“Bourne said his friend and biographer Van Wyck Brooks, wanted to “think emotions” and “feel ideas.” The young prophet of multiculturalism established a number of conceptual tropes that took an unrelenting hold among liberals. They found in his writings their own irresolvable tensions and anomalies raised to a literary level.” ─ The Revolt Against the Masses, copyright © 2013 by Fred Siegel, Encounter Books, Page 15.
“Bourne was in the Berlin crowd when Wilhelm II, speaking from his balcony, declared war. Bourne was enthralled by an entire nation in Kultural revolt against the values of Anglo-America Zivilization. “German ideals,” he believed, were the only broad and captivating ones for his generation.” ─ The Revolt Against the Masses, copyright © 2013 by Fred Siegel, Encounter Books, Page 19.
“Bourne identified deeply with Germany, which he saw as a victim, not unlike himself, of those with inferior taste who were waging war on superior beings.” ─ The Revolt Against the Masses, copyright © 2013 by Fred Siegel, Encounter Books, Page 21.
“While Bourne was dying, H.L. Mencken, described by the New York Times as “the premier social critic of the first half of the twentieth century,” was coming to fame as a bitter German-American critic of “Mr. Wilson’s War.” At the height of his influence in the 1920s, Mencken’s reputation fattened on the inanities of Prohibition, blue-nosed book-banning, and the Ku Klux Klan, all of which he saw as works of the “boobus Americanus.” His broadsides against Prohibition, posturing preachers, and anti-evolutionists made him a hero to generations of liberals and college students. But his true quarry was American democracy and the American people, whom he defined as a “rabble of ignorant peasants.” ─The Revolt Against the Masses, copyright © 2013 by Fred Siegel, Encounter Books, Page 23.