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From the Pen of David Horowitz: October 14, 2009

October 14, 2009

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One of the conclusions reached in Unholy Alliance is that contemporary leftism is, in fact, largely a nihilism. Since the collapse of socialism – and really since the collapse of the international Communist monolith after the Khrushchev Report – the left hasn’t had a coherent unifying agenda. It has been split into many protesting factions with no common remedies for the ills they see, a left balkanized by “identity politics.” This is a consequence of the decline of Marxist class politics, which subsumed all radical agendas in regard to race, gender and ethnicity, into universal formula of socialist revolution. The elimination of private property and the rule of the working class would create a universal brotherhood of man that would resolve also serious social conflicts. Few leftists, even, believe this destructive illusion anymore.

The left in other words is not only a movement and perspective formed by its ideals and political hopes, but also by its oppositions. Anti-war leftists of the Sixties may have described themselves as “anarchists” and democratic socialists, but the effect of their anti-war activities was to establish brutal police states in Cambodia and Vietnam that slaughtered masses of innocents.

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11 Comments
  1. Cas Balicki permalink
    October 14, 2009 6:46 am

    “The elimination of private property and the rule of the working class would create a universal brotherhood of man that would resolve also serious social conflicts. Few leftists, even, believe this destructive illusion anymore.”

    This raises the question: What do leftists believe? Does anyone know? Can anyone guess? It can’t be freedom or liberty or strength. I’m not beig facetious, I would like to know if there are any real core beliefs there.

    • Jonathan permalink
      October 14, 2009 5:27 pm

      I think the real question is, is there a greater agenda at work, who is determining it and how do both the right and the left play into it? Who are the useful idiots and who are the true determinants of the actual outcome, whatever that is.

      My money is, watch where politics converge all around the Western world.

    • stickler permalink
      October 14, 2009 8:34 pm

      At the core, what they believe is that equality of outcome should take precedence over equality of opportunity. Put another way, equality is more important than freedom for them.

      One must distinguish between hard leftists and the soft-headed masses that support their aspirations. Naked lust for power drives the hard leftists and confused sentiment drives the soft ones. Many very nice people have leftist leanings.

      They believe that ‘the game’ is rigged, it’s not fair and that people don’t get their ‘rights’. For them rights are not something that are innate and can be taken away by force, they are obligations for us to provide. My father, a very conservative man who despises socialism told me once “It all boils down to whether you believe we are our brother’s keeper. If you believe that everything follows”. Could it be that simple?

      The hard leftists have a lust for power and wish to change the game to suit their aspiriations. As P.J. O’Rourke once said very succintly “Politics is the art of gaining power and privilege without having merit”

      Perhaps the most important thing in the leftist makeup is economic illiteracy. They truly don’t understand how wealth is created and have no theory of how to do so – they can only redistribute wealth according to their whims, they don’t know how it’s created. For these people economics and politics are synonomous.

      • falco permalink
        October 14, 2009 10:04 pm

        I agree (came here as a refuge of the Vietnam/Lao war) with your thoughts concerning liberals want equality over freedom. My liberal (white american) co-workers has strong “sentiments” but does not worry how/where the money comes from. Another co-worker has become more concerned about $$ and has expressed a lot of distrust of Obama…. this appears to be a change for him due to him and his girlfriend adopting 2 kids. The still liberal co-worker is single and shacking with his girlfriend (10 + year), which probably explains the strong liberalism. All ideology are not isolated only to politics but influences and influenced by/our life situation/surroundings.

  2. October 14, 2009 7:28 am

    David:
    You are absolutely correct in your conclusion. I call myself the migrant from one CCCP (USSR) to another CCCP (Corrupt Corporate Culture and Pop-culture). I have live in the USSR for 30 years and in the USA for the last 30 years. The problem of this society now is that TOO MANY young and not so young people have been very well INDOCTRINATED into the belief that they are smarter and luckier and DIFFERENT than Lenin, Stalin. Hitler, Mao, Che, etc. and that they have kind soul to to equalize everyone, that they know HOW to solve ALL the societal problems at once, etc.
    Thank you for all your hard JOB and FIGHT.
    Good luck!
    Israel kremen, composer

    • October 14, 2009 9:36 am

      You’re welcome. Yes, human arrogance is an insuperable problem. Everyone thinks they’re smarter than their parents and their grandparents. Actually Lenin was smarter than any leftist alive.

  3. October 14, 2009 7:30 am

    Hope you’ll get my comments here…

  4. Walt permalink
    October 14, 2009 7:55 pm

    You are correct. The loss of a unifying ideology led to the splintering of the left. Identity politics and the use of environmentalism as disguised anti-capitalism have become the center of leftist politics today. One hardly hears about the working class concerns anymore, but merely about the oppression of different racial and ethnic groups. Also, these other groups might not even be impoverished, even though they still gather their intense identity from a sense of grievance real or imagined.

  5. Marylou permalink
    October 14, 2009 11:52 pm

    Let me see. When I was a leftist, what was the principal belief?

    Oh, I think I remember. We are victims. Everyone is being victimized by the establishment, whatever that meant. Oh, and Everyone is against us. Everything flows from there.

    Because things are so unfair and we can’t get no justice/ satisfaction, we therefore are correct in what we do and/or do not do, such as staging protests against the government, the police, the military, and lying about things…It’s OK. It could be true, so we’ll just say so. Such as Let’s just smoke some more dope. Things make more sense that way anyhow. (This is obviously in error to anyone outside of that loopy loop.) Etc., etc., Let’s go wreck a….forest, a school, a program. Let’s wreck something.

    Read DH’s Destructive Generation.

    Some of us who were raised in leftie households (and may have only realized it later after having “seen the light”) had the feeling of carrying on the good works that were so important to do. Sacrifice, etc. The religious aspect of being involved in a cause.

    I remember feeling oh, so righteous. Like we were the only ones who knew the truth. Now I can see I was belligerent, opinionated, and just plain ignorant.

    Hope that helps give some idea of what they believe, from the view of a down on the ground ex-leftie.

    Needless to say, what a relief to have my brains again. The ones that God designed in the beginning.

    M

  6. October 15, 2009 12:22 am

    Highlighting the willingness of so-called idealists to embrace the most reactionary, violent religious bigots seems like a very promising strategy.

    Far too often, at least among the naive and the young, the left is able to portray itself as Robin Hoods fighting the good fight against corrupt, money-obsessed, idiots. Yet maintaining this facade of idealism requires directing – actually, misdirecting – the natural desire of young people to improve the word against our democratic society. Between pushing speech codes on campus and claiming racism as the root of most criticism of Obama, they have bullied too many into silence. Likewise, they confuse our response to the 9-11 attacks as imperialism against illiterate Afghan peasants and shout for “peace” and “understanding” of the Taliban while denying the existence of Islamic terrorists.

    David’s quote is so valuable because it highlights their core nihilism and lack of any consistent, genuine ideals. Let’s expose their intellectual values – and refocus the discussion on who their allies are at this critical moment. Their alliance with Islamists turns out to be motivated not by love, justice, or peace, but hatred, contempt, and delusion.

    The good news is that those products – hatred, contempt, and delusion – do not sell well to the young and the idealistic.

  7. Marylou permalink
    October 15, 2009 10:07 am

    Still reading Unholy Alliance, I was reminded of another thing about being a little leftie, raised that way unknowingly and an activist organizer during the 1960’s.

    We were decidedly anti-American. Anything was better and/or preferable to things American!! They (name any foreign entity) do it THIS way, as in obviously they have a better approach to things than Stupid Americans.

    This, while in the back of my own personal mind, I had a deep appreciation of our country (I went to school while they still taught basic values and patriotism). We were just blindly going along with what seemed to be the correct and definitely exciting crowd.

    Today, I find excitement in being a good citizen instead of marching and organizing others to march. I now appreciate our fabulous prosperity which came as a blessing to those who would work hard. It’s our Free Enterprise way of life that has made us wealthy and the free expression of a people who enjoy their talents.

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