"Communists" Versus "Loyal Members of the Communist Party"
schweber at polisci.wisc.edu
Tue Sep 12 11:00:45 PDT 2006
>Funny how folks who would likely turn blue in the face if one used the
>phrase "American liberals" to include Stalinists have no hesitation about
>turning "American conservatives" into the "American Right" including Nazis.
Nope. Two different sins here, of which I am guilty of only one.
1. Sloppiness -- switching from "conservatives" to "right." Guilty.
2. Associating "conservative" with "Nazis." Not Guilty. I did not "turn
conservative into Right," I erred in shifting in focus. (Although I think
it is going to be hard to argue that Pat Robertson is outside the
mainstream of American conservatism given the efforts of Bush, McCain, et.
al. to secure his approval!) I was, indeed, talking about the American
Right, and that association is perfectly sound, as is the association
between the American Left and Stalinists -- in both cases, some members of
the larger group (Left, Right) are members of the smaller group (Nazis,
Stalinist). No turning blue here.
I trust Prof. Bernstein also speaks out against the endless stream
of invective in print and on the television in which conservative
commentators solemnly explain that liberals -- not just extreme leftists --
are anti-American traitors etc. etc. But of course, that gets us back to
the point that very few people outside the ACLU speak up for the rights of
others in matters of free speech. Which to my mind does not disqualify
them from credit for their accomplishments when they occur.
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