Cracks Down on Bill Kristol, Hard
by Robert Wenzel: The
George Soros Connection to 'Occupy Wall Street'
out. Left wing interventionists fighting right wing interventionists.
The Bill Kristol
led "Emergency Committee for Israel" is out with an ad
claiming that Occupation Wall Street is anti-Semitic. The ad and
my comment on the absurdity of this is here.
has joined the criticism. He writes:
last couple of days, Ive been getting mail accusing me of
consorting with Nazis. My immediate reaction was, what the heck?
Then it clicked: the right wing is mounting a full-court press
to portray Occupy Wall Street as an anti-Semitic movement, based,
as far as I can tell, on one guy with a sign.
gets interesting further down in Krugman's post, when he writes:
The key to
understanding this, Id suggest, is that movement conservatism
has become a closed, inward-looking universe in which you get
points not by sounding reasonable to uncommitted outsiders
although there are a few designated pundits who play that role
professionally but by outdoing your fellow movement members
sort of reminiscent of Stalinists going after Trotskyites in the
old days: the Trotskyites were left deviationists, and also saboteurs
working for the Nazis. Didnt propagandists feel silly saying
all that? Not at all: in their universe, extremism in defense
of the larger truth was no vice, and you literally couldnt
go too far.
have written neo-conservative rather than conservative, since Kristol
is a leading neo-con, but Krugman is trying to attack with a broad
brush and probably hopes he is getting a little paint on Ron Paul.
But his bringing up of Trotsky clues us in that his real attack
is on Kristol.
John Gray wrote
Mass: Apocalyptic Religion and the Death of Utopia:
the older generation of neo-conservatives began on the anti-Stalinist
far Left Irving Kristol, the political godfather of the
movement, wrote an autobiographical essay called 'Memoirs of a
Trotskyist' and the intellectual style of that sectarian
milieu has marked the neo-conservative movement throughout its
Got that? The
neo-con movement emerged out of the Trotsky movement. Irving Kristol
is, of course, Bill Kristol's father.
So when Krugman
calls a Bill Kristol move reminiscent of a Stalin-type tactic used
against Trotskyites, Krugman is slapping Kristol hard, real hard.
It's not quite calling Kristol, Hitler, but calling his tactics
Stalin-like, given the history, is not that far away.
with permission from Economic
Economic Policy Journal
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