Alan Wolfe and Anti-Americanism in American Studies
For a devastating account of what the multiculturalist Left has done to the academy, read this Alan Wolfe review of the sad state of the art in American Studies. The most interesting theme here is an anti-Americanism (in American Studies!) so extreme that it drives professors to deny that America even exists. Postmodernism is beset by a paralyzing, politically driven, and ultimately self-contradictory hostility to generalization. Ultimately, of course, we do and must generalize. But post-modernists selectively deploy their insight into the necessarily imperfect and incomplete character of generalization as a kind of magic wand to make things they don’t like disappear. Since postmodernists don’t like America, they try to make it disappear. This is a very fine piece. The madness of the academic Left revealed, in all its glory.