Thursday, December 28, 2006

Wonderful Book: We Finally Get To 'Meet' the Man!

This is an excerpt from David's book "Radical Son". It, and many other pieces from it, are so good, I just have to share them with you. They give quite a different picture of the man--and I hope to feature more of them (if he doesn't mind!) I urge ALL of you to read this book, and look at the others he has available at FPM:
Radical Son p. 337...

In our ongoing discussions, Peter had always maintained that the element of malice played a larger role in the motives of the Left than I had been willing to accept. I resisted his judgement because I could not readily locate such negative passions in myself. But now I was having second thoughts. If the Left was primarily motivated by the desire to "make the world better," why was it so indifferent to the consequences of it's efforts? What else could explain its lack of concern about the deeds of its liberators in Indochina, or its Panther vanguard at home? Its disinterest in whether socialism worked or not?

The more I thought about the moral posturing of the Left, the more I saw that it's genius lay not in reforms but in framing indictments. Resentment and retribution were the radical passions. In The Eighteenth Brumaire, Marx had invoked a dictum of Goethe's devil: "Everything that exists deserves to perish." It was the progressive credo.

To the Left, neither honored traditions nor present institutions reflected human nature or desire; the past was only a dead weight to be removed from their path. When the Left called for "liberation," what it really wanted was to erase the human slate and begin again in the year zero of creation. Marxism was indeed a form of idolatry, as Berdyaev had written, and the Creator/Destroyer that the Left worshipped was itself.

You can buy Radical Son and others here:

How too accurate! Funny, I remember one of the more chilling scenes in Rosemary's Baby was when Roman Castevet proclaimed, "To 1966! The year one!". When he said it, my blood just stopped (given that he was the reigning warlock of a group that championed the birth of Satan's son, who would take Jesus' place, remake the world with a total absence of any sort of religious faith or, indeed, any sort of morality at all).

When I read this excerpt, and David said it of the Left, my blood ran cold again; that's not 'progress'--that's just plain nihilism (and about much more than just religion). I--we--really have to think if this is, or is not, what the Left has been up to all along...


Anonymous bobcat said...

Wow! That was a helluva comment - and by someone who was on the left, too. I remember that line in RB as well. Yes, it DID have a feeling of the destruction of the world. It was a very apt analogy, Donal. Thanks so much for this!

8:54 AM  
Anonymous prairieson said...

Their talent lies in "framing indictments." not in actual reform.

That alone is worth the price of the book. It is so self-evidently true to any modern-day conservative -- so many examples abound.

It is also the very definition of what has become known as "the party of personal destruction." Democrats excel in throwing mud and now we know why. They, too, are only good at formulating the indictment, valid or not, but once given the power to govern what happens? The voting public runs screaming back to the GOP, that's what.

9:28 AM  
Blogger VerityINK said...

Yes, Arnold--you need to write a piece for YOUR blog about that--what you wrote in your email to us this morning was very good--I meant to tell you, but got wrapped up in Jimmy.

11:35 AM  
Anonymous cassie said...

That is very interesting. I missed the whole 60's. Horowitz certainly gave a good flavor of it.

12:33 PM  
Anonymous tom said...

i'd like to hear more. Lemmee go to his sight.

1:11 PM  
Anonymous GROMMEL said...

gOD DAMMMMMMMMMMMN. i THINK i'm going to have to take a look!

1:33 PM  
Blogger VerityINK said...

Thanks guys--you won't be sorry!

1:41 PM  
Blogger JINGOIST said...

I was walking through the Books-A-Million three years ago and stopped at the politics section. As I scanned the books 'Radical Son' caught my eye. After 'John Adams', David's autobiography is easily the best and most compelling I've ever read! I started contributing to the CSPC on a regular basis and they told me about FPM around 18 mos. ago. The rest is history.

Great post DONAL, David is one of the giants in today's struggle against totalitarianism.


4:17 PM  
Blogger JINGOIST said...

One more note about Dave's books. My favorite out of the bunch is 'Left Illusions.' It's POWERFUL political writing at it's best.

4:20 PM  
Blogger VerityINK said...

Oh--thanks for the recommend--I was wondering what next one of his to get!

5:49 PM  

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