Sunday, April 01, 2018

What’s more scary than a right wing zealot?

A former liberal, Harry Stein, writes:

“Extreme right-wing zealots are the second-scariest thing out there,” Stein says. “Extreme left-wing zealots, who would impose their view of what’s appropriate thought, scare me more, because they have a hell of a lot more institutional power, mainly through the media and the universities.”

Although that sounds quite contemporary—just like what’s happening at campuses with Black Lives Matter and Antifa and teen agers marching on Washington with the financial backing of Oprah and Planned Parenthood, he wrote that 18 years ago in a book about why the essayist and novelist got “left behind” by liberals.  He was a “red diaper baby” (someone whose parents were members of the Communist party and very sympathetic to the ideas)  who began rethinking his politics in the early 80s when he discovered he was condemned and ostracized by fellow leftist for questioning some feminist dogma about child care after he became a father.

He went on to write “How I Accidentally Joined the Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy (and Found Inner Peace)” and now almost 20 years later writes for conservative media. Link to C-Span interview is below.

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