Monday, June 22, 2009
Everything old is new again. Reread Thomas Wolfe's You Can't Go Hame Again, especially the Credo at the end. We have dealt with fascists before, worse ones in fact, and faced them down. The Left has always had a soft spot for strong men, whether a Mussolini or a Castro. The interesting question to me is why did a small selection of dictators never make the grade and achieve popularity? Benito Mussolini before 1934 was popular in America. There are public monuments to fascist Italy in Chicago and New York. Hitler however was never seen as acceptable in America. Since WW-II the allegiances of the American left have become increasingly alienated from the nation it purports to lead or remodel. It has also become steadily more elitist in both its domestic organization and its external affinities.