Polemics & Exchanges

Marxist Beaches

Although I know well all the disclaimers—a writer’s statement does not reflect the journal’s official position, a writer is entitled to his opinion in a “free” society, etc.—I must express my dismay at Justin Raimondo’s gratuitous and mean-spirited insult against a people who, at least on many social and not a few political issues, are in general harmony with the traditionalist philosophy of Chronicles.  In “Attack of the Hyphenates” (Between the Lines, June) Mr. Raimondo vilifies Cuban-Americans as an “obnoxious, volatile, and politically powerful group of Hyphenates.”  What seems to bother Mr. Raimondo—the close descendant of Hyphenates himself, if his name and decidedly non-Anglo looks mean anything (and they do)—is the commercial blockade against the bloody and ruthless regime of the Castro brothers and their cohorts, which Mr. Raimondo incorrectly attributes solely to the influence of the Cuban-American lobby.  This blockade impedes his free enjoyment of “spectacular beaches and cheap prices.”

What a vulgar, unprincipled motive for wanting to extend an economic lifeline to what should be the obvious enemy of every Chronicles editor, contributor, and reader: a reactionary Stalinist regime that has not ceased to hate...

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