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History’s Greatest Monster

By Matthew Yglesias  

"History’s Greatest Monster"

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Conservative bloggers list the 25 worst figures in American history and Barack Obama can’t even take the number one slot:

Instead, it’s still all about Jimmy Carter. Which is too bad. The Carter administration had a lot of problems but was underrated in many ways and in particular the good parts of the Carter legacy are things liberals and conservatives ought to be able to reach some intellectual consensus around. I’m glad to see that despite the right-wing’s distaste for the 14th Amendment they still put John Wilkes Booth on the list rather than Abraham Lincoln. I wonder what theory of ethics or historical causation could lead to the conclusion that Michael Moore was a more pernicious figure than, say, Nathan Bedford Forrest who I’m told is to this day a widely-honored figure in Tennessee.

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