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Is Kagan A Self-Avowed Socialist?

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Last Edited: May 12, 2010, 4:13 pm

Source:  http://lasalettejourney.blogspot.com/search/label/Entrenched%20Foe

May 8, 2010

Is Kagan a Self-Avowed Socialist?


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"White House aides expect President Obama to select Solicitor General Elena Kagan for the Supreme Court.  Ms. Kagan, while attending Princeton University as an undergraduate, entitled her senior thesis "To the Final Conflict: Socialism in NewYork City, 1900-1933." In her thesis, Ms. Kagan wrote, "In our times[this was 30 years ago], a coherent socialist movement is nowhere to befound in the United States.

 

Americans are more likely to speakof a golden past than of a golden future, of Capitalism's glories thanof socialism's greatness.Conformity overrides dissent; the desire to conserve has overwhelmedthe urge to alter. Such a state of affairs cries out for explanation.Why, in a society by no means perfect, has a radical party neverattained the status of a major political force? Why, in particular, didthe socialist movement never become an alternative to the nation'sestablished parties?" (p. 127).

 

And then Ms. Kagan issues hercall to action, her call for Socialists to unite in order to defeat"the entrenched foe." She writes, "Through its own internalfeuding..the SP [Socialist Party] exhausted itself forever and furtherreduced labor radicalism in New York to the position of marginality andinsignificance from which it has never recovered. The story is a sadbut also a chastening one for those who, more than half a century aftersocialism's decline, still wish to change America. Radicals have oftensuccumbed to the devastating bane of sectarianism; it is easier, afterall, to fight one's fellows than it is to battle an entrenched andpowerful foe. Yet if the history of Local New York shows anything, itis that American radicals cannot afford to become their own worst enemies. In unity lies their only hope." (pp. 129-130)...."

-Paul Anthony Melanson

Entry #221

Comments

1.
sully16Comment by sully16 - May 12, 2010, 4:24 pm
I don't like name calling but, she's a beast.
2.
Rick GComment by Rick G - May 12, 2010, 4:43 pm
@sully16, lol...She's definitely beastly when it comes to her views on censorship and trashing the 1st Amendment!!
3.
konaneComment by konane - May 12, 2010, 4:59 pm
Oh big surprise out of Obama .... NOT! Won't surprise me one bit if she gets rubber stamped.

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