November 22, 2009


Until recently I thought the most extreme example of (to use the Yiddish phrase) chutzpah had come from the lips of that very successful American historian Eric Foner. In response to a question in the socialist periodical Dissent  by historian Eugene Genovese in the summer of 1994 about why he had never apologized for being, like his father and uncle, an unabashed Stalinist, Foner explained that he had wanted to do something for American blacks. He was particularly distressed by

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