That’s not to say that things are better in Australia or in Eurabia. The Left is in the drivers seat and determined to pervert everything.
Stalin’s Most Useful Idiot: WalterÂ Duranty
With thanks to the Western Experience
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If you have never heard the term “useful idiot” it was the attitude held by Vladimir Lenin towards communist sympathizers in the West. While Lenin and the Soviets held them in utter contempt they also viewed them as tools for dispensing communist propaganda to other countries, thus infecting foreign cultures with their totalitarian tripe. After their mission was complete, they were no longer “useful.”
From theÂ New Criterion.
Tim Tzouliadis’sÂ The Forsaken tells of thousands of American socialists and Communists who moved to the Soviet Union in the thirties to find work and a workers’ paradise. They were quickly disappointed. Adam HothschildÂ reviews the book in the London Times (TNC subscribers can read Stephen Schwarz’s review from the September 2008 issueÂ here):
From Alexander Solzhenitsyn and other Russians who have borne witness, we know about the midnight arrests, the interrogations and forced confessions, the trains hauling packed boxcars of emaciated prisoners to the labour camps scattered across the Arctic, Siberia, Kazakhstan and elsewhere. Tzouliadis traces the story of the Americans who got caught up in this madness through a wide range of letters and documents, and the published memoirs of two men who played on American baseball teams in Moscow in the mid-1930s, Victor Herman and Thomas Sgovio. Unlike many of their fellow players, whom they occasionally encountered in the gulag, they survived their imprisonment: Herman in central Russia and Sgovio in Kolyma. No one knows how many of the American immigrants were caught up by the Purge and perished either in execution cellars or in the camps, although one mass grave with more than 140 American bodies was found in 1997 near the Finnish border. Tzouliadis does not try to estimate the total American dead. My own guess would be that the figure is in the thousands; if we add victims among Britons and other Westerners living in USSR at the time, the total would be in the tens of thousands.
The list of useful idiots in the West is long but not very distinguished:Â Roger Baldwin, founder of the ACLU,Â Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, author and playwright,Â Lillian Hellman, noted author,Â Ernest Hemingway, and many more.
However one of the more prominent, but ironically less known, members of the “League of Useful Idiots” was correspondent, Moscow bureau chief of the New York Times, Pulitzer Prize winner, and Stalin apologist, Walter Duranty.
DurantyÂ had a psychology which not influenced his writings but set him apart from other journalists of the day.
From the first there are certain facets of his character that differentiated him from his peers. He was imaginative and elitist, he would deliberately adopt the view of the minority on various issues, his stories would be embellished and appear more literary in form than
straight reporting. Taylor notes that he acquired initial fame with an “imagine you are there” story about the Paris Peace conference at
the end of the First World War.
What makes Walter Duranty so circumspect was not only his sympathetic view of Stalin but his under reporting on the Ukrainian famine of 1932.
Breaking Eggs and Peasants
Duranty continually described Stalin as a man who “could not make an omelet without breaking a few eggs.” This was in reference to Uncle Joe’s first Five Year Plan in which Russia moved towards industrialization and agro-collectivism. While the industry rebuild was very successful the forced state ownership Soviet agriculture and peasant manned farming co-ops was a caustic reality for some in the communist state. In 1932 a famine swept across the Russian province of Ukraine in which upwards of 10 million Russians perished from starvation and malnutrition. Scholarly debate still ranges on the exact cause of the 1932 Ukrainian famineâ€“also known as Holodomor or Hunger-Plagueâ€“but wildly held logic is the agro-economic “reforms” enacted were directly responsible. Although other theories assert that it was in direct response from the Soviet government to punish Ukraine for its growing nationalism.
Holodomor Never Happened
For six decades the Soviet Union continued to deny that the Ukrainian genocide even took place. It was not until peristokia, in the early nineties, did the Soviets finally reach full disclosure admitting the Famine actually took place and the numbers that died. Nevertheless, in the early 30’s, while the Famine was ongoing, Walter Duranty traveled the Russian countryside witnessing these atrocities first hand. Despite the realities of human suffering, Duranty continued currying Stalin’s favor by severely under reporting the carnage to the West. Thus making himself and the Times willing accomplices and complicit in the murders of millions innocent Ukrainians.
In 1933, Franklin Roosevelt officially recognized the legitimacy of Stalin’s murderous regime thanks in part to Duranty’s air-brushing of Stalin and the events which took place in Russia.
Under protest by Ukrainian advocacy groups, in 2003 the New York Times reviewed Duranty’s Pulitzer Prize which he received for 13 articles he penned in 1931. Not so astoundingly,Â the Times andÂ Pulitzer Prize Board lived up to their Liberal reputation. Deciding not to revoke Duranty’s Pulitzer citing that a Pulitzer is “awarded not for the author’s body of work or for the author’s character but for the specific pieces entered in the competition.”
I am sure that if Walter Duranty had outlived his usefulness to Stalin and was one of the Western useful idiots caught up in the Great Purge we would still be hearing and unending diatribe from the Times about his tireless contributions to humanity. Since that is not the case, the Times lives with the knowledge they assisted Stalin, through Duranty, in the murder of millions of innocents.
Not that it matters since you can’t make an omelet without breaking a few million eggs, even if those eggs are human beings.
United in Hate: The Left’s Romance with Tyranny and Terror
Posted byÂ Jonathan Schanzer/Frontpagemag.
Dr. Jamie Glazov, editor of FrontPageMag.com, exposes the hypocrisy of leftists and liberals who claim to champion the principles of freedom, democracy, liberalism, and feminism yet support both communist and Islamist dictatorships, which implement none of these principles.
David Horowitz, Glazov’s boss, also wrote a book in 2004,Â Unholy Alliance, on this subject, but Glazov digs deeper. The author, who fled the Soviet Union as a child and earned a PhD from York Univeristy in Toronto in Soviet studies, points in the first 100 pages of the book to a nucleus of American apologists in the 1930s who heaped praise on communist strongman Joseph Stalin, including Walter Duranty ofÂ The New York Times and author Upton Sinclair. In the generation that followed, intellectuals including novelist Normal Mailer and feminist activist Simone de Beauvoir continued to apologize for communist regimes in Cuba, China, Nicaragua, and Vietnam.
With the decline of communism, the Left began to support Islamism. Whereas journalists, novelists and activists led the charge in the first wave, Glazov explains in the second half of the book, the most vociferous defenders of Islamism now come from the Ivory Tower.
After the Iranian revolution in 1979, French philosopher Michel Foucalt, who enjoyed stints at the University of Buffalo and University of California Berkeley, lauded Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini as a “saint.” The late English professor Edward Said, famous for his anti-Western philosophy, Orientalism, became a popular apologist for Palestinian Islamist violence in the 1990s. In 2001, Rutgers University English professor, Barbara Foley, called the 9-11 attacks a legitimate response to the “fascism” of U.S. foreign policy. In 2006, Noam Chomsky, an M.I.T. linguistics professor, lauded Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah, whose group calls for the destruction of America and Israel.
What Glazov does not explicitly note is that the foremost apologists for Islamism in the universities are the specialists in Middle Eastern Studies. From Columbia’s Rashid Khalidi to Georgetown’s John Esposito, the field has become overwrought with professor-activists who now rationalize Islamism to new generations of students.
But, Glazov provides ample proof that the professors are not alone. Filmmaker Michael Moore likened Iraqi terrorists to “minutemen.” Media mogul Ted Turner reported lauded the 9/11 hijackers as “brave.” And, of course, former U.S. president Jimmy Carter met Hamas leader Khaled Meshal, against the wishes of the U.S. State Department, and now seeks to engage in diplomacy with the group best known for suicide bombing.
Glazov’s lucid and compelling book would be strengthened by distinguishing more clearly between liberal-Left and far-Left. Indeed, not everyone who identifies with the former supports the ideals of the latter. Still,Â United in Hatehighlights an important and disturbing trend that has made the battle of ideas against Islamists and despots that much harder to win.
The title of Glazov’s book says it all: “United in Hate”.
One of the greatest shibboleths of the Western Leftisit liberal is that they are the compassionate, thoughtful political movement, when the fact is THEY are filled with all the stereotypical hatreds of which they accuse the Right:
They are homophobes, they are racists, they are classists, they are bigots. Walter Duranty, perhaps the proto-Modern LIberal, set the mold. For years, his racist, bigoted screeds in the New York Times insisted that the people of the Soviet Union were “Asians”, and as such, were incapable of individual thought, and were, in fact, better treated with authoritarian, iron-fisted controll. Duranty’s hateful invective perfectly fit with the eugenic posture of most of the achedemic left at the time that held people were not soveriegn individuals, but part of an oozing, maleable ectoplasm to be formed and shaped by elites of the state. This is why HItler and Tojo can never be viewed in a cultural vacuum. They were supported in world-wide achedemic/scientific thought to be cutting-edge statesmen that us Americans, cast-offs from an antique, Christian, Anglican world could not understand.
Rather like the Global Warming alarmist of today.
From Michael Moore to Noam Chomsky, the left is besotted with these creeps that loathe and despise humanity. To them, the fewer people, the better. In fact, this could be the underlying assumption of Leftism: They Hate People. Thus they embrace Maraget Sanger and her genocide against African American babies, or Lillian Hellman and her feeling that we would all be Stalinists if we could look inside American prisons. They appreciate mass murderers because they cull the herd, as they see it, that’s spoiling their view of Utopia.