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From the Pen of David Horowitz: October 21, 2009

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Posted on October 21 2009 12:49 am
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What are the tenets of the neo-Stalinist faith that has so unexpectedly resurfaced in American letters in the 1980s? Basically there are two. The first that Communists were peace-loving, do-gooding, civil-rights activists and American patriots; the second that they were innocent victims of a fascist America. Carl has it down pat. Citing his father’s judgment that, “[McCarthyism] was a reign of terror,” Carl writes: “I have never heard my father talk like that, have never known him to reach for a cliché. But this was no cliché.” 

No, it was not a cliché; it is a lie. No, Carl, there was no reign of terror – at least not in the way that phrase is understood to apply to the Stalinist world out of which our families both came and where it means blood in the gutters. My mother, for example, elected to take an early “disability” retirement from the New York school system rather than answer questions about her membership in the Party. But with the help of Party friends and liberal sympathizers she immediately went on to other more lucrative careers. Your father became a small-time entrepreneur and you got a job (through his personal connections) as a reporter at the Washington Star. When, later, you were at the Washington Post and about to help topple a sitting president, you went to managing editor Ben Bradlee to reveal the terrible secret about your parents’ Communist past, and what did he do? Remove you from the case? No, in anti-Communist, paranoid America — home of the reign of terror — the editor of the most politically powerful media organ in the nation told you to get on with the job of removing a President in the middle of an anti-Communist war. And what did you learn from that experience? Exactly nothing.

— “Carl Bernstein’s Communist Problem and Mine” from Left Illusions

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