Culture Wars/Current Controversies

Michael Brooks on Defending History

This is an interesting discussion of the Intellectual Dark Web from a Jacobin left perspective. The fundamental flaw in Michael Brooks’ thinking is his view that you can have a massive welfare and regulatory state without having a parallel military, police, and prison state. Of course, these kinds of folks always cite Scandinavia as their model, not realizing that those are essentially micronations that are smaller and less densely populated than many US states, often with predominantly rural populations that were, until recently, culturally homogeneous. Additionally, they are still under the rule of the neoliberal corporate class, both in their own countries and within the EU. And given their place under the NATO umbrella, they are essentially just deep blue states within the US empire.

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