Tuesday, February 22, 2005


Modern Blacklisting

One-time Stalinist David Horowitz has taken it upon himself to reveal all that nasty evil people involved in the modern political left via his new website. From the its "guide":

By browsing this database, and familiarizing oneself with the agendas of the
individuals and organizations it contains, with the scope of their activities
and with the tens of millions of dollars available to support them, a user of
this base will find ample evidence for the existence of this left and for the
fact that it is a major player in the political destinies of the nation.

From a technical standpoint, it's quite a fascinating effort. What really gets me, though, is the lists of individual "activists". I mean, come on now - isn't it just a bit fucked-up to put Roger Ebert in the same company as Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, Barack Obama right next to the Ayatollah Khomeini, Howard Dean in the same row as Fidel Castro? This shows, at the very least, a severe lack of perspective on the behalf of the modern right, and at worst I believe it demonstrates a desire to blacklist anyone to the left of the political center. While I am not a fan of most leftist politics (um, or right-ist politics for that matter), I also believe that the two-party system that's be foisted upon us is very dependent on a strong opposition, and I for one do not wish to see either party crushed if we're to be able to limp along as with a semifunctional democracy.

Of particular interest to me was the Entertainment Arts list, where somehow Jay Leno gets a nod while Zach de la Rocha goes unmentioned. I mean, even Fox News was unable to unearth any significant evidence of bias in Leno's late-night jokes prior to the election, and he even went so far as to serve as a springboard for Arnold Schwarzenegger's run.

Frankly, I'd be a lot happier if Horowitz would look at the leftist elements within his own party who continue to grow the size and power of the government, which are doubly dangerous because not only are the Republicans currently in complete control of the elected government, but they also seem to have the ability to expand government with overwhelming consent of those who call themselves conservatives.

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