When Jamie Glazov’s dissident parents escaped from the Soviet Union and immigrated to America, they were surprised to discover that American intellectuals were hostile to them. These leftists opposed their attempts to tell their stories about the continuing oppression of the Soviet government. The leftists opposed their own country and longed for its defeat while supporting every mass murdering dictator, no matter how vile. Growing up, Glazov had to wonder why these people could be so opposed to freedom.
Why do progressives who profess to care about equality, civil rights, social justice, and who endlessly criticize the West, and particularly the United States for not abiding by their high standards, ignore the worst violations of the most basic concepts of human rights by totalitarian regimes abroad? Perhaps they are taken in by these governments’ propaganda. The Soviet Union, People’s Republic of China., Fidel Castro’s Cuba and others have all tried to persuade the world that they are utopias of freedom and plenty. Yet, the truth about all of these regimes has been readily available to any who have cared to look. Why then have progressives never bothered to look. Even worse, why when they have visited such miserable hellholes of tyranny and poverty have they never looked beyond the guided tours furnished by government agents to see the truth about the countries they are visiting?
More recently, progressives have supported movements that have made no pretense of supporting modern concepts of human rights. I am referring, of course, to the contemporary trend among progressives to support Islamic fascists and terrorists. These people are perhaps the least progressive people in the world, with seventh century ideas about religious tolerance and gender relations, yet progressives who support feminism and gay marriage fully support people who stone homosexuals and compel women to cover themselves. Why?
Jamie Glazov has an answer in his book United in Hate. He describes people of the left (Not necessarily liberals, liberals such as Harry Truman and Hubert Humphrey, not to mention John F Kennedy were dedicated to the cause of defeating the tyranny of the Communists) as people who have become profoundly alienated from their own society. These people seek to submerge themselves into a great cause, to extinguish their own individuality, which has only caused them pain, into a collective whole. It is not themselves that is at fault for their alienation, it is the greater society in which they live. Therefore, they seek to identify with the victims, real or imagined, of that society and develop apocalyptic fantasies of destroying it to make a better world. The details of that better world are seldom developed in detail. It is the destruction that appeals to them.
This explains, according to Glazov, the progressive fondness for mass murderers. They are attracted to power and nowhere is power more manifested than in the destruction of millions of human beings. Moreover, mass death and destruction suited their apocalyptic worldview. Radicals adored the Soviet Union of Stalin or the China of Mao. They have had considerably less fondness for their more moderate successors. Stalin and Mao are preferable to Brezhnev and Deng Xiaoping precisely because the former were mass murderers and the latter were not.
This leads then to the progressive support of radical Islam. Not only are Islamic terrorists enemies of the West and share a common enemy with the Progressives, but Islam can be, like Communism and Fascism a totalizing political ideology in which individuals are completely subordinated to the state, or in Islam’s case the ummah or worldwide religious community of Islam. It is noteworthy that the progressives have little use or support for more moderate or liberal interpretations of Islam. Then in addition, like Christianity and, to a considerably lesser extent Judaism, Islam has an apocalyptic tradition that appeals to the progressive.
I have only scratched the surface of Jamie Glazov’s thesis and have hardly mentioned his detailed accounts of the progressive support of various Communist regimes. I strongly encourage anyone to read this book and learn why progressives seem to always support the cause of tyranny and death.
- “It Is High Noon For America” (counterjihadreport.com)
- Beware: Human-Hating Liberals and Islamic Extremists Seek to Build Shariommunism (loonwatch.com)
- Beware: Human-Hating Liberals and Islamic Extremists Seek to Build Shariommunism (secularnewsdaily.com)