On "Red Century"
The New York Times "Red Century" series is surely a telling sign of our times. With stories on the sexy GDR and the promise that "Communism was a dead end, but we can reclaim socialism," the Times dances on the same knife-edge of history as any committed cultural Marxist. The crimes of the Nazi right seldom leave the headlines (and ought not to), yet the misdeeds of Stalinism and Maoism go mostly unspoken, or rationalized, or—perhaps worst of all—obfuscated by the myth, now endemic in "progressive" circles, that the left has today given up on political violence. Alienated Russians may pine for the halcyon days of Stalin, but Times liberals?