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From the Pen of David Horowitz: October 31, 2009

October 31, 2009


Political utopians like my father had a master plan. They were going to transform the world from the chaos we knew into a comfortable and friendly place. In the happy future they dreamed about, there would be an end to grief from life out of control, life grinding you down and smashing your gut when you expected it least. Human cruelty would go out of style and become a memory in the museum of historical antiquities. In my father’s paradise there would be no strangers. No one who felt like an outsider, alienated from others and at odds with themselves.

For thirty-five years I followed my father’s footsteps and believed in his earthly redemption, until a day came when I realized that there are tragedies from which one cannot recover, and alienation that no revolution can cure. That we are the mystery, and this is the only truth that matters.

Radical Son: A Generational Odyssey

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  1. Lenna permalink
    October 31, 2009 6:21 am

    It’s amazing how long our parents stay with us. I heard this at 27 and didn’t really understand; but at 67 it has become quite clear.

    • Jerrel permalink
      October 31, 2009 12:08 pm

      Oh so true, Lenna.

      The older I get, the smarter my parents were.

      • October 31, 2009 2:23 pm

        You are very lucky. The older I got the more I saw how my parents never did have a reason for believing anything. They just parroted what they were told by “their” leaders.
        When I was a kid I thought they knew what they were doing. : – )

        • Swemson permalink
          October 31, 2009 7:20 pm


          I believe that David’s quote above brings up an important question.

          Since we all know that communism has never worked, and that it COULD never work because it’s contradictory to basic human nature, did you ever wonder why so many obviously well educated people persist in believing that they CAN make it work?

          While I think their arrogance is obviously part of the reason, I think the real reason is that they don’t understand the nature of wealth. Had I never gotten to know Ayn Rand, I probably wouldn’t understand all of this myself.

          Looking back in history to feudal times, when the kings and the lords, and the dukes owned EVERYTHING, including the peasants who worked their land, the downtrodden ones justifiably thought that anyone with that much power had to be evil, because they kept all the wealth for themselves.

          This fear of the concentration of wealth and power into the hands of anyone, was one of the primary things that influenced our finding fathers. Americans back then truly feared the concentration of power in anyone, including businesses and government. And much of that carries through to the America of today.

          The far left, still thinks of wealth as something that exists in a static quantity in the universe, with the only question being how it should most fairly be divided. They don’t understand that wealth is CREATED, primarily because they’ve never participated in the process. Look at their leaders, Obama, Clinton, Gore, Kerry, Pelosi, Reid… and you’ll see that not one of them has ever contributed to the economy in a private sector job that was involved in the production of wealth. In a way, the same is true of a big portion of the Hollywood elite. While they’ve worked hard and made lots of money, making $10MM to $20MM for a movie, or $500M for a concert, gives them a pretty warped view of what it truly means to go out to work and make a living.

          I’ve tried to explain this to several of these people, with the following example since I’ve spent much of my life as a builder:

          “A man takes a piece of raw land, and with his own ingenuity, skill and sweat, he takes the trees and the rocks and the dirt to build himself a home. The difference in value between the raw land, and the land with the home on it, is wealth created by that man…”

          Most of them still don’t get it though… All they can see is a man who owns a big house, while others live in hovels, so of course they decide, due to their unbelievable arrogance and conceit, that everyone would be better off if THEY were in charge of splitting up the wealth…

          We heard it in the clip of Van Jones, “Give THEM the wealth! Give THEM the wealth! Give THEM the wealth!

          The key word there being “the” wealth… He only sees that big pile.. because he’s probably never put in a full day of honest productive work in his entire pathetic life.

          Of course there’s another motivation pushing these people, their insatiable lust for power, and here’s where that ties in with my original premise…

          The average worker in this country, never learned to recognize the difference between political and economic power. It made no difference to him whether he took orders from a politician or a businessman. They were both always telling him what to do. The difference of course is that economic power is the power of the positive, whereas political power is the power of the negative.

          The businessman tells you that “if you do this really well, I’ll reward you with a bigger salary…… The carrot.

          The politician tells you that “if you don’t do what I tell you to do, I’ll throw you in jail and take away your freedom and liberty…. The stick.

          The politicians, or as Ayn Rand more appropriately named them, the “looters”.. don’t seek power over nature, to take nature and shape it to suit their needs, like the real men and women who made this country did. It’s easier for them to seek power over men. The fact that their massive egos need the adulation of the masses stems from deep rooted feelings of inferiority.. deep down, they know they’re helpless ineffectual losers, so they try to trick themselves into a sense of self worth by seeking power over men… subconsciously they believe that if all those people are cheering for them, that they must be true heroes & leaders… It’s all based on deception.

          It’s a terrible spiral downwards that most of them can never come to grips with, and that just drives them further over the cliff into becoming the sociopaths that they truly are…. And we have to live through the horror and chaos that the create.

          The ONLY way that I can see to stop this madness from affecting the coming generations, is for us to take back our schools and universities and kick all those arrogant and pathetic leftist parasites out on their asses. We MUST get back to teaching our kids the basic values of honesty, personal responsibility, and productivity, if we’re to survive as a nation. If we don’t, we’ll only prove the wisdom of Alexander Tyler who said:

          “A democracy is always temporary in nature; it simply cannot exist as a permanent form of government. A democracy will continue to exist up until the time that voters discover they can vote themselves generous gifts from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always vote for the candidates who promise the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that every democracy will finally collapse due to loose fiscal policy, which is always followed by a dictatorship.”

          “The average age of the world’s greatest civilizations from the beginning of history, has been about 200 years. During those 200 years, those nations always progressed through the following sequence:

          1. From bondage to spiritual faith;
          2. From spiritual faith to great courage;
          3. From courage to liberty;
          4. From liberty to abundance;
          5. From abundance to complacency;
          6. From complacency to apathy;
          7. From apathy to dependence;
          8. From dependence back into bondage”</i?

          We’re currently about midway between stages 7 & 8. If we don’t act soon, we will perish.

          • conversefive permalink
            November 1, 2009 2:24 am

            Y0u are so right. We are at the stage of dependence back to bondage. I must admire the people who post at this website. It is a truly intellectual website. David Horowitz is my hero. I shall pass a link to this website to all of my liberal friends in teh hopes that they will see the light. I am afraid our nation is about to enter into the next “dark age”.

            • November 1, 2009 6:19 am


      • pappenjazz permalink
        October 31, 2009 4:06 pm

        Or not so smart, after all. That is the Conundrum we all face/or refuse to face–to drum up the courage to climb away and bend the bars that have been so deeply implanted by parents/experiences/overuse…and finally the ability to be discerning, to see everything need not be all good or all bad. Freedom of thought/spirit is, perhaps, closest to Utopia we can reach.

  2. Olivia permalink
    October 31, 2009 7:03 am

    I’ve adfmired you for sometime and have noticed that you appear to be on a spiritual journey. Won’t you please listen and read the some of the materials on the links below?

  3. From the pen of David horowitz oct 31st permalink
    October 31, 2009 8:01 am

    I enjoy all you tell us. and that you once was a communist. the gov we have today is just that. NO ONE will ever bring Peace till the Prince of Peace comes never saved anyone.Hearts are deceitful, who should know it..and money is the root of all evil. G-d has said, no one can sit on the fence. we either serve HIM or Money. Because the people do not know HIS WORD or their own Constitution, Declaration of Indp and their G-d given Bill of Rights..we are sinking and letting communism take over. I think America is waking up real fast and see a bloody revolution coming. but if we give up our freedom we will never get it back and our forefathers warned us of that..thanks for all you teach and tell us.

    • Swemson permalink
      October 31, 2009 5:47 pm


      Will someone PLEASE go up in the attic and shut the window for real this time…

      These bats are driving me nuts !

  4. SanePerson permalink
    October 31, 2009 10:20 am

    People who sincerely held these beliefs were vulnerable to manipulators who dangled utopia before them but had zero intention of giving them utopia.

  5. SilverFox permalink
    October 31, 2009 10:40 am

    One comment had, “we are sinking”….I tend to agree & it happened on our watch. America has lost it’s glory & it’s time to regain it by all of us so we can have a better place to live for our children & grandchildren.

    I have been encouraging everyone to read that new book out, about a small town in America that did stand up to the govt. tyranny & started the 2nd American Revolution. Maybe, history is calling again & it’s us who need to take a stand. It’s a great read & insightful of why we are losing our rights. Just read it….I got two for family members, that’s how good it is & maybe we need more towns standing up to federal tyranny.

  6. Cas Balicki permalink
    October 31, 2009 11:01 am

    Much more interesting here, at least to me, is the utopian mindset on which this post touches. The reason I find the mind set so interesting is that utopian thoughts run in direct contrast to a world that runs on anything but dreams. This sharp divide between reality and desire causes me to ask, how do humans actually think? The thoughts of the relatively powerless almost always turn to organizational structures—unions, political parties–to enhance a personal lack of power. In contrast, the thoughts of those confident in their ability to impact their world tend in general to take an individualistic approach. There are exceptions to be sure, as the world is not a one size fits all place, but in general we can divide humans into the two camps of individualists and socialisers.

    The challenge for the socialisers is that they must oftentimes group huge numbers of diverse persons into a union, a party, or a people. This is not easily done at the best of times, let alone during times of strife or economic uncertainty. It would seem obvious that the only way to do this uniting of persons into movements is to present individuals with a utopian vision: a heaven on earth. If we take hope as the goal–utopia/heaven, and faith as the path–religious/political dogma, we start to unravel the legerdemain that keeps individuals in thrall. It is at this juncture that the religious language breaks down or at least separates from the political. Religions focus on the individual, or more particularly the individual soul, which is to be saved with the help of the community as contrasted with the political man, who can only be saved if his community is saved. This in my view is not a subtle difference.

    When it comes to utopian visions, whether religious of political, individuals looking in from the outside seemingly ask only one question when in fact they should ask two: The first is do I believe, and the second more rarely asked is do my leaders believe? The latter question is far more important than the former for one reason: an individual needs not justify motive or sincerity to self especially in the presence of imposed doctrine. Individuals have and often do justify the most immoral of positions solely by a personal inability to influence. Leaders do not have that luxury. In addition leaders by nature of their elevated positions supposedly see the complete picture so they must know the ill or good they order done. Did Stalin, Mao, and Pol Pot, to cite but three examples, see utopia when ordering the deaths of millions? Being the practical men they were I doubt it.

    The moral of the story is clear: Heaven should never be so real that we trample over the unbeliever to get there.

  7. October 31, 2009 10:39 pm

    Thank You for your excellent description of the wrong-headed, simplistic world view at the core of Communism and most other utopian delusions.

    As a (small “c”) communist/New Leftist, union organizer & union Local president, anti-war activist (i.e., anti-U.S. but pro “wars of national liberation”) from the mid-sixties to the mid-seventies, my arrogant ignorance of the creative aspect of Wealth actually strengthened my ability to Transform (to borrow a trendy term) into willing dupes many unfortunates within my small sphere of influence.

    Perhaps because David Horowitz was right on target when he wrote “we are the mystery”, events in my life caused me to re-examine and analyze my then world view and all its foundational assumptions and fuzzy givens. Liberated from the inherent negativity and psychotic control urges of my Leftist mind-set, I ultimately found myself part of the real world of individual creativity, effort and responsibility. Amazing.

    Today, as the Obamanista foot soldiers worm their way into ever more aspects of our lives I am haunted by the old saw, “be careful what you wish for . . .”

    The media-savvy, techno-hip avante gardists in the White House and Congress are conducting a frighteningly ambitious and effective movement to destroy the institutions and conditions that have given most of us alive today an unprecedented opportunity to “secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity . . . “ These destroyers MUST be voted out of office in 2010 and 2012.


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