Ethnic Studies is for socialists!

Ever wonder why racist crackpots, Nazi sympathizers, and rabid anti-Semites like James von Brunn are always said to be part of the "right wing"? This "conventional wisdom" never made much sense to me, as it's based on very sloppy reasoning. Whether you're a conservative or not, the Edmund Burke tradition has nothing to do with fascism or Nazism. But I think leftists just love the idea that conservatives, racists, and Nazis are automatically assigned by less-than-thoughtful people to the "right of center" space. (According to this illogic, if conservatism is right wing, and if racists, Nazis and fascists are very right wing, conservatism then becomes a form of Nazism-lite, and obviously more "racist" than anything on the left.)

In a stinging piece titled "Left Cries 'Racist' in Crowded Country," Andrew Breitbart (founder of takes issue with the conventional wisdom:

The inconvenient truth is that David Duke and James von Brunn currently share more in common with Markos Moulitsas and Arianna Huffington than with Bill Kristol and Charles Krauthammer. But the right wouldn't be so crass or foolish to try to blame the political left for the existence of - or motivation behind - haters like Mr. von Brunn.

No one is suggesting Mr. von Brunn was doing hip rolls at the Huffington Post tent during the Democratic National Convention, but his underlying philosophy, when examined and detailed, shares eerie similarities to the dominant "multicultural" mind-set at the liberal American college campus and on prominent left-wing blogs.

Change the word "supremacy" to "studies" and you'll understand the separatist mold dominant in humanities departments across the land. Women's Studies, Queer Studies, African-American Studies and Chicano Studies all produce culturally acceptable separatist and supremacy mind-sets and countenance movements that resemble those of white supremacists.

At its heart, Nazism was but another form of identity ("Aryan" identity) politics. It would not surprise me at all if crackpots who thought like James von Brunn eventually demanded "Aryan" Studies departments.

An old idea, really:

"In place of non-Aryan scholarship, Nazi scholars attempted to create "Aryan studies." In some instances, this meant establishing new areas such as racial biology and military science. Often, trends in scholarship that had existed prior to 1933 rose to prominence under the Nazis."
I'm sure the scholarship was about sound as that involved in today's identity politics. And like their modern identity politics counterparts, Nazi "Aryan Studies" scholars called themselves socialists.

The fact that they got put on the right is one of the biggest con jobs in history.

posted by Eric on 06.15.09 at 06:07 PM


The left, liberals and socialism in general have no tolerance for anything/anyone that is opposed to their agenda.

Hugh   ·  June 15, 2009 6:37 PM

This is satire, correct?

Good Gracious   ·  June 15, 2009 8:09 PM

It was the communists who came up with the brilliant idea of calling the nazis right wing, and now most people just automatically accept that terminology... personally, I never understood how you can start with socialism and just by adding to that racism and nationalism somehow it supposedly gets transformed into a phenomenon of the far right.

If you're going to express the political spectrum as left vs right, it makes more sense to say that far right is minarchism and the far left is totalitarianism.

Watcher   ·  June 16, 2009 12:42 AM

Of course one of the rationales behind Hitler's hatred of Jews was also rooted in his socialism. It was a form of class hatred, since most Jews in Europe were successful in entrepreneurial and business pursuits, and it was a way of striking back at their wealth, success and accomplishments.

Kurt   ·  June 16, 2009 2:05 AM

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