Why Are We Left-Wingers Now “Nazis” And Not “Commies”?
It makes no sense, as Paul Krugman notes. Krugman, like yours truly, is being called a “dirty Nazi scumbag” much more these days than a “commie” or a “pinko.”
What’s going on? It really doesn’t fit, as far as I can tell — and bear in mind the long-running love affair of the National Review with Francisco Franco. You’d really think critics of Comrade President Obama would prefer the Soviet comparison.
So is it that given the way Communism fell, not with a bang but with a whimper, it just doesn’t seem menacing enough? Is it the fact that Communism has just sort of faded from consciousness, while war movies keep the image of the evil sneering Nazi alive?
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