Daniel Oppenheimer



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We want Robert E. Lee’s name off our school — and in return, we were greeted with hateful Internet trolling

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on the fight to change the name of my kids' school, from Robert E. Lee Elementary, and the rather absurd experience of having the process become national and international news. As I write:

This time was different. We started out with about eight of us. We began meeting with School Board members. We started a Change.org petition. A few of us wrote op-eds in the local newspaper. We spoke at publ...
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Published on May 10, 2016 06:28
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Exit Right: The People Who ...

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“He read Kolakowski on the danger, implicit in all utopian movements, that if the material of human nature proved too weak or brittle to withstand the stresses that the utopian architecture tried to impose upon it, then the architects might prefer to discard the humans rather than their precious blueprints. He”
Daniel Oppenheimer, Exit Right: The People Who Left the Left and Reshaped the American Century

“Kolakowski’s own essay in the volume was a particularly brutal exercise in deconstruction. He made the case, methodically and relentlessly, that state ownership of the means of production could persist over time only through coercion. He held up to bone-dry ridicule the Marxist preoccupation with class conflict to the exclusion of all other sources of conflict in human life and politics. He analyzed and then undermined what he saw as the “primordial hope” at the heart of Marx’s vision, which was the idea that in the socialist future there would be an end to alienation, to the separation between man as a private being and man as a political actor. In its place “man returning to perfect unity, experiencing directly his personal life as a social force.”
Daniel Oppenheimer, Exit Right: The People Who Left the Left and Reshaped the American Century

“The other novel aspect in the essay was the shift in his attitude toward America. No longer was he willing to take as a given that the nation’s flaws, which he acknowledged were many, added up to a totality that was deserving only of condemnation, critique, and revolution. That attitude made sense, he wrote, when you were comparing it to a socialist utopia that existed only in the imagination. It”
Daniel Oppenheimer, Exit Right: The People Who Left the Left and Reshaped the American Century



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