Thursday, August 19, 2004

The Lunacy of the Hard Left

Jeff Hodges writes:

This is an article that you'll enjoy reading. It's about Antonio Negri, the Italian radical communist intellectual from the 70s, whose book Empire sounds like Red Brigade meets Deconstruction.

Go here to read "Antonio Negri: The Nostalgic Revolutionary," by Johann Hari.

My favorite passage is this one, which reports the reaction of George Monbiot, himself on the antiglobalist left:

George Monbiot, one of the most important intellectuals in the anti-globalisation movement, recently confessed: "There's a game I play with friends, which is to open that book at random, put your finger on a paragraph and see if you can work out what the hell it means." He adds, generously: "Negri has some important things to say. I just wish he had said them more economically."

I agree. The entire Deconstructionist, Postmodernist Left does need to learn some economics. Okay, bad pun, but it's still true.

BV: Actually, Jeff, it is a good pun. That anyone takes a clown like Negri seriously is an appalling indictment of human gullibility.