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May be trite to say it, since it’s been pointed out by many, but it’s none the less true, Americans don’t know much history, even their own. At several points in US history the latest being 1930–1950, the positions taken by these so called “hard” left publications were widely accepted as normal and correct. The current turn right began in earnest in the 1970s, less than 50 years ago. Who’s to say the pendulum is not about to swing back the other direction again. So all the verbose and righteous critiques labeling what these magazines do a dead end needs to set in this context.

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