Stanley Kurtz, ampoule an anthropologist by academic training, sale wants us to believe that the small and insignificant tribe of American socialists, prescription to which he has offered a thick description in his new book has had an enormous influence on our history: it has spawned our first socialist president, Barack Obama. Before we return to this argument, Kurtz’s painfully wrong misreading of the politics of Saul Alinsky and Michael Harrington, and the tortured internal logic of his latest posting, a question—or rather a variation on the same question—naturally arises from the gravity of Kurtz’s allegation vs. Obama: Who spawned Joe Biden? And Rahm Emanuel? And Larry Summers? How about Christina Roemer? And Timothy Geithner? And—most insidious of all—the life long Republican, Robert Gates?
You see the problem. Kurtz wants us to believe that one lone Leninist, Barack Obama, broke through the ideological defenses of the United States and—damn the people—was elected president of the United States. But Lenin had a crew of top flight, like minded assistants around him: Trotsky, Bukharin, Zinoviev and Stalin, to name just a few of the most prominent. Who are the ideologically disciplined acolytes of Obama, implacably prepared to implement his, yes, long run “transitional program” to socialism? Larry Summers—as mainstream an economist as the Democratic Party can offer, disciple of Goldman Sachs honcho, Robert Rubin, whom the faculty radicals at Harvard rode out of Cambridge on a rail for crimes against women? Rahm Emanuel, a partisan Democrat, but one who famously despises the Party’s left flank, (“retards”, as he famously said) let alone any socialists beyond that? Tim Geithner, another Rubin protégé, formerly of Kissinger Associates and recently the president of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York? Joe Biden who….oh, do I really have to explain that Joe Biden isn’t a socialist, and wasn’t indoctrinated by Bill Ayers? Robert Gates, the Secretary of Defense for George W. Bush?
So why would the socialist Obama appoint such ideologically unreliable cadre? Could this be part of the master plan—if Larry Summers enacts socialism, then it will be all the more a “stealth” operation, to use Kurtz’s word, no? It seems like quite a risk, though, for Obama not to insert like minded people in the most important positions in his administration.
Hmm…perhaps this is an even more remarkable and baffling scheme than even Kurtz realizes. I’ll respond at greater length to his latest remarks soon, but, in the meantime, I invite readers and Kurtz himself to unravel this counter-intuitive plot. But, then again, counter-intuitive is what this is all about isn’t it?