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A Sixties Time Warp

August 21st, 2014 - 5:44 am

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As Scott Johnson over at Powerline has noted, the Sixties seems to be making a comeback on the world stage. Consider Barack Obama’s pathetic response to the violence and racial posturing in Ferguson. “It was,” Johnson writes, “a statement full of the reigning leftist clichés, even retrieving the “anger” of “looting” and “carrying guns” from the dustbin of the sixties. Frantz Fanon must be making a comeback among the White House speechwriters. What next? Perhaps R.D. Laing and The Politics of Experience. You know, reality is crazy, man, and mental illness is a path to transcendence.

People looking for additional examples do not have far to seek. A friend just sent me a link to the program for the 2014 People’s Social Forum in Ottawa (that’s “Forum social des peuples” up where the language police reign): “Build together, win together! The future is Ours!” (“Ensemble pour gagner, l’avenir est à nous!”)

I confess that I am still of two minds about whether this is an elaborate hoax, à la the Sokal Affair, perhaps. What do you think? There’s the “indigenous friendship centre at the forum,” the “legal assistance” hot line prominently displayed in case ( I assume) you have immigration problems, and there’s the “people of colour Welcoming space.” Then there’s the “Dismantling Oppression” sidebar:

All participants in the Peoples Social ForumC are dedicated to sharing an op- pression– free space for dialogue and debate. Participants commit to open dialogue and communication in a respectful environment, free of all forms of harassment. Any acts of oppression weaken and divide us and cannot be tolerated.

Hoax? Or normal life on campus?

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"the Sixties seems to be making a comeback on the world stage..."

And at CNN, where this week they are airing the 273rd episode of CNN's seemingly endless maxi-series: "The Sixties"...which now feels like it has toiled on for a time longer than the actual 60's.
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These people make colonialism and imperialism look like worthwhile projects if it's meant keeping them undercover for the last 5,000 years.
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These people are wallowing in an orgy of what used to be called philistinism. Smug narrow minded self-congratulatory mediocrity. So many closed incurious minds. So many who are convinced they know the Truth.
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The 150 million or so murdered victims of Stalin, Mao, Pol Pot, Castro and other marxists, would probably voice another opinion had they not been turned into fertilizer.
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And there are any number of grey haired professors, who remember the "cool" days of their youth, when they actually had to seize the dean's office they now occupy.
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That's a problem, when a former rabble rousing protestor gets into a position of authority.

Such as the mayor of Oakland a few years back during riots there when it was her responsibility to defuse the chaos. She'd become "the man". Reportedly, she wasn't up to the task.

A certain complaining, grumbling president has somewhat the same background & subsequent problem.
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Greece is capitalist? Well knock me over with a feather.
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Thanks for the laugh soldier :)
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Socialism/communism hasn't worked because it hasn't really been tried by the right people. And these are THE RIGHT PEOPLE. Just ask 'em...
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A wise man once told me that if you remember the sixties, you weren't really there... :)
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Marxism as an ideology has survived the corrective hand of reality for over a century and this resilience has enormous appeal to certain types who need to belong to something and be right about something despite the fact that the application of their belief system has killed tens of millions and maybe because of it.
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But, dude, it's, like logical.
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I would point out to Our Beloved Leader that there is no place in the 21st century for the 1960s...
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"A friend just sent me a link to the program for the 2014 People’s Social Forum in Ottawa (that’s “Forum social des peuples”)"

You rarely see "les peuples"...since "le peuple" (singular, the people as a whole) pretty much covers all the bases of people-hood.

But i guess when you're pretending to grandiosity, no breach of grammar is too egregious.
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Naomi Klein ?

Isn't she the chick who jets around the world, stays in 5 star hotels, eats lobster and prime rib & bashes "capitalism" ? Kinda like the equally hypocritical (and now really old guy) Noam Chomsky ?

I get 'em all mixed up.
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Genius is not in chains in the USA. There is more than enough freedom for the talented of any race to succeed. We see the actions violent mediocrity at work. Jealousy, scapegoating are the goals of their zero-sum game.
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" ...“indigenous” folks are there as window dressing, totems of impoverishment or disadvantage..."
Canadian indigenous folks may be poor and disadvantaged. (In 2005 average incomes ranged from $19,000 to 26,000. CDN.www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/89-645-x/2010001/income-revenu-eng.htm)
The chiefs and grievance peddlers are not.
$150,000 to 250,000 tax-free - http://www.fortmcmurraytoday.com/2014/08/02/fort-mcmurray-first-nation-discloses-salaries-expenses
$114,000 + 800,000 bonus tax-free - http://www.vancouversun.com/business/Editorial+Indian+band+chief+huge+raises+questions/10135252/story.html
$200,000 - http://www.winnipegsun.com/2014/07/29/chiefs-and-council-salaries-now-posted-online
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Are these incomes handouts or compensation for production? If the former, a recipient might still be impoverished.
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