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The Stone truth: Left-wingers are boring
American Enterprise Institute ^ | December 07, 2012 | Jonah Goldberg | National Review Online

Posted on 12/07/2012 11:03:15 AM PST by 1rudeboy

Oliver Stone’s boomer-nostalgic radicalism is stale and hackneyed.

When, at long last, will people understand that the left is boring?

The question came to mind as I was dipping in and out of Oliver Stone’s miasmic 700-plus-page tome. I’ll never read the whole thing, and not because it’s a left-wing screed full of slimy distortions about the evils of the United States (though that doesn’t help). It’s that it’s boring.

Stone and co-author Peter Kuznick call their book “The Untold History of the United States,” except, again, it isn’t. This story has been told countless times before. As the Daily Beast’s Michael Moynihan notes in a devastating review, Stone and Kuznick offer no new research, and much of the old research they rely on has been rendered moot by more recent discoveries since the Berlin Wall came down.

Still, what vexes me about the book isn’t really the substance. What bothers me is the manufactured rebelliousness, the kitschy nostalgic play-acting of the thing. The 66-year-old Stone can be an original filmmaker, but he is a stale old Red when it comes to politics.

In a sense, that’s fine. We’re all entitled to our opinions, even to commit them to paper in book form. But spare me the radical pose. Among the hilarious blurbs is this encomium from the octogenarian radical Daniel Ellsberg. “Howard [Zinn] would have loved this ‘people’s history’ of the American Empire. It’s compulsive reading: brilliant, a masterpiece!”

Ellsberg is right about one thing: The late Howard Zinn, a wildly left-wing historian, probably would have loved it — in no small part because he wrote so much of it already . . . .

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— Jonah Goldberg is editor-at-large of National Review Online and a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute. You can write to him by e-mail at JonahsColumn@aol.com, or via Twitter @JonahNRO.
1 posted on 12/07/2012 11:03:19 AM PST by 1rudeboy
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To: 1rudeboy

Stone repeats the left’s cold war narrative. Yawn.

Probably a good time to rewrite commie history now that chairman ObaMugabe has consolidated power.


2 posted on 12/07/2012 11:20:06 AM PST by y6162
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To: 1rudeboy

Leftists are boring only until they go into full totalitarian mode. Communists killed 100+ million in the 20th Century. That wasn’t boring, was it?


3 posted on 12/07/2012 11:24:06 AM PST by TexasRepublic (Socialism is the gospel of envy and the religion of thieves)
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To: 1rudeboy

Boring , perhaps ,,,

Sickening ,, Absolutely !!!


4 posted on 12/07/2012 11:34:39 AM PST by Lionheartusa1 (-: Socialism is the equal distribution of misery :-)
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To: 1rudeboy
The question came to mind as I was dipping in and out of Oliver Stone’s miasmic 700-plus-page tome.

You know why liberals write so much?

Because they are trying to convince themselves as well as others of what they are writing.

5 posted on 12/07/2012 11:46:10 AM PST by ILS21R (Everything... IS... a conspiracy)
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To: TexasRepublic

Ever heard of “the banality of evil”? That’s an old phrase from a leftist, and at least they got that right. Mass murder sounds interesting, and descriptions of it have been in some of my favorite books. But they range further than the one subject, and find all sorts of other things to talk about. Because that subject by itself soon gets monotonous.

Just think of our least interesting bureaucracy, then imagine instead of doling out farm subsidies, or whatever, they’re murdering people. Not exactly Shakespearean, is it?


6 posted on 12/07/2012 11:46:41 AM PST by Tublecane
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To: Tublecane

“Not exactly Shakespearean, is it?”

Ah, but it becomes intensely interesting if YOU are the target of the mundane People’s Correctional Department #327BX4. It is only boring when the mind-numbingly repetitive mass murders happen to other people.

The point I’m making is, the Socialization of America could cease being somewhat abstract and become up-close and personal. Very personal. Remember what Bill Ayres said. I fear he and Obama are birds of the same feather.


7 posted on 12/07/2012 1:05:58 PM PST by TexasRepublic (Socialism is the gospel of envy and the religion of thieves)
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To: 1rudeboy

“Left-Wingers are boring...”

Tiresome, maybe, but not boring.

What they really are is absolutely dangerous.

ONe cannot count the graves filled by them because there was no record-keeping, just many requests for bullets.

IMHO


8 posted on 12/07/2012 2:32:23 PM PST by ripley
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To: prairiebreeze

marker


9 posted on 12/07/2012 8:23:54 PM PST by prairiebreeze (Don't be afraid to see what you see. -- Ronald Reagan)
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To: TexasRepublic

I fear that Ayers famous statement may come to sound inhibited by comparison to actual future events.


10 posted on 12/08/2012 5:54:21 AM PST by RipSawyer (I was born on Earth, what planet is this?)
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To: TexasRepublic

It would be less boring were I the one being murdered, yes. Unless I was being bored to death. Then again, being processed with the other meat in the Soviet or Nazi state grinder, for instance, offers nothing heroic. It’s not as if you’d get to perish in single combat with Stalin. So far as death goes, this is a boring way to go.

In any case, this article is about sitting back and appreciating leftism, not about actually experiencing them in power.


11 posted on 12/10/2012 7:33:50 AM PST by Tublecane
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