The magic kingdom of Dinesh D'Souza

The Big Lie is full of staggering truths

Dinesh D'Souza.
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The 48 hours or so that I spent intermittently reading Dinesh D'Souza's new book have been huge for me, personally speaking. I won't mince words here: The experience was mind-blowing, psychedelic even. I have so many questions.

Let me be clear. The book, entitled The Big Lie: Exposing the Nazi Roots of the American Left, is not polemic or even popular history. It's not even really a book so much as a mystical Weltanschauung in paper form, a vision quest in a magic kingdom, a glimpse into a private world more fascinating and various than Tolkien's — a race odyssey. Learning that, for example, Andrew Jackson and Sen. Benjamin Tillman were committed men of the left, very likely socialists, that Martin Heidegger's Being and Time has had a formative influence on Black Lives Matter and antifa, and that the Nazis devised the Final Solution in response to their childhood reading of various long-forgotten cowboy novelettes — these are the kind of revelations that change a person forever, okay?

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