Isaac Deutscher was my friend and mentor and so I write the following with heartfelt regret. He was a brilliant, innovative thinker and literary stylist, but his life’s work, including his masterpiece on Trotsky, is finally a monument to the intellectual bankruptcy of Marxism itself. When all is said and done, the Trotsky biography must [...]
I wish I could take credit for that line, but it was the fellow behind the now-defunct blog Beautiful Atrocities.
Sadly, I also can’t lay claim to the word “gaslighting,” a “form of intimidation or psychological abuse in which false information is presented to the victim, making them doubt their own memory and perception.”
Jamison Foser at [...]