Our very own Jacob Laksin wrote quite a brilliant post in response to David Brooks’ latest column yesterday, in which the Washington Post columnist likens the Tea Party Movement, the New Right if you will, to the New Left movement of the 1960s.
Although the two movements certainly share some similarities, Jacob is correct in saying that they are fundamentally quite different from one another. The New Left wanted to abolish the political system in America and reshape its culture. The New Right, on the other hand, wants to preserve and revive both.
One aspect not covered by Jacob is, I believe, also important to point out: As David Horowitz explains in his political memoirs Radical Son, most members of the mainstream media actively aided and abetted the New Left at every turn. For instance, as our editor-in-chief explains in his groundbreaking work, every single major newspaper in the country ignored the violent acts committed by the violent and racist thugs of the Black Panthers. Eventually, the Panthers even got away with murder.
The peaceful Tea Party movement is treated quite differently, however. Although these activists have done nothing wrong, the media act as if they are the second coming of Hitler and his henchmen. They are racists, crooks, nazis and worse. Any mistakes made by the movements or its members are emphasized and used to smear every single one of them. Unlike the New Left, the New Right gets away with absolutely nothing.
To conclude, the New Left and the New Right may resemble each other in some regards when you look at them superficially, but it becomes clear that they are quite different from each other nonetheless when you study them more carefully. They have different goals, the one is firmly rooted in America’s culture and system while the other is clearly not, and, finally, they are treated completely differently by the MSM.