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horowAn American conservative writer today, David Horowitz probably understands the Progressive mind better than anyone in conservative circles.

He founded the right-leaning David Horowitz Freedom Center and Students for Academic Freedom, whose goal is to fight “leftist indoctrination” in academia.  A “red diaper baby,” Horowitz grew up in a Progressive environment; his parents were full-on active members of the Communist Party USA.  Between 1956 and 1975, Horowitz was also an outspoken adherent of the New Left.

Horowitz renounced Communism and his past in 1985, decided to vote for Ronald Reagan, and embarked on a life’s mission to expose Progressives.

These excerpts from a review of Horowitz’ book “The Black Book of the American Left: Volume I: My Life and Times” help illuminate Horowitz and his unique perspective “from the inside” on Progressivism in America.

From “The Black Book of the American Left: Volume i: My Life and Times”
by Barbara Kay |

The Black Book project was conceived of as a dual challenge: to persuade leftists of the destructive consequences of their ideas; and to persuade conservatives of the malignancy of the forces mobilized against them.

Horowitz reminds us that conservatism is first of all not an ideology, but rather a mental and temperamental disposition, so to speak.  Conservatives accept the fact that human nature in its fundamentals does not change.  So there are limitations to the changes any society will accept without coercion.

They do not theorize about what their societies would look like in a perfect world; they ask and try to answer the obvious question, “What makes a society work?”

They want to make the world a better place, but are guided by the knowledge that it cannot be made perfect, and hastening improvement artificially rather than organically is not wise.

Conservativism is “rooted in an attitude about the past rather than in expectations of the future.”  Ideology is about the future.  And herein lies the unbridgeable chasm between the two.

“Since ideologues of the left are committed to an imagined future, one that re-establishes the Eden of our mythic beginnings, to question them is to provoke a moral rather than an empirical response:  Are you for or against the equality of human beings?