Louis Proyect: The Unrepentant Marxist

October 2, 2020

Donald Trump, the Culture Wars and the Left

Filed under: Counterpunch — louisproyect @ 7:13 pm


Despite being the most subliterate President in American history, Trump has managed to interject himself into recent culture wars that are the bailiwick of tenured professors and highfalutin media pundits. Since Trump confused the word council for counsel, he needs all the help he can get. While Stephen Miller or some other erudite malefactor wrote the speeches, you can at least give him credit for being able to read them. As for their purpose, they are in keeping with his white supremacist agenda.

On the Fourth of July, Trump made a speech at Mount Rushmore that resonated with the Harper’s Open Letter that appeared only three days later:

One of their political weapons is “Cancel Culture” — driving people from their jobs, shaming dissenters, and demanding total submission from anyone who disagrees. This is the very definition of totalitarianism, and it is completely alien to our culture and our values, and it has absolutely no place in the United States of America.

He has since followed up with attacks on the N.Y. Times Project 1619 and critical race theory. The odds of him having read a single article in the magazine section that launched Project 1619 or some peer-reviewed journal article on critical race theory are about the same as me winning the N.Y. Marathon. His failure to have ever read a single word, however, did not prevent him from attacking them in a speech given at the National Archives Museum on September 17th.

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  1. Ah, it’s race reductionists vs class reductionists now. Derrick Bell and Kimberle Crenshaw have won.

    Comment by Will Shetterly — October 3, 2020 @ 4:15 am

  2. Nope. WEB DuBois, CLR James, Cedric Robinson, and Manning Marable.

    Comment by louisproyect — October 3, 2020 @ 11:52 am

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