"I Told You So, You Fucking Fools"

In the spirit of this past May Day, Reason published a much-needed book review a few months ago about In Denial: Historians, Communism and Espionage.

Here's the kicker:

The end of the Cold War has produced many such numbing silences. The speed with which the Soviet empire imploded and the economic ruin and popular revulsion that were revealed have made it clear that baby boomer intellectuals and journalists, viewing the world through the distorted lens of Vietnam, overwhelmingly got it wrong. Peasants ate less and were slaughtered more on the other side of the Iron Curtain; the jails were fuller; the KGB?s list was a lot longer and a lot deadlier than Joe McCarthy?s. A team of French historians calculated the worldwide death toll of communism during the 20th century at more than 93 million. When Hoover Institution historian Robert Conquest used newly available data from the Soviet Union to update The Great Terror, his account of Stalin?s murderous purges of the 1930s, his publishers asked for a new title. "How about I Told You So, You Fucking Fools?" Conquest suggested.

The Conquest anecdote comes from In Denial: Historians, Communism and Espionage, an improbably riveting dispatch from the battlefields of historiography by scholars John Earl Haynes and Harvey Klehr.

Chilling and often perversely funny, it details the intellectual sleight of hand to which many American historians of communism and the Soviet Union have resorted as newly revealed archives in Moscow and Washington suggest they were, well, fucking fools.

Their efforts haven?t been very successful. As Haynes and Klehr note, the world?s final redoubt of communism is not Havana or Pyongyang but American college campuses: "The nostalgic afterlife of communism in the United States has outlived most of the real Communist regimes around the world....A sizable cadre of American intellectuals now openly applaud and apologize for one of the bloodiest ideologies of human history, and instead of being treated as pariahs, they hold distinguished positions in American higher education and cultural life."

Bold words, especially in academia, where suggesting somebody has communist sympathies -- even if he?s carrying a bloody hammer and sickle in one hand and Trotsky?s severed head in the other -- instantly draws gleeful cries of "McCarthyism!" I say, if this be blacklisting, make the most of it...

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ITS still going

ITS still going on....

"Meanwhile, Democrats are being advised to run like hell from the liberal label, and instead recast themselves as "progressives," according to a private report by the liberal think tank The Center for American Progress.

The report, based on extensive voter focus groups and a private national poll, found that the right has succeeded in defining Democrats as liberal. And that, apparently, is very bad. It advised a concerted party effort to adopt a new label, "progressive," which, while still poorly defined, "is overwhelmingly associated with positive attributes."

hey i guess matt27 really isn't a commie anymore, he's a 'progressive'. wow, its amamzing how some Chomsky -esque symantic lying can put a happy face on anything, especially the RFKAC, the (Religion Formerly Known As Communism). love their work , babe

"The report, based on

"The report, based on extensive voter focus groups and a private national poll, found that the right has succeeded in defining Democrats as liberal. And that, apparently, is very bad. It advised a concerted party effort to adopt a new label, ?progressive,? which, while still poorly defined, ?is overwhelmingly associated with positive attributes.? "

New? Our friends on the left have been calling themselves "progressives" for over a hundred years. Every statist intervention in our society during that time that has been proposed, attempted, or (alas) successfully imposed has borne that label. This is not a new thing, but a very old and tiresome one.

did you notice how the

did you notice how the writer says the 'right' did it to them.?! they did it to themselves. liberals ARE hypocrytical scumbags, THATS why EVERYONE hates them, not because jerry falwell or some other lunatic defined them as hypocrytical scumbags.