Paul Gottfried

Latest by Paul Gottfried in ITO

  • Revisiting the 'Pleasantville' of My Childhood
    March 25, 2020

    Revisiting the 'Pleasantville' of My Childhood

    Movies like "Pleasantville" impart political messages about the 1950s that were never borne out by reality.

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  • Europe’s Migration Influx: Premeditated and Problematic
  • IG’s Report Is Just Another Opportunity for Partisan Cherry-Picking
  • The Groypers Are Asking the Wrong Questions
  • McCarthy: Not the Moral Leper We Thought?
  • Latest by Paul Gottfried in Chronicles

    • The Myth of Nazi Inevitability
      March 1, 2020

      The Myth of Nazi Inevitability

      Lately, I’ve been studying a segment of German history about which I knew little as compared with the period before World War I or the great German cultural awakening between 1770 and 1820, sometimes characterized as die Goethezeit. Germany’s failure to stave off a Nazi takeover, which was well on its way to happening when Hitler became chancellor on Jan. 30, 1933, has been considered proof positive of a bad national character. Supposedly, Germans were always following a “special path” toward a Nazi regime, which just took several centuries to reach its explosive end. This is the view currently propounded by German educators and the leaders of all German parties, except for the patriotic, right-of-center Alternative für Deutschland.

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    • Vestigial Reds
      March 1, 2020

      Vestigial Reds

      Diana West should be a familiar name to anyone who has studied the operation of the American Communist movement. Two of her books, America Betrayed: The Secret Assault on our Nation’s Character (2013) and The Red Thread (2019) examine the influence of Communist party members and fellow travelers on American politics and civic culture, and argue that Communist subversion is alive and well in this country. While America Betrayed focuses on subversive Communist activities from the Bolshevik Revolution onward, and most controversially on Communist infiltration of the United States government before and during World War II, The Red Thread carries West’s investigations down to recent leftist efforts to undermine the Trump presidency.

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    • The Politics of the Coronavirus
      March 30, 2020

      The Politics of the Coronavirus

      In the United States, political biases have also been evident in responses to the virus. Republicans are stressing the dire economic consequences of the shutdown and warn about doing irreparable destruction to our material well-being.

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    • Nationalism for the Lukewarm
      February 30, 2020

      Nationalism for the Lukewarm

      It seems that Rich Lowry has taken time off from castigating Donald Trump and calling for the prompt removal of Confederate memorial monuments to compose an entire book making “the case for nationalism.” A media launch was provided by Fox News’s Tucker Carlson, who gave Lowry ample time on his widely watched program to expatiate on his most recent book.

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    • February 30, 2020

      Culture and Peoples

      In a widely noted commentary on the achievements and failures of Sam Francis in the October issue of First Things, author Matthew Rose offers this conclusion: Francis claimed that he sought only to defend Western culture. It is impossible to believe him.

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