Leftism Revisited: From de Sade and Marx to Hitler and Pol Pot

Leftism Revisited: From de Sade and Marx to Hitler and Pol Pot

Leftism Revisited: From de Sade and Marx to Hitler and Pol Pot

Leftism Revisited: From de Sade and Marx to Hitler and Pol Pot

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We are now so stultified in
our thinking and so priggish in our
expressions that it becomes
unavoidably offensive to tell the truth.

—JOHANN GEORG HAMANN

Sixteen years have elapsed since Leftism: From de Sade and Marx to Hitler and Marcuse was published in the United States. Since then much has changed. We no longer speak about Marcuse, who has gone to his reward as have two of his most outstanding companions at the highly destructive Frankfurt School. When one of them, Theodor W Adorno, gave his last university lecture in 1969, his male students hooted him while the females, stripped to the waist, stormed the dais and fell on him with kisses. To his students, he was an old, useless fogey. He suffered a nervous breakdown and explained in tears to reporters that his former disciples did not understand him. A few weeks later he was dead. Max Horkheimer, the other companion, turned to religion (the liberalization of which he considered nonsense) and passed away in a highly spiritualized version of the faith of his childhood. The revolt of 1968 is nearly forgotten.

In the ensuing years in the United States the beliefs of a small elite burgeoned into a solid conservative movement. More and more Americans came to the conclusion that Right is right and Left is wrong.

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