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The New Republic has an excellent article explaining why the New Left hates the West. You see, the New Left loves Edward Said. Edward Said wrote his book Orientalism in 1968. In it, he argued that the West, Western civilization, and particularly Western academics were all practicing Orientalism, which was essentially another word for bigotry vis-a-vis the Arab world.
Said said (sorry, I couldn't resist) that Western academia could "atone" for its "sins", as it were (not his words, I'm just using quotation marks to denote the nonsense inherent in the comment) by wholeheartedly sympathizing with the Arabs. Et voici, mesdames et messieurs, la Nouvelle Gauche.
Translation from the French: And here I present to you, ladies and gentlemen, the New Left (no coincidence that I first wrote it in French). Anti-Imperialist, anti-Capitalist (capital I and C because of their power ;) ), anti-Israel, anti-West, anti-Self.
The article, whose context was a criticism of a ridiculous inanity on the supposedly all-powerful Jewish Lobby (note to the capital-l Lobby: if we control the world, I want three months a year in Aruba, minimum), concludes on this incisive note:
"The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy" in fact reveals little about the conduct of U.S. foreign affairs. It does, however, afford a disquieting look into just how far the pernicious ideology of Middle Eastern studies has penetrated the humanities and helped render the academy irrelevant. Gripped by absolutist theories that quash all opposition, some of America's finest universities provide environments in which partisan and shoddily documented screeds like the working paper can pass as serious research.Italics mine.
The New Left HATES Western Civilization because Western Civilization is bigotted, racist, and Orientalist (can't forget the capital).
I think I just wrote a summary of Noam Chomsky's politics.
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I'd like to note that 'New Left' is in no way synonymous with 'progressive', 'liberal', or 'leftist'.
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