Jamie Lewis writes frequently at AmericanThinker.com which I think is the best social commentary resource. His articles are as powerful as those written by Thomas Sowell, Charles Krauthammer, David Broder, David Brooks and George Will. After I read this article when it appeared in October, I set it aside, wondering if it would impact me as much if I read it later. I didn’t even give it to my most enthusiastic recipient of these articles, my oldest son, because its implications are so serious. Re-reading it today I’m even more compelled how badly it needs to be disseminated. All Classical Liberals and Conservatives need to counteract the mounting totalitarian impulse of the Left that has become even more insidous than when the Soviet Union existed.
“Over time, the Democrats became more totalitarian in spirit and practice after the first wave of the New Left started its takeover of the Party in the 1970s and 80s. Half a century ago, true liberal Democrats like Harry Truman told Americans the truth about Stalin and the new Cold War — and were hated for it by the Hard Left.”
“Anti-Americanism has come roaring back like a bad rash, flaring up after years of remission. Anti-American rage is pervasive on our Left and the dominant media.”
“In Europe most of the major media — Der Spiegel, Stern, Le Monde, the Guardian, the BBC News — make a specialty of slamming America, with Israel thrown in as the Little Satan.”
“Why do they hate us? It’s truly not our fault. The Euro-Left hates us for winning the Cold War, and for showing capitalist democracy to be far more beneficial and compassionate than any State-controlled society. It still drives them to rage…”
The New Left utilized “affirmative action,” Black Studies and Women’s Studies to bring in new indoctrinated troops, and to drive out objective scholarship from humanities departments. Science and engineering departments tended to be a little more resistant, because they had to deal with facts in the real world. The same seems to be true in business and economics departments. For honest humanities scholarship the Left substituted frauds like “post-modernism,” “deconstructionism,” and “Critical Theory.” Those were just new labels for the old vinegar. While those hot new ideas are now dying of ennui, their true believers are going back to the old Marxist gospel. What’s that song about the old-time religion? Well, the Left is going back to the old-time religion of Communism. The best proof is that the very word “communism” is now strictly Verboten by the PC Commissars, who don’t want to be exposed.”
“Down the road it’s quite possible that the EU will turn Hard Left, and junk soft socialism. And it’s not impossible that it will turn Hard Right, like the Nazis. It all depends on circumstances. In France, Dominique de Villepin certainly celebrates a Napoleonic Empire for the future, as he makes clear in his writings.“