On Coulter: Who the heck is M. Stanton Evans? And who cares?

Ann Coulter foolishly attacks Ron Radosh while promoting an inane book defending Joe McCarthy. Jeff Koopersmith debunks Ann's nonsense, saving you the need to read her drivel.

Dec. 7, 2007 – Geneva (apj.us) – Ho, hum.

Out of the imaginary tens of thousands of National[ist] Review readers (they claim 78,000 copies in circulation), all seven of its proven readers can forget this week about seeing anything electrifying from fabulist Ann Coulter.

The woman is unrelenting in her hell-bent quest to whitewash the reputation of Senator Joseph McCarthy – this time abusing writer Ron Radosh about his hilariously cruel but appropriate review of M. Stanton “Stan” Evans's absurd tome, "Blacklisted in History: The Untold Story of Senator Joe McCarthy and His Fight Against America's Enemies."

Allow me to remind you (as if you ever knew) who Mr. Evans is.

After graduating from Yale (see George W. Bush, George H.W. Bush, Prescott Bush), Mr. Evans went to work as an assistant editor at another largely unread journal – The Freeman, a rag that claims “No other magazine, newspaper, or scholarly journal introduces readers to so many implications of what the free society is all about: its moral legitimacy, its tremendous efficiency, and its liberating effects in every area of life. ”

At The Freeman Mr. Evans's boss was the old sot, Frank Chodorov, who went on to help spawn groups like The Intercollegiate Studies Institute (ISI) – an “educational institution” for doddering paleoconservatives such as William F. Buckley, a founder.

ISI claims it “directs scores of thousands of young people each year to a wide array of educational programs that deepen their understanding of the American ideal of ordered liberty.”

What the current definition of “ordered liberty” truly is reeks of conjecture. Suffice it to say that it is a philosophy shared by James Madison and George Washington among others that liberty must be controlled by the rule of law, and, I assume in this case, by neoconservative law which seems to be “whatever works at the time” – for instance, building an agribusiness empire with slavery.

Frank Chodorov, Mr. Evans's first bona fide boss, was a journalist of the “Old Right.” Here is what journalist Murray Rothbard, first a pal then an enemy of loopy Alisa Zinov'yevna Rosenbaum – better known under her pen name, Ayn Rand – wrote about Chodorov:

… Frank Chodorov, again unlike his 'libertarian' colleagues, never forgot for an instant that the State is the great predatory enemy of the human race, that the State is, in its very being, the organization and regularization of predation, exploitation, and robbery.

In fact, all the people surrounding Mr. Evans, from his university days on, seem to be acritical "worshippers" of the nation's founding slaveholders, anti-union, and anti-welfare for those who cannot make it in a free-wheeling society. In modern light, Evans and his ilk come across as un-American.

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