From the Versailles Dining Room of The Hoover Institution, episode CCXXIII: Niall Ferguson’s obsession with ‘The Left’. Old Socialist comments

Headline:In this Cold War between Trump and China, beware the enemy within

Sub-headline: As tensions rise across the Pacific, whose side are US socialists on?

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/comment/in-this-cold-war-between-trump-and-china-beware-the-enemy-within-zz87wk2js

As preamble to my comment on the above, recall Mr. Ferguson’s stern warning from February 24, 2019:

Headline: Let me give you the real news about hate crime

Sub-headline: Those who fabricate racist attacks will only help re-elect Trump

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/let-me-give-you-the-real-news-about-hate-crime-96gpsrsr5

The featured protagonist in this essay was ‘gay African-American actor Justin (“Jussie”) Smollett‘. In sum, Mr. Smollett wanted a raise from his $1800 per episode salary. And staged  an attack, as part of an utterly misguided attempt to somehow get the raise he wanted: this scheme demonstrates an utter lack of maturity, in fact it was the act of a child!

The real targets for Mr. Ferguson’s withering contempt were two prominent Senators Harris and Booker, who sided with Mr. Smollett, their only real ‘mistake’ was to have trusted Mr. Smollett? There exists a built in solidarity with black people that Mr. Ferguson will never understand? Call it a lack of Moral Imagination! Another possibility is that Mr. Ferguson hasn’t yet read ‘The New Jim Crow’ ? The other very pressing question that begs to be discussed  is that both Harris and Booker are presidential candidates, to engage in cynicism.

Further into his diatribe on the subject of ‘The Left’ and Fake Hate Crimes Mr. Ferguson offers this:

The problem is that there is not enough of the right kind of hate crime to validate the narrative, so cherished by the left, that Trump’s election unleashed a wave of white supremacist violence. Only half the known offenders in US hate crimes in 2017 were in fact white. Anti-semitic acts often turn out to be by non-white perpetrators, though you would need to read between the lines of The New York Times to work that out.

Mr. Ferguson is relentless in his attacks on Harris, with the addition of the 47 year old Southern Poverty Law Centre, another manifestation of ‘The Left’ 

Democrats such as Harris want to talk only about white extremism — rather in the way that the phoney civil rights organisation the Southern Poverty Law Centre used to publish a list of “anti-Muslim extremists” but never a list of Muslim extremists. Ironically, Nawaz and my wife both appeared on that list — until he sued them.

Look to the Southern Poverty Law Centre website here :

https://www.splcenter.org/

Here is the most recent example of Mr. Ferguson’s Anti-Left Paranoia, that framed the beginning of my essay. He garnishes it with a reference to Fukuyama’s monument to Starussian historical mendacity The End of History. Nothing impresses American Hicks, and their fellow travelers, more that a labored reference to Hegel and prolixity on a grand scale!

Headline:In this Cold War between Trump and China, beware the enemy within

Sub-headline: As tensions rise across the Pacific, whose side are US socialists on?

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/comment/in-this-cold-war-between-trump-and-china-beware-the-enemy-within-zz87wk2js

But Mr. Ferguson has found a New Prophet in Graham Allison and his Destined for War and his Thucydides’s Trap, that reaches back to the Greeks, for a rhetorical fame for this expression of Declinism, that is Mr. Ferguson’s obsession. It even outranks ‘End of History’ merde as a way to fear monger, in a more highfalutin key.

But Mr. Ferguson ends his carefully framed essay with an attacks on ‘left-wing firebrand Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’ ‘congresswoman Ilhan Omar’ , ‘ Council on American-Islamic Relations’. What is the patient reader to make of this not so veiled accusation of potential treason. Mr. Ferguson is ignorant of American history!  At the beginning of the Cold War in America, the Party Line of the Republicans was that the New Deal was a Generation of Treason. Mr. Ferguson attempts to rehabilitate this lie, as some how viable in the New Cold War with China, via Mr. Allison’s nihilist polemic. Mr. Ferguson’s obsession with the left, is a function of his search for political apostates, while the American Political Class’ failures are manifested in the Trump presidency!

Old Socialist

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Polemic is a discourse of conflict, whose effect depends on a delicate balance between the requirements of truth and the enticements of anger, the duty to argue and the zest to inflame. Its rhetoric allows, even enforces, a certain figurative licence. Like epitaphs in Johnson’s adage, it is not under oath.

https://www.lrb.co.uk/v15/n20/perry-anderson/diary

 

 

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Rootless cosmopolitan,down at heels intellectual;would be writer. 'Polemic is a discourse of conflict, whose effect depends on a delicate balance between the requirements of truth and the enticements of anger, the duty to argue and the zest to inflame. Its rhetoric allows, even enforces, a certain figurative licence. Like epitaphs in Johnson’s adage, it is not under oath.' https://www.lrb.co.uk/v15/n20/perry-anderson/diary
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