I was hoping for a piece that would note Pete Seeger’s songwriting talents and decency in dealing with people, but push back against the current hagiography and highlight, you know, the communism.
‘Seeger never really did abandon the dream of communism, despite the inconvenient fact that it had long since (starting around 1918) transformed into a pitiful nightmare. So it was unsurprising that in 1995 he would provide an effusive blurb for a book of poetry written by Tomas Borge, the brutal secret police chief and interior minister of Sandinista Nicaragua (“An extraordinary collection of poems and prose”).’
All together now, 1, 2, and a 1.2, 3, 4…
Wait a minute, wasn’t Bill de Blasio sympathetic to the Sandinistas?
You know, I remember reading a piece at the NY Times about Trotsky’s great-grandaughter, the neuroscientist Nora Volkow:
‘Dr. Volkow generally forswears any interest in politics per se, but midway through a long day of meetings last month she sighed and acknowledged, “science and politics are intertwined.” We think we have free will, she continued, but we are foiled at every turn. First our biology conspires against us with brains that are hard-wired to increase pleasure and decrease pain. Meanwhile, we are so gregarious that social systems — whether you call them peer pressure or politics — reliably dwarf us as individuals. “There is no way you can escape.”
This brought me back to Frenchman of The Left Bernhard Henri-Levy’s piece before the 2008 election:
“And one of the reasons I am so much in favor of [Senator Barack] Obama is that his election might be, will be—because I think he will be elected—a real end to this tide of competition of victimhood, and especially on the specific ground of the two communities, Jews and African Americans, who were so close in the 1960s”
…”The Obama election would reconstitute the grand alliance.”
Hail the grand alliance!
Samuel Bronkowitz may have gotten there first to celebrate the black-Jewish Leftist alliance in Hollywood:
So, this is just liberalism, right? It’s not race, it’s class. It’s not ideology, it’s only science. Look at all this equality!
See Tom Wolfe’s Radical Chic: That Party At Lenny’s… for a rich account of the times
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