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From the Pen of David Horowitz: December 2, 2009

December 2, 2009


Notwithstanding that the West and her anti-Communist enemies were right all along, Gerda Lerner is still a determined and passionate enemy of America and the West. In the conflict in Iraq it does not matter to her that Saddam Hussein did not even pretend to advance the cause of “social justice” as Stalin did. It just matters that its antagonist was the Great Satan itself.Lerner’s current politics are still based on the irrational hope that the next revolution will turn out differently from the ones that failed.  Even though she can’t identify or describe the utopia of her dreams, she is still convinced that there is a “socially just” system that can replace the capitalist democracies she is determined to destroy. Since her belief in the Soviet Union and in the socialist bloc states never was grounded in reality, there can be little difference between the beliefs that inspire her activities in the present and those that inspired her Stalinist agendas in the past. Or her New Left causes. At the end of a long political life, she is entirely unselfconscious in pledging her allegiance to what she herself concedes is an irrational creed.

This utopian longing – the need for an alternate reality to supply values that are “truly human” and social orders that are “socially just – is the religious wellspring of the Communist left and of its Neo-Communist successor. It underpins their hope for a world informed by these ideals and contempt for the actual world that lacks them. It is the utopian fantasy that inspires in Lerner and her political comrades their otherwise incomprehensible revulsion towards the society they live in. Asked by an interviewer whether she saw any parallels between the Nazism she experienced in her youth and the realities of post-9/11 America, she is as ready as she ever was to conflate the noxious realities of the Hitler dictatorship with democracy in the United States:

“I see many very frightening signs. I see us creating a deviant ‘out-group’ once again. For example, the treatment of the Afghan prisoners, whom we are taking halfway across the world without a trial, without investigation. We are removing them from their homeland, we are putting them in open cages, like animals. It’s horrible. And I think the only reason for doing it is that the government wishes to create this terror group as the new scapegoat for everything that’s wrong with society. It is very dangerous. I also see the automatic, knee-jerk ‘patriotism,’ in quotation marks, in response to the terrorist attacks, and the immediate demand for conformity, so that anyone who questions whether bombing Afghanistan was the proper response will be treated as a traitor. That’s familiar ground, I’ve been there before.”

What has this historian learned from the perverse incarnation of her Communist dreams and their self-implosion? By her own account, almost nothing. “I have called myself a post-Marxist,” she writes (pointedly eschewing the term ex-Marxist). “I came to that stance as soon as I became a feminist. Ever since the late 1950s I believed that the so-called errors of Communist leadership in the Soviet Union were structural and built into the very fabric of Marxist doctrine.” At first, this might seem like the prelude to a systematic revision of her false beliefs. But when Lerner explains her revision, it is evident that it is no such thing: “Basically, I came to the conclusion that Marxist thought was in error in regard to race and ethnicity in its insistence that class subsumed these categories. As for gender, Marxist thought, while giving lip service to the ‘woman question’…reduced patriarchal dominance to economic dominance.” This is the extent of her second thoughts. In other words, Lerner regards the failure of Communism as consisting of a gap in its indictment of capitalism.

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  1. saja permalink
    December 2, 2009 5:21 am

    Horowitz, get over communism already. It is a red herring. It is utterly and totally discredited, yet you appear to be locked in mortal combat w/ the Soviet Union still. Your acid trips from your youth are coming back to haunt you.

    • December 2, 2009 8:33 pm

      With active socialists/communists in the W.H. David Horowitz continues to provided vital information on their M.O. I for one hope he continues with his valuable insight, it has educated and expanded my understanding of their ugly agenda, don’t stop David your doing good.

    • Marylou permalink
      December 3, 2009 9:29 am

      This just shows how little you seem to know about one of our arch enemies here in this country. I simply reference the article in the Newsreadl on Dec 3 about the ACLU (just one of their front organizations) as one example of how communism is still alive though I don’t think it was ever well. I ran into them in every front group I worked with in my days in the 1960s as one of them, from peace groups to women’s groups to black power supporters. They were basically begun by old-line socialists, some actually trained in Moscow, Russia, and taken on and spread by idealistic young adults who were only too ready to believe negative things about their country. Never mind that I now view this as ungrateful in the least.

      I realize the use of the word communism itself is a hot rail that can throw discussion off and into the abyss of emotion and denial. The word has been systematically discredited, redefined and supposedly debunked by numerous people, most especially many in the news media, in academia, and of course by the many who work on its behalf, naively believing that they are improving things when they are really hurrying our descent to tyranny. I hope they are defeated. It is a real, massive force and if you don’t see it, that’s ok. It’s still a free country.

      They’d like the word communism to fade into oblivion but strangely, happily it is clear to many of us what we are up against.

  2. Carterthewriter permalink
    December 2, 2009 6:21 am

    One has to draw a correlation to past endeavors in order to explain the radical thinking of some who do not admit the failures they produced. The forward thinkers dwell on the postive actions resulting in a better atmosphere for the masses. Others are never content with that. They cling to failure because then they can remain viable.

  3. elaine schiff permalink
    December 2, 2009 7:04 am

    Does no one remember , in order not to keep making the same mistakes, remember your past?- The new word for socialist, communist is progresive-its the same old whore in new clothes.

  4. politicalmoxie permalink
    December 2, 2009 8:59 am

    @ saja

    Why is it important enough to comment on what Mr. H needs to get over…agenda???

    @ elaine schiff You are so right!

    If we do not learn from our past mistakes we are destined to repeat them.
    I can not remember who to attribute this to…

    • saja permalink
      December 2, 2009 10:45 am

      Santayana. Sorry for the argumentum ad hominem.

  5. chuckwagonchuckie permalink
    December 2, 2009 10:14 am

    The failure of those espousing the unfulfilled utopia of Marx never admit any -ISM always has a central control of one group of individuals who feel superior to the rest of us. Wealth is generated and distributed first to them and what is left, the serf’s may have as a wedge to keep them in control.

    One needs only to listen to the current set of “Progressives” in Washington to understand they are a group of Ideological Fools bent on CONTROLLING the rest of us. Their dribble has absolutely nothing to do with SOCIAL Justice or Redistribution of Wealth but POWER OVER THE MASSES.

    One needs review the History of Communism and the millions exterminated to achieve the desired results of one group Controlling the masses. Does America not see the error of the Core belief of this failed UTOPIA?

    • saja permalink
      December 2, 2009 10:53 am

      By all accounts Iraqi war deaths are well over 100,000 since the invasion. We are on our way to the history books. Pol Pot would be proud.

      • Cas Balicki permalink
        December 2, 2009 5:08 pm

        How many did Sadam kill? Saja yours is the typical moral equvalent argument that leads to death and destruction on a far grander scale than you will ever admit.

      • Dream Killer permalink
        December 3, 2009 9:29 am

        Whatever, the nice thing about it is though is that no longer are 30,000 PLUS women being raped and butchered by Saddam, his demon seed offspring and their ilk. As far as WMDs goes…. We KNOW he had them, we SOLD them to him. I’m former Air Force and have seen first-hand the bills of lading for the shipments of such things as botulinum toxin, mustard gas and other nasties… Try getting a grip on something besides your “you-know-what!”

      • Elaine B permalink
        December 3, 2009 12:48 pm

        How many millions of children have been exterminated in the womb just in the U.S. since abortion was legalized? 45 to 50 million (we don’t know the real numbers because some states don’t report these murders at all and some report them as something else than elective abortion.)

        Is the wanton murder of millions of the only truly innocent a reflection of a humane society, one that espouses “social justice” and eqaulity?

        Yes Pol Pot would be proud. A supposed civilized people capable of murdering millions of innocents.

  6. glpage permalink
    December 2, 2009 10:17 am

    Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.
    – Albert Einstein

    Given that progressives, socialists, Marxists, etc. seem to be constantly engaged in trying to do the same thing over and over and always expect utopia, can we assume they are insane?

  7. SanePerson permalink
    December 2, 2009 10:45 am

    He isn’t writing about communism per se, but about a mentality that latches onto “social justice”, “green”, or any cause that is utopian leading to totalitarianism. This is still a huge issue.

  8. December 2, 2009 2:57 pm

    I believe DH would know and have absorbed Koestler’s “Darkness at Noon”(May 1941), a book which still is not in San Francisco State University Library. Koestler was a Communist who left the Party in 1938, and novelized the experiences of that year’s Stalinist show trials of the deviators among the survivors of the Russian Revolution of 20 years before.
    One of the inquisitors of prisoner Rubashov says a comrade can be guilty of anti-Revolution by failing to take every opportunity to promote the Revolution. So each day and in every way possible Gerda Lerner,Pelosi (“proud” board member Democratic Socialists of America, until her Dem party leadership accension scrubbed her from their website) Obama, Van Jones, that White House Mao-fan, Howard Dean, Michael Moore,my old acquaintance here in SF Morton Sobel, et al, busy themselves like elves to advance the Revolution against the America the Great Satan, pro bono, out of Revolutionary love. As lawyers they get pro bono points for helping terrorists go free, destroy the Catholic Church by lawsuit,trash the Boy Scouts, pulling down crosses and the flag,Prop 8’ing western traditions of marriage-all to inch the Revolution forward.
    Mike Smith, M.A.
    Kelly’s Cove

    • politicalmoxie permalink
      December 2, 2009 5:23 pm

      @ Mike Smith, M.A.

      Excellent! Any time anyone can skewer Pelosi et al is a good time.

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