If the new media is about anything, it is about discovering, highlighting, and promulgating the things that we’re not supposed to know, the stories we’re not supposed to think about, the events that are supposed to be forgotten.

Memory and the Left

The American left has not missed the unfolding victory in Iraq, nor are they ignoring it. They have forgotten it. They have taken it in, analyzed it, weighed the results, and then flushed it from memory as completely and brutally as a Ministry of Truth goon from 1984.

The process of selective amnesia is an important and often overlooked aspect of the left-wing mentality. It’s a direct inheritance from the communists, for whom the capacity to self-edit was often a matter of life and death. In Stalin’s Soviet Union, honored heroes of the Revolution could suddenly turn into traitors to the Worker’s Paradise and just as suddenly into nonentities on a day-to-day, if not an hour-to-hour basis. Among survivors, the capacity to manipulate memory was honed to a fine instinct. Mentioning the name of a nonperson could get you put on a list, if not shoved aboard the next cattle train headed for the Arctic. Soon, people would be forgetting about you.

 

 

The American Left would rather you not know about their Communist  connection.

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10 responses to “If the new media is about anything, it is about discovering, highlighting, and promulgating the things that we’re not supposed to know, the stories we’re not supposed to think about, the events that are supposed to be forgotten.

  1. The American left has not missed the unfolding victory in Iraq, nor are they ignoring it. They have forgotten it.

    Apparently so has John McCain. He thinks Obama is emboldening America’s enemies with his call for a withdrawal, which he said amounted to waving “the white flag of surrender.” Well, sure, if there’s no victory, there oughtn’t be a withdrawal. If there is a victory, you pull out. But you can’t crow about a victory out of one side of your mouth, and simultaneously warn against surrender out of the other.

  2. He’s a politician. Why can’t he?

    Premature departure in a big hurry will be a mess better avoided. Our troops in Iraq are too conveniently located to do great things in the next war to move them too soon.

    Obama is the enemy’s preferred candidate.

  3. Premature departure in a big hurry will be a mess better avoided. Our troops in Iraq are too conveniently located to do great things in the next war to move them too soon.

    That’s what this election boils down to, whether there is going to be a next war or not. I do think Americans are sick of returning body bags and the way we compromised our national character with torture and surveillance. What’s got the PNAC crew all riled up is that Obama is talking about actually reversing the trend of US imperialism by closing down some of our over 700 garrisons on the frontier. Its funny how China and Europe manage to get their oil without a dozen carrier battle groups to fling around. They do it by paying for it on a free market.

  4. A free market that functions because of benevolent American control of the sea. Thank us Yankee imperialist capitalist running dogs that free markets exist.

    Only the dead have seen the end of war.

    Iranian nukes will be used. People who believe in hope, change, free Bubble-Up and Rainbow Stew don’t want the thought of Islamic nuclear shipping container bombs harshing their mellow.

    No remains are shipped home in body bags, Teresita. Body bags are used only while moving the KIA from the site of death to the Mortuary Affairs morgue, where they are cleaned up, embalmed and put in the zinc coffins some people want to photograph so much.

  5. Among survivors, the capacity to manipulate memory was honed to a fine instinct. Mentioning the name of a nonperson could get you put on a list, if not shoved aboard the next cattle train headed for the Arctic. Soon, people would be forgetting about you.

    This was a critical moment when Hitler turned on Stalin.

    Before, it was “our comrades the Germans against the Imperialist dogs the British, French, and Americans”. After Hitler turned on Stalin, then it became “fascist oppressors” or something.

    The ability to switch from one to the other was vital.

  6. Its funny how China and Europe manage to get their oil without a dozen carrier battle groups to fling around.

    Given that they can use bribery, assassination, and are willing to pay ransom to terrorists, what’s so funny about it?

    We aren’t as willing to use such methods, so we have to rely on the US Navy, which we pay for, and they get the benefits of.

  7. Grimmy

    Actually, all the nations that get petroleum from the mid east are able to do so BECAUSE of the US Navy presence there providing security.

    If we were to stop providing that security for the shipping of EVERYONE who uses the sea lanes in that AO, NO ONE would be getting anything from there, unless they provided their own navy to secure safe passage.

    The US Navy also provides the majority of all anti piracy security in all the major sea lanes that so many other nations depend on for economic survival.

  8. Sea lanes shift about 70-80 of the bulk freight of the world, I recall. Airplanes just can only lift so much and the fuel costs are huge.

    Puttering away in the water with supertanks is very economic.

  9. America can set herself up like pirate kings and queens by taxing the sea lanes and enforcing it with our gunships and submarines.

    But we don’t cause… we’re too stupid to know where the real money is, I suppose. That is, assuming you go with the Left’s contention that America the Empire is out to exploit resources and get money.

  10. Us capitalist running dogs are soo bourgeois. Obama will reeducate us. Arbeit Macht Frei