- The Washington Times - Monday, December 1, 2003

Murderous utopia

“At Solovki, one of [the] earliest Gulag camps, Soviet administrators put up a sign that expressed the Communist program: ‘With an Iron Fist, We Will Lead Humanity to Happiness.’ That slogan captures the murderous nature of the utopian vision of the hard left.

“[Y]ou look at Soviet history and see the Gulag, the executions of the Terror, the pervasive oppression and the economic failure. Psychologically, the leftists … see little of that. … They cannot see the horror that communism actually created. … The German Communist playwright Bertolt Brecht, when challenged that thousands of innocents had been sent to the Gulag by Stalin, replied, ‘The more innocent they are, the more they deserve to die.’ To you or I, this remark is disgusting, but to the hard left, it reflects their eager willingness to kill any number of persons without concern for innocence or guilt if it might assist in bringing about the socialist future.

“The idealized future that has not happened is more real and more important to them than the past that really did happen. … In [his novel] ‘1984,’ George Orwell gives the Ministry of Truth of his totalitarian state the task of rewriting history. … The academic left … believe that history is malleable and can assist in legitimating current politics and bringing about the utopian future.”

John Earl Haynes, co-author with Harvey Klehr of the new book “In Denial: Historians, Communism and Espionage,” interviewed by Jamie Glazov on Nov. 25 in Front Page at www.frontpagemag.com

European view

“Many Europeans sneer that America, a society still in a primitive state, ruled by violence and criminality, couldn’t possibly have a mature culture. American literature and cinema is said to be an arid desert, devoid of original talent or great creators. They apparently never heard of Poe, Melville, Hawthorne, Henry James, Faulkner, Tennessee Williams or [F.] Scott Fitzgerald. Piercing analysts like Theodore Dreiser, Upton Sinclair, Sinclair Lewis, Frank Norris, John Steinbeck, John Dos Passos and Tom Wolfe are conveniently ignored. …

“On the whole, American society is sweepingly condemned as practically the worst association of human beings in history. Fresh evidence can do nothing to dispel such views, which, filled with distortion as they are, reflect little on the true strengths and failures of American society.”

Jean-Francois Revel, writing on “Europe’s Anti-American Obsession,” in the December issue of the American Enterprise

‘Social secession’

“The growing cultural rift that family decay has helped to effect between rural and urban areas only underscores the importance of what political scientist Clem Brookes called ‘the emergence of a new cleavage in U.S. politics,’ as a growing number of voters nationwide base their social and political orientation on their anxieties over the parlous state of the American family. …

“For in the disintegration of the family, Americans are seeing a type of social secession more radical and far-reaching than anything ever contemplated by John Calhoun or Jefferson Davis. In severing their ties to spouse and family, Americans are not only seceding from their family union, but they are also typically seceding from their neighborhood, their community, their state and their country. The result has been a frightening loss of civic and national unity and an equally alarming rise in civic and national conflict.”

Bryce Christensen, writing on “Divided We Fall: America’s Second Civil War,” in the October issue of the Family in America

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