[Marxism] Political correctness and the rise of the right: an interview with Jeff Sparrow | Red Flag

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Wed Jan 2 06:22:53 MST 2019

The moment I call “smug politics” emerged most clearly in the 2000s when 
many progressive activists became convinced that, rather than offering a 
solution, the people were themselves the problem. The masses were, 
according to this perspective, so innately backward and conservative 
that the task of left-wingers was, first and foremost, to keep them from 
infecting progressive spaces with their cloddish, reactionary ways.

Think of Michael Moore’s best-selling book Stupid White Men, or the film 
Idiocracy, or the comedic style associated with the Daily Show: in each 
instance, it’s taken for granted that liberals and leftists are a small 
circle of enlightened people surrounded by an incorrigibly and 
irredeemably right wing and moronic working class.

You can see how this arose – it was a consolatory fantasy for 
progressives during the Bush years, a way of explaining how, despite the 
correct critiques being made of the Iraq invasion, the anti-war movement 
struggled to grow. If ordinary workers didn't come to our protests, it 
was – the assumption went – because they themselves were the problem. 
But you can also see its disastrous consequences.

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