Culture War Dispatches

from a Progressive People's Republic

Wednesday, November 04, 2009

Motivational speaker

Anita Dunn called Mao Zedong one of her "favorite political philosophers" and "one of the people I turn to most." Thomas Frank however believes Ms. Dunn is above reproach because she quoted "one of those Mao Zedong aphorisms that wouldn't look out of place on a motivational poster" ("Glenn Beck's Hotline to Nowhere, 11/4/09). By this logic we cannot criticize a neo-Nazi who loves Hitler because Hitler told children to eat their vegetables. What kind of moral cretin excuses a mass murderer because he once said something motivational?