Fear of Russia and the rise of the Left Birchers 1

By Caleb Maupin

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In being defined merely by its opponents and fixating on a fear of Russia, a large chunk of the far-left has usurped the role held by the far-right during the Cold War.

In 1963, folk singer Bob Dylan, whose left-leaning lyrics seemed to define the liberal politics of the era, composed a song which was a  mockery of the right-wing anti-Communist organization known as the John Birch Society. He wrote:

Well, I was feelin’ sad and feelin’ blue

I didn’t know what in the world I was gonna do

Them Communists they was comin’ around

They was in the air

They was on the ground

They wouldn’t gimme no peace

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One comment

  1. Russia? What percentage of the Russian (its very diverse) population had any real say on any politics, under Lenin, Stalin or even now – or anywhere else in any country or population subjected to territorial statism, its constitutions, legislation and institutions? Are any mere territorial State subjects really “represented” in any meaningful way? Can they be rightly held responsible for the actions of their territorial rulers? Can their territorial rulers be held sufficiently responsible, e.g. for a war that had cost the lives of millions?

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