The Riposte

The Riposte

Confessions? Apologies? Nothing could be further from my mind. It has never occurred to me to apologize to anyone for the content of my life, which I would have judged on its balance of good and evil. I share Christine Stansell’s respect for the healthy attitude displayed by people like Adam Michnik and only regret that I should have given any other impression.

Please understand: I am not as much concerned with crimes of yesterday as with the crimes of the present and with the future of the American left. Thus, I expected Eric Foner and Alice Kessler-Harris to do everything in their power to obfuscate the issues, for they rank among the leaders of the thinly disguised totalitarianism in which the American left wallows. Foner, as is his wont, refers to my ill-tempered polemic against Herbert Aptheker of thirty years ago without mentioning my subsequent essays on Aptheker and my assessment of the destructive features of our quarrels. He accuses me of personal attacks. Much depends on what means “personal.” Where and when have I invoked the personal filth that his political faction routinely pours over me and especially my wife?

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Lima