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True Confessions

I once praised Ho Chi Minh for his leadership of the
Vietnamese people.  I used to think Fidel
Castro was the cat's pajamas.  I was a
member of SDS.  For five years, I helped
to edit a journal called Socialist Revolution. Or how about Joe Lieberman's press aide, Marshall
Wittman, whom I like and admire? Marshall has had his moment on the
far left (I can't remember
the group) and on the far right (when he was the Christian Coalition's
rep in Washington). I know some other prominent intellectuals on the
left and the right who were
once part of or very close to Weatherman. I'm not going to name them because of the current notoriety about
Weatherman. But that's just an interesting and curious fact
about them. Like me, or like Bob
Dreyfuss, they have had a long political and intellectual journey that
sometimes taken them into weird byways. If Bob Dreyfuss were still member of LaRouche's organization, I'd worry
about him and I would wonder about the magazines were publishing him.
But what
he did 25 or more years ago--when James Kirchick was probably still an
infant? I wouldn't give that a moment's notice.

--John B. Judis

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