In the book, “1984,” George Orwell wrote that “the most effective way to destroy people is to deny and obliterate their own understanding of their history.” Even more compelling, Orwell said of the future:
“Those who control the present, control the past and those who control the past control the future.”
It is hard to dispute that the progressive left has a stranglehold on pop culture in America. Firmly entrenched in media, academia and the entertainment industry, and more emboldened than ever, it controls the present.
Our history has long been under assault, particularly in universities, but never as aggressively as we see in a 10-part Showtime documentary produced by Oliver Stone, “Untold History of the United States.”
Commenting on Stone’s latest work in a FrontPage column, David Horowitz calls it “a ludicrous encapsulation of the Kremlin’s view of the Cold War, amplified by the Castro, Ho Chi Minh, Daniel Ortega, Hugo Chavez, Hamas version of the post-Communist decades.”
And he is qualified to make such a judgment. A self-proclaimed “red-diaper baby,” Horowitz was one of the founders of the “New Left” in the 1960s and an editor of its largest magazine, Ramparts. In his memoir, “Radical Son,” Horowitz traces his odyssey from an angry far-left activist to conservative writer and policy advocate. He is now president of the David Horowitz Freedom Center and editor of FrontPage Magazine.
Stone’s rewriting of history is being widely embraced by far-left zealots who have nothing but contempt for this country and by the progressive culture in general.
Such rewriting is not just relegated to Hollywood. A professor at Montclair State, a public university in New Jersey, can be seen in a YouTube video denying that Soviet Union leader Joseph Stalin was responsible for the murder of millions, saying he has “yet to find one crime – one crime that Stalin committed.”
More importantly, and this matters because it’s coming from someone who grew up in that culture — the very same culture that Barack Obama cut his teeth on — Horowitz suggests “Untold History” is the coming out of the communist left.
“I consider the reception of this latest Stone travesty to be a significant cultural event signifying a final coming out of the closet of what can only be termed the Communist left,” Horowitz wrote.
And only Horowitz can say such a thing.
Former U.S. Rep. Allen West is an example of what happens should a conservative dare broach the subject. In his case, the media and members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus set upon West with vigor when he implied there were communist influences in Congress. Taking a page out of Saul Alinsky’s “Rules for Radicals,” progressives ridiculed him until his message fell silent.
Yet, how do we best define Barack Obama’s economic policies? Wealth redistribution, class warfare? Is this not classic Marxism? Pitting the working class, the proletariat, against those who own the means of production, the bourgeoisie?
Not to say that the president is a Marxist or even a communist, but it’s foolhardy to ignore these influences as a big part of his political makeup.
A review in New York Times Magazine gives you an idea of what to expect with “Untold History.” Reporter Andrew Goldman explains that from Stone’s point of view, “World War II begot the cold war, which landed us in Vietnam, a manifestation of American imperialism, which led inexorably to our current battle in Afghanistan.”
“Come on, that’s such a canard, you know that,” Stone told New York Times Magazine. “‘The Greatest Generation?’ That was the biggest publishing hoax of all. It’s to sell books.”
According to Stone, we have been sold a fairytale masquerading as history, and he is more than happy to redefine that history for our benefit.
“I was in Vietnam with the Greatest Generation,” Stone said. “They were master sergeants, generals, colonels. They had arrogance beyond belief. The hubris that allowed Henry Kissinger to say North Vietnam is a fourth-rate power we will break. The hubris of that!”
Having defeated the great Nazi Germany war machine and overcome the relentless brutality of the Japanese Army, I submit our World War II veterans had good reason for feeling as if they’d accomplished something. But that suggests American exceptionalism, and we already know how the progressive left feels about that, as quoted in the Los Angeles Times:
“I believe in American exceptionalism, just as I suspect that the Brits believe in British exceptionalism and the Greeks believe in Greek exceptionalism.” ~ Barack Obama
As for Stone’s disrespect of those who sacrificed so much for future generations, it is times such as this that I wish time machines did exist and that we could transport this ingrate to that Normandy beachhead called Omaha at just about 6:30 a.m. on June 6, 1944.
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