[Marxism] Sean Wilentz's Pop-Gun Attack on Oliver Stone and Peter Kuznick
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Counterpunch Weekend Edition February 15-17, 2013
Sean Wilentz's Pop-Gun Attack on Oliver Stone and Peter Kuznick
by LOUIS PROYECT
It was only a matter of time before the N.Y. Review of Books launched an
ideological drone strike against Oliver Stone and Peter Kuznick’s
“Untold History of the United States”. And who better to sit behind the
control panel directing the missile than Sean Wilentz, who aspires to be
the Arthur Schlesinger Jr. of our generation.
In its early years the NYR featured Noam Chomsky, Gore Vidal and even
ran a famous article by Andrew Kopkind backing Chairman Mao’s dictum
that “morality, like politics, flows from the barrel of a
gun”–accompanied by David Levine’s marvelous do-it-yourself diagram of a
Molotov cocktail on its cover.
As the magazine’s editors grew older and more attuned to the needs of
the permanent government, it found new causes and new contributors to
promote them. Chief among the causes was the superiority of capitalism
to socialism and America’s duty to resist any challenges to the global
status quo. More and more the NYR began to occupy the ideological niche
once held by Encounter, the journal edited by Melvin J. Lasky and funded
by the CIA.
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