Pot, meet kettle

Andrew Bolt has a column (no link) in which he attacks a number of Marxist academics on the basis that they are morally responsible for all the crimes committed by Marxist regimes, regardless of their personal attitude to those regimes. Rather than explore the problems with this kind of cliam, I’ll point out that

* The Iraq war, launched on the basis of lies, resulted in the deaths of hundreds of thousands of people, and left millions homeless

* Bolt eagerly supported the war and propagated the lies told to justify it

* Bolt derided and defamed those who correctly predicted its disastrous consequences

* Even when it was obvious that the death toll from the war was huge, and certain to grow further, Bolt continued to lie, and offered no apology to those he had defamed

* To this day, Bolt has continued to defend the war, and failed to acknowledge the falsehood of the claims he made in its support

Bolt is in exactly the same moral position as an unrepentant apologist for Stalinism or Maoism.

80 thoughts on “Pot, meet kettle

  1. Bettina Arndt, who Jack Strocchi mentions, was a leftist, feminist, and working mother with an uninterrupted career path who, upon reaching her mid-40s, underwent the sort of mid-life ideological conversion that has since seen her exhorting women under 45 to “do as I say, not as I did”.

  2. Further to JQ’s link at @39, the late Bob Gould was a Trotskyist, as was Hall Greenland in the 1960s and 1970s, and the fact that Keith Windschuttle was their close personal friend and close political associate at the time is rather suggestive about his own political convictions. I don’t know that there is any evidence that Windschuttle ever found anything to like about Maoism.

  3. @Paul Norton

    Well a Grantite anyway … 🙂

    Your general reasoning is sound however. There’s no way Gould and Windschuttle would have got along if the latter had been a Maoist. Both of them were populists of the Labor stripe i.e workerists), and Windschuttle argued this position in a famous exchange with Alan Ashbolt around 1980. It was very tedious.

    But nothing he wrote suggested a sympathy for Maoism or Stalinism more generally.

  4. What century do these people live in to be running around arms flailing in the air ranting about Communism/Marxism/Socialism/Maoism/Stalinism/other-ism? Newsflash – everyone knows by now that autocratic regimes are generally nasty places in which to live. Smearing the modern left with wild-eyed harangues about Stalin makes as much sense as accusing conservatives of running gas chambers. Quit with the poop-flinging alarmism.

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