The Totalitarians Among Us – by David Horowitz

David Horowitz was one of the founders of the New Left in the 1960s and an editor of its largest magazine, Ramparts. He is the author, with Peter Collier, of three best selling dynastic biographies: The Rockefellers: An American Dynasty (1976); The Kennedys: An American Dream (1984); and The Fords: An American Epic (1987). Looking back in anger at their days in the New Left, he and Collier wrote Destructive Generation (1989), a chronicle of their second thoughts about the 60s that has been compared to Whittaker Chambers’ Witness and other classic works documenting a break from totalitarianism. Horowitz examined this subject more closely in Radical Son (1996), a memoir tracing his odyssey from “red-diaper baby” to conservative activist that George Gilder described as “the first great autobiography of his generation.” His latest book is Take No Prisoners: The Battle Plan for Defeating the Left (Regnery Publishing).

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This is a month in which the president of the United States has co-sponsored a UN resolution with the police state of Egypt to ban speech that defames religion; a month in which the Democratic Party has placed an amendment on a defense appropriations bill to make anti-gay speech a thought crime, and in which the White House has launched an all-out attack on the Fox News Channel because it didn’t like what Fox commentators were saying.  And instead of reacting with appropriate horror at an assault on the free press not seen since the days of Joseph McCarthy, a leading “liberal” pundit, TIME columnist Joe Klein has called Fox’s behavior “seditious” and thus helped to set the stage for making criticism of government a “hate crime.”

How deeply entrenched is this totalitarian virus in our national culture? A recent column in the Temple University press indicates that it is already an integral element of the curriculum of our schools. The column by a student named Josh Fernandez is a condemnation of the recent appearance at Temple of the Dutch parliamentarian Geert Wilders who is under indictment in the Netherlands for defaming Islam, specifically for a fifteen minute film he made about Islam called “Fitna” which explains why so many atrocities have been committed (and are currently being committed) in its name. Under pressure from Islamic totalitarians, Europeans are already well on their way to outlawing free speech.

Note that the Temple column was protesting the right of Wilders to speak at all and was part of a concerted effort by the Muslim Students Association (which is a notorious supporter of the Islamic jihad) and Temple leftists to stop the Wilders event. Three Temple administrators participated in this effort telling the students who sponsored the event along with the David Horowitz Freedom Center that “foreigners don’t have free speech rights in America.” Under this university pressure, the College Republicans withdrew from sponsorship of the event and the Temple student government condemned it.

Fernandez’s column begins by quoting Wilders himself:

“I know that some of you here were very much against me speaking tonight, and to those that opposed me coming here, I would to like to quote the very famous British author George Orwell,” Wilders said in his opening, “‘If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.’”

But showing that he didn’t understand a word Wilders said, and without missing a beat, Fernandez follows this quote with a perfectly Orwellian statement of his own:

“It’s not that Temple students didn’t want Wilders to exercise his right to ‘tell people what they do not want to hear,’ but they didn’t want to hear hateful rhetoric…”

Free speech – which is precisely the freedom to speak what is hateful to others – is our most sacred right. It is the foundation of all our other freedoms. The difference between a free society and a fear society, as Natan Sharansky has put it, is that in a free society you can speak your mind in public and not worry whether the government will come after you for having said it. In a sense this is the only freedom we have because without it the party in control of the state will have no opposition. It will simply outlaw the opposition as hateful. Under Stalin the hate crime was being “anti-Soviet.”

Later on in his column Fernandez writes:

“Wilders claims to make a distinction between ‘the [Muslim] people [whom he supports] and the ideology’ of Islam [which he condemns], but when he spouts hateful statements, such as ‘Western culture is far better than the Islamic culture, and we should defend it,’ he counteracts his alleged distinction.”

How quickly hate speech is redefined as standing up for the freedoms your country has, which Islamic totalitarianism denies (and which thus makes your country better.) And this in the city of Philadelphia, the birthplace of American liberty.

America’s first and most fundamental freedom is under concerted attack. The attack originates with Islamic jihadists and their liberal collaborators, but it is being supported by useful fools and the seriously confused. This series of events should be a wake-up call to all Americans. The hour is already late.

  • Trenchant Commentator

    Decades of post-modern brainwashing delivered courtesy of the public education system and reinforced by “university intelligentsia” come home to roost. This is why my children were educated privately – at great expense, I might add. The results, however, are telling: My adult children 'manage' their contemporaries – by the hundreds, I might add.

    Lesson extracted from experience: Public education delivers 'product' which does not serve the nation's future or prosperity. By definition, roboticized “drones” are incapable of leadership or independant thought.

  • ApolloSpeaks

    EXCERPT FROM THE END OF ALINSKY STEALTH SOCIALISM AND THE DEATH OF THE UTOPIAN DREAM

    That Obama is a totalitarian control freak blinded by his ideology and lust for power is indicated by the following numerical signs taken from Obama‘s full name and the dread word totalitarianism. Using the standard English system of numerology, of numbers running from 1 to 9, see for yourself what this Alinskyite has planned in his devious Lenin-like mind:

    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
    A B C D E F G H I
    J K L M N O P Q R
    S T U V W X Y Z

    BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA
    219132 8311595 62141=64

    TOTALITARIANISM
    262139219915914=64

    Obama’s full name and the word “totalitarianism” have the exact same numerical value of 64 indicating Obama’s long term incremental un-American plan to socialize this country's economy and healthcare system.

    Google ApolloSpeaks (one word) at Town Hall and read the rest of this piece.

  • abrahamstubenhaus

    The Islamic protestors in England once carried a banner which read, “FREEDOM GO TO HELL.”
    Now that sums up all their desires.
    Freedom of Speech, Press and Religion are being phased out and faded as a result of Mr. Obama and his Chicago goons. They are trying to use Chicago union tough guy tactics with this entire country and it will cause mush dissention and anger and perhaps they will even cause violence.
    The Chicago Group are foolish for not being open to all those tens of millions of Americans who vehemently disagree with them. They push and intimidate which is the Russian approach to politics.
    Also, Mr. Obama is two years older than he claims. He used the date in 1961 to announce his date of birth which does not exist on a legal birth certificate. He did that NOT because he was born in Kenya or in Indonesia. No, he really was born in Hawaii, but in 1959 before that country legally became a state of the United States.

  • Bellerophon

    All that is happening is that they are bringing back the blasphemy laws of the early twentieth century. Somehow, they were not regarded as infringements on free speech because anyone who affronted the sensibilities of good Christians was unworthy of being heard. Worst still, since God was listening He might, in His infinite justice, destroy the entire planet upon seeing the blasphemer go unpunished by man.

    It is foolish to think that the present assaults on freedom are unprecedented because many such assaults have been made in the past and made quite successfully. Pleas in favor of “freedom of speech” and “sacred rights” fell on deaf ears then just as they fall on deaf ears now.

    Words can hurt and to pretend differently is idiotic. It is only by declaring that words SHOULD HURT because sometimes the truth is painful that this march towards totalitarianism can be halted.

    Islam is a malicious religion that persecutes individuals for thinking their own thoughts. It doesn't just demand submission, it's very name means submission. If this fact is painful for the believers then let the believers suffer that pain because no one should advocate the destruction of individual minds with impunity.

  • USMCSniper

    Beware of the Leftists who are the Useful Idiots of Islam Jihadistswho live in liberal democracies. Knowingly or unknowingly, they serve as the greatest volunteer and effective soldiers of Islam. They pave the way for the advancement of Islam and they will assuredly be among the very first victims of Islam as soon as it assumes power.

  • Carterthewriter

    The only good thing coming from the Obama administration is that they decided to change everything at once, rather boldly. This chain of events has demonstrated to all the stupiditly inherent in their philosophy. They do not have the constitutional power to do what they want.and can't seem to understand that premise…Bold fools!

  • leereyno

    Hawaii was a U.S. TERRITORY in 1959. It was not a separate country. it was not the Republic of Texas. It was American soil when the empire of Japan attacked us in 1941, and it was still American soil in 1959.

    So, assuming that he was born there in 1959 instead of 1961, it is a distinction without a difference. Like it or not, he's a natural born American.

    Please, if you are going to go after Obama, be competent about it. There is more than enough to be said about the man that is both true and damning without having to resort to this kind of nonsense. All these birther antics do is embolden the left and give them an excuse to cast those who oppose Obama's policies as fruitcakes and nutters.

  • LindaRivera

    David Horowitz: ‘This is a month in which the president of the United States has co-sponsored a UN resolution with the police state of Egypt to ban speech that defames religion.’ The religion of course, is Islam. This is how Muslim Egypt treats Egyptian Christian girls:

    ASSYRIAN INTERNATIONAL NEWS AGENCY
    8-11-2009
    Abduction and Forced Islamization of Christian Coptic Girls Continues in Egypt

    (AINA) — The systematic abduction and forced Islamization of Coptic minor girls in Egypt is a frequent, dangerous and a rapidly escalating phenomenon, The problem was brought to light by the Coptic Pope Shenouda III as far back as December 17th, 1976, when he protested during a conference held in Alexandria that “there is pressure being practiced to convert Coptic girls to embrace Islam and marry them under terror to Muslim husbands” and demanded that the abducted girls be brought back to their families.

    Dr. Waheed Ala, renowned Coptic activist and researcher at the Observatory of Religions in Switzerland, believes that the issue of abducted Coptic girls forms the most complex problem in the relations between Christians and Muslims of Egypt — especially because abductions are done in cooperation between Saudi-funded associations and the Egyptian State Security.

    These frequent abduction cases are reported by Coptic human rights advocacies but rarely by the main stream media, and when, they are mostly portrayed as ‘an elopement of a loving teen couple.

    …in the majority of cases, the State Security is the one who masterminds the kidnapping plans.”
    http://www.aina.org/news/20090811125748.htm

    No protests from the U.S. government or CAIR. SILENCE IS CONSENT.

    The U.S. gifts Egypt with 2.2 billion dollars every year.

    The U.S./Islamic ban on speech is a weapon used against us. People don’t lie about Islam. People tell the TRUTH about Islam and are persecuted and prosecuted not just by Islam but by non-Muslim Western courts and leaders. It is Western leaders who in many different ways, are actively aiding and abetting Islam’s global jihad against the world’s innocents.

    The US/EU/UK and other Western countries finance the PLO/Palestinian Authority Muslim terrorist organization. The U.S. promised 980 million dollars to Hamas-controlled Gaza. The PA/PLO continually receive advanced military training and mega weapons from the U.S. in the war against Jews. The terrorists have said they use everything they learn from the Americans against Israelis. The hypocrites call this ‘the peace process’.

    On the side of the KLA Muslim terrorist organization, the US/NATO waged barbaric war against innocent Christian Serbs in Kosovo in the nineties. During the Second World War, an entire village of courageous Serbs where horribly put to death for refusing to disclose where Americans and allies were being hidden by the Serbs.

    G-D, the Bible, Christianity and Judaism are despised and hated by Western leaders. Islam is preferred, even though Muslims declare their goal is global Islamic conquest and subjugation of all humanity under cruel Islamic sharia law where non-Muslims have no human rights. We are betrayed by our own leaders.

  • LindaRivera

    Anti-Free World Netherlands SHOCKING ATTACK on Western Civilization

    Leaflets were distributed in major British cities which included slogans such as: “The final hour will not come until the Muslims kill the Jews.”

    Britain’s response? “police appeared reluctant to prosecute because the calls to fight the Jews were carefully couched in quotes from the Koran.”
    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/1370900/

    Does Britain believe it’s acceptable to call for the RELIGIOUS MURDER of Jews and other innocents because it’s in the Koran? In a frightening violation of the Peoples’ right to protection, the UK respected the public call to murder Jews because it’s in the Koran!

    In Europe & other countries, Muslim mobs shout in our streets: ‘Jews to the Ovens’, ‘All Jews to the Gas`.
    What is the European response to this great evil? They are persecuting innocent Geert Wilders! A frightened European asks: “When can we expect Kristallnacht part 2?”

    Wilders’ film, Fitna, is the words of the Koran and Muslims. Why is Geert Wilders being punished for the WORDS of the KORAN and MUSLIMS?

    HAARETZ
    “the umbrella group for Dutch Muslims said that the film does not insult their religion”
    http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/969825.html

    In prosecuting innocent Geert Wilders, the Netherlands is declaring non-Muslims have no human rights. No right to protest against the violent Islamic written and verbal calls for our murders. The Netherlands betrays all of innocent humanity. And so does the U.S., co-sponsor of the UN resolution with the police state of Egypt to ban speech that defames religion. Our safety and freedom is rapidly being destroyed.

    Sign petition:
    http://www.petitiononline.com/wilders/petition….

    Protect Wilders/Free World: Gobal street demonstrations for Wilders!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KrM0dAFsZ8k
    PA Muslims CELEBRATE Murder of Americans 9/11

  • MrsNaqba

    Just make sure you're armed. Get your gun permits NOW if you don't have one yet…and don't let them take it away from you. Never forget – an armed citizenry will never lose its freedom.

  • davidhorowitz

    Since we're suddenly revisited the 'Birther' issue, pray tell where was John McCain born?

  • gerryRud

    Pray for our country.

  • Viktoria26

    To anyone who isn't a Muslim(slave to Islam) Islam is hate speech. It requires that all of us infidels be converted by force or be killed. There are no moderates! This is what the Koran says. So I'm going to use my dwindling freedom of speech to say the Truth will set you free, Islam is of the devil. God bless America!

  • chisco1

    “Three Temple administrators participated in this effort telling the students who sponsored the event along with the David Horowitz Freedom Center that 'foreigners don’t have free speech rights in America.'”

    Really? I guess they just have the right to a free education, free medical care, welfare, food stamps, drivers' licenses, housing, and the “right” to vote……just DON'T express an opinion that hasn't been preapproved by the obama administration, or you'll be sorry!

  • AlFranken1

    Sounds like David Horowitz – must really be him.

    John McCain was born in the Panama Canal by military parents.

    We should amend the constitution to allow any American, regardless of where they were born, to be President.

    We are an international conglomerate these days.

  • Jaysonrex

    “Those that are not willing to fight for their freedom, don't desrve it!”

    Trying to turn an ideology of death into a religion and then extending its demented practitioners the protection of the Constitution, thus allowing them to harm this nation no end, is one of the most humiliating cop-outs in U.S. history.

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  • Greg

    What we see now is mass delusion spreading and consuming the minds of millions of people in the West. Unfortunately, the United States is now decadent, not only morally but socially, culturally, and politically. It is infected and diseased. The ultimate goal is world conquest by American Socialists-Islamic Jihadists-Russo and Chinese Communists. There will be duking out among this Quadrivium, a blending will occur in the form of a massive bloodbath. In the wake, all white Christians will be dead, there will be one religion (totally manmade by tyrants) and every aspect of human endeavor will be controlled and monitored; murder will become commonplace and public; all guns will be confiscated; pornography will be funneled into the brains of newborns all the way up to death; all books will be destroyed; millions will be give feudalistic jobs tending to machines. And a huge statue of Barrack Hussein Obama will be erected where the Washiungton Monument now stands.

  • Greg

    What we see now is mass delusion spreading and consuming the minds of millions of people in the West. Unfortunately, the United States is now decadent, not only morally but socially, culturally, and politically. It is infected and diseased. The ultimate goal is world conquest by American Socialists-Islamic Jihadists-Russo and Chinese Communists. There will be duking out among this Quadrivium, a blending will occur in the form of a massive bloodbath. In the wake, all white Christians will be dead, there will be one religion (totally manmade by tyrants) and every aspect of human endeavor will be controlled and monitored; murder will become commonplace and public; all guns will be confiscated; pornography will be funneled into the brains of newborns all the way up to death; all books will be destroyed; millions will be give feudalistic jobs tending to machines. And a huge statue of Barrack Hussein Obama will be erected where the Washiungton Monument now stands.

  • trickyblain

    lol – why not just a number for each letter? Why repeat them after nine? There are more than nine numbers after all. Oh. That doesn't fit nicely into psychotic theories.

  • trickyblain

    That's nothing. Get a load of the poster above who uses strange number theory to tell us that we are about to become a totalitarian state.

  • ApolloSpeaks

    I implied nothing of the sort. Obama is certainly a totalitarian control freak who, I believe, will tragically fail to realize his ambitions and discredit his ideological creed in the process.

  • ApolloSpeaks

    Using the system that you suggest will generate the two corresponding triple digit numbers 163 and 181; corresponding in that like the number 64 they are variants of the number 10. Not a bad fit.

  • bubba4

    Islam will never assume power…go find something else to be scared of.