Horne and a Post-9/11 Dialogue

In his summary of Gerald Horne’s thesis – that “white supremacy and anticommunism were the major forces shaping post-World War II life and politics in the United States” – McDuffie contends that this thesis explains the cultural and political movements post 9/11.

The devolvement from a state of patriotic fervor and unity into partisanship and anti-intellectualism harkens back to Cold War containment times. Horne’s thesis (explaining 1950s socio-political movements) is remarkably applicable to contemporary times. By substituting anti-communism for anti-terrorism (or in a more general sense, anti-otherism) it becomes clear that the Horne thesis offers a veritable perspective on the subtle post-9/11 movements. The notion that white supremacy is a “major force” in post-9/11 culture is easily visible through (in McDuffie’s words) the emergence of the Tea Party, and its large attraction to a disgruntled and insecure white populous.


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