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Right wing scum: Dinesh D’Souza edition

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Kevin Kruse, who apparently combines the patience of a saint with the endurance of a marathon runner, has ripped apart the scurrilous liar Dinesh D’Souza on Twitter.

D’Souza, who counts for what passes as an intellectual in Trumpian circles, shares with reactionary centrists like Bari Weiss and Caitlin Flanagan a tendency to present grotesque parodies of what actually happens in American academia as straightforward descriptions of a vast left-wing conspiracy to poison young minds.

My favorite installment in this genre is the claim that academic historians are hiding the heterodox truth that the Republicans have always really been the party of civil rights, and did you know that a bunch of Democrats voted against the 1964 Civil Rights Act because they were open segregationists? Kruse speculates that only somebody who literally never took a US history class in college would make such a preposterous claim.

This is far too charitable: Dinesh D’Souza is just another shameless grifter, who thinks that turning himself into the White House nig[clang] of the moment is the smart money play.  The sad thing is that he’s probably right about that.

. . . from David Frum’s article linked above:

The animus shines even more brightly through the pages of Death of a Nation. Here’s D’Souza’s narrative of how the Great Society followed consistently and directly from slavery: “No longer would Democrats directly rip off the blacks by stealing their labor. Now blacks would become partners with Democrats in a scheme to extract resources from other Americans.”

Here’s his description of the origin of the scheme in the racist imagination of Lyndon B. Johnson:

We Democrats are going to create a new plantation for you, this time in the towns and cities. On these new plantations, unlike on the old ones, you don’t have to work. In fact, we would prefer if you didn’t work. We are going to support you through an array of so-called poverty programs and race-based programs. Essentially we will provide you with lifetime support, just as in the days of slavery. Your job is simply to keep voting us in power so that we can continue to be your caretakers and providers.

Here’s D’Souza’s description of what happened once blacks were assured the right to vote: “On this plantation they [blacks] had a different casting role, not as exploited workers who did not vote but rather as exploited voters who did not work.”

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