I know, I know. You imagine that liberals and leftists are people with coal dust on them, or farm workers in the trenches with their illegal alien friends, or long haul truckers with Obama 2012 stickers.
But you’d be wrong. Leftists like living large!
Kevin Macdonald mentioned that the Communists in the new USSR were living large too.
Leftists in 1930:
Having first hijacked the country and then looted the Russian banks and citizens of their wealth, Lenin, Trotsky, Radek, Kollontai, Dzerzhinsky, and a host of other non-Russians accumulated fortunes. Only Stalin refrained. Like Hitler, his future nemesis, Stalin lived quite modestly. The new Communist elite, on the other hand, lived exceedingly well, frequenting the elegant shops and government offices along Arbat Street, the Fifth Avenue of Moscow, where very few native Russians could afford to visit. These beneficiaries of the Communist Revolution are sometimes referred to as the “children of the Arbat.”
The theme of wealthy elite Jews under Soviet communism also occurs in Yuri Slezkine’s The Jewish Century: “Slezkine describes the life of the largely Jewish elite in Moscow and Leningrad, where they attended the theater, sent their children to the best schools, had peasant women for nannies, spent weekends at pleasant dachas, and vacationed at the Black Sea” (see here, p. 88).
And now in 2012:
re your politics welcomed at the dinner table?
They’re embraced at ours! Welcome aboard The Nation Cruise.
Dear Friend of The Nation,
“A floating palace of populism.”
That’s how Jim Hightower — a guest on numerous Nation cruises — once characterized it. And now is the time to book your trip with us on our 15th annual seminar cruise. The best cabins are going fast.
Some of the special guests who have already signed on:
John Nichols, Nation Washington correspondent
Dave Zirin, The Nation’s first sports columnist
Jodie Evans & Medea Benjamin of CODEPINK
Richard Kim, executive editor of TheNation.com
Frances Fox Piven, political scientist, activist and writer
…and many more to come.
The idea? To exchange ideas on the state of the progressive world. To give all of us who know, care about, respect, support, publish, write and read The Nation a chance to meet and talk, face-to-face, one-on-one. To enjoy a much needed vacation that will bring us back to our workday worlds refreshed and reinvigorated in a way that no ordinary vacation could ever begin to do. And to raise some badly needed funds for The Nation.
Your shipmates will include provocative panelists and political portsiders (watch a short video made on our 2011 cruise) plus a daily array of stimulating seminars and enlivening discussions (watch a slideshow from our 2009 cruise). Mingle with fellow Nation supporters. Join in conversations with Nation writers and columnists and guest panelists. Enjoy spirited dinner-table debates.
Plus…the usual varied cast of progressives from all over the geographical and political map. Don’t take our word for it! Here’s Henry Alford’s 2008 description in The New York Times:
“The diversity and intellectual accomplishments of the 460 cruisers were fairly staggering – included were many academics, several judges, a founder of The Chronicle of Higher Education, a scientist who worked on the Manhattan Project, a retired Army major, a steel company vice president, a former drug trafficker, four granddaughters aged 15 to 22, State Representative Mike Boland of Illinois, the public health expert Dr. Quentin Young and the feminist author Marilyn French.”
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Please make your plans now to join us! Certain cabin categories will sell out fast. You’ll find everything you need to know at http://www.nationcruise.com We look forward to seeing you on board in December!
Katrina vanden Heuvel
Editor and Publisher
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