Saturday, June 16, 2007

The American left criticizes itself

The American left criticizes itself
Matt Taibbi whose writings I know and like from links on LRC is spot-on in much of what he says here: ‘his own people’ are elitist and...
What makes the American left silly? Things that in a vacuum should be logical impossibilities are frighteningly common in lefty political scenes. The word “oppression” escaping, for any reason, the mouths of kids whose parents are paying 20 grand for them to go to private colleges. Academics in Priuses using the word “Amerika.” Ebonics, Fanetiks, and other such insane institutional manifestations of white guilt. Combat berets. Combat berets in conjunction with designer coffees.

At a time when someone should be organizing forcefully against the war in Iraq and engaging middle America on the alarming issue of big-business occupation of the Washington power process... It sells scads of Che t-shirts ($20 at the International ANSWER online store)...
ANSWER and ‘silly’ are roughly synonymous.
What we call American liberalism is really a kind of genetic mutant, a Frankenstein’s monster of incongruous parts – a fat, affluent, overeducated New York/Washington head crudely screwed onto the withering corpse of the vanishing middle-American manufacturing class.

...hard as they try to worry about food stamps or veterans’ rights or securing federal assistance for heating-oil bills, they invariably gravitate instead to things that actually matter to them...
I respect the good intentions of trying to get the state to help people (a belief that many Christians fall into) but by so doing you’re on the same wrong track as the establishment right.

Besides the economic problems of that solution, liberals, let me put it this way: according to his lights the late Jerry Falwell wanted to use the state to do what’s right and help you too!
“Perhaps what the real issue is that the left is not really a grassroots movement,” he [David Sirota] says. “You have this donor/elite class, and then you have the public ... You have these zillionaires who are supposedly funding the progressive movement. At some point that gets to be a problem.”
Then the other shoe drops:
When they start embracing their position of privilege and taking responsibility for the power they already have – striving to be the leaders of society they actually are... they’ll come across as wise...
Yes, we, your betters, know what’s good for you. Now if only the dumb proles in flyover country... and the Anglican Global South... would listen...’

From Episcopal Café.

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