Post-Intelligibility

Post-leftism has its roots in the inter-war decades of the last century when the old left’s belief in a future socialist society first began to drain away. It grew, as the late Lionel Trilling put it, in the form of an “adversary culture” – a comprehensive opposition to “bourgeois” society ungrounded in a positive alternative. The post-left has radicalised this inchoate hostility until “Amerika” is the satanic principle in the world.

God knows what the hell this is all about, but I couldn’t help but noticing that the article claims Lionel Trilling, who has been dead for more than thirty years, said that post-leftism grew in the form of an “adversary culture”, even though the term itself (‘post-leftism’) was coined by contributors to a magazine which has only been on the go for three years. That’s visionary for you.

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