Mind and Destiny

“I make no pretension to patriotism. So long as my voice can be heard ... I will hold up America to the lightning scorn of moral indignation. In doing this, I shall feel myself discharging the duty of a true patriot; for he is a lover of his country who rebukes and does not excuse its sins. It is righteousness that exalteth a nation while sin is a reproach to any people.”- Frederick Douglass

Location: Delhi, N.Y., United States

The author and his webmaster, summer of 1965.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Zachary Jonathan Jacobson

The following excerpt is from an article written by Zachary Jonathan Jacobson, who is a Cold War historian:

“Bernie Sanders’ lock on young people has been a constant throughout the Democratic presidential primaries.  Exit polling shows he won 83 percent of voters under 30 in Pennsylvania last month, 74 percent in Indiana last week and 71 percent in West Virginia on Tuesday.

“Why are Millennials so enamored of Sanders?  Most hypotheses credit their enthusiasm for sweeping moral goals such as transparency, fairness and justice.  Perhaps young voters prefer Sanders’ call for ‘revolution’ over Hillary Clinton’s more pragmatic incrementalism.  Perhaps they are put off by Clinton’s questionable use of a private email server and her highly paid speeches on Wall Street.

“Clinton has intimated time and again that Sanders’ powerful ‘diagnoses’ of American economic ills (read: without prescriptions) are the big draw.  Larry David, playing the 74-year-old Sanders on NBC’s Saturday Night Live, explained it this way: ‘The young people love me ... because I’m like them.  I got a lot of big plans and absolutely no idea how to achieve them.’

“I would add a historical reason for the generational split: Unlike older people, Millennials have no memories of socialism, communism and the Cold War that framed American foreign policy from 1945 to 1991.  During that period, the Soviet Union shifted all parts of its economy, whether business, health or education, to government control.  The end goal was a Utopian communist state in which class was abolished, egalitarianism ruled and all citizens would equally own their means of production.

“Sanders proudly calls himself a democratic socialist.  For a vast number of Americans old enough to have lived through the Cold War era, referring to oneself as a socialist elicits reactions that range from dangerous suspicion to laughable condescension.  Previously, a man with avowed respect for Fidel Castro would be disqualified as a high-level politician.  Previously, a man who honeymooned in the former Soviet Union would be disqualified.  A socialist (democratic or not) would recall not Scandinavia but aggressive Soviet communism, and would be disqualified.”

I suggest that you read the complete article at http://usat.ly/1T9QYeW


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