Who says Marx is dead? Certainly not local radio talk show mouthpiece Phil Valentine, whose recent Tennessean
columns remind everyone that a new October Revolution is just around the corner.
Valentine’s festival of neo-McCartheyism kicked off in early November with a column
on homelessness that described the Nashville Homeless Power Project as part of its director Matt Leber’s “grand socialist dream.” The following week
, he aimed his red-tinted sights at climate change, calling global warming “the perfect template for Marxism.” Valentine put the pinko-bashing aside for a week in a Nov. 25 piece
framing early childhood education as a perversion of an imagined utopian past: “There was no state-provided kindergarten when I was growing up. I went to kindergarten at the church.” His broadside against Pre-K was classic Phil: Never let empirical evidence
clutter up a juicy polemic. Then yesterday
he returned to his comfort zone, describing those at the center of the climate change “movement” as having “ulterior motives, many of them socialist or even Marxist.”
When the paper’s editors tapped Valentine for a regular gig, did they say to themselves, “What the op-ed page really needs is a factually challenged red-baiting Cold War dead-ender who sees commie conspiracies behind every rock and thinks the 1950s are making a comeback”?