Glazov: How much personal abuse have you suffered for your efforts? Why does the Left always attack the opponent as a human being, rather than simply just debate the opponent without dehumanizing and demonizing him?
David Horowitz: Because the Left is based on a fantasy of redemption — which requires that its opponents are damned. It is also a reactionary force that has learned nothing from its crimes, and therefore cannot handle a debate on the issues or over the facts. Therefore it really has only one weapon, which is slander, defamation, which it will resort to at the least provocation. I have been buried under a mountain of progressive sludge for defending the civil rights principles of Martin Luther King (“racist”) and for supporting equity, fairness and intellectual diversity on college campuses (“McCarthyite” “witch-hunter” “loose with the facts”). My literary career has been destroyed by these gutter tactics. I once was reviewed on the front pages of the Sunday New York Times Book Review. Today, my books, including Indoctrination U, are no longer reviewed in the Times or anywhere in the mainstream press.
The End of Time, which is one of the best books I have written, and which is not political, and was praised in blurbs by decent liberals (Stanley Fish and Walter Isaacson) as “a poignant and powerful rumination on the meaning of life” was sunk with barely a trace. Not a single review of it appeared in the print media (with the exception of World Magazine) and it was viciously attacked in the Jerusalem Post because I had the temerity to write that the ambition to save the world was the source of the greatest catastrophes and atrocities of our time (I guess this was a bit political). I can’t really complain however because there are hundreds of thousands of conservatives who in larger or smaller ways are targets of the same hydrophobic hate — which is the only way progressives know how to relate to those who disagree with them — and who support me in my efforts.
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