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October 09, 2002

Free Reads -- Ron Rosenbaum

Friedrich --

Ron Rosenbaum grew up reading The Nation, but these days he's feeling pretty disenchanted with the Left. In the New York Observer, he tells us why, here.

Sample passage:

Itís important that America have an intelligent opposition, with a critique not dependent on knee-jerk, neo-Marxist idiocy. And itís important that potential constituents of that opposition, like Nation readers, be exposed to a brilliant dissenter like Christopher Hitchens. And the level of idiocy one finds in knee-jerk Left oppositionalism is sometimes astonishing.



posted by Michael at October 9, 2002


If you can get past the stylistic narscissism of his essays (the written equivelent of someone who likes to hear themselves talk), Rosenbaum has little to offer his reader.

He writes as though you are already party to his views, as though the simple act of Ron Rosenbaum trashing Gore Vidal or Pete Seeger, or extolling Chris Hitchens is enough. We don't need facts or reasoned arguments, just read a passage where Ron gives it to some whacko lefty.

And what about all those lefty whackos? I mean how can they possibly entertain ideas that are so far beyond the mainstream that even Ron Rosenbaum cannot countenance them. Oswald didn't kill JFK? Get outta here! Yoi're joking right?

On the plus side, writers of Rosenbaum's caliber will only ever "preach to the choir." Rosenbaum is a literary Rush Limbaugh. Their's is a style of polemic that compels neither thought nor reflection. Mind pap for the mindless wishing to remain that way.

I've read my last Rosenbaum piece. Life is too short to waste on bad logic and self-enamored writers.

Posted by: Martin Gorda on May 15, 2004 10:47 AM

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