Marxism: the Sequel
a comment in The New Yorker by Hendrik Hertzberg
(our site's comment review)
A nasty little piece of yellow journalism that illustrates its first principle: you can sell more copy flinging excrement than you can flinging wisdom. It purports to be about Newt Gingrich and about “Tofflerism,” a word he coins in a contrived effort to draw parallels to Marxism. But the effort is a ludicrous fraud from the get-go. The Tofflers’ position on Marxism as a reductionistic, misguided mistake is clear in their books. But Hertzberg cannot help himself from indulging in a ridiculous comparison of Toffler’s and Marx’s ideas. Why they let such toxic waste into The New Yorker is beyond us, but they apparently care more about circulation than integrity. (There’s a lot of that going around lately—as if you needed to be reminded.)
This nasty little piece of yellow journalism illustrates its first principle: you can sell more copy flinging excrement than you can flinging wisdom
To sum up, every word in the article is foolish, erroneous drivel, and the paper the article is written on is just begging to get an upgrade in its usage—to toilet tissue, obviously. None of it even needs to be dignified by a response. Ignorance of this awesome magnitude needs to be studied in a laboratory—or perhaps a lavatory. Clinton showed more insight in his affair with Monica than Hertzberg shows in this farcical attempt at writing. The guilt-by-association attempt is as impotent as a eunuch with E.D. (remember Bob Dole’s TV spot?) sitting on an iceberg.
The paper Marxism: the Sequel is written on is just begging to get an upgrade in its usage—to toilet tissue
Clinton showed more insight in his affair with Monica than Hertzberg shows in this farcical attempt at writing
Happily, such utter crap reflects not a whit on Gingrich or Toffler, but reflects on this magazine and on Hertzberg—perhaps all this is just practice for a National Enquirer-type scandal sheet venture that this magazine and Hertzberg plan to launch jointly. We wish them the best of luck. And if this writing sample is any example, they’re desperately going to need it!