Saturday, September 14, 2013
A cautionary tale
I have my reasons for being rather suspicious of various efforts to create left/right coalitions against the current political status quo. Of course I could point to the experience of those involved in the National Bolshevik Party that emerged in the aftermath of the collapse of the USSR in the early 1990s. Although the rightists were purged, as near as I can tell, early last decade, the party's reputation continues to suffer. But even closer to home, it's pretty obvious that right-wing elements have been infiltrating and corrupting various leftist and left-leaning organizations for the past several decades. For one detailed history and analysis regarding right-wing infiltration in the US, read Right Woos Left by Chip Berlet. It's a bit dated, but does give, from a liberal/progressive angle, a detailed accounting that should, I hope, give pause to any avowed leftist or progressive who advocates for the Pauls (Ron or Rand) as our last great hope against the US war machine, or who quotes at length from Alex Jones' various websites, etc.