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Behind the Curtain: Life as a Lefty

Posted by Thunder Pig on January 31, 2007

A new book about the lives of lefties in the UK has caused a bit of a stir.

Here is the take of a couple of bloggers I trust:

Belmont Club

Nothing so low as a Fallen Angel. When the Guardian reprinted excerpts of Nick Cohen’s book about the Left it faced a storm of commentary from its readers. I have an extract, provided courtesy of a reader, which suggests why the Leftist readers would find Cohen’s book infuriating. All I can say is that Cohen barely fails to scratch the surface; in terms of absurdity and tragedy, of the Leftist Deep. Here’s how the Guardian describes Cohen’s book, and you can guess why its readers should find it so maddening.

More…and most damning:

It is really impossible to understand the rise of fascism in the world without taking a close look at the single most destructive ideology in modern history. I still remember a close German friend telling me that it was a mistake to imagine that his country’s worst export was Hitler. Far from it, he said. That honor was reserved for Karl Marx.


Maggie’s Farm

It is not novel to say that socialism is dead. My argument is that its failure has brought a dark liberation to people who consider themselves to be on the liberal left. It has freed them to go along with any movement however far to the right it may be, as long as it is against the status quo in general and, specifically, America. I hate to repeat the overused quote that ‘when a man stops believing in God he doesn’t then believe in nothing, he believes anything’, but there is no escaping it. Because it is very hard to imagine a radical leftwing alternative, or even mildly radical alternative, intellectuals in particular are ready to excuse the movements of the far right as long as they are anti-Western.


And, I may be getting a little snow. Life is good.

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