We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Zinn hated the country which made him millions with his 1930s-style propaganda, and which bought his nice summer place on Cape Cod. He even bought the theater there. There is something twisted about people who welcome opportunity for themselves, but hate it for others.
I think emotion clouds their reason. They want to be set apart, and so dislike majoritarian thinking. They quite rightly are offended by hypocrisy and jingoism in the people who are nearby, and so dig in in any contrary position. So far, these are but minor sins.
The evil comes when this initially-respectable (if not strictly wise) position is revealed to provide cover for the death of millions, and the oppression of hundreds of millions. The refusal to condemn even Stalin, even Mao, long after the first numbers were known - to persist in complaining "well, but America has done x and y" - is intellectually and morally vacant.
And now, when the first numbers are known to have underestimated the evil by a factor of ten, when even the craziest of right-wing nutcases 1930-1980 are shown to have not been sufficiently alert to the full extent of the evil, to persist in such accusation is pathological.
Timothy Snyder's Bloodlands will slowly force the truth into the popular consciousness, though it will take a generation. By then, however, the left will maintain that they had always condemned such and gone on to some new lie.
Assistant VIllage Idiot
You said it perfectly.... Perfectly.
"There is something twisted about people who welcome opportunity for themselves, but hate it for others."
The pigs in Animal Farm where such... I wonder if that book is required reading in Jr. High anymore? I read it in 8th grade and largely didn't understand the premise, but it became clear over the next several years.