This article is not the first to blame the self confidence and complacency of the left for the resurgence of the right – Trump in USA, Brexit in UK and Right wing candidates for the French and Italian presidencies. I am surprised that Mr Miller sees the US media as generally left leaning. My impression of, for example, Fox News, is the opposite and that is certainly the case with the UK print media (though not the BBC).
I have said elsewhere that more wisdom might be found in arguing not with people we disagree with entirely, but with those who share nearly (but not all) of our opinions. That’s what I want to do here.
If you find yourself more left than right, but also find that the description given below of those on the left—whether on college campuses, in the media, or in entertainment—doesn’t describe you at all, we have to wonder just how that happened.
If there is even the smallest chance that Donald Trump’s election can bring into the mainstream something like uninformed white nationalism, anti-Semitism, and various other historically-ignorant ideologies, then the left must become more mature and less historically-ignorant itself, and more able to face the uncomfortable facts of history directly, rather than believing they can be cleaned up by renaming and banning things or people or ideas. If the decadence…
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