Why do Jay Carney and Claire Shipman decorate their house with Soviet propaganda posters?

The moral blindness of the American Ruling Class is on display.  The Washingtonian Magazine, a glossy lifestyle and politics rag, has published a fawning profile of D.C. power couple Jay Carney and Claire Shipman that was a bit more revealing than intended.  At the top of the piece was a photo of mom Claire with her son and daughter, flipping a fried egg in their beautiful kitchen/great room.

Ms. Shipman appears the absolute epitome of a have-it-all contemporary woman, able to work at a powerful and glamorous job (part-time at ABC News), raise two adorable children, and maintain the type of house most Americans can only dream about, while hubby works directly for the POTUS and faces the national media daily.  Oh, and at 51 she is still beautiful.

What could possibly be a fly in the ointment of the picture of perfection?

Well, how about those Soviet propaganda posters in the background?  The Week noticed, and highlighted them, and Drudge put the story up.

Now, to be fair, both sides of the power couple studied Russian during their Ivy League educations (he: Yale, she: Columbia) and became Moscow correspondents for major news agencies (he: TIME Magazine back when it still mattered, she: CNN), where they met prior to the fall of the USSR.  But the fact that they seem to be nostalgic for the communist era tells us a lot.

While life among the Moscow elite may have been fairly comfortable, it was not so for scores of millions of victims of the regime, less well-connected or ideologically heterodox.  In fact, as The Black Book of Communism informs us, communism killed more people than even Nazism.  With their fancy Ivy League educations, the Power Couple ought to know this.

How many foreign correspondents in Berlin in the 1930s (people like William L. Shirer) brought home Nazi propaganda posters and raised their children among them?

The sad fact is that progressives in much of the developed world have a soft spot in their hearts for communism.  Yeah, it murdered a hundred million people or more, but you can’t make an omelet without breaking a few eggs.  And those who were murdered were not very fashionable, for the most part.

The Washingtonian photo is a tell.  There is a sickness, a willful blindness toward the crimes of communism because it is so close to the progressive ideology that animates the American Ruling Class.  Shipman and Carney are the perfect exemplars of that class.  Smart, fit, busy, anxious to make their own lives perfect, and convinced that the price other people pay for their progressive dreams is not worth mentioning or even noticing.

The moral blindness of the American Ruling Class is on display.  The Washingtonian Magazine, a glossy lifestyle and politics rag, has published a fawning profile of D.C. power couple Jay Carney and Claire Shipman that was a bit more revealing than intended.  At the top of the piece was a photo of mom Claire with her son and daughter, flipping a fried egg in their beautiful kitchen/great room.

Ms. Shipman appears the absolute epitome of a have-it-all contemporary woman, able to work at a powerful and glamorous job (part-time at ABC News), raise two adorable children, and maintain the type of house most Americans can only dream about, while hubby works directly for the POTUS and faces the national media daily.  Oh, and at 51 she is still beautiful.

What could possibly be a fly in the ointment of the picture of perfection?

Well, how about those Soviet propaganda posters in the background?  The Week noticed, and highlighted them, and Drudge put the story up.

Now, to be fair, both sides of the power couple studied Russian during their Ivy League educations (he: Yale, she: Columbia) and became Moscow correspondents for major news agencies (he: TIME Magazine back when it still mattered, she: CNN), where they met prior to the fall of the USSR.  But the fact that they seem to be nostalgic for the communist era tells us a lot.

While life among the Moscow elite may have been fairly comfortable, it was not so for scores of millions of victims of the regime, less well-connected or ideologically heterodox.  In fact, as The Black Book of Communism informs us, communism killed more people than even Nazism.  With their fancy Ivy League educations, the Power Couple ought to know this.

How many foreign correspondents in Berlin in the 1930s (people like William L. Shirer) brought home Nazi propaganda posters and raised their children among them?

The sad fact is that progressives in much of the developed world have a soft spot in their hearts for communism.  Yeah, it murdered a hundred million people or more, but you can’t make an omelet without breaking a few eggs.  And those who were murdered were not very fashionable, for the most part.

The Washingtonian photo is a tell.  There is a sickness, a willful blindness toward the crimes of communism because it is so close to the progressive ideology that animates the American Ruling Class.  Shipman and Carney are the perfect exemplars of that class.  Smart, fit, busy, anxious to make their own lives perfect, and convinced that the price other people pay for their progressive dreams is not worth mentioning or even noticing.

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