Hating Valentine’s

Jamie Glazov is Frontpage Magazine's editor. He holds a Ph.D. in History with a specialty in Russian, U.S. and Canadian foreign policy. He is the author of the critically acclaimed and best-selling, United in Hate: The Left’s Romance with Tyranny and Terror. His new book is High Noon For America. He is the host of Frontpage’s television show, The Glazov Gang, and he can be reached at jamieglazov11@gmail.com. Visit his site at JamieGlazov.com.


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The famous twentieth-century novels of dystopia, Yevgeny Zamyatin’s We, George Orwell’s 1984, and Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World, all powerfully depict totalitarian society’s assault on the realm of personal love in its violent attempt to dehumanize human beings and completely subject them to its rule. In Zamyatin’s We, the earliest of the three novels, the despotic regime keeps human beings in line by giving them license for regulated sexual promiscuity, while private love is illegal. The hero breaks the rules with a woman who seduces him — not only into forbidden love but also into a counterrevolutionary struggle. In the end, the totality forces the hero, like the rest of the world’s population, to undergo the Great Operation, which annihilates the part of the brain that gives life to passion and imagination, and therefore spawns the potential for love. In Orwell’s 1984, the main character ends up being tortured and broken at the Ministry of Truth for having engaged in the outlawed behavior of unregulated love. In Huxley’s Brave New World, promiscuity is encouraged — everyone has sex with everyone else under regime rules, but no one is allowed to make a deep and independent private connection.

Yet as these novels demonstrate, no tyranny’s attempt to turn human beings into obedient robots can fully succeed. There is always someone who has doubts, who is uncomfortable, and who questions the secular deity — even though it would be safer for him to conform like everyone else. The desire that thus overcomes the instinct for self-preservation is erotic passion. And that is why love presents such a threat to the totalitarian order: it dares to serve itself. It is a force more powerful than the all-pervading fear that a totalitarian order needs to impose in order to survive. Leftist and Muslim social engineers, therefore, in their twisted and human-hating imaginations, believe that the road toward earthly redemption (under a classless society or Sharia) stands a chance only if private love and affection is purged from the human condition.

This is exactly why, forty years ago, as Peter Collier and David Horowitz document in Destructive Generation, the Weather Underground not only waged war against American society through violence and mayhem, but also waged war on private love within its own ranks. Bill Ayers, one of the leading terrorists in the group, argued in a speech defending the campaign: “Any notion that people can have responsibility for one person, that they can have that ‘out’ — we have to destroy that notion in order to build a collective; we have to destroy all ‘outs,’ to destroy the notion that people can lean on one person and not be responsible to the entire collective.”

Thus, the Weather Underground destroyed any signs of monogamy within its ranks and forced couples, some of whom had been together for years, to admit their “political error” and split apart. Like their icon Margaret Mead, they fought the notions of romantic love, jealousy, and other “oppressive” manifestations of one-on-one intimacy and commitment. This was followed by forced group sex and “national orgies,” whose main objective was to crush the spirit of individualism. This constituted an eerie replay of the sexual promiscuity that was encouraged (while private love was forbidden) in We, 1984, and Brave New World.

Thus, it becomes completely understandable why leftist believers were so inspired by the tyrannies in the Soviet Union, Communist China, Communist North Vietnam and many other countries. As sociologist Paul Hollander has documented in his classic Political Pilgrims, fellow travelers were especially enthralled with the desexualized dress that the Maoist regime imposed on its citizens. This at once satisfied the leftist’s desire for enforced sameness and the imperative of erasing attractions between private citizens. The Maoists’ unisex clothing finds its parallel in fundamentalist Islam’s mandate for shapeless coverings to be worn by both males and females. The collective “uniform” symbolizes submission to a higher entity and frustrates individual expression, mutual physical attraction, and private connection and affection. And so, once again, the Western leftist remains not only uncritical, but completely supportive of — and enthralled in — this form of totalitarian puritanism.

This is precisely why leftist feminists today do not condemn the forced veiling of women in the Islamic world; because they support all that forced veiling engenders. It should be no surprise, therefore, that Naomi Wolf finds the burqa “sexy.” And it should be no surprise that Oslo Professor of Anthropology, Dr. Unni Wikan, found a solution for the high incidence of Muslims raping Norwegian women: the rapists must not be punished, but Norwegian women must be veiling themselves.

Valentine’s Day is a “shameful day” for the Muslim world and for the radical Left. It is shameful because private love is considered obscene, since it threatens the highest of values: the need for a totalitarian order to attract the complete and undivided attention, allegiance and veneration of every citizen. Love serves as the most lethal threat to the tyrants seeking to build Sharia and a classless utopia on earth, and so these tyrants yearn for the annihilation of every ingredient in man that smacks of anything that it means to be human.

And so perhaps it is precisely on this Valentine’s Day that we are reminded of the hope that we can realistically have in our battle with the ugly and pernicious unholy alliance that seeks to destroy our civilization. On this day, we are reminded that we have a weapon, the most powerful arsenal on the face of the earth, in front of which despots and terrorists quiver and shake, and sprint from in horror into the shadows of darkness, desperately avoiding its piercing light. That arsenal is love. And no Maoist Red Guard or Saudi fascist cop ever stamped it out — no matter how much they beat and tortured their victims. And no al-Qaeda jihadist in Pakistan or Feminazi on any American campus will ever succeed in suffocating it, no matter how ferociously they lust to disinfect man of who and what he is.

Love will prevail.

Happy Valentine’s Day to all of our Frontpage readers.

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Editor’s note: To get the whole story on Islam’s and the radical Left’s war on private love, read Jamie Glazov’s United in Hate: The Left’s Romance with Tyranny and Terror.


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  • Amused

    Awww C'mon now Jaime , this article's about as dumb as Shapirpo's babble about "conservative movies " . What do you do , search the bottom for that lone idiot in the west " who ferociously hates Valentines day , connect that idiot to the insane muslims , then hang that tag on the left ?
    Anal retentiveness knows no bounds in FPM 's "arsenal of wrtiters " . Looks like National Grandma's Day is next on ythe chopping block eh ? "leftists hate their grandmas " /give it [and yourself ] a break !!

    • Freedom Fighter

      Aw, amused. I see that you are another blind, useful idiot. His commentary nails it. Do you think you are more saavy than George Orwell? Aldous Huxley? I don't think so. Either you are naive, or you are a devious, insidious dangerous Leftist like Jane Fonda, Sean Penn, and Danny Glover who would be the first to be shot in any Islamic or Communist regime. These people claim to be "artists". Have they gone absolutely mad? Or are they just evil. I think it is a little bit of both. You sound like you are in the same category or maybe you are just stupid…..

      Freedom Fighter (We will defeat your ilk)

      • Amused

        You're an assshole freedom fighter , suck up the drivel dropped before you …FOOL .

        • Freedom Fighter

          Aw, amused….Just like a true lib, socialist, useful idiot. You have to resort to foul language. Bet you don't know who v. lenin, or sal alinsky, or che really were. You obviously can't write or spell either. Typical uneducated useful fool who spouts a party line, and you talk about our side using drivel….
          We'll defeat you because you are uneducated (in recent government schools probably), and grossly misinformed by leftist who are laughing in private because you are so dumb. Keep drinking their KoolAid, my dear lost friend, and you will reap their "benefits". It is very sad, I'm afraid…..for our nation….The real truth is right in front of your face, and you cannot see it…..

        • fiddler

          Always it comes down to ad hominem. Typical.

  • Brain

    You sure that muslims don't hate fake holidays like the rest of us?

  • joy52

    They just hate women.

  • Questions

    Tha author makes a strong case that Muslims, steeped in their ugly piety, despise Valentine's Day and what it represents. But his case against the Left is shaky, resting on a caricature of its most extreme elements with little real evidence. Jane Fonda actually is a pretty romantic person, even if her politics amount to emotionally-driven radical banalities. And understand as well that Christian and Jewish fundamentalists harbor their own hatreds of Valentine's Day. "Sin," as radical monotheists see things, is another way of saying "sponteneity."

    • Goemon

      Maybe jane fonda is a romantic as you say, but from. What i interpret from this theory, fonda is a hypocrit that thinks it’s fine for her to love but no one else because it prevents government worship.

  • dirtbag

    “It is haram for Muslims to observe Valentine’s Day because it does not accord with Islamic Sharia.” Didn't Sharia say 'love your neighbor as yourself'?

    Oh, my bad, I was quoting from the Bible!

  • hajid

    Any leftiest will be under the risk of jihad attack if they are also feminsts. After their usefulness is used up!

  • dirtbag

    Jane must feel the urge to cover herself up.

  • Amused

    The article is just more B.S. , it gives the word BANALITY new meaning . . Hows about upcoming Mothers Day Jaime ? Gonna put your spin on thaty one two ? How pathetic …and you claim to possess a doctorate ?
    Here's a newsflash genius while I have observed Valentines day for as long as I can remember , it is NOT ….a "sacred day " nor has it ever been . But this is just another mindless exercise in batting the enemy over the head . Muslims , yes they hate Valentines day , it symbolizes the west which they hate , it accentuates romance which they hate …we already know this , but why do you put Fonda's picture in your little banal rant ?
    Very sophomoric of you Jaime , but right in line with the general mentality of FPM and most of it's sycophants . Start looking for some leftist mother hater , mothgers day aint too far off .

  • fred

    My daughter's kindergarten child found out how offensive Valentine's Day is. His school had a Spring Party. What a PC joke.

  • William Bruce

    Thanks, Jamie. Excellent article on this ongoing pathology.

  • Sage on the Stage

    Very good article. The reason that Leftists and Muslims are so sex-obssessed is that they've taken the LOVE out of it.

  • Blackdog52

    Great article. I suspect that the left hates Christian faith (they don't seem to mind Islam), at least in part, for the same reason that they hate romantic love: it is a personal devotion which is beyond their control, and they hate anything which they can't control.