Scott Horton Interviews Jack Hunter

Scott Horton, May 05, 2010

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Jack Hunter, talk radio host and newspaper columnist, discusses the Barry Goldwater foundation of the modern American conservative movement, why Sean Hannity is too stupid to realize he’s a neocon, how Obama’s election has made conservatives easier to talk to about foreign policy and how neocons are losing their tightly held grip on Republican talking points.

MP3 here. (40:25)

Jack Hunter, a.k.a. the “Southern Avenger“, is a conservative commentator (WTMA 1250 AM talk radio) and columnist (Charleston City Paper) living in Charleston, South Carolina. He has a YouTube channel and a blog at Takimag.

14 Responses to “Jack Hunter”

  1. Could anyone post me a link for that Hackworth-Hannity clip? I'm having trouble finding it on youtube.

  2. Hell yeah!

  3. Wow, what a lightweight.

    All cheers to you Scott if you can actually help facilitate the "re-alignment" you're always talking about if that re-alignment can indeed decrease murder at all (cheers since decreasing murder is a good thing).

    But damn, Conservatives are stupid. You sure there's really anything to be gained by allying with them?

    "First and foremost, probably one of the most noble things any human being can do is to serve their country. When you sign up and you're a soldier, you're doing your duty, you're serving your country. All you're doing is taking orders. That's very noble…"

    Huh?

    1) Here's a guy who just spent a good deal of time criticizing the invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan and yet he still thinks being a soldier equates to "serving your country"? How is being a soldier in Iraq or Afghanistan (or really any war since the war of secession from Britain) "serving the country"?

    2) What is "your country"? Conservatives always make lots of noise about individual liberty, yet one of the most "noble" things "any human being" can do is to "serve" a fictional collectivist abstraction?

    3) "All you're doing is taking orders. That's very noble" How is relegating your own moral and intellectual judgment to the judgment of others a noble thing? When has that ever been a noble thing? The most noble thing any human being can do is become a robot following orders (a non-human)!?

    4) WHO are the soldiers taking orders from? POLITICIANS! This isn't some secret, it's actually a point of pride ("civilian commanded military" and all that). Does Mr. Hunter really want to make the case that POLITICIANS are trustworthy and worth obeying, especially in place of one's own moral and intellectual judgment? "Taking orders" from Bill Clinton, George Bush or Barack Obama (for quick example) is a noble thing?

    So to recap, one of the most noble things any human being can do is to serve the fictional collectivist entity, "the country", which means subjugating your own judgment to the dictates of politicians.

    Damn, Conservatives are stupid.

    Oh and Barry Goldwater is the father of "libertarianism" in America. That's a good one.

    One last jab, "but you don't understand, everyone was really scared of the Soviet Union back then" (paraphrase of his excusing Goldwater's pro-war stance). Uh, duh…. A big bad wolf bogeyman is always the excuse for pro-war demagogues. How is the "the Soviets are gonna nuke you and turn your children into atheists" fairytale any less of baseless scare-tactic than "extremist Muslims are going to cut off your head, then dirty-bomb nuke you and turn your children into Muslims"?

  4. Very enjoyable interview. Nice job to both Scott and Jack.

  5. Um, it wasn't the Soviet Union that Goldwater wanted to nuke, it was a 'ragtag' bunch of peasants from VN. Hardly the stuff of cold war.

  6. "Oh and Barry Goldwater is the father of "libertarianism" in America. That's a good one."

    Let's not forget that the late Murray Rothbard–known as "Mr. Libertarian" in his lifetime–preferred voting for LBJ to Barry Goldwater in 1964, according to Rothbard's posthumously published memoir 'Betrayal of the American Right.' Rothbard actually cheered when the infamous "daisy" ad aired on TV. And why?

    Because of Goldwater's insanely militaristic views, which totally contradicted and were inconsistent with whatever genuinely libertarian views he may have held.

    If conservatives become more anti-war and more consistently pro-liberty, that's all to the good, but I can't held but be reminded of the Who's classic tune "Won't Be Fooled Again."

  7. Scott, don't forget Jesse Ventura. I didn't see the Hackworth interview, but Venture also hit Hannity with a "shut up boy, I'm talking" attitude and Hannity quivered in the corner and kept his mouth shut. Glorious moment to behold.

  8. The narrative hasn't changed, it has nothing to do with Ron Paul, it's just opportunism, i.e. finding any excuse to attack O.

  9. The narrative hasn't changed, it has nothing to do with Ron Paul, it's just opportunism, i.e. finding any excuse to attack O.

  10. "Oh and Barry Goldwater is the father of "libertarianism" in America. That's a good one."

    Let's not forget that the late Murray Rothbard–known as "Mr. Libertarian" in his lifetime–preferred voting for LBJ to Barry Goldwater in 1964, according to Rothbard's posthumously published memoir 'Betrayal of the American Right.' Rothbard actually cheered when the infamous "daisy" ad aired on TV. And why?

    Because of Goldwater's insanely militaristic views, which totally contradicted and were inconsistent with whatever genuinely libertarian views he may have held.

    If conservatives become more anti-war and more consistently pro-liberty, that's all to the good, but I can't held but be reminded of the Who's classic tune "Won't Be Fooled Again."

  11. They might delete this, but "Conservative" is just the old-fashioned white, Christian gentiles. "Neo-conservatives" are Zionists. That is becoming more and more obvious.

  12. It's no use to protest the insane, unnecessary and unjust wars w/o questioning the basis..The biggest mistake the anti-war movemnt made was buying the govt/media's officical mendacious conspiracy theory on 9-11.//Dov Zakheim ( Systems Planning Corp ) Michael S. Goff ( P-Tech ) and Dominic Suter ( IDF demo boys @ Urban Moving Systems-dancing Israelis ) had everything to do w/9-11///not OBL ( denied any involvemnt b4 he died in 12/01 ) or KSM….go tohttp://www.Rediscover9-11.com orhttp://www.thetruthseeker.co.uk.com -go to that one fm Google..9-11 was a Mossad/cia false flag terror op..and someday we'll put Dov in an orange jumpsuit..

  13. Deus X. Nihilo wrote: " … Because of Goldwater's insanely militaristic views, which totally contradicted and were inconsistent with whatever genuinely libertarian views he may have held."

    And this is why the Neo-Lib/Neo-con chortle with glee when He is mentioned. To them it means they've just won the argument.

  14. Thanks, the Legendary Bill.

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