The irony, it burns.
If Tom Perkins of San Francisco was trying to be provocative, he succeeded. In a letter to the editor that appeared in Saturday’s Wall Street Journal, Perkins, a founding partner of the Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers venture-capital firm, drew a parallel between Nazi Germany’s “war on its ‘one percent,’ namely its Jews,” and “the progressive war on the American one percent, namely the ‘rich.’ “
He described some of the local manifestations of “a rising tide of hatred of the successful” and concluded: “This is a very dangerous drift in our American thinking. Kristallnacht was unthinkable in 1930; is its descendant ‘progressive’ radicalism unthinkable now?”
Today’s New York Times column from Paul Krugman, titled “Paranoia of the Plutocrats,” typifies the prig-left’s reaction. “You may say that this is just one crazy guy,” Krugman writes. “But Mr. Perkins isn’t that much of an outlier.” Rather, according to Krugman, Perkins belongs to “a class of people who are alarmingly detached from reality”…
Taranto goes on to lambaste the asshole Krugman for indulging himself in some of the self-same “paranoia” with far less justification than Perkins has for noting the incontrovertible historical fact of the Left’s reflexive penchant for putting people who disagree with them up against walls or sending them to death camps.
And make no mistake, it’s the Left’s beloved dictators who’ve been responsible for massacring dissidents in job lots, from Stalin to Mao to Hitler to Guevara to Pol Pot to a dozen more you could easily name; the far right’s body count in toto doesn’t begin to approach even one of their more industrious dictators, and the Left’s sum total is nothing short of staggering. I’d suggest FreeFor (Historian’s apt term) dispense with the entire notion of an awareness of history being somehow “paranoid.” It ain’t paranoia if they’re really out to kill you…and they are.
What we really need is a word for those whistlers past the mass graves who are in denial about the odds against yet another repeat performance–the “it couldn’t happen here” or the “it could never happen in the modern era” types. One other than “morons,” I mean. After all, that was the idea carefully maintained, against all the evidence to the contrary, by all too many European and German Jews, right up until they were loaded onto the trains and shoved into the ovens.
What was that old saying about those who refuse to learn from history again, now? Myself, I’d amend it: those who refuse to look Leftist jackals squarely in the eye and recognize them for what they truly are and always have been are doomed to be devoured by them.