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Coming Full Circle
By Ed Driscoll · June 27, 2005 02:02 PM · Radical Chic

In the New Partisan, Jonathan Leaf writes:

Here’s a riddle:

Which American publication this week objected to Vice-President Dick Cheney’s remark that he didn’t take seriously Amnesty International’s description of the U.S. internment camp at Guantanamo as a “gulag”? Which also presented bribed English parliamentarian and Saddam Hussein stooge George Galloway as a hero?

The Nation? Mother Jones?

Here are some more clues:

In its cover story this magazine also defended “the culture of protest of the 1960’s” and lamented the collapse of the Black-Jewish alliance, going on to say that “the New Left in great degree [was] the direct off-spring of the old. Without the radical Jewish children, there would have been no early SDS, no Free Speech Movement at Berkeley, no New York kids going South for Freedom Rides to turn the civil-rights movement into a matter of national consciousness.” Too, the periodical criticized the rise of the Christian Right and called Robert McNamara “the fire-bomber of Tokyo, napalm-bomber of Vietnam”.

Dissent? The American Prospect? Or something still more nostalgically left-wing?

Nope. The magazine was The American Conservative. Yes, the one edited by Pat Buchanan and funded by socialite and sometime coke fiend Taki Theodoracopulos.

Read the rest, for as the last sentence quoted above implies, it's fascinating, if in a slightly bitchy sort of way.

Of course, this isn't the first time that Pat and the left have been accused of coming full circle.



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