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Deconstructing the Left: From Vietnam to the Clinton Era (edition 1991)

by Peter Collier, David Horowitz

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Member:RandyStafford
Title:Deconstructing the Left: From Vietnam to the Clinton Era
Authors:Peter Collier
Other authors:David Horowitz
Info:Center for the Study of Popular (1991), Paperback, 275 pages
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My reactions to reading this in 1992.

Another wonderful book from Collier and Horowitz.though this one has some flaws inherent in its structure. This is a collection of essays and speeches, so there's some repetition and not a lot of in depth stuff. Collier and Horowitz use their experience and sharp minds to pick apart the lies, inconsistencies, and hypocrisies of the Left.

I liked some pieces especially well.

"Tom & Jane & Whitaker & Alger" nicely showed, in Collier's personal reminiscences, the early, sleazy, shallow life of radicals Jane Fonda and Tom Hayden.

"AIDS: The Origins of a Political Epidemic" showed, in a 1983 article, the utter hypocrisy, self-destructiveness, and shallowness of the homosexual movement in its early response to AIDS (which, as they would never admit now, they refused to admit was sexually transmitted.

"Carl Bernstein's Communist Problem and Mine" was, I thought, the best in the book (perhaps because it covered ground to me -- the early history of Communism in America. It showed the lie of American communists saying they were persecuted for their actions and not their Party membership. It shows that there were many union organizers and civil rights leaders who were not reviled like the Communist ones were. And their deeds, their secretly motivated deeds as members of the Stalin puppet, the Communist International, were pernicious enough.

"Angela Davis and Me' was a surgically conducted attack on the despicable university, Dartmouth, that supports her and legitimizes her.

"America After Reagan" is a nice cold shower on the optimism of the Reagan Revolution showing that, while many things were accomplished or started under Reagan, the "ideaological elevator music" of the Left still plays on unabated in our popular culture and universities -- important instrumentalities (though not the only ones) in effecting political change.

"From Red to Green" shows the philosophical, psychological links between communism, fascism, and eco-fascist Greens.

"Alex Goes to War" was a funny piece attacking leftist journalist Alex Cockburn unremittingly wrong and dopey predictions on the Persian Gulf War. It's disgusting in w
hat it shows of the utter mendacity of the Left.

It's interesting to trace Collier and Horowitz's growing optimism as the pieces become more recent. In "The Peace Movement" and "The War They Lost" they saw the Left had developed a "slow leak" (actually the latter is Collier's phrase) in America. I'm not so sure. People seem, in some ways, as gullible as ever to the Left and its lies. Certainly, as they point out, it's barricaded itself in the Boomer universities and media. I believe, at best, freedom and conservatism are just holding their own.

On a stylistic level, Horowitz and Collier are masters of the metaphor which cashes in on popular culture notions (things like "moral ozone", "idealogical AIDS", "letting the twilight gleam in"). ( )
  RandyStafford | Dec 6, 2012 |
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All over the world Marxism is a bankrupt political force, but not on American campuses where socialist fantasies and anti-American impulses are alive and well. On the faculties of American universities the reign of "tenured radicals" and the "politically correct" continues unbroken. "Deconstructing the Left" is a challenge to this radical orthodoxy by ex-radicals Peter Collier and David Horowitz. Collier and Horowitz, authors of "The Rockefellers" and "The Kennedys" have been called "premier chroniclers of American dynastic tragedy". But they have long worn another hat as political journalists, writing insightful and provocative analyses of left-wing movements like the Black Panthers and the Weather Underground. In the 1960s, they edited the New Left magazine Ramparts and were active in the movement to oppose America's role in the Vietnam War and other radical protests. "Deconstructing the Left" is a collection of Collier and Horowitz polemics and broadsides on radical student politics, the Vietnam War, Fidel Castro, the Sandinistas, Angela Davis, Jane Fonda, AIDS, McCarthyism, left-wing racism, radical ecology and the Persian Gulf.

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