The Revolt Against The Elite (1955)
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This chapter discusses The Revolt Against The Elite (1955). During the Jacobin Revolution of 1793, in those quaint days when the lower classes still thought of themselves as the lower classes, it was for upper-class sympathies and for not reading "subversive leftist literature" that aristocrats got in trouble. In reality those lower-class sympathies are microscopic in most of that social register which McCarthy is trying to purge; even so, leftist sympathies are the pretext given for the purge. Asians and Europeans ought never to confuse genuine American anti-Communism, a necessary shield for peace and freedom against aggression, with the pseudo-anti-Communism of the demagogues, which is not anti-Communism at all but a racket. To a certain extent, the new nationalist toughness is the revenge of those who felt snubbed in 1928, when the man with the brown derby lost the election, and who felt snubbed a second time in 1932, when the nomination went to his victorious rival from Groton and Harvard.