The Clare Spark Blog

April 19, 2020

James W. Ceaser attacks the academic left in Reconstructing America

Filed under: Uncategorized — clarelspark @ 4:34 pm


Published in 1977, I’m not surprised that Ceaser’s book has not attracted more attention, partly because academe is controlled by the left. Ceaser considers the left (and many social democrats) to be (unconsciously?) racist and generally reactionary: The left’s heroes are Buffon and Gobineau(the precursors of Thomas Jefferson), and stretching to Heidegger and Derrida and including Nietzsche, Heine, Spengler, and Junger. Most of these important thinkers reject technology (intrinsic to their analyses) and lead to Nazism.
Nazis gave “race” a bad name.

Ceaser is especially hard on the postmodernists. I love this book (Reconstructing America)and took copious notes on it.Needless to say, its critique of the academic left has been neglected.

1 Comment »

  1. Excellent recommendation. Ordered on Amazon. May use for faculty salon in fall. thanks again.

    Comment by terbreugghen — April 21, 2020 @ 3:40 pm | Reply

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