Red-baiting was one of the more fantastic inventions of the left. Suddenly pointing out that someone was a member of a mass murdering ideology bent on world conquest… was worse than actually being a member of that ideology.
Red-baiting was tacky, hateful and everything that enlightened people didn’t want to be. It was perfectly all-right for a Communist to say he was one. It was alright for an admiring fellow traveler to say it. But not for anyone who thought that mass enslavement and murder under the red flag were bad things.
Red-baiting gave the Marxists and Communists immunity from criticism. Questioning their politics had become worse than their actual politics.
That’s the privilege that Julie Matthaei demands.
Wellesley College professor Julie Matthaei describes herself as a “Marxist-feminist-anti-racist-ecological-economist” on the college’s official website, but accused a pro-business group of “red-baiting” for citing this description in an advertisement opposing minimum wage hikes.
The Boston Globe’s article frames the ad which outed the Marxist ties of professors calling for a minimum wage as a return of the Cold War.
Remember that next time, a liberal pundit accuses conservatives of fearmongering.
Wellesley College economics professor Julie Matthaei is a Marxist living in a modern-day commune in Cambridge who has carved out an academic niche questioning the status quo. She is unapologetic about her beliefs, describing herself on her Wellesley Web page as a “Marxist-feminist-anti-racist-ecological-economist.”
If Matthaei were truly unapologetic, this whole article wouldn’t exist. But unapologetic in academic settings among her own kind is not the same thing as when she gets dragged out from under a rock.
But she was stunned recently when this description was used against her in a full-page advertisement in The New York Times by a murky pro-business group opposed to raising the minimum wage. Matthaei was among 600 academic economists who signed a petition supporting a minimum-wage increase, which the ad tried to discredit.
Do you know what’s murky? Pro-business groups. Know what isn’t murky according to the Boston Globe? Marxism.
“Suddenly you’re thrust on the national stage, and it was a shock,” said Matthaei, who has taught at Wellesley for 36 years. “I felt I was being red-baited.”
So much for the unapologetic part.
The Times ad, taken out by the nonprofit Employment Policies Institute in Washington, had a distinctly 1950s flavor, employing excerpts from quotes that used derivatives of “Marx” four times, praised Soviet-style socialism, and questioned official accounts of the Sept. 11 attacks.
Megan Woolhouse of the Boston Globe is to be congratulated for writing a sentence so convoluted that it leaves readers with the impression that the ad began randomly spewing stuff about Marx and 9/11, rather than noting clearly that the Marx and 9/11 quotes came from the academics involved.
But Saltsman denied any “red-baiting,” noting that the description of Matthaei comes directly from her Wellesley Web page.
“I think we should be asking questions as to whether that’s the person whose insight is most valuable on raising the minimum wage,” Saltsman said. “I don’t think it is.”
Instead of the charge being Marxist, Megan shifts the charge so that it’s now red-baiting, which we can call red-red-baiting.
She likened attempts to vilify her as similar to tactics used to discredit Obama and cast him as a socialist because of his efforts to create a system for universal health care.
Except that Obama at least isn’t, currently, calling himself a Socialist. If you can’t be discredited because of something currently on your self-description, especially if that something is responsible for mass murder, what can you be discredited by?
Oh right, being in a pro-business group.
Karl Marx’s criticisms of capitalism still have resonance today, she said, noting high unemployment, increased concentration of wealth, the erosion of the middle class, and entrenched poverty among low-income families.
Are we going to go there? Let’s try a country that followed the Marxist path and see how it’s doing.
She added that she had the luxury of studying alternative economics because her father paid for her education and provided a monthly stipend, an opportunity many never get.
So she was exactly like Karl Marx with her Republican daddy playing Engels.