June 15, 2009
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.)
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.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
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