David Horowitz - The Art of Political War and Other Radical Pursuits

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HOROWITZ'S POLITICAL WAR

Oct 30, 2000
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Pros:Great book of Political in-fighting

Cons:Only if you hate politics

David Horowitz has been involved in political wars for many years. He was once a notorious radical in the 1960’s. In his book Radical Son an autobiography, he tells of his youth and parents being part of the Socialist/Communist group during his upbringing in New York. He relates some of this in this book called The Art of Political War and other Radical Pursuits.

David Horowitz was part of the Black Panther movement in the 1960’s where he published a magazine called Heterodoxy with Peter Colliers. They extolled their beliefs and were pushing for civil rights. He was a leader of the New Left during this time of political upheaval in our country, which spurned assassinations, riots and outcry against the governments Vietnam War. David became part of this while living in California as the movement became more radical. The killing of a close friend and worker in his office was found floating in the river, he knew his own group was responsible. This was the beginning of his political change from liberal to conservative.

With the trauma of the death of his friend, Horowitz realized he would have to leave the movement or face death himself. His view of the Democrat party was its leanings toward the socialist way of thinking. He started looking at the political parties as war and he began writing about the change in the political system. The title of this book The Art of Political War was written to address the conformation of the Democrat Party into a party of the left. The worlds left have suffered many defeats with the fall of the Russian Communist Party.

The Democrats realized they needed to create a new path to bring about their beliefs. The war cry of the left was to hail conservative ideas as their own ideas, which is what happened with the election of Bill Clinton in 1992. It was used again in 1996 by running on the Newt Gingrich’s Contract with America. These developments reveal that the left-wing activists who now make up the core of the Democrat Party understood the nature of this political war. Act like a conservative, but vote like a liberal.

This book The Art of Political War was originally published as a pamphlet and has been endorsed by the Republican National Committee. This book is an expanded version with added information of how conservatives have been seduced by the Democratic way of thinking. Liberty is what conservative is about or should be, not about more government intervention in their lives. Horowitz covers the race issue and his involvement by his writings in Salon Magazine and with his book Hating Whitey and Other Progressive Causes. He covers the culture wars and his effort to deconstruct the radical mentality of the American left.

The greatest deficiency of the Republican Party today is lack of respect for the common sense of the American People. They try to blame the media for their bias or the unprincipled activities and immoralities of their opponents. Bill Clinton survived his impeachment because he understood what the people wanted and made them believe he gave it to them. He was able to maintain his popularity by giving the people what they wanted to hear. Where government, society and law are concerned, truth is elusive. In political warfare when only one side is shooting, the other side will soon be dead.

David presents a list of principles of political war that the left understands and the right does not. Politics is where rules cannot be applied rigidly to be successful. An aggressor usually wins most of the time, unless you recognize the plan. Politically it is better to be seen as a peacemaker than as a warmonger, if forced to fight, then fight to win. Republicans believe in individual freedoms and justice for all. If they could make this intelligently to the electorate, they would make themselves the party of the American people.

Horowitz lays out many plans and ideas that the Republicans could use to overcome the Democrats sound bites, such as tax breaks for the rich. It is hard to combat the class warfare that is portrayed by the Democrats. He offers a sound bite suggestion for them to use against the Democrats, “Taxes for bureaucrats out of the pockets of the people.”
He says that this sums up what their policies are all about. David presents a reason for the Republicans lack of response to Democrat sound bites is that they are problem solvers not ideological warriors. They are not prepared for political battle and do not fight back successfully.

The author finds himself the target of slander that every conservative finds in political debate. Jack White of the Time magazine interviewed Horowitz for an article in this magazine. He was not expecting a rave review but was surprised when he was smeared as a racist. The New York Times Sunday Magazine really surprised him with the same racist “McCarthyite” label. Horowitz is not shy about naming names of people he believe are leftist socialist. He thinks that the passion of conservative bashing which tried to ruin the reputation of such people as Judge Bork, Clarence Thomas, Newt Gingrich, Bob Barr and Ward Connerly. Consider that Conservative have not targeted such people as Barney Frank or Maxine Waters, they may think them misguided but not demons or agents of the devil as the left treat the conservatives.

The attitude which he shared with the left, made him analyze the reality of his future. He poured this out in his book Radical Son, these personal issues were not easy to resolve. He does not want to exaggerate the changes that have occurred in his life, but the trauma of the murder of his friend profoundly affected him. This is David Horowitz quote; IT WAS THE NEED TO ESCAPE A DEATH OF THE SPIRIT THAT CAUSED ME TO ALTER MY COURSE!!!




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