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Responding to Chris Hayes’ Memorial Day anti-tribute yesterday on MSNBC – his argument was, basically, that calling fallen warriors “hero” makes him squeamish because it implies consent for War – Mark Judge writes:
Chris Hayes can’t talk this way because he has been educated in the more toxic side of leftism: the statism, the illogic, and, most obnoxiously, the oedipal resentment of the United States and the attendant habit of turning personal and psychological issues into public policy. Social critics from historian James Hitchcock to Christopher Lasch and Ann Coulter have noted how, starting in the 1960s, the left, in Hitchcock’s phrase, began “using protest as a form of public and personal therapy.” And in his landmark 1979 book “The Culture of Narcissism,” Christopher Lasch revealed how a personality disorder had shaped the modern American left. The clinical narcissist, lacking a strong inner core, turns to the state to solve all of his problems.
Hope to have more on Lasch as I’ve just started reading his book The New Radicalism in America.