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tress and sell mil­lions of workout videos. Like most new left­ists, she gorged on Amer­i­can cap­i­tal­ism while si­mul­ta­ne­ously de­mo­niz­ing it. She mouthed rev­o­lu­tion­ary so­cial­ism but made mil­lions cater­ing to shal­low con­sumerism.

Ms. Fonda em­bod­ies the moral and in­tel­lec­tual bank­ruptcy of the ’60s left. Its sem­i­nal idea boils down to one im­pulse: ha­tred of “Amerika,” which was spelled with a “k” to sug­gest its fas­cist un­der­tones. New-age lib­er­al­ism rep­re­sented the pol­i­tics of il­lu­sion and self­loathing — the re­fusal to ac­knowl­edge that, for all of its flaws, the United States has been the great­est force for good in mod­ern po­lit­i­cal his­tory.

Her trea­sonous be­hav­ior and shame­ful past are why view­ers did not want Ms. Fonda on QVC. This boy­cott should con­tinue un­til she stops ped­dling the false im­age of a mis­un­der­stood, ag­grieved and no­ble peace ac­tivist.

There was noth­ing no­ble in what she or her fel­low rad­i­cals did. Just ask the peo­ple of Viet­nam.

Jef­frey T. Kuh­ner is a colum­nist at The Wash­ing­ton Times and pres­i­dent of the Ed­mund Burke In­sti­tute.

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