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The Left’s New Enemy: ‘Empire’

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

We know what Marx, Lenin, Stalin, and Mao wanted (state control of everything) and how they achieved this goal (brutal totalitarianism); but what do their successors today want and how do they hope to achieve it? It’s a curiously unexamined subject.

Ernest Sternberg of the University at Buffalo offers answers in an eye-opening article in a recent issue of Orbis, “Purifying the World: What the New Radical Ideology Stands For.” He begins by sketching out what the contemporary far Left (as opposed to the “decent Left”) opposes and what it wants.

What the Left opposes: The prime enemy is something called “Empire” (no definite article needed), a supposed global monolith that dominates, exploits, and oppresses the world.

Continue reading Daniel Pipes on National Review Online