The Nation Magazine Pays Tribute to a Despot – 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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Yesterday, Nov. 9, marked the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. That event was as important to the 20th Century as was the victory over Germany and Japan — probably more so, since Nazism was not an ideology with hundreds of millions of followers in the West and throughout the Free World that Communism had.

Among them these followers were the editors of The Nation who opened their anniversary feature – a fawning interview with the last Soviet dictator, Mikhail Gorbachev, with these fatuous but also sinister remarks:

“Historic events quickly generate historical myths. In the United States it is said that the fall of the Berlin Wall and the end of a divided Europe was caused by a democratic revolution in Eastern Europe or by American power, or both.”

So, according to The Nation (actually Katrina vanden Heuvel and her husband who conducted the interview,) the Czechs’ velvet revolution, Poland’s Solidarity movement, Ronald Reagan and Maggie Thatcher, America’s military buildup, Nato, the anti-communist cold warriors and the forty year containment of an expansionist totalitarian power had nothing to do with the frustration and collapse of Soviet power, the end of the Cold War and the liberation of more than a billion people from the worst tyranny in history. Instead, according to The Nation, the story has a Communist hero. Contrary to the myths concocted by the democracies of the West, it was really the dictator Mikhail Gorbachev, a man who described his own agenda as “saving Communism” (not to mention a man collusive in its monstrous crimes) whom we are to regard as the hero of the age.

And in case that didn’t register, The Nation’s editors dot the i’s and cross the t’s:

With the twentieth anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall approaching, we believed that the leader most responsible for that historic event should be heard, on his own terms, in the United States.

So, the Soviet dictator, unprompted, just decided to let the prisoners of the Soviet empire go free.

And now for that bridge that’s for sale.

But of course this is not really a laughing matter. The Nation’s deep hatred for America, for its institutions and above all its freedoms, is on display here and underscores why the Nation is also in the forefront of the movement to disarm America in the face of its Islamist enemies, undermine its security and deliver us to the mercies of the soldiers of Allah.

  • sflbib

    What amazes me is that these people [Katrina vanden Heuvel, et al] have enough of a following to enable them to PROFIT handsomely from a system they are against. Like Noam Chomsky [ http://www.tcsdaily.com/article.aspx?id=1019055 ], they are complete hypocrites. What does that tell us about their followers?

  • ApolloSpeaks

    RONALD REAGAN WON THE COLD WAR

    Wasn’t it Gorby who said that “Ronald Reagan spent the Soviet Union into bankruptcy? And that Reagan’s walkout at Reykjavik opened his eyes and made him see “that a new world was possible?” And wasn’t it Gorby who said in 2002 on the History Channel “That without Ronald Reagan I do not know what would have happened?” The truth is as Ted Kennedy said in a moment of historical honesty and sobriety: “RONLAD REAGAN WON THE COLD WAR!” In the gallary of heroes that caused the downfall of the Soviet State Reagan has the top most place.

  • SamBlue

    This is the same Nation, some 70 years ago, that engaged in a defense of Stalin's purge trials, which triggered the Grreat Terror (See Robert Conquest's The Great Terror). Did they apologize for that,chic Ms. Van DEN TEUFEL?

  • migtex1234

    SICK THINKING! IF “THE NATION” HATES AMERICA THAT MUCH, COULD
    THEY BE DEPORTED TO A COMMINIST COUNTRY, THAT THEY LOVE SO
    MUCH? ARE NOT THEY “””TRAITORS”””
    WHY DESTROY THE COUNTRY THAT GIVES THEM THE FREEDOM TO BE IDIOTS.?????

  • migtex1234

    SICK THINKING “THE NATION”, IF THEY HATE AMERICA SO MUCH, & SINCE THEY ARE TRADITORS, COULD THEY BE DEPORTED TO A COMMUNIST COUNTRY THAT HAS NO FREEDOM TO COMMENT??? Would be priceless.
    Sick folks, want to destroy the very Country that give them the right to be idiots.

  • MarkR

    Why the surprise? They have always believed this- why change now? The far left is embedded in a shroud of delusion and never will change. After 9/11 the question they posed was “what did WE the US do to instigate this?”. After Hasan the question is “Why was he relentlessly harrassed?” After the fall of the Soviet Union it was “what a guy that Gorbachev is”. The mantra never changes. If and when another attack occurs it will be “why weren't we protected”? Never will they do what ordinary Americans do on a daily basis for the most part “Look first at the man or woman in the mirror”. It's just not in their DNA I guess.

  • Lary9

    If you study international history and understand the role of the dialectic in world events you would know that Marxism predicts that seminal transition points will occur throughout history as communism moves along its arc of historical necessity to fruition. Socialism, extended to its logical conclusion, will not look like any socialism we currently know. In fact, I was confident 20 years ago that Gorbachev was the principal trigger of the fall of Berlin's wall. The transition from dictatorship of the proletariat into a more expansive covenant of liberties was overdue. Remember 'glasnost' and 'perestroika'? I'm not a Marxist by a long shot but I have paid attention for the last 50 years. I have argued strenuously that the Soviet Union has been and remains on-target. Dialectic materialists think in subtle, sweeping swaths of historical time… don't forget this salient fact. Recall Mao, when asked what he thought of the Chinese Cultural Revolution, said he thought it was too soon to tell but he'd know enough in another 50 years to hazard a good guess.

  • USMCSniper

    Look to for the real hero Ronald Reagan not this depose Communist dictator Gorbachev who was given asylum in the USA to save his butt. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WjWDrTXMgF8&feat

  • Carterthewriter

    There is no law against printing stupid articles, but there ought to be one for reading them. The sad point is, we all may not have a choice about what we may be able to read if the idiots in the WH have their way.

    That is a frightening thought, but highly unlikely that we will give up that freedom.

    By the way,Is the Nation Mag. an S & L publication? I never heard of it before. A Flint publication, maybe?