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Willful Blindness

An Eph Corner reader notes this.

I’m [Andy McCarthy] on a two-day road trip in beautiful Williamstown, talking Willful Blindness with the students of Williams College, so I’m missing my Corner buds. But I have to say I’d be blushing over Jonah’s kind words even if he hadn’t just written the most important (and best written) book on political philosophy in at least a decade. I hope to squeeze back into the book sandwich at some point, but it’s an honor just to be mentioned with writers like Jonah, Mark and Iain (whose new book arrived on my desk just before I headed north), and I’m very grateful for all the encouragement.

1) Yes, my left-wing friends, people who hang out at the Corner really do think that Liberal Fascism is “the most important” book on “political philosophy in at least a decade.” They aren’t just being ironic! Hard to believe, I know. Just imagine that you are an anthropologist, sent to study the beliefs and customs of a primitive tribe. Try not to be too judgmental!

2) I don’t see McCarthy’s talk listed in the calendar. Am I missing something or is this a private visit?

3) Another Eph connection is with Laura Gasiorowski ’88. Willful Blindness is about the prosecution of the ’93 bombers of the World Trade Center and Laura was involved with a related case.

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#1 Comment By ronit On April 24, 2008 @ 4:07 pm

McCarthy must be smoking something pretty special – let’s hope the WPD doesn’t catch him!

#2 Comment By frank uible On April 24, 2008 @ 5:06 pm

I ate two meals a day for most of my minority (and discussed contemporary practical politics of all sorts) with a socialist and a relatively high public office holding New Dealer and saw no evidence of fascism in either of them – but au contraire.

#3 Comment By Neil On April 24, 2008 @ 5:23 pm

people who hang out at the Corner really do think that Liberal Fascism is “the most important” book on “political philosophy in at least a decade.”

Are these the same people who think invading Iraq was a good idea, Saddam and bin Laden were in cahoots, the war in Iraq is going swimmingly, and another 500 billion to secure a “victory” is money well spent?

Just asking…

#4 Comment By Ben Fleming On April 24, 2008 @ 11:36 pm

No. There’s a lot of overlap, to be sure, but they’re actually more stupid, if that’s possible.

#5 Comment By Aidan On April 25, 2008 @ 12:11 am

I’ve always felt this to be an apt analogy:

Tom Friedman:Left::Jonah Goldberg::Right

Every side of an argument has its morons.

#6 Comment By Ben Fleming On April 25, 2008 @ 12:27 pm

Ah yes, Thomas Friedman, the Iraq War-supporting, free trade-cheering, corporation-hugging, heiress-marrying man of the left. Not quite sure which left that is.

#7 Comment By rory On April 25, 2008 @ 1:06 pm

the left that people on the right want?

#8 Comment By Derek Catsam On April 27, 2008 @ 1:54 am

The problem with “Liberal Fascism” is that it tries to use history to make its case and it is one of the most sophomoric uses of history I have ever seen. It really is ghastly how bad the book is, those political philosophers at The Corner, who have a dog in the fight, notwithstanding. And this is the consensus from historians right and left. This is not a book to be taken seriously, and it has nothing to do with ideology, though the ideology blinds the argument.