The Ghosts of D-Day
The battle is long over, but the fight against extremist illiberal politics is not.
"France fell in 1940 in great part because the United States went AWOL from Europe" - thanks to "leaders who in their day espoused the same crass protectionism and isolationism—and even the same “America First” slogan—as Trump himself."
essay: Vichy France, the illiberal world order, the role of the U.S. in changing that and the fact that Americans are not immune to "the Vichy syndrome."
I agree that the great conservative dispute is confusing but I think this distillation from
is mistaken; however I will test my sense of things with a poll.
A lot of people won't like this essay by
. But, by gosh, it should be read and grappled with by all. (It should also be anthologized.)
France in defeat turned on itself in a culture war that has at least as many lessons for Americans today as does the heroism of Omaha Beach
Mark R. Yzaguirre
“But the human impulses on which the fascists and communists of the 1930s battened? Those do remain with us.”
links the D-Day anniversary with struggles against illiberal authoritarianism at home and abroad today.
Meanwhile, American conservatives are debating whether Charles Maurras was right
"Depending on our mood, we romanticize the Resistance or excoriate collaborators—seldom caring to remember how ambiguously collaboration and resistance often blended together."
argues we can learn from the complicated anniversary of D-Day
looks at D-Day’s complicated lessons for the present
Very worthwhile read from
Failure to recognize complexities in European politics past AND present bedevil US commentary. This piece elevates the conversation.
"Depending on our mood, we romanticize the Resistance or excoriate collaborators—seldom caring to remember how ambiguously collaboration and resistance often blended together." From an excellent piece by
As America moves further from D-Day, Americans become more boastful and bombastic about it. A history of the history of D-Day
It's very striking to revisit President Eisenhower's self-effacing statement on the 10th anniversary with the rhetoric of this 75th
Eisenhower on the 10th anniversary
to Philippe Pétain is an obscene new low for Never Trump, especially for
. For shame.
David Frum has a brilliant and necessary article on D-Day and its relation to the growing Trumpist illiberalism here and in Europe--MUST reading