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Anti anti-communism

The phrase anti anti-communism has been noted by Clifford Geertz, an American anthropologist at the Institute for Advanced Study as a term applied, in "the cold war days" by "those who … regarded the [Red] Menace as the primary fact of contemporary political life" to "[t]hose of us who strenuously opposed [that] obsession, as we saw it … with the insinuation – wildly incorrect in the vast majority of cases – that, by the law of the double negative, we had some secret affection for the Soviet Union."[1]

Stated more simply by Kristen R. Ghodsee and Scott Sehon: "In 1984, the anthropologist Clifford Geertz wrote that you could be ‘anti anti-communism’ without being in favour of communism."[2]

Jonathan Chait, in a critique of Stephen F. Cohen used a fully hyphenated form of the term, calling Cohen: "... an old-school leftist who has carried on the mental habits of decades of anti-anti-communism seamlessly into a new career of anti-anti-Putinism."[3]

See also


  1. ^ Geertz, Clifford (1984). "Distinguished lecture: anti anti‐relativism". American Anthropologist. 86 (2): 263–278. doi:10.1525/aa.1984.86.2.02a00030.
  2. ^ Ghodsee, Kristen R. (2015). The Left Side of History: World War II and the Unfulfilled Promise of Communism in Eastern Europe. Duke University Press. pp. xvi–xvii. ISBN 978-0822358350.
  3. ^ Chait, Jonathan. "The Pathetic Lives of Putin's American Dupes". New York Magazine. Retrieved 31 July 2018.