While reading Jonah Goldberg’s Liberal Fascism: The Secret History of the American Left, From Mussolini to the Politics of Meaning, I thought yet again about the question which serves as the title to this post.
The question first occurred to me last June when I read Maggie Gallagher’s column on Al Gore’s religious obsession with global warming. There, she wrote that, among other things Al Gore’s obsession “transforms the United States, as the world’s most successful economy, into the chief evildoer in the world.”
Transforming the US into the world’s “chief evildoer” at a time when Islamofascism threatens our very civilization. Many on the left seems to dismiss that threat in order to make global warming as the most pressing issue facing the world.
Then, as now, I wondered if Gore (and others on the left) found it easier to blame our own nation rather than see evils in the world as something not engendered by the West or capitalism, but instead by ideologies at odds with our civilization and values.
The very nature of the global warming hysteria does seem a piece with the longstanding liberal criticism of Western society while the Islamofascist threat proves false the notion that the West in general and America in particular is responsible for all the world’s ill.
Perhaps, I’ll flesh this out in a future post, but for now, will put the idea out there and invite y’all to weigh in with your own thoughts.