Sunday, April 29, 2018

MEMO TO THE PRESIDENT: David Horowitz Deserves The Presidential Medal of Freedom

Sign the petition here!

Each year, on or around the Fourth of July, the President of the United States traditionally awards The Presidential Medal of Freedom to recipients who have made "an especially meritorious contribution to the security or national interests of the United States, world peace, cultural, or other significant public or private endeavors."

The list of recipients of the prize, established by President John F. Kennedy in 1963, is a long one, which can be found on Wikipedia. Winners have included Cesar Chavez, Maya Angelou, Toni Morrison, Isabel Allende, Barbara Streisand, Joan Ganz Cooney, Ellen de Generes, and Bill Cosby, among others, such as William F. Buckley, Robert Conquest, Irving Kristol, Norman Podhoretz and Whittaker Chambers.

One name lamentably still missing from the long list of recipients is author and activist David Horowitz, founder of the eponymous David Horowitz Freedom Center, soon to enter his eighth decade of fighting the good fight.

The time has come to right this sin of omission.

Perhaps no living American has done more for the cause of Freedom than David Horowitz.To those who know him, his personal trajectory from Communist Youth to Patriotic Senior Citizen serves as a Pilgrim's Progress towards Freedom, charting a path towards Americanism through tumultuous events the past century.  Throughout it all, Horowitz was striving for freedom for himself and his fellow citizens, sometimes making mistakes, but always with his eye on the prize of Freedom. Earlier in his life, David was active in the Civil Rights and Antiwar Movements. He went to England to work on the Bertrand Russell Peace Foundation, and was a friend of Isaac Deutscher, as well as a protege of Ralph Milliband, the British Marxist professor, who was father of Labour Party Leader Ed Milliband and brother David Milliband, currently head of the International Rescue Committee. He edited Ramparts Magazine, helped at the founding of the Black Panthers, and In These Times Magazine...and then, after the tragic murder of his bookkeeper Betty Van Patter in 1974, had second thoughts about the road to Freedom he had chosen to take.

With Peter Collier, he published a series of best-selling dynastic biographies of the Rockefeller, Kennedy, and Ford families. Subsequently, he and Collier published an article in the Washington Post under the title "Lefties for Regan" (changed later to "Goodbye to All That"). They concluded:
One of the few saving graces of age is a deeper perspective on the passions of youth. Looking back on the left's revolutionary enthusiasms of the last 25 years, we have painfully learned what should have been obvious all along: that we live in an imperfect world that is bettered only with great difficulty and easily made worse -- much worse. This is a conservative assessment, but on the basis of half a lifetime's experience, it seems about right.
After that, he dedicated himself to fighting Communism, and after the Al Qaeda attacks on 9/11, its partner totalitarian ideology, Islamic Fundamentalism.

In addition to a lengthy list of publications, studies, and memoirs, including the  9-volume Black Book of the American Left, the David Horowitz Freedom Center has supported American freedom fighters through  websites, conferences, events and videos, providing intellectual, moral, and tactical support to beleaguered patriots in a hostile cultural climate.

Last but certainly not least, he wrote THE BIG AGENDA: President Trumps Plan to Save America in 2017, a New York Times Bestseller, and one of the first books to explain how "Americans could roll up their sleeves and begin the hard work of restoring the nation to greatness again."

One could go on and on, but the bottom line is that no other American better personifies the pathway to patriotism than David Horowitz--who abandoned Communist totalitarianism, race-hatred, and anti-Americanism in order to champion the cause of Freedom and Love of Country and preserve, protect, and defend the USA--at the risk of his own life and limb (he needs a bodyguard to speak on college campuses).

For his supreme dedication to Freedom, as well as lifelong record of writing, scholarship, service, and activism, David Horowitz deserves to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom from the Trump Administration.

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Coming to the Arts Club of Washington on April 26th...

Please join us for our inaugural Cinema Lunch. We’ll have a brief show-and-tell from Cinematography Committee Chair Larry Jarvik about his role in the 2018 YouTube film, "THE TRUMP EFFECT: Deprogramming the American Mind," a feature documentary produced and directed by Agustin Blazquez, from 12 noon-12:30 pm, followed by a Two-Course Club Lunch for $20.

Registration required, contact the Arts Club for reservations: (202) 331-7282.

Friday, April 13, 2018

This May Be The Best Article Ever Written About American Jews And The Holocaust...


by Daniel Greenfield

Reprinted by permission of the author from

When we talk about the Holocaust, we are talking about the mass murder of millions of Jews.

The dead included my grandparents and countless others, shot, starved, gassed, beaten to death and buried in mass graves. And yet the lessons of the Holocaust in its commemorations rarely have anything to do with Jewish lives. 

Millions of dollars have been spent building memorials to the victims of the Holocaust, even as Iran is spending its millions on building another kind of memorial to the Holocaust, in the form of nuclear technology. Ben Rhodes, the Obama crony who helped sell the Iranian Big Lie, sits on the board of the Holocaust Memorial Council. The Washington D.C. museum ignores the murder of Jews in Israel, but is very worked up over the deaths of Muslims in Myanmar, in Egypt and around the world.

Millions more are spent, by some of the same groups that claim an interest in Holocaust education, on bringing Muslim migrants to America and Europe to carry out the promise of an Islamic apocalypse in which, as the Hadith states, "The last hour would not come unless the Muslims will fight against the Jews and the Muslims would kill them until the Jews would hide themselves behind a stone or a tree and a stone or a tree would say: Muslim, or the servant of Allah, there is a Jew behind me; come and kill him."

That is what the Islamic Holocaust looks like.

If you want to see it slowly getting underway, visit Paris or Jerusalem.

But the murder of Jews, in Israel or Europe, somehow has nothing to do with the Holocaust.

Virtually every major Jewish organization, even the Orthodox Union, were pressured into signing on to obscenely despicable statements equating Muslim migrants to Holocaust victims.

The Holocaust isn't just an uncomfortable subject for Germans, Russians or Poles. It's a very uncomfortable subject for American Jews. The same liberal Jewish organizations that took a vocal part in the civil rights movement remained deathly silent about the murder of six million Jews.

Why the silence? The same reason they didn't protest the Iran Deal too loudly.

The Obama of the Holocaust was named FDR. His administration was equally anti-Semitic. And chose to ignore the mass murder of Jews until protests by Zionist activists became too loud to ignore.

Saving six million Jews was not a feel good liberal cause. The civil rights movement was.

And it's never about doing the right thing. It's about what looks good. It's what's popular.

The same organizations that stayed silent during the Holocaust then rebranded it as a universalist civil rights program. The real lesson of the Holocaust isn't, "Don't allowed Jews to be killed."

It's fight for every leftist cause on the planet... except that outmoded "not killing Jews" one.

The same Jewish organizations that wouldn't dream of missing a Holocaust commemoration broadcast their commitment to the "Two State Solution" almost as loudly as to the Holocaust.

The only lesson they learned is that another Holocaust needs better marketing.

The Final Solution, with its immediate extermination of the Jews, has been replaced by the Two State Solution, an intermediate process in which the land on which Jews can live is partitioned into smaller and smaller pieces.

The Lebensraum of Islam demands ever more breathing room. And fewer breathing Jews. Israel is carved up into smaller indefensible ghettos. And Jews are barred from living outside those ghettos. Those who are are "settlers" who must be evicted for the sake of the peace that Islam always brings.

Even if they're "settling" in Jerusalem.: the oldest Jewish city in history.

But the real lesson of the Holocaust is that if we don't destroy Israel, and bring the migrant synagogue bombers and senior citizen murderers of tomorrow to Europe, we're no better than the Nazis.

Just ask a leftist.

The Holocaust isn't very complicated because murder isn't very complicated. The easy lesson of murder is don't let it happen again.

It is easier to build another memorial than to look into your heart and ask why two generations later, the majority of the American Jewish community was still too cowardly to stand up to a liberal icon in the White House... when the lives of millions of Jews were on the line.

From FDR to Obama, American Jewish leaders had two opportunities to stand up to a liberal icon and save Jewish lives. No amount of memorials can disguise the fact that they learned nothing.

The best memorial to the dead is to stop aiding their murderers.

Every Jewish organization that bowed to FDR and Obama have blood on their hands. Every Jewish organization that trumpets the Two State Solution has blood on its hands. Every Jewish organization that mainstream BDS activists, that criticizes Israel and America for fighting terrorism, that imports Muslim migrants while demanding the expulsion of Jewish "settlers" has blood on its hands.

I don't remember the Holocaust because of a museum. I remember because of my grandparents. I remember because my Jewishness doesn't come from a memorial, it's always been a part of me.

The Holocaust told us a harsh truth about the world and human nature. Its commemorations soften the edges. But we need those harsh truths to know what lies behind the comfortable curtain.

Death is the harshest truth. The next harshest truth is betrayal. And the Jews have most often been betrayed by Jews escaping their Jewishness. Some, like George Soros, did it in the most literal way possible. Others did it by kvelling to an FDR speech while ignoring the ash drifting over Europe. Today, they affirm the Two State Solution, ignore Iran's nuclear program and click on that inspirational speech by Obama, Cory Booker or the political culture hero next in line.

They ignore the Jews being murdered in Israel or in Paris. Dead Jews have nothing to do with their Holocaust. That refusal to listen and understand is how it began. The Jews of Poland didn't pay attention to what was going on in Germany. The Jews of Hungary didn't pay attention to what was going on in Poland. And American Jewish organizations all too often ignored all of them.

The Holocaust doesn't need hundred million dollar museums. To commemorate it, we must pay attention. And we must never let the propaganda of the killers blind us to their crimes.

That's easy to say about the Nazis, it's a lot harder when it comes to the PLO, Iran and Hamas.

It's easy to feel good about disavowing a discredited and fallen ideology. There's no act of courage there. But try disavowing the Two State Solution and the Iran Deal. That's a commemoration.

Thursday, April 05, 2018

Some Thoughts on the YouTube Shooting...

Recently Mark Steyn and Scott Adams have both offered very interesting analyses of Nasim Aghdam's YouTube Shooting, which I think are worth serious consideration.

First, from Mark Steyn's post, The Grand Convergence:

The San Bruno attack also underlines a point I've been making for over a decade, ever since my troubles with Canada's "human rights" commissions: "Hate speech" doesn't lead to violence so much as restraints on so-called "hate speech" do - because, when you tell someone you can't say that, there's nothing left for him to do but open fire or plant his bomb. Restricting speech - or even being perceived to be restricting speech - incentivizes violence as the only alternative. As you'll notice in YouTube comments, I'm often derided as a pansy fag loser by the likes of ShitlordWarrior473 for sitting around talking about immigration policy as opposed to getting out in the street and taking direct action. In a culture ever more inimical to freedom of expression, there'll be more of that: The less you're permitted to say, the more violence there will be.

Google/YouTube and Facebook do not, of course, make laws, but their algorithms have more real-world impact than most legislation - and, having started out as more or less even-handed free-for-alls, they somehow thought it was a great idea to give the impression that they're increasingly happy to assist the likes of Angela Merkel and Theresa May as arbiters of approved public discourse. Facebook, for example, recently adjusted its algorithm, and by that mere tweak deprived Breitbart of 90 per cent of its ad revenue. That's their right, but it may not have been a prudent idea to reveal how easily they can do that to you.

What happened yesterday is a remarkable convergence of the spirits of the age: mass shootings, immigration, the Big Tech thought-police, the long reach of the Iranian Revolution, the refugee racket, animal rights, vegan music videos... It was the latest mismatched meeting between east and west in the age of the Great Migrations: Nasim Aghdam died two days before her 39th birthday, still living (according to news reports) with either her parents or her grandmother. She came to America at the age of seventeen, and spent two decades in what appears to be a sad and confused search to find something to give her life meaning. But in a cruder sense the horror in San Bruno was also a sudden meeting of two worlds hitherto assumed to be hermetically sealed from each other: the cool, dispassionate, dehumanized, algorithmic hum of High Tech - and the raw, primal, murderous rage breaking through from those on the receiving end.
Next, from the transcript of yesterday's Scott Adams' Periscope broadcast:

we won't know her exact thinking at the
moment but given her YouTube videos
which by now you've probably seen she
was here the things you know about her
she was an artist yeah you could argue
whether her art was
what you'd like to say I don't mean to
make light of this but when the the
first clips of the shooters youtube
channel started coming out and I looked
at a few and maybe you have a different
opinion but I couldn't stop looking at
them I know what you're gonna say you
can say that's not ours that's just
crazy random stuff she's got chickens
and different backgrounds and crazy
clothes and there's nothing to it except
randomness and insanity
well you know there's a there's a fine
line between art and insanity and I'm
just speaking for myself I couldn't tear
my fate I couldn't tear myself away from
the videos they are weirdly I don't know
not provocative but they're they're
interesting in a way that you can't
really explain yeah somebody used the
phrase performance art here and one of
the things you can't you can't
completely rule out at this point is
that even the murder wasn't her mind art
now I don't want to I'm not trying to
glamorize this alright it was just a
crazy person with a gun is is the way we
should remember this but I wonder if in
her mind this was performance arts
because it shouldn't look like it you
know it was there was a point to it you
know because she had been allegedly
throttled on on YouTube I don't know if
that's true but I guess she was
concerned about that and so there was a
there was a societal point to it she did
it in a a welcome let's say a considered
way meaning she went to their
she brought a gun which was
you know for a woman bringing a gun for
a mass murderer is so out of the norm
that that's sort of what makes it
performance art if she had just done a
normal thing in a normal way it's not
really art so I don't want to glamorize
this but in terms of looking for a
motive you have to wonder if this was
sort of a a mentally ill expansion of
just what she thought was art you know
it was sort of the the ultimate
conclusion of it she we know this you
wanted attention that's why you have a
youtube channel she you know that she
cared about how many people saw it you
know that she had a point about yeah
about meat and about veganism
and killing human beings is sort of
consistent with her story that she's
more Pro animal than pro people I
suppose you could spin it that way so it
does feel a little performance arty in
the worst possible way so you know the
the simple summary is still she was
crazy and she had a gun and that simple
summary will explain pretty much all of
but there is that interesting in a bad
way interesting element of she was an
artist all right 

 You can watch Scott Adams' broadcast here:

In addition to these considerations, I thought the YouTube shooting was reminiscent of the assassination of British Labour MP Jo Cox in the run-up to Brexit, which, although carried out by a lunatic, turned out to reflect deeper feelings of more normal people that led to a Brexit win...additionally,  the YouTube attack was a reminder of the death by seppuku of Japanese writer Yukio Mishima, which appeared to serve as a publicity stunt for the writer and his oddball ultra-right causes, roughly comparable to veganism and animal-rights issues in the case of the YouTube gunwoman.

YouTube policies of censorship and demonetization have apparently not only endangered the company's reputation and bottom-line, they have seemingly also physically endangered YouTube's personnel and corporate headquarters by triggering at least one disgruntled YouTuber (no trigger warning?).

In an older and more normal world, YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki might have lost her job over such a fiasco, but will nepotism, which was once considered evil, prevail in this case, as the CEO is also Google co-founder Sergei Brin's former sister-in-law?