Monday, June 05, 2023

Ron DeSantis, Winston Churchill, Leon Trotsky, and Petrarch

On Saturday, 3 June, 2023, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis spoke in Iowa: "We will fight the woke in education. We will fight the woke in the corporations. We will fight the woke in the halls of Congress. We will never, ever surrender to the woke mob. We will make woke ideology, leave it to the dustbin of history." While his phrasing here imitates Winston Churchill's speech in 4 June 1940 after Dunkirk, DeSantis's "dustbin of history" pinches Leon Trotksy's November 1917 imitation, as the Bolsheviks seized power, of Petrarch's fourteenth-century phrase "the rubbish heap of history". So DeSantis hovers incoherently between Churchill, Trotsky, and "an Italian poet from the fourteenth century". (Andrew Shields, #111words, 5 June 2023) 

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