A Life Transformed: ‘The Black Book of the American Left’

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Reprinted from WND.com.

David Horowitz’s “The Black Book of the American Left: Collected Conservative Writings” should be read by every American who loves his country. This book is a unique wake-up call to the truth that America is being infected by the bubonic plague of Marxism, which once contaminated the author himself.

In the 1970s, David climbed to the very top of the American leftist movements. Later he understood that Marxism was a lie – the first step toward stealing and killing – and after that he dedicated the rest of his life to warning others that Marxism was endangering American freedom and democracy. A Rasmussen Reports poll shows, indeed, that now only 53 percent of Americans prefer capitalism to socialism.

One of the most popular night clubs in New York City is the Soviet-themed KGB Bar. The place, adorned with the Soviet flag and a picture of “Comrade Lenin,” is jammed by a new generation of Marxist writers who read from their work. Just weeks ago this giant city overwhelmingly elected (73 percent of the votes) an openly Marxist mayor, and Seattle got a new council member who proudly stated that she wore “the badge of socialist with honor.” Russia’s post-Soviet newspaper Pravda, which knew that socialism was just a smiling mask for Marxism, chafed: “It must be said that like the breaking of a great dam, the American descent into Marxism is happening with breathtaking speed, against the backdrop of a passive, hapless sheeple, excuse me dear reader, I meant people.”

America is still not really aware that Marxism is infecting the country because our main media have gone to great lengths to hide this truism, and because neither the Republican Party nor the tea party has called attention to the looming dangers of Marxism. Our main media are also deep-sixing the fact that the only thing Marxism ever left behind it is countries that ended up looking like trailer camps hit by a hurricane, and Marxist leaders roasting in Dante’s Inferno – all of them, from Trotsky to Stalin, from Khrushchev to Brezhnev, from Tito to Enver Hoxha, along with Mátyás Rakosi, Sékou Touré, Nyeree, Ceausescu and Hugo Chavez.

David Horowitz was born into a family of devoted Marxists, had Marxism in his blood and pursued a successful career as a Marxist activist, writer and journalist. In 1974, some of his Marxist comrades – leaders of the Black Panther Party – murdered a bookkeeper whom David had recruited to keep the accounts of a Panther school he had helped create. That horrible crime hit home and persuaded David to forsake his highly successful leftist career and to move over onto the other side of America’s political barricade.

The David Horowitz Freedom Center and its FrontPage Magazine, created by David in 1988, marked the beginning of his anti-Marxist crusade, which has never stopped. His book “The Professors: The 101 Most Dangerous Academics in America” (2006) and his Academic Bill of Rights (ABR) marked another milestone in his life: the beginning of his still-vigorous campaign against Marxist indoctrination at American universities. (Full disclosure: Although I have never met David, I do collaborate with his FrontPage Magazine, and I have repeatedly expressed my admiration for his break with Marxism. David had also publicly praised my split with communism.)

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In the preface to “The Black Book of the American Left,” the first of a nine-volume memoir, David Horowitz wrote that “for better or worse, I have been condemned to spend the rest of my days” fighting Marxism, “from which I have separated myself.” In May 1989, he and two other former prominent Marxists, Ronald Radosh and Peter Collier, went to Poland to attend a conference calling for the end of Communism. There, David told the Polish dissidents: “For myself, my family tradition of socialist dreams is over. Socialism is no longer a dream of a revolutionary future. It is only a nightmare of the past. But for you, the nightmare is not a dream. It is a reality that it is still happening. My dream for the people of socialist Poland is that someday you will wake up from your nightmare and be free.” A few months later, the Roundtable talks between the Polish government and the Solidarity-led Polish dissidents led to the first semi-free elections in the Soviet bloc.

On Nov. 9, 1989, when I watched on television as the Berlin Wall was being torn down, my eyes were misty. I was so incredibly proud to be an American. The whole world was expressing its gratitude to the United States for its 45 years of successful Cold War against the Soviet evil. “Communism is dead!” I heard people shout. Indeed, Communism was dead as a form of government. But it soon proved that Marxism, which had just celebrated its 141st birthday, had survived.

French philosopher Jacques Derrida, who once claimed he had broken with Marxism but confessed to still being choked with emotion whenever he heard the Internationale, reminded us that the first noun in Marx’s “Communist Manifesto” is specter: “A specter is haunting Europe, the specter of Communism.” According to Derrida, Marx began “The Communist Manifesto” with specter, because a specter never dies. David Horowitz concurred. “After Stalin’s death,” he writes in his memoirs, his parents – who had dedicated their whole lives to Marxism – learned that “they served a gang of cynical despots who had slaughtered more peasants, caused more hunger and human misery, and killed more leftists like themselves than all the capitalist governments since the beginning of time. … I was 17 at that time, and at the funeral of the Old Left I swore to myself I would not repeat my parent’s fate. … But my youth prevented me from comprehending what the catastrophe had revealed. I continued my fantasy of the socialist future. When a New Left began to emerge a few years later, I was ready to believe that it was a fresh beginning and eager to assist at its birth.”

David Horowitz now documents that a new generation of Americans, one that is not being taught history anymore and knows little if anything about our country’s long fight against Marxism, is giving this heresy – which killed over 90 million people – another lease on life. In 2008, the Democratic Party portrayed the United States as a “decaying, racist, capitalist realm,” unable to provide medical care for the poor, to rebuild her “crumbling schools,” or to replace the “shuttered mills that once provided a decent life for men and women of every race,” and it pledged to change it by drastically increasing taxes on the American rich, American businesses and their owners, in order to finance programs for the poor. This is Marxism at its best. In “The Communist Manifesto,” Marx painted capitalism as “a decaying, racist realm,” and pledged to eradicate it by advocating 10 “despotic inroads on the rights of property,” which became known as the “Ten Planks of the Communist Manifesto.” Among them: a heavy progressive or graduated income tax; abolition of all rights of inheritance; abolition of property.

If you know the “Manifesto,” as David does, you will think Marx himself wrote the Democratic Party’s economic program, which contains all of the above planks of Marxism. If you don’t know the “Manifesto,” glance through “The Black Book of the American Left.” Young people, as David was when he ignored Stalin’s unprecedented crimes, believe in free lunches. No wonder that during the 2008 election campaign, the U.S. Democratic Party easily filled entire stadiums with young people who demanded that the wealth of the United States be redistributed. Some of those electoral gatherings looked to me like Ceausescu’s revival meetings – over 80,000 young people were gathered in front of the now-famous Greek temple resembling the White House that had been erected in Denver, to demand that America’s wealth be redistributed. The Democratic Party won the White House and both chambers of the U.S. Congress.

People have come to look kindly upon the “redistribution of wealth,” but David Horowitz convincingly demonstrates that this is the quintessence of Marxism, and that Marxism always ended in economic collapse. I concur. “Stealing from capitalism is moral, Comrades,” I heard Khrushchev say during the 1959 “six-day vacation” he spent in Romania. “Don’t raise your eyebrows, Comrades. I intentionally used the word steal. Stealing from our enemy is moral, Comrades.” “Stealing from capitalists is a Marxist duty,” Romania’s president, Nicolae Ceausescu, sermonized during the years I was his national security adviser. “Capitalists are the mortal enemies of Marxism,” I heard Fidel Castro preach in 1972, when I spent a vacation in Cuba as guest of his brother, Raul. “Killing them is moral, comrades!”

In my other life I rose to the top of a Marxist entity – the Soviet empire – which was created by redistributing the wealth of its people, and I had to start my life from scratch, as David did, to escape its tyranny. Redistribution of wealth is disguised stealing – the next step toward killing – and stealing and killing became national policies on the day Soviet Marxism was born. Immediately after the revolution of November 1917, the Soviet Marxists confiscated the imperial family’s wealth, seized the land owned by the rich Russians, nationalized Russian industry and banking, and killed most of the property owners. In 1929, by forcing the peasants into collective farms, the Soviet Marxists stole away their land, along with their animals and agricultural tools. Within a few years, virtually the entire Soviet economy was running on stolen property. When people began protesting the theft, the Marxists transformed the Soviet Empire into a tyrannical police state. Over 20 million people were killed to keep that gulag empire quiet. In the long run, however, theft and crime do not pay even when they are committed by a superpower. The 1991 collapse of the Soviet Union is strong proof to that.

On Feb. 7, 2009, the cover of Newsweek magazine proclaimed: “We Are All Socialists Now.” That was also what Ceausescu’s newspaper Scînteia proclaimed when he changed Romania into a monument to Marxism. Two years after seizing power, the U.S. Democratic Party’s Marxism produced the same results as the Ceausescu’s Marxism did – at a U.S. scale. Over 14 million Americans lost their jobs, and 41.8 million people went on food stamps. GDP growth dipped from 3-4 percent to 1.6 percent. The national debt rose to an unprecedented $17 trillion, and it is projected to reach $18 trillion by 2019. Scînteia went bankrupt. Newsweek was sold for one dollar.

So, let call a spade a spade: it is Marxism we are talking about. Marxism in America!

“The Black Book of the American Left” could not have come to life at a better time. Understanding that Marxism is a lie, and that lying is the first step toward stealing and killing, is what America needs right now.

Lt. Gen Ion Mihai Pacepa is the highest-ranking Soviet bloc official ever to defect to the West. In 1989 Romanian president Nicolae Ceausescu was executed at the end of a trial whose main accusations came out of Pacepa’s book “Red Horizons,” republished in 27 countries. His latest book, “Disinformation,” co-authored with professor Ronald Rychlak, was published last June by WND.


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  • truebearing

    Well said.

    We have two key enemies that aid the Marxist revolution: the media; and the unwitting, self-indulgent, poorly informed American citizen. We need to defeat the media, yet inform the populace, but with a corrupt and complicit media, we can’t. The only solution is to create new media, as fast as possible. David Horowitz is doing just that, but we need more.

    It would be a wonderful thing if “The Black Book of the American Left” could be read to the nation, one chapter a week.

    • Gregoryno6

      ‘the unwitting, self-indulgent, poorly informed American citizen’
      Who slags off capitalism while enjoying its benefits.
      Dennis Rodman goes off to North Korea whenever the mood takes him. Next time, he should try it without the return ticket.

      • John E Coleman

        Like this article States ; ” Lets call a Spade A Spade ” !

    • DavidBastable

      “..poorly informed American citizen”. Those are the important words in this post. The present education system, run by Marxist and left-wing people will eventually destroy the country. Charter schools may be the answer.

  • Lanna

    Good book that explains Marxism and how its invaded America, it has destroyed so many societies.

  • Steven Chavez

    TO ION PACEPA: (Admire you greatly. Hope to meet you someday.)

    “When the Wall fell, we cheered, they cried! When the Twins fell, we cried, they cheered.” (S. Chavez)

    WHO IS “THEY?” “They” are our Communists who were the most bitter of all the world’s Communists since they loved the Soviet Union, and its system, more than their own country. IN THE 1980’S, the Soviet’s WORLD PEACE COUNCIL, which you, PACEPA, had direct dealings with as ordered by KGB Chief and later, Soviet President YURI ANDROPOV, had affiliates in every State including mine in New Mexico. The U.S. Peace Council was led by the CPUSA. The NM Peace Council was led by the same man who headed the NM Marxist Educators for Socialist Action. MANY CPUSA FRONTS took over our University of New Mexico campus and all for the purpose of aiding a KGB AND CPUSA mission: The takeover of Central America and eventually Mexico with their main goal “The overthrow of the United States through force if necessary. Brother against Brother.” (George Meyers, head of the Labor Department-CPUSA. Feb. 17, 1986)

    MANY STUDENTS were in these fronts and millions more supported their mission. OF INTEREST IS BARACK OBAMA. Please Google: “Obama Sundial 1983″ which is an article Obama wrote while at Columbia which focused on PRO-SOVIET WPC FRONTS! These groups, mentioned in the article, had the most radical students and on every major campus. Obama admitted to seeking out Marxist professors and this article proves he also sought out the MOST RADICAL STUDENTS! Mr. Pacepa, you know of these groups and the KGB CONNECTION. Isn’t it then that OBAMA WAS A KGB DUPE?

    HILLARY CLINTON TOO. She gave funds to El Salvador’s Communist FMLN rebels so when the FMLN won the Presidency in 2009, Hillary was the highest-ranking American official at the inauguration! Leon Panetta, John Kerry, Tom Harkin, and many more American leaders were also in, or supported, KGB/CPUSA goals.

    OBAMA’S “CIRCLE OF COMMUNISTS.” Look at who Obama surrounds himself with Communists, oops Socialists, oops Leftists, (as David Horowitz scolded me for writing “Communist” since it discredited me but now he’s saying it but after 13 years of me calling “A SPADE A SPADE.” It’s too late now isn’t it.) and you will find most all are 80’S KGB/CPUSA DUPES who were the main defenders of “Socialism.” WHAT ABOUT ALL OF CZARS? Lost count on them!

    CALLING A “SPADE A SPADE.” OKAY. Obama was born of Communists just like David. He was mentored by a Communist. He found Chicago’s Communists and domestic terrorists that he barely knew, He sought out Marxist Professors and the most radical Communist students. He was preached at by a Communist where he also learned BLACK LIBERATION THEOLOGY which is a racist as it gets. He then surrounds himself with his “CIRCLE OF COMMUNISTS” and his CZARS. He appoints COMMUNISTS to almost every Department and thousands more Closet Communists as assistants. His hidden agenda is COMMUNISM. So what does that make him? A COMMUNIST!

    OBAMA IS CREATING THE CONDITION$$$ FOR OUR DOWNFALL as revenge for the fall of the USSR and the Iron Curtain. He is also aiding in “PUTIN’S REVENGE.” The U.S. aided in the Soviet defeat in Afghanistan which was one domino that led to their eventual fall. Now Obama in aiding Putin, who aids any group or country that seeks out defeat in Afghanistan, Iraq, and the whole Middle East with the destruction of Israel as their main goal. Notice the overtures now to IRAN and with KGB DUPE JOHN KERRY? Putin aids Iran which spreads terrorism throughout the region and many of those groups started or have taken over the OBAMA’S ARAB SPRING. Notice that Obama was silent on IRAN’S GREEN REVOLUTION. What if he supported it as vigorously as the Arab Spring and the Mullah’s were overthrown by their own “People Power?” Wouldn’t the world be a different place today instead of an Iran on the verge of building nukes, which they will use? OBAMA IS IN RETREAT AND PUTIN WILL FILL THE VOID. “MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!”

    NO COUNTRY CAN DEFEAT THE US MILITARILY so Obama is creating the conditions for our FINANCIAL COLLAPSE. When, not if, this happens, Obama will be seen as much a hero to the world as Gorbachev is. The only bitter ones ARE US RIGHT-WINGERS, TEA PARTYERS, and HARD-CORE CAPITALISTS just like Obama and our Communists were bitter at the “Fall of Communism.”

    MR. PACEPA, please make public your revelation on “SADDAM’S WMD” and the Sarindar program, printed here at FPM, since the Communists/Obama use that against almost every argument against Bush or the Republican Party who voted for the war “based on a lie.” “NO WMD.” Did those WMD end up in Syria which was later bombed by Israel? Are those WMD being used today by either ASSAD OR THE TERRORISTS? What’s Putin’s role in these WMD?

    MR. PACEPA, PLEASE reveal Obama’s COMMUNIST goals and his past connection to KGB AND CPUSA FRONTS. “Doesn’t Obama’s whispering to Medvedev make more sense now?” Obama got in trouble for that one so naturally, he and Putin, HAD TO PRETEND TO BE MAD AT EACH OTHER during their next visits. “Wink Wink!” Reveal too Obama’s “Circle of Communists” that surround him especially Hillary.

    YOU ALONE CAN SAVE THE U.S.! Team up with David and both of you say about Obama: “I KNOW A COMMUNIST WHEN I SEE ONE. I USED TO BE ONE MYSELF!”

  • DavidBastable

    David’s book should be read by all freedom-loving people, not just Americans.

  • BagLady

    OK, so I’ve only read the first paragraph so far but America/Marxism? Do me a favour. This is taking scaremongering to its extreme and if you’re falling for it then I’m really worried about your American psyche and its susceptibility to indoctrination — you do have rather intense advertising which, supposedly, attacks the subliminal areas of the brain so you don’t really know what you’re talking about in the end.

    I shall read on….

    • Markdpez

      If you looked up Stalins term “useful idiot” in the dictionary it would be partnered with a snapshot of BagLady. How do you reason with this level of denial/lying? 1950’s America would have laughed these traitors off stage but, 60 years of infestation of education by leftists and media corruption have weakened and destroyed the greatest beacon of freedom ever created. The enemy has not only breched the gates they have infiltrated every institution we once held dear.

  • BagLady

    One of the most popular night clubs in New York City is the
    Soviet-themed KGB Bar. The place, adorned with the Soviet flag and a
    picture of “Comrade Lenin,”

    I’d go there, or somewhere similar, so long as drinks weren’t overpriced, just out of interest. Would you?

  • BagLady

    Talking about brainwashing; what are the five foods you should not eat? Well, don’t ask me but, if you scroll up in this article there is an advert telling you which these are. The picture is of a woman’s hand holding a banana. Now what does that tell you? Numero Uno. Don’t eat bananas. Why would they want to say that eh, when they are so good for you heart…. in moderation?

    I shall read on …..

  • BagLady

    On Nov. 9, 1989, when I watched on television as the Berlin Wall was
    being torn down, my eyes were misty. I was so incredibly proud to be an
    American. The whole world was expressing its gratitude to the United

    Do you know, I was not aware that, when the wall was torn down, the German people put their hands on their hearts, got misty eyed and thanked America.

  • BagLady

    and knows little if anything about our country’s long fight against Marxism,

    Wracking my brains here trying to remember this era in your history

  • BagLady

    Oh my God. I knew of the holocausts, Jewish and Rwandan, I knew about poor East Timor, but 90 million killed, not by man, but an ideology. Weird I never knew of this ‘event’.

  • BagLady

    This is Marxism at its best. In “The Communist Manifesto,” Marx painted
    capitalism as “a decaying, racist realm,” and pledged to eradicate it by
    advocating 10 “despotic inroads on the rights of property,” which
    became known as the “Ten Planks of the Communist Manifesto.”

    No it’s not. I guarantee if you examine the books you’ll find it’s just masquerading as socialism to steal the dosh. They could just as easily have pretended to be capitalists. Makes no bloody difference, They are two sides to the same coin.