He was one of the numerous and varied legion of dullards, of half-animated abortions, conceited, half-educated coxcombs, who attach themselves to the idea most in fashion only to vulgarize it and who caricature every cause they serve, however sincerely.

Fyodor Dostoyevsky, in Crime and Punishment

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Rather makes you wonder how Dostoyevsky could know the American Left before there was an American Left.

Ask yourself, who in particular fits this description?  I suspect there are many candidates spread across major institutions.

Where do you find dullards?  Conceit?  The half-educated?  Those with a presence as dead as alive?  Those who attach themselves to what is popular, fickled fashion?  Who vulgarize the cause they advance?  And cheapen us all?