Re: The Dark Heart of Progressivism

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Lew, Salon’s very selective (and rather sophomoric) slideshow depiction of right-wing “anti-government rage and violence” in American history conviently left out the following incidents, perhaps because of their often crimson hue.  These particular items were chosen because of their representative character in demonstrating phenomena rife in the populace at the time:  The Philadelphia Nativist Riots, The Detroit Race Riot of 1863, The Haymarket Affair, The Pullman Strike of 1894, Coxey’s Army, The Green Corn Rebellion, The First Red Scare, The May Day Riots of 1919, The Steel Strike of 1919, The Boston Police Strike of 1919The Tulsa Race Riot of 1921, The Bonus Army, The 1934 West Coast Waterfront Strike, The Minneapolis Teamsters Strike of 1934, The Detroit Race Riot of 1943, The Zoot Suit RiotsHollywood Black Friday and Communist infiltration of industry trades unions, The 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and FreedomThe Watts Riots of 1965, The Detroit Race Riot of 1967, The Columbia University Protests of 1968, and the Million Man March of 1995.

  One is reminded of the classic H. L. Mencken quote:  “The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary,” all-the-time ignoring the basic indisputable fact that government is the enemy of civilization.

2:42 pm on March 27, 2010