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Saturday, 21 April 2012


Mannie Sherberg
Keynes wasn't right about much, but he was spot-on about one thing. Back in 1936, he wrote: "Madmen in authority, who hear voices in the air, are distilling their frenzy from some academic scribbler of a few years back." He probably had Hitler in mind when he made that remark, but it remains as true today as it was in 1936 -- although not all of today's madmen are "in authority" (at least not yet). Among today's "madmen" are the OWSers themselves, most of whom have done nothing more in their lives than regurgitate the inanities of such "academic scribblers" as Rousseau, Marx, Gramsci, and Marcuse -- most of whom they've never heard of but all of whom are now "voices in the air." Also among today's madmen are the professors who have journeyed to Tehran. Only a madman would willingly visit a city which is little more than an Islamic version of Hitler's Berlin or Stalin's Moscow. What makes these particular madmen unique is that they are nor only upchucking ideas they swiped from academic scribblers of the past -- they are themselves academic scribblers. Today's academic scribblers no longer, like Marx, sit in dusty libraries and dream of becoming bomb throwers -- they are either (like their mentor Bill Ayers) bomb throwers themselves or the bosom-buddies of bomb throwers. Maybe while these nihilistic nut-cases are on their terrorism tour in Tehran, somebody will toss a bomb in their direction. Or would that be too much to hope for?

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