... by the inimitable Benjamin Kerstein.
SEMI-RELATED UPDATE: Speaking of the Left, this Nation article is well worth the read, as it's written by a French leftist containing much needed advice for the American Left. I was personally struck by this line:
For a European intellectual used to the battlefield of ideas, it is simply incomprehensible that more voices weren't raised long ago ...
I recall years ago at an education "conference," where the topic was "multiculturalism," a discussion I had with another Spanish teacher (in Spanish so as not to "offend" anybody ... you know how touchy multicultis are). I brought up how there is always little to no discussion about some of the [wackier] multiculti ideas, and this teacher, a European, was almost beside himself with ... relief -- he thanked me for realizing this ... that this sort of nonsense would never occur in Europe, even among those of like ideology.
Overall, I disagree with author Bernard-Henri Lévy's political/cultural assessment of the US. But the quote above is dead on, and certainly details one admirable facet we should emulate from our European friends.