Friday, October 21, 2005

JONAH'S WAR



Obviously, Jonah Goldberg has joined the rank and file of so many academics of our great nation, arguing that abstraction trumps empirical reality. Calling attention to political correctness and suppressed language on college campuses, the National Review writer spins a causal narrative from Adolf Hitler to Hillary Clinton, from Nazism to welfare entitlement, from totalitarianism to liberal social justice.

Now, I'm no big fan of Hillary, largely because she didn't speak out against the completely unnecessary and increasingly catastropic war in Iraq. But I have to say that the conspiratorial vitriol foisted upon her name and persona by the right isn't just bordering on delusional paranoia, it is delusional paranoia. Is this because they need a scapegoat for the failures of a Republican-controled Congress during the Clinton years?

Historically, there is, of course, a connection between working class socialism and Nazism, but not one of cause and effect. If Jonah had done his homework--instead of political handiwork--he would have learned that the Nazis exploited the ire of disenfranchised workers and rural farmers for the purposes of political gain, turning them against the middle class and in particular Jews.

That he argues this when there are thousands of neo-Nazis and White Supremists in the U.S. who are by any measure on the far right of the political and social spectrum makes his argument all the more tortured and just plain idiotic.