This is two posts patched together from Catallaxy. It was on a thread which quoted John Updike waxing lyrical about Roosevelt as if Roosevelt were Allahs gift to the working man:
That a skillful writer can get that old and still be that ignorant. But its a failing commentary on his source-work. Since it appears he’s gone for the last half-century and only mixed with dumb-white-leftists.
Thats no way to create characters.
Roosevelts smug smile and those long-cigarette-filters ought not have fooled anyone.
Roosevelt was the ultimate enemy of the working man. And under the influence of all the commies and New Dealer-leftists that surrounded him he wound up, in his last few years, being one of the three great enemies of mankind just before his death.
Blame it on new media.
In the same way as the master-of-radio…. Hitler…. managed to get the whole German linguistic group under his sway… So his American Cousins radio-dominance has had an effect that has blinded the Americans to Roosevelts incredibly patchy (I’m mustering all the praise I possibly can) policy performance.
This I think has its parallel today. Just when there were good signs of progress in the humanities up comes the internet.
Great boon though it is we seem to be having a lot of teething problems and blowback….
Surely few people could have predicted the sheer level of craziness going on today. And no doubt it is the net thats helped spread it.
The big wave of crazines seemed to start at the Seattle protests and it spiralled upward and outward from there. It swelled again after 9/11 into tsunami proportions….swallowing the whole culture and even hammering a section of the hard rock of physical sciences into jelly.
Early on in my adventures in ozblogistan Steve Edwards expressed his disgust at Operation Keelhaul.
And its a good job he did or I would have suspected I was conversing with fucking aliens…
The rest of you seem just incapable of internalizing this mystery/monstrosity.
The demonisation of McCarthy cannot really be understood without the backdrops of:
1. The betrayal of Eastern Europe.
2. The handing of the atomic bomb to Stalin.
3. Operation Keelhaul.
These are the scandals that showed up the institutional dysfunction that is always a part of a whistleblower case.
But in this instance the dysfunctional “INSTITUTION” was the Western World itself.
We have to get real with TRUTH AND RECONCILLIATION about this sort of stuff.
And the process aint over until those statues OF… and monuments TO…. Roosevelt ….ARE TRASHED!!!!!!!!!!!!….
….And a magnificent statue of McCarthy stands in their place.