Friday, March 4, 2011

The Infantile Left

I feel disgusted that Northwestern University, my father’s alma mater, would allow this to occur under its aegis, even if the school is now trying to apply some damage control. While I am sure that plenty of American progressives will be just as disgusted by this as I am, I can’t help but think that the American Left is heavily to blame for polluting the academy with ridiculous subjects, such as courses on human sexuality (as if most people didn’t figure out the basics in a normal biology class). When the Left switched its focus from economics to “Lifestyle Leftism” and identity politics it lost a good portion of its largely socially conservative, working-class base. Indeed, the Infantile Left has been a tremendous accomplice of neoliberal economics. The two go together rather well, despite what many on the mainstream Right and Left may claim.

The Left is in serious need of a moral revival, and this means returning to a moral vision that includes rejecting the silly obsessions of Infantile Leftism and embracing a more traditional morality. Otherwise, right-wingers will continue to convince working people that the Left is simply out to destroy the faith and values that they hold dear.

2 comments:

  1. 'The Left is in serious need of a moral revival, and this means returning to a moral vision that includes rejecting the silly obsessions of Infantile Leftism and embracing a more traditional morality. '

    I agree up to a point. Though there seems to be a problem with two wings as it were. The first is to define 'the left' in such a way as to exclude a lot of creepy people (like these guy's Brit cousins http://www.guardian.co.uk/education/2011/mar/09/sex-education-criticised-christians) and also to prevent the right from defining the left and indeed preventing them from defining the right as they want.

    For example, the right will make out it is tough on terrorism and a friend of Christianity despite rejoicing at the fate of Serb and Russian Christians being massacred by Kosovan and Chechen Islamists.

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  2. Thank you for the comment, Gregor. Good points. Definitions are important. I imagine things were a bit easier when economics was the primary issue between Right and Left. But now so many topics are the subject of public policy and debate that it often makes defining different areas of the political spectrum difficult.

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