owner has much more risk than an employee so the two types of income should be taxed differently. Any employee should be subject to your steepening progressive code, while the income of a business owner should be flatter and less progressive. Arguments?

  20. Green Mtn Punter

    Plus ca change, c’est plus le meme chose. Dems/Libs/Progs have always been soft on communism and always get away with it.. Amazing, really. Read M Stanton Evans : “Blacklisted by History: The Untold Story of Senator Joe McCarthy and His Fight Against America’s Enemies (2007)”.
    Another enlightening read is Peter Collier and David Horowitz’s “Second Thoughts: Former Radicals Look Back On The ’60’s” A collection of revelations by former radicals telling how and why they had their second thoughts about progressivism.