Every time a new edition of Naming Names comes out, his introductions get worse and worse, ... The blacklist was unnecessary, and unwarranted, but what Navasky does is that he makes everyone who was blacklisted into major moral heroes just because they were blacklisted ... This is all a holdover from Navasky's roots in the old left. He defends and identifies with the communist left and the fellow-travelling left. It's the post-Soviet era, but the Nation continues to identify the world in terms of the United States being an evil force. So they will say 'we were against Saddam Hussein', but it's still the US that is the evil power.
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American "energy." . . is the energy of violence, of free-floating resentment and anxiety unleashed by chronic cultural dislocations which must be, for the most part, ferociously sublimated. This energy has mainly been sublimated into crude materialism.
~ Susan Sontag (January 16, 1933 - December 28, 2004)