YDS: The Clare Spark Blog

June 11, 2013

Petit-bourgeois radicalism and Obama

Filed under: Uncategorized — clarelspark @ 3:45 am

Populism is pervasive, yet it rarely identified in the mass media. It leads to paranoia and irrational hatred of “experts” and “elites” solely on the basis of rumors spread by demagogues.

YDS: The Clare Spark Blog

A spirited discussion broke out on my Facebook page over a recent article in the New York Times characterizing Thomas Jefferson as a “monster.” (http://tinyurl.com/d6cnc3o.) During the course of the discussion, I decried hatchet jobs in general, pointing out that there was usually a lurking target that was not obvious to the reader. For instance, in the case of Jefferson and slavery, the historian author (Paul Finkelman) might be solely interested in Jefferson’s racism and moral failures regarding slaveholding, or there might be a larger agenda:  namely the post-60s campaign to regard the Founding Fathers and the framing of the Constitution as morally tainted, with subsequent Americans battening off their ill-gotten gains. (See https://clarespark.com/2011/10/30/collectivism-in-the-history-establishment/. )

As I have written frequently, for leftists and left-leaning corporatist liberals alike, America is seen as essentially racist, sexist, imperialist, and anti-environment. In other words, we not only fail to historicize…

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