At One Cosmos Bob quotes this from a book entitled Anti-Americanism,
“Why is it that while millions of people all over the world dream about living in the United States, many American intellectuals believe that this is a uniquely deformed and unjust society? How did the radical beliefs of the '60s survive and become, for many Americans, the new conventional wisdom? How is it possible that while communist systems are collapsing and seek a market economy, critics in the United States remain convinced of the evils of capitalism? Why are there more Marxists on any handful of American campuses than all over Eastern Europe or the Soviet Union? How can we explain that for important opinion makers at home and abroad, the United States has become a symbol of waste, greed, corruption, social injustice, and arrogance?”
The same author has also written a book entitled, Extravagant Expectations: New Ways to Find Romantic Love in America, which Bob recently read.
“Hollander investigates how Americans today pursue romantic relationships, with special reference to the advantages and drawbacks of Internet dating compared to connections made in school, college, and the workplace. By analyzing printed personals, dating websites, and advice offered by pop psychology books, he examines the qualities that people seek in a partner and also assesses the influence of the remaining conventional ideas of romantic love.
“Hollander suggests that notions of romantic love have changed due to conflicting values and expectations and the impact of pragmatic considerations. Individualism, high expectations, social and geographic mobility, changing sex roles, and the American national character all play a part in this fascinating and finally sobering exploration of men and women to find love and meaning in life.”
So, what is the connection between the two? Not to get ahead of ourselves, but both attitudes — the personal and political — seem to involve “extravagant expectations.”
Leaving personal relationships to the side for a moment, what is leftism but an extravagant expectation of how the world should be? The leftist expects something of the world that the world can never provide — in a word… or two, transcendent meaning. Ever since Rousseau penned his malignant flapdoodle, the left has had an inappropriately romantic vision of politics. You might say that when the left falls in love, other people's hearts — and bodies — are broken.
Yes, like the wrong woman, the left's ideas are beautiful and seductive, their consequences ruinous. Both Hillary and Obama are Dem fatales.
…You might say that leftism is a kind of deceptive personal ad from Ms. World, making impossible promises. Hollander speaks of “the political illusions and self-deception of many Western intellectuals who persuaded themselves of the admirable qualities of Communist systems.”
And “Both political propaganda and commercial advertising misrepresent, distort, or at best stretch reality. Both attempt to conceal or obfuscate the difference between the way things are as opposed to the way they ought to be…”
…Now, what is the rationale of the so-called news, of a “free press” — its reason for being? At the very least it should try to convey something of the reality beneath or behind appearances. Certainly it should not be a transmitter of propaganda, but that is precisely what it has become, and people know this. Except for the sorry 7% or whatever it is who actually trust the media. Everyone else knows MSM journalism comes down to cheesy personal ads that try to tart up the left and make it more appealing — while denigrating the competition.
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