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At the end of the site’s first work week, I’d just like to observe that the two best political pieces on my Rushian stack o’ stuff this week happened both to be by Ricochet contributors. Peter Robinson’s Uncommon Knowledge interview with John Podhoretz really is superb. And so too is the article by my fellow City Journal contributing editor Claire Berlinski on the indifference to the records of Soviet evil (linked, as Claire mentions in her post, by that fine, fine paper The New York Times). How genuinely delightful to be in such company!

That said, I now plan to leave my computer behind to join my former karate instructor on the shooting range where we will continue our training for the coming zombie wars. Have a wonderful Memorial Day.

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  1. Profile Photo Member

    I’d love to see Greg Gutfeld added to the Ricochet contributor list. The idea has been floated in one of the podcasts, and I think it would be awesome.

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    • May 28, 2010, at 11:28 AM PDT
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  2. Aaron Miller Member
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    Thanks for pointing out Claire’s article. I can’t help but wonder why Stroilov and Bukovsky haven’t taken the internet publishing approach. As I recall, Amazon ebooks don’t have to pass through an editor.

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    • May 28, 2010, at 11:40 AM PDT
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  3. Claire Berlinski, Ed. Editor

    Pat, I have, and I think very highly of Revel. I reviewed his book “Anti-Americanism” here.

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    • May 29, 2010, at 1:02 AM PDT
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  4. John Boyer Member
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    J. Locke: I’d love to see Greg Gutfeld added to the Ricochet contributor list. The idea has been floated in one of the podcasts, and I think it would be awesome. · May. 28 at 11:28am

    I heartily agree. Although Andy Levy would be great (he’s definitely got enough free time, based on how much he tweets).

    I think some religious might be a nice addition as well as some professors of philosophy.

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    • May 29, 2010, at 1:23 AM PDT
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    I truly brilliant article on the unfortunate lack of interest in the evils of socialism. Dr. Walter Block has juxtaposed socialism and fascism (see his video here: and while finding only superficial politico-economic differences, he notices a tremendous difference in lay popularity.

    One of the differences is that the popularity of socialism among European “intellectuals” and politicians is tremendous, whereas none are willing to admit that they champion fascism. Socialism has the advantage of having romantic and idealistic notions such as “equality” and “social justice” grafted unto it while fascism, right so, is associated exclusively with war and racism. Many people think of Che Guevara when they think of socialism; by contrast, everyone thinks of Hitler when they think of fascism.

    But the fact is that European politicians tend to embrace socialist statism, ergo it must be emotionally vexing when its worst European form is emphasized by dissenters and opponents. What socialist wants to be reminded that socialism has the distinction of having converted more innocent people into smut than any other social system?

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    • May 29, 2010, at 1:29 AM PDT
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    “A” truly brilliant article, that is.

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    • May 29, 2010, at 1:31 AM PDT
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    Not to sound like a broken record, but a wonderful book review Claire. I am tempted to order the book on Amazon but – I must ask first – have you come across any books that dig deeper into the subject? You suggest Revel’s lack of differentiation within the phenomenon leaves much to be desired and I was hoping you would have a suggestion that is more satisfactory. Thank you for the link and I will bookmark your site for future reading.

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    • May 29, 2010, at 2:23 AM PDT
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    This is especially troubling, given that the body count of semi-socialist regimes far exceeds those of fascist ones.

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    • May 29, 2010, at 3:49 AM PDT
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    “The left…refuses to examine whether or not socialism in itself is fundamentally a sound concept, fearing that such an inquiry will reveal that the essence of socialism is totalitarian—and that it will be forced to concede this reality. Socialist parties in free countries are democratic in inverse proportion to their degree of socialism. In trying to block any effort to evaluate its past errors—which might result in squelching the stealthy, hypocritical perpetuation of those errors in new dress—the left deploys various strategies… One of these strategies is to inundate the public square with virtually nonstop denunciations of Fascism and Nazism. We have seen that the left’s assimilation of Italian Fascism to the Nazi phenomenon has functioned as camouflage for the latter’s essential kinship with Communism. But however much this assimilation might be justified, the denunciations concern two political systems that were defeated, eliminated, judged and condemned more than a half a century ago. So the constant, deafening refrain about the “duty to remember” a past that is already well behind us seems at least partly like an effort to enforce a “duty to forget” when it comes to Communism.”

    —Jean-Francois Revel, Last Exit to Utopia

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    • May 29, 2010, at 6:46 AM PDT
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  10. Profile Photo Member

    Great article by Claire in the City Journal. I wonder if she has had the opportunity to read Jean-Francois Revel’s Last Exit to Utopia. The book brilliantly deals with the West’s (and mroe specifically France’s) unwillingness to come to grips with the Soviet atrocities and the danger this lack of reflection poses to our future.

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    • May 29, 2010, at 12:05 PM PDT
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