In 2006 French author Max Gallo penned a potboiler called Fier d’être français (Proud to be French). Out with the omnipresent naysayers, said Gallo. The Glory of France remains regnant, and it demands to be celebrated. For his pains, Gallo was soon elevated to the hallowed 40-member French Academy.
Editor’s Note: Lakoff—himself a liberal, at best a social democrat—should know that liberals, representing a centroid, bourgeois mentality and temperament, can never overcome their inherent timidity and political blinders (including a visceral anticommunism), often disguised as politeness and lack of emotionalism in the face of rightwing emotional assaults. Worse, Lakoff, and the author of this piece, should not continue to muddle the waters of political labeling already sufficiently muddled: a true progressive, a true leftist, by definition cannot be a liberal, a creature still very much attached to the establishment way of looking at reality, a politics vision that sees nothing wrong with eternal “Lesser Evilism” in the capitalist framework. The idea that Democrats, including much of the rank and file, are progressives is delusional, as the Obama regime should have abundantly proved by now. —Patrice Greanville
“The progressive mindset is screwing up the world. The progressive mindset is guaranteeing no progress on global warming. The progressive mindset is saying, ‘Yes, fracking is fine.’ The progressive mindset is saying, ‘Yes, genetically modified organisms are OK’, when, in fact, they’re horrible, and the progressive mindset doesn’t know how to describe how horrible they are. There’s a difference between progressive morality, which is great, and the progressive mindset, which is half OK and half awful.”
It’s satisfying to watch rats flee a sinking ship. This is because onlookers knew the ship was doomed long ago, and swimming rats signify that the drawn-out tragedy is nearing an end. A collective sense of relief is a natural response.
Bravo Jesse! Let’ em have it!
Your message is heard in some quarters, among those who represent the future of this world if the planet manages to survive the American duopoly’s gangster policies.
Meantime—for the millionth time: we need to strengthen OUR media, a shout the left rarely hears. As an example, The Greanville Post has received exactly ZERO donations for the last nine months. Not a single penny. Nada. We mention this not to whine here; we don’t work for the money nor to be admired or appreciated, all of which are naturally welcome, we’re human after all, but to advance thinking in all areas where it desperately matters. So we point this out merely to remind people of a rather despicable fact of life for almost all left publications—print or electronic. Granted, we at TGP loathe the idea of standing there with a tin cup begging for a few dimes, constantly pleading, sending out mails, pestering and what not, and we practically never do, preferring to simply absorb any costs out of our own pockets. But as I say, this is not only a depressing fact afflicting TGP, it afflicts most of the left media. (I’m saying LEFT, not LIBERAL here, as the latter fare substantially better.)
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