I'm interested in George Packer, Liberal Hawk, saying this:
You don’t have to be a neocon to sympathize with the seriousness of the project under consideration. Kristol’s essays of forty years ago, set in the context of social breakdown and the ongoing spectacle of left-wing lunacy, make the move of liberal-minded intellectuals to the right entirely understandable and, in some ways, justifiable. If nothing else, their migration was more interesting than anything going on in liberal circles, for there’s nothing like dismantling an orthodoxy to bring out the liveliest prose. Compared with the defenses of liberalism written in those years, the intellectual energy and fearlessness are indisputably on the side of the neoconservatives.The "ongoing spectacle of left-wing lunacy" is supposed to be Altamont or something. One notes in passing that the Hell's Angels weren't Leninists. But honestly, the left-wing of the sixties, as distinct from "liberal-minded intellectuals" and the Democratic Party, counted among its radical claims the notion that black people were not sub-human, women not property, consensual sex not criminal nor even especially objectionable, and war . . . how did the phrase go? Bad for children and other living things? These are not, plainly put, especially troubling notions. They are, more tellingly, correct. While left-wing lunacy attempted to dismantle Jim Crow and convince America that the only sure thing that could result from killing a couple of million Asians was a couple of million dead Asians, Kristol's fellow soi-disant left-leaning intellectuals were hyperventilating about Negroes. Insofar as Kristol et al. did not believe--at least not at first--that Social Security was Communism and Roosevelt one of the Elders of Zion, you could have called them Liberal, but they were always firmly on the side of the American state and American expansionism, and when the antiwar left finally realized that the Democratic Party was not interested in ending the war on Vietnam and began protesting in earnest, it was hardly a great transmigration of souls that transported a few militant Jewish warmongers from putative left to nominal right.