February 18, 2006

Dissection of an "icon"

... 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.

Posted by Hube at February 18, 2006 08:21 AM | TrackBack

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Can you name one leftist who has EXPLICITLY expressed hatred for the USA stated that they want Israel to be detroyed?

Posted by: Dana Garrett at February 18, 2006 04:43 PM

From the article:

Why haven't we heard from more intellectuals like Susan Sontag...

She has a REALLY good excuse...

Posted by: fft2xod02 at February 18, 2006 11:39 PM

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