Wednesday, November 10, 2004

Liberals: Kill Them All and Start Over

Wow, this is one of the more excellent opinion pieces I've read in a while. Marty Peretz talks, in communist terms, of the leftist elite's desire to rid themselves of the voters and start all over:
The American people have plumb busted the hearts of the country's liberal elites, and the sentiments evoked among these elites are not dolorous but actually quite nasty. So much so that they reminded me of a poem by the communist playwright Bertolt Brecht, sardonic and rare in its anti-communist sensibility. On June 17, 1953, workers in the Russian Zone of East Berlin had risen up against the regime, and one of its top apparatchiks distributed a leaflet,

Stating that the people
Had forfeited the confidence of the government
And could win it back only
By redoubled efforts.

About which Brecht observed,

. . . Would it not be easier
In that case for the government
To dissolve the people
And choose itself another?

It is surely what America's cultural top drawer would like to do themselves.
Read the rest of this powerful piece here.

1 comment:

Pat said...

Peretz is an interesting guy. I think he owns like 1/3 of the New Republic these days, having sold the majority interest to a pair of Republicans. And yet you read this (and Peretz's stunning editorial the Sunday before the election in the LA Times), and you gotta think that all three of the owners of TNR voted Bush last Tuesday, even though their magazine endorsed Le Fraude.

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