Naturally, the Left are in full Margaret Dumont mode over this, but they’d be getting the vapors over something today. (Fish gotta swim, birds gotta fly, etc.) And of course, eight years of Bushitler references are conveniently forgotten. Oceania has never been at war with East Crawford.
A decade ago, I might have been embarrassed to admit that I was raised on Marx and Marxism, but I am convinced that the left is coming back. Friedrich Hayek is going to be out; Friedrich Engels in. Larry Kudlow out; Larry Mishel in. And why is that? Because a severe global recession like this puts in relief the transient, fragile, and corruptible nature of capitalism, and the looming contradiction between what Marx called the forces and relations of production evidenced in unemployed engineers and boarded up factories and growing poverty amidst a potential for abundance. As capitalism itself–or at the least the vaunted miracle of the free market–becomes problematic, the left is poised for an intellectual comeback.
And with Thomas Friedman praising one-party totalitarian China, Oliver Stone and Showtime exploring how totally cool and dreamy Stalin was, the BBC praising Stalin-loving historian Eric Hobsbawm, and Comcast / Universal / General Electric employee Lawrence O’Donnell saying on-air, “I am a socialist. I live to the extreme left, the extreme left of you mere liberals,” I’m not sure why the left is complaining.
Or to put it another way, “Joe Biden: President May Impose Unilateral Law, Trumping Constitution,” Ace notes today, adding, “Own it. Say what you mean.”
I think Drudge has done that for them.