Sunday, July 08, 2018

Dinesh D'Souza Has Exactly One Thing in Common With Sam Cooke

The second coolest thing on Twitter is seeing experts in a field engage in serious, thoughtful, informative discussions about their areas of expertise.

The coolest thing is when, in the process, they eviscerate a buffoon like Dinesh D'Souza.

Convicted felon and habitual grifter Dinesh D'Souza has a movie and a book coming out. This movie and book (they are a package, of course) expose, at long last, a shocking secret that liberals have covered up for decades: in the 1800s, the Democrats supported slavery. (This is a pretty damning admission from D'Souza about the ignorance of his followers.)

Anyway, having discovered this shocking secret, D'Souza concludes that the Democrats are still secretly the party of slavery. The whole schtick is basically an even-dumber version of Liberal Fascism. And when he's challenged on it, he gets a little defensive. Fortunately, there are people who make a living studying history--"historians", if you will--and thus have the expertise to assess D'Souza's claims. And in the last week, they've been doing it with a vengeance.

There's historian Kevin Kruse, author of a book about political shifts in the south, who schools D'Souza on party realignment in this thread: (Kruse has more excellent threads on the subject.)

There's historian Heather Cox Richardson, author of a history of the GOP, who explains the history of the GOP in this thread: And there's journalist David Neiwert, author of several books about the radical right, with a thread on the enduring ties between historical fascists/Nazis and today's alt-right: All three are worth reading for the important and useful historical perspective they provide. But they're especially worth reading for the beatdown they serve to Dumbass D'Souza.

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