NEW YORK LIBERALS
My wife bought tickets to hear an author talk about his novel that was set in Germany in the years after the war. He was formerly an editor at a New York publishing house. His talk was interesting. Prior to World War II a number of German socialists and communists fled Germany for California. After the war, a handful of them, including the playwright Bertolt Brecht, returned to East Germany which was then a Russian satellite. The novel takes place in this era. I found his talk to be more interesting than the novel.
After the program, several in the audience lined up to buy an autographed copy of the book and have a brief conversation with the author. Since I’ve always wondered how widespread German guilt was for the atrocities of the Second World War, I asked him if the Germans feel guilt. “Heavens no,” he replied, “They don’t feel any collective guilt.” Then he said, “Look what we’ve done.”
It didn’t really register with me until later. What he apparently meant was that the U.S. was guilty of crimes against humanity that equaled those of Nazi Germany. I was dumbfounded, but realized this was a popular view among radicals and socialists. This extremely opinionated man was a New York City liberal convinced of his intellectual superiority. New Yorkers believe they are culturally superior to begin with, but when you couple that with liberal intolerance they are downright unbearable. Yes, New York liberals are a pain in the neck, many are radicals and some are so screwed up they think America has acted worse than Nazi Germany.