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  • Kagan's Thesis: Sad About Socialism's Decline

    5/11/2010 3:35:04 PM Posted by Kate Obenshain

    Kagan HippieKagan’s not a radical? Think again if you’re buying into that line being pumped out by the lamestream media. The Weekly Standard posted the following from Elena Kagan’s Princeton thesis, lamenting the decline of the Socialist Party in America. If she gets her way, we could see a comeback.

     

    "In our own times, a coherent socialist movement is nowhere to be found in the United States. Americans are more likely to speak of a golden past than of a golden future, of capitalism's glories than of socialism's greatness. Conformity overrides dissent; the desire to conserve has overwhelmed the urge to alter. Such a state of affairs cries out for explanation. Why, in a society by no means perfect, has a radical party never attained the status of a major political force? Why, in particular, did the socialist movement never become an alternative to the nation's established parties?"(pp. 127)

     

    "Through its own internal feuding, then, the SP exhausted itself forever and further reduced labor radicalism in New York to the position of marginality and insignificance from which it has never recovered. The story is a sad but also a chastening one for those who, more than half a century after socialism's decline, still wish to change America. Radicals have often succumbed to the devastating bane of sectarianism; it is easier, after all, to fight one's fellows than it is to battle an entrenched and powerful foe. Yet if the history of Local New York shows anything, it is that American radicals cannot afford to become their own worst enemies. In unity lies their only hope." (pp. 129-130)

    • Readers' Comments

    • I surely hope that all Republicans put up a fight and don't let us get stuck with her for 50 years. A lot of us think they need to stand up for their beliefs and not think they need to give in to this so they don't look like they are just opposing democrats. I know we can't count on Democrats to oppose her or anything Obama does. That is what is so sad.
      Posted by Catherine Kincaid on 05/11/2010
    • I agree with Catherine how very sad. Not sure what it is about Socialism that's just sssoo appealing to some people but golly is it frightening.
      Posted by Very Concerned American on 05/17/2010
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