Destructive Generation (Magill's Literary Annual 1990)
In a presentation copy of Through the Looking-Glass (l871), Lewis Caroll wrote a brief note and his signature in mirror image, a nice metaphor to keep in mind when reading Destructive Generation: Second Thoughts About the Sixties. Peter Collier and David Horowitz were members of the New Left in the 1960’s; in the 1980’s they are Cold War warriors of the avenging Right. They have faced their past from the other side of the mirror, but they have forsaken none of the arrogance and self-righteousness that once made them anathema to the besieged forces of racism and imperialism. Their book, a collection of essays, further confuses the boundaries between liberal, left, right, moderate, and center—all terms that seem incomprehensible following the 1988 elections, during which candidate George Bush was able to becloud the traditional “liberal” in a miasma of rhetoric. The far Left and the liberal were welded together in his portrayal of the 1980’s; a generation ago, as editors of Ramparts magazine, Collier and Horowitz combined with others to accuse the liberal of being the soul brother of the reactionary Right. Wherever Collier and Horowitz appear on the political spectrum, their opponents are traitors, scoundrels, fools, and liberals.
An attempt at explaining this phenomenon is made in the third and final section of the book, where, instead of writing as a team, Collier and Horowitz offer individual self-portraits, each...
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Bibliography (Magill's Literary Annual 1990)
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