Excerpts from David Horowitz’s ‘Take No Prisoners’

611d4mEhzuL._SL300_Editor’s note: Below are select excerpts from Freedom Center President David Horowitz’s new book, “Take No Prisoners: The Battle Plan for Defeating the Left.”

Order your copy of “Take No Prisoners.”  

On the failure of the Republican Party to answer the Democrats’ accusations:

Republicans have lost the popular vote in five of the last six presidential elections, yet they seem unable to learn basic facts from their losses. Year after year and election after election, the Democrats’ campaign themes are monotonously the same. They scare voters by accusing Republicans of imaginary crimes. And always the same crimes: Republicans wage wars on women, on minorities, and on the vulnerable. They defend the rich and don’t care about the poor. Their policies inflict pain on working families to benefit the wealthy few. Year after year, the Democrats repeat these attacks, and year after year, Republicans fail to come up with effective responses. Worse, they don’t present voters with answers that neutralize the attacks, or take the battle to the enemy camp. (p. 1)

On how the Republican Party can become effective again:

In losing the political war over Iraq, Republicans lost the national security narrative, which is why they are tongue-tied today when it comes to issues of war and peace. Call it the ‘Iraq War Syndrome.’… Three years later, when Obama delivered Iraq to Iran, no Republican accused him of betraying the Americans who gave their lives to make Iraq independent and free…The only way to reverse this dangerous trend is for Republicans to renew their role as guardians of the nation’s security, to educate the electorate about the threat posed by Islamic supremacists, and to challenge the Democrats’ seditious efforts to appease their malign agendas. It is also the Republicans’ only path to an electoral majority. (p. 37-38).

On how Progressives view their strategy:

Progressives do not openly call for the creation of a totalitarian state, but that is the logic of their desire: to compel people to do what is good for them, down to the last Big Gulp. Lenin and the Bolsheviks did not set out to create a gulag state that would execute millions and crush human liberty… If you believe that the cause of human suffering is ‘society,’ and if you believe that by fundamentally transforming society you can change human nature and end human suffering and need, what means will you deny yourself, what opposition will you not suppress, to see that the transformation takes place? Because progressives see themselves as social redeemers and their goal as saving the world, they regard politics as a religious war… it is why the politics of personal destruction is their politics of choice and why they can commit character assassinations without regrets. Obama never apologized for accusing his opponent of killing a cancer patient during the election campaign, because saving humanity means never having to say you’re sorry. (p. 44)

Freedom Center pamphlets now available on Kindle: Click here.

Subscribe to Frontpage’s TV show, The Glazov Gang, and LIKE it on Facebook.

  • Richard Fontaine

    Good analysis.

  • The March Hare

    Whitaker Chambers wrote in his 1952 autobiography that he knew he was switching over from the winning side to the losing side. That viewpoint was because he understood the power of the huge communist machine he left in 1938, the probable outcome of their goals and just how deeply they had infiltrated our society, culture and government, but he felt he wanted to be on the side of right and truth even though he thought it doomed. It is amazing we have come this far since then and we are running out of chances. We are now teetering on the brink and we need positive action. It could be our last opportunity, slim though it is.

    • physicsnut

      I remember that – funny how he was wrong – so far – about being on the losing side. Americans have a lot of common-sense rattling around in their heads somewhere, but it is not the focus of attention until something happens to jiggle an insight.
      I wonder what Chambers would think about VENONA and Yeltsin opening the Soviet Archives. I Also wonder how someone like Alger Hiss can get involved to the point of commitment and action without a whole lot more evidence that the commies were right . Or Chambers for that matter – he never did explain why he jumped in with both feet.

  • Pepe Turcon

    Not only don’t take in the enemy but turn the to dust so that you don’t even have to make the question.

  • Realist

    “Republicans have lost the popular vote in five of the last six presidential elections, yet they seem unable to learn basic facts from their losses”

    The “they” Republicans you refer to are a combination of the wealthy Ruling Class elites who regard themselves as rightfully born to rule along with the self-styled “smart” operatives who live and work in Washington as hired guns for anyone who will pay them. These operatives calculate that winning elections for their “republican” employers is simply a matter of tacking and sailing as closely as possible to the prevailing libcult “truth” of the day while portraying themselves to the base as the lesser-of-two-evils. Its worked for decades, so why should they take the risk of actually giving voice to conservative principals when they can win a lot of the time by simply portraying themselves as the less wacky purveyor of the received libcult wisdom of the day?

    The republican consultant class believes it is a waste of time trying to fight their way upstream against the Maginot Line of the libcult infotainment machine and the fanatical journOlistas who comprise it. It makes more sense to just deceive the voters by any means necessary before an election, and when the opportunity presents itself, join with the libcultists in their attack on the middle class. These are the cynical, carefully planned tactics of the self-serving RINOs who cling to power with a white-knuckled grip as they help the libcultists loot, pillage and destroy, all the while pretending to represent the middle class who are being targeted and destroyed.

    Until THEY are permanently removed from power, the country will continue to slide towards the catastrophic destruction of libcult dogma.

  • http://JudeoChristianAmerica.org Alexander Gofen

    Here it is again: A fake anti-left “warrior” and shameless repooblican apparatchik Horowitz. Even now he keeps deflecting America into the old trap as though the salvation were in revival of the repoobs! Those very repoobs which are guilty in the 2008/2012 double treason and a whole list of lesser acts of collaboration with the opponents and the One World Order crowd. As a proverbial Judas goat, Horowitz keeps leading the sheeple into the same perilous direction.

    Republican party must be fully exposed and destroyed. No civilized society would tolerate a party with such a legacy of guilt. The conservative remnants of this nation must massively migrate into http://JudeoChristianAmerica.org

    Every patriot must say: If the future of America is associated with the Republican party, I am not an American!

    • Erudite Mavin

      The Logo of your bogus party is an Ostrich with its head in the sand.
      Your headquarters is on the Rainbow Unicorn Ranch

      • http://JudeoChristianAmerica.org Alexander Gofen

        My logo (Lady Liberty) is still there. It is you with the ostrich brain and in the ostrich posture. It is the majority of America with an ostrich brain if it still lives under de-facto one party rule and proud.

        • Erudite Mavin

          Yours is a de-facto one party rule as the Libertarians and their ilk as candidates are the enablers of Democrat victories.

          • http://JudeoChristianAmerica.org Alexander Gofen

            “….enablers of Democrat victories?” Shocking! And the Repooobs victories bring what?! What, I am asking you, you – who exemplifies the incivility of American political system, explained on the very first page of JudeoChristianAmerica.org

          • Erudite Mavin

            Your hangup on Republicans is typical displacement.
            I happen to believe in a strong National defense and understand that Radical Islam is the enemy that must be defeated.
            This is just one reason I am glad to vote Republican, a party that is not dissapearing even though you think so, a belief that leaves you no credability

          • http://JudeoChristianAmerica.org Alexander Gofen

            Aha, you produced one item in which (some) Repoobs differ from Dems: Repoobs acknowledge the islamic threat – you say. (But wait while you will elect a guy like Christie – an Islamic appeaser). Even taking your one item at face value: Yet these very Repoobs cooperated in enthroning an islamic agent with uncertain names Obama-Soetoro-Soebarkach-Bounel!.. These very repoobs allowed the impostor to fill the government with a whole lot of other islamic agents! These very repoobs allowed the impostor to degrade the US Military! These very repooobs allowed Bush and this impostor to incur such an astronomic debt that it alone undermines our national security more than some open war. And these very repoob had swallowed each and every of other great crimes of this impostor – each of them alone would suffice to topple anybody else. Repooobs are co-conspirators in all that, no opposition at all. Not even a sham opposition! Again, you really exemplify all the incivility of American political system! Read again the home page.

          • Erudite Mavin

            Christie is not going to be the candidate as much as you would wish that.
            Actually Christie looks like a hawk on that subject vs Ron and Rand Paul and the rest of the libertarian Peter Pans.
            who blame American first .
            You are delusional if your think your play party which is something like a 6 year old would do in playing Dr.
            is going to receive 100 votes let along 45 million.
            Grow up.

          • http://JudeoChristianAmerica.org Alexander Gofen

            Have I said as though I wish Christie (or anybody)? You didn’t comment on even one issue that I listed, Mr. Erudite (if you know what it means). It is you and yours which are delusional and GULAG bound (http://gulagbound.com/).

          • Erudite Mavin

            BTW I am not a Mr.
            Living here in San Diego with the largest concentration of Military in the U.S. based here along with having a long list of family members in this war from day 1. Also here, over 50,000 Chaldeans who have escaped from Iraq and have spoke with many in the past years.
            I have more than a clue what we are up against with Radical Islam and why the grown ups need to support the Republicans not some wing nut bunch who will not receive 100 votes. You need to support those who can
            win against the Democrats instead of harboring your
            resentment against the adult Party, Republicans.
            You give yourself away with your unresolved issues.

          • http://JudeoChristianAmerica.org Alexander Gofen

            Ms. Erudite (I am sorry for mistitling you). I appreciate your knowledge and very legitimate worries about islam (yes, simply “islam”, which is radical and nothing but radical), yet do not underestimate my understanding of this issue (see this outline http://JudeoChristianAmerica.org/Imminent.htm ). However in order to adequately confront islam, first of all we need to unite the like minded patriotic Americans rather than support some irrelevant party. Contrary to your expectations, the repooobs are not consistent opponents of islam at all. Though there are a few serious opponents of islam among them like Bachmann, there are also islamic apologists and appeasers – even in CPAC. In fact, Repubs cooperated in achieving the most ambitious islamic “project” in America ever – in the enthroning the islamic impostor and promoting islamic goals during the last 6 illegal years! You, as a mindless automaton, are set to believe as though Repubs (“the adult party”!) is the only savior and promoter of the patriotic cause, while in reality it is merely a sham designed to behave as though a conservative opposition, controlled by the same owners. Repooobs (and Dems indeed) is a criminal organization guilty in the hoax of the century (among many other things), and they must be destroyed. It is a matter of justice, but also a matter of salvation, which cannot be achieved by following the proverbial Judas goats such as the repoobs.

          • Erudite Mavin

            It is the Republicans who are the ones supporting National Security and understand Islamic Terrorist
            must be defeated period and back Israel.
            It is the Libertarians such as Ron and Rand Paul, Amash,
            and the rest of that ilk who don’t beleive al-Qaeda, Taliban, Hezbollah, Hamas, Muslim Brother Hood, Al Nusra, Boko Haram, ISIS, etc are a threat.
            They are the blame America first crowd..
            The more you post the opposit of what Republicans stand for will not make it so.
            You actually sound like a Soros funded poster who is playing divide and conqueror except most are wise to

          • http://JudeoChristianAmerica.org Alexander Gofen

            You just keep repeating your beliefs no matter the facts. I demonstrated in a few previous paragraphs, that Repoobs collaborated in undermining the national security during the last 6 years as never before. The impostor alone in the White House is the greatest threat to our national security!

            Though your comparison of the Ron Paul types vs. the Bachmann types is valid, BOTH are present among the repooobs. Repooobs do not adhere to any fixed platform that OBLIGATES them to confront islam and to protect the Judeo-Christian identity of America. Repoobs are a spineless mass which would follow whichever the wind blows and their owners demand: To accommodate homosexuals, to build bridges with islam (or to confront islam a bit).

            You are blinded and confused by the fact that among big fishes, only GOP (in reality, only a few people in GOP) used to utter some concerns about islamic threat – while the entire activity of GOP since 2008 (just as Dems) has contributed to the greatest inroad of islam and the greatest debilitation of America ever. You are placed into the situation that you have no choice – and you readily follow this Judas goat lead!
            Re-read the http://JudeoChristianAmerica.org/Platform.htm . This Platform includes several well founded items concerning islam and the other critical issues of preserving America as designed by the Founding Fathers. What does it have to do with GOP?! GOP would not approve even one item in this Platform! GOP will lead you away from your legitimate goals (even if they utter a few words for you now and then). They are more insidious than Dems, because you believe as though GOP stands for you and America. You are deceived.

          • Erudite Mavin

            You keep pushing your fiction to convince yourself.
            It is the Democrats and Libertarians who have tanked our National Security.

          • Kafir911

            It’s not radical, extremist or Islam that has been hijacked. It’s Islam period or more specifically Islamic doctrine. If you can’t identify the enemy you’ve already lost the war.

    • Kafir911

      Dear Comrade, Have you learned nothing about communism, Fascism or Nazism? BTW, your “clever” use of language is not really that clever.

      • http://JudeoChristianAmerica.org Alexander Gofen

        You do not know what you are speaking about! I have learned all those things on my own skin while you, perhaps, was not yet born. It is you who did not realize that you are living already in Marxist America. This transformation took 100 years, but you did not even notice it: http://www.judeochristianamerica.org/2008vs1917.htm

        • Kafir911

          Yes I did notice it. The Progressive movement started under Woodrow Wilson, TR, FDR and continued under Carter, Clinton and now NerO. Marxism is just being regurgitated by the Left while others such as China and Russia now have a quasi free market economy known as crony capitalism. Hey, wait a minute, that’s what we have here!?!?

          • http://JudeoChristianAmerica.org Alexander Gofen


  • WW4

    So according to this, national security is the “only path to an electoral majority.” May as well pack it in, then.

    Look: even diehard liberals acknowledge (in private, if not public) that Islamism represents an existential threat. No one really believes the “religion of peace” crap. This is the flipside to conservatives acknowledging (in private if not public) that the Iraq War was probably a huge mistake. So merely pointing out “You know, Islam is the enemy, here” really isn’t the big deal you think it is; and furthermore, to regain credibility on national security will take a lot more than stoking fears and calling liberal fecklessness “seditious” as if that word can mean whatever you like.

    Honestly, Mr. Horowitz, if this is the “prescription,” we’ve heard it before. Not only is it not a new idea, it didn’t work then and it doesn’t work now.

    However, if you have creative, constructive, and positive ideas for reducing the reach of federal government, making health care actually affordable, and promoting educational alternatives and national pride, I’d love to hear them.

  • Ganesha_akbar

    The audacity of the Swift Boat veterans made mince meat of John Kerry. Today, Obama’s exquisite vulnerability must seem a cruel mockery to the loved ones of his assassination victims.

    Agonized parents, widows and orphans of our brave SEAL Team 6 heroes (betrayed by the regime’s Extortion 17 cover-up) have cried in the wilderness for years and been denied their right to bring testimony against Obama before military tribunal on charges of viciously ordering the sinister assassinations (and public desecrations with Muslim curses) of their brave military loved ones’.

    Before his Benghazi betrayal, there was Extortion 17. Hussein’s traitorous offenses were meticulously outlined in Betrayed: The Shocking True Story of Extortion 17 as told by a Navy SEAL’s Father.”

    Articles of Impeachment against Obama are overdue. Willfully blind American Leftists must be reminded (over and over again) what their Murtad-in-Chief is desperately hiding.

  • disqus_smWiOrvPtd

    Define the totalitarian state for what it is: collectivism. The facilitation and management of collectivism, funded by taxpayer dollars, has been kept secret from the American public for decades. Why address everything but the source?