What Elena Kagan Doesn't Want You to See


This is the undergraduate thesis, “To the Final Conflict: Socialism in New York City 1900-1933,” which the Punk’s Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan doesn’t want you to read.
Notwithstanding Princeton University pulling the thesis from the web at Kagan’s request, thanks to sorendayton, it is now published on Scribd — all 134 pages of it. To read, CLICK HERE. (UPDATE: The link no longer works. Scribd must have removed Kagan’s thesis. But do not fear! I’ve saved Kagan’s thesis in pdf format and posted it to Fellowship of the Minds’ media library: 31338484-Elana-Kagan-s-undergraduate-thesis. Those suckers can’t keep us down. LOL)
In her “Acknowledgments,” Kagan writes:

“I would like to thank my brother Marc, whose involvement in radical causes led me to explore the history of American radicalism in the hope of clarifying my own political ideas.”

In the “Conclusion” of her thesis, Kagan makes clear her sympathy and affiliation are with socialism:

Conclusion
In our own times, a coherent socialist movement is nowhere to be found in the United States. Americans are more likely to speak of a golden past than of a golden future, of capitalism’s glories than of socialism’s greatness. Conformity overrides dissent; the desire to conserve has over-whelmed the urge to alter. Such a state of affairs cries out for explanation. Why, in a society by no means perfect, has a radical party never attained the status of a major political force? Why, in particular did the socialist movement never become an alternative to the nation’s established parties? (p. 127)
Through its own internal feuding, then, the SP [Socialist Party] exhausted itself forever and further reduced labor radicalism (p. 129) in New York to the position of marginality and insignificance from which it has never recovered. The story is a sad but also a chastening one for those who, more than half a century after socialism’s decline, still wish to change America. Radicals have often succumbed to the devastating bane of sectarianism; it is easier, after all, to fight one’s fellows than it is to battle an entrenched and powerful foe. Yet if the history of Local New York shows anything, it is that American radicals cannot afford to become their own worst enemies. In unity lies their only hope. (p. 130)

UPDATE:

Politico reports this morning, May 17, that “the White House says it soon will release two theses Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan wrote while attending Princeton and Oxford – ending a game of cat-and-mouse that erupted on the web after Princeton asked a conservative website to remove her thesis for copyright reasons.”
WooHoo! We won this one!
A big h/t to beloved Fellowship member May. Long may she live and prosper!
~Eowyn

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0 responses to “What Elena Kagan Doesn't Want You to See

  1. “Marxism is a perfect example of the chimeras that fueled the sixties. And it was probably the most potent one. Albeit, much of this Marxism would have been unrecognizable to Marx. It was Marxism watered down, Marxism spiked with LSD and Marxism adulterated with mystical food coloring. But it was Marxism nonetheless because the wildest hippie and the sternest member of the Politburo shared the same daydream, the daydream that underlies all Marxism: that a thing might be somehow worth other than what people will give for it. This just is not true. And any system that bases itself on such a will-o’-the-wisp is bound to fail. Communes don’t work. Cuba doesn’t either.”
    –P.J. O’Rourke

     
    • From my grad school thesis:
      ” In terms of developing the PRC as a regional-cum-world power, two things were apparent to Deng Xiaoping. First, as P.J. O’Rourke rather popularly commented on Marxism162:
      [T]he wildest hippie and the sternest Politburo
      member shared the same daydream, the daydream
      that underlies all Marxism: that a thing might somehow
      be worth other than what people will give for it. This
      is just not true. Any system that bases itself on such
      a will-o’-the-whisp is bound to fail. Communes
      don’t work. Cuba doesn’t either. [Italics in the original.]
      Secondly, the PLA’s most successful modern weapon-system (non-nuclear, circa 1975) was probably the MiG-21 fighter, …”
      School doesn’t all have to be a drag, you know. 🙂

       
  2. UPDATE:
    Politico reports this morning, May 17, that “the White House says it soon will release two theses Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan wrote while attending Princeton and Oxford – ending a game of cat-and-mouse that erupted on the web after Princeton asked a conservative website to remove her thesis for copyright reasons.”
    Freedom rules! We won this one!

     

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