On April 3 Salon.com published an article by Arthur Goldwag that amounts to nothing more or less than a 1,700-word screed whose sole purpose appears to be branding the entire conservative movement as a bunch of “twisted,” gullible, conspiracy kooks who’ll believe anything as long as it comes from the right sources.
In a bit of uncomfortable irony, Goldwag demonstrates his own dearth of intellectual credibility and literary deftness by making one attempt after the other to denigrate a novel and thus deprive it of any possible potency.
Goldwag’s target: Philip Dru: Administrator. Story of Tomorrow. Philip Dru is a novel published in 1912, written pseudonymously by Colonel Edward Mandell House (photo) the previous year.
The book — described by Goldwag (a writer with no history of literary criticism) as a “bad turn-of-the-century novel” and “dated and didactic” — is recognized as a roman à clef political manifesto.
Given the alleged influence of the book, the literary skill of House is of little importance. As anyone who’s ever worked on a car knows, rusty tools often get the job done just as well as shiny new ones.
Or to put it another way, if a man came to you with a map showing the location of an immense treasure and there were several compelling reasons to believe the map was legitimate, would you crumple it up and throw it away simple because the man who delivered it used improper grammar?
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Photo: Edward Mandell House