Don’t You Dare Name Names


Bernard-Henri Levy

I was listening to Bernard-Henri Levy, a prominent French philosopher, intellectual, author and general bon vivant on the Brian Lehrer Show (WNYC.ORG). His insights and perceptions are listened to widely in our affluent urban centers. He produced a book, a few years back, from compiling a series of essays on America for the Atlantic magazine, ‘American Vertigo: Traveling America in the Footsteps of Tocqueville,’.

I was listening to Bernard-Henri Levy, a prominent French philosopher, intellectual, author and general bon vivant on the Brian Lehrer Show (WNYC.ORG). His insights and perceptions are listened to widely in our affluent urban centers. He produced a book, a few years back, from compiling a series of essays on America for the Atlantic magazine, ‘American Vertigo: Traveling America in the Footsteps of Tocqueville,’.

A witty review of which was written by Garrison Keillor in The New York Times Review of Books here: https://www.nytimes.com/2006/01/29/books/review/on-the-road-avec-m-levy.html

Today finds BHL on the media book tour for his latest tome “The Empire and the Five Kings: America’s Abdication and the Fate of the World”, where he was discussing several topics with host Brian Lehrer in the WNYC Green Space studio including extremists and fascists. When it came to identifying threats on the right-wing, Monsieur Levy was quick to mount the barbed steed. Particular call-outs where French President of the National Front Marie Le Pen, surprisingly British MP Jeremy Corbyn, and of course our own President Donald J Trump.

Yes, these right-wing threats to Liberté, égalité, fraternité are publicly called out by name.

However, when asked about extreme left-wing threats, BHL was clear in stating that there were, here in America, such persons. When asked to call some of them out by name… well, our visiting intellectual would choose the path of capering nimbly in a lady’s chamber perhaps, than answering the question directly. Yes, he preferred not to ‘name names’ out of… deference?

Deference, maybe? But perhaps he fears the avalanche! Yes, by actually calling out left-wing individuals for their threating behavior, he knows he will come under a tsunami of opposition, denunciations and epithets of Racist! Sexist! Nationalist! That blow in like a blinding blizzard from triggered leftist snowflakes.

Yes, our visiting foreign guest may know well the terrible power of the twitter avalanche should he nommer la menace.

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