What I despise about many on the American far left
.Why does Zinn believe that the American people are being decieved by the politicians and elite in the United States? Question also posted on wikipedia.Excerpt of Ward Churchill's essay, which mirrors my own ideas
Zinn and many other authors on the left have this reoccuring theme that the American people are being decieved by the media elite and the politicians. This theme is throughout Zinn's book "The People's History of the United States".
I think the reality is just the opposite: Americans delude themselves, and American's politicians and media elite are only a reflection of this delusion. Americans want to believe in their hearts that they are benign. They ignore and even ruthlessly attack inconvient facts which question this mythology. Americans are a bloodthirsty people with a shameful history. Americans should not blame their leaders, they are only a reflection of American's own delusions, we should blame ourselves.
But when an author is peddling an ideology, whether that author is on the right or the left, you don't want to tell your customer who you are peddling the ideology too that they are a murderous people. If you said this, no one will buy what you are peddling.
So the right peddles America's righteousness, and the left peddles the American people's righteousness too
, but plays the "class card": demonizing the leaders and elite in the society. The left tells Americans they are only decieved victims of an elite.( Read more...Collapse )