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From the Pen of David Horowitz: October 12, 2009

October 12, 2009


One of the most depressing moments of my own political life came when I was given a Ph.D. thesis to read whose subject was the intellectual influences on American policy makers. In 1979, when the Sandinista Marxists staged a coup against the democratic members of Nicaragua’s revolutionary “junta” and established a pro-Soviet, Marxist dictatorship in that country, Robert Pastor was the Latin American staff person to then National Security Adviser Zbignew Brzezinski whose task it was to devise a policy towards this new threat. Pastor advised Brzezinski and Brzezinksi advised President Jimmy Carter not to intervene to save Nicaraguan democracy. The result was a series of guerrilla wars in Central America as Cuban and Nicaraguan supported Communist attempted to seize power.

Robert Porter told his interviewer that one of the books that influenced him to advise his government not to intervene was a book I myself had written called, The Free World Colossus. I had written this book, which was published in 1965, as a 25-year old novice with no formal historical training but with a rich background in the Communist and fellow-traveling literature of writers who would be even more obscure to Jacob Heilbrunn than Eric Hobsbawm and Gerda Lerner (e.g., Carl Marzani and D.F. Fleming). Of course, in order to persuade others, outside the Left, I also employed the writings of such well-known Left-liberals as Walter Lippmann. This gave my analysis credibility. John Gerassi, a pro-Castro Marxist who was a book editor at Newsweek, gave my anti-American tract a rave review. While my text blamed America for the Cold War, and created the litany of America’s imperialist crimes – Iran, Guatemala, Vietnam etc. – which became a standard trope in thousands of Left-wing texts that followed, I was careful to criticize the Soviet Union and thus distinguish myself from my Communist and pro-Communist sources, and disarm potential critics of what I had written. I even posed as an American patriot (of course I believed the pose) writing at the end of the book that America should live up to its ideals. It would never have occurred me that in opposing Communism America was in fact living up to its ideals.

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  1. October 12, 2009 3:36 am

    I understand how you felt at the time,but you were always a tough guy to deal with.I hope that the war and terror will be put off by all the countries.

  2. j c original permalink
    October 12, 2009 3:42 am

    Horrifying story, it also amaze’s me when I see young talking heads on TV or college students speaking of America’s ill past.

  3. Jack Hampton permalink
    October 12, 2009 5:48 am

    We will nevr know all the damage done by Carter and his hacks or the real number of lives they are responsible for losing. God bless Ronald Reagan and his courage and love for this country.

  4. Julie Trevor permalink
    October 12, 2009 6:55 am

    I have great hope David’s metanoia is infectious.

  5. semus permalink
    October 12, 2009 7:14 am

    Hi Julie

    I agree let’s hope it doesn’t take too long.

    -by the way I did have to look up “Metanoia” –

    • Julie Trevor permalink
      October 12, 2009 7:22 am


      The first of David’s books I read was Radical Son – I kept my dictionary close, very close…

      • Julie Trevor permalink
        October 12, 2009 7:25 am

        Actually, I didn’t finished Radical Son. It was in my book bag along with the dictionary and Barry Goldwater’s Conscience of a Conservative. It all disappeared at the same time my Jamaican house cleaner returned to Jamaica…
        I will never know whether she liked the book bag or it’s contents….

        • Tom Trevor permalink
          October 12, 2009 9:07 am

          My copy of “The federalist Papers” is also in Jamaica. We can hope that if the US fails totally to the neo-commies that we can find refuge in Jamaica, mon.

        • Walt permalink
          October 12, 2009 10:55 am

          You may have polluted someone’s mind in a good say. 🙂

    • MMM permalink
      October 13, 2009 9:29 pm

      I didn’t have to look up metanoia. Wow. So rare to find someone outside of the Orthodox uses the word.

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