RE: Pinko Commies in Genoa

From: Lee Corbin (
Date: Tue Jul 24 2001 - 18:32:30 MDT

Anders writes

> Tiberius Gracchus [provided the URL]:
> >
> Strange that it directly contradicts economic development statistics, for
> example on the growth of inequality.

Yes, but don't you *enjoy* the style?

"In a cynical ploy aimed at buttressing their own crumbling credibility and at isolating
the growing ranks of protest against the emerging global economy, the leaders pretended
that they were the champions of the world's poor, fighting on their behalf against the
50,000 to 100,000 people in the streets who were the real enemies of the poor."

There is such a marvelous rhythm to extremist writing---especially
left-wing extremism. Note that not a single verb (or gerundative, present
participle, etc.) is without its flaming tendentiousness, e.g., "aimed",
"buttressing", "pretended". And the wonderful adjectives aren't far
behind: "cynical", "crumbling", etc.

I grew up reading all the wonderful old soviet-style rhetoric, and
currently enjoy the "progressive" propaganda that it has given way to.
But after decades and decades of this, don't the writers ever get
self-conscious, and see how ludicrous it all sounds? (Not that I
want them to stop.)


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