Monday, February 05, 2007

The Return of Radical Chic.

In his essay "Radical Chic & Mau-Mauing the Flak Catchers", Tom Wolfe describes the bizzare scene of Leonard Bernstein's cocktail party with his guests of honor - the Black Panthers. Wolfe's essay highlights the sad psychological cravings for self-loathing and a dippy romanticism for antiliberal thuggery and totalitarianism exhibited by many of the American Left. And it's a useful lens through which to view much of the dog-piling going on about the current Iraq crisis and the War Against Islamofascism.

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