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Bio: Jamie Glazov is Frontpage Magazine’s editor. He holds a Ph.D. in History with a specialty in Russian, U.S. and Canadian foreign policy. He is the author of Canadian Policy Toward Khrushchev’s Soviet Union and is the co-editor (with David Horowitz) of The Hate America Left. He edited and wrote the introduction to David Horowitz’s Left Illusions. His new book is United in Hate: The Left’s Romance with Tyranny and Terror.
BC: Congratulations on the release of United in Hate: The Left’s Romance with Tyranny and Terror. Let me inquire first, how pervasive are lies in regards to the left’s stated policies and positions? Is deception intrinsic to their attempts at seizing power?
Jamie Glazov: Deception and self-deception is how the Left operates. The Left wears a mask pretending it cares for humanity but it cares for everything but that. If the Left cared, for instance, about women’s rights and gay rights, would it not be on the forefront of a global campaign to stop persecution of gays and honor killings, female genital mutilation and forced veiling under Islam? But it can’t do that because then it would have to admit that Western civilization is superior and an adversarial ideology inferior, and this would simply violate the Party Line and the very reason for the Left’s existence.
BC: Do the means always justify the ends for the left? Currently, we have a president who’s borrowing and spending our future away while telling everyone he thinks debts are bad. Is honor a unknown concept to the leftist or is any fabrication appropriate in the attempt to construct utopia?
JG: Any fabrication is appropriate. Honor is an unknown concept and so is shame. If the Gulag can be denied, if the real roots of the Khmer Rouge can be denied, then every means is allowed.
BC: Chapter Two, “The Believer’s Diagnosis,” is excellent and works as a stand alone essay, but could you clarify what percentage of the political left you regard as manifesting symptoms of alienation and a need to project their personal neuroses on society as a whole? What separates the leftist activist from your average person who merely votes Democratic?
JG: The bottom line is that there may be different people and some not as bad as another but there is a certain creed and that creed leads to destruction. The Democratic Party supported an American defeat in Iraq. That’s all that needs to be said about people who stay affiliated in any way with the Democratic Party.
BC: You describe the left as being a “death cult?” Could you explain why that’s the case for readers who may not be familiar with your work?
JG: The Left believes in building a paradise on earth. In order to do that, you must transform the old earth and transform human nature. This means that man, in terms of who and what he is, must be purged of what who and what he is. And there is no surprise why the political faith leads to millions of deaths. Whether it is the Islamic suicide bomber or the Bolshevik who gets killed in Stalin’s purges, we see a believer who needs to purify others and himself in order to redeem the earth. This purification means death, either of others or of self.
BC: I think you do something unique by tying in far leftist regimes with the Islamofascist movement. Is politics far less important to the left in terms of allegiance than is an individual or state’s enmity towards the United States? Do they intuitively befriend and celebrate any ruler or militant who hates our nation?
JG: Yes, because their agenda is to destroy this society. They appreciate anyone else who is helping that cause.
BC: Your account describes some truly stomach turning events such as Cuban torture of American POWs in Vietnamese prisons, Sandinistas dissembling their captives alive, and PLO executioners lapping up the blood of their victims, but what would the true believer’s response be should he or she be subjected to your narrative?
JG: The Left doesn’t have to deal with this evidence because it pretends it doesn’t exist.
BC: Concerning the cult of Barack Obama, our Obamamessiah, how much of his appeal is a product of the leftist need to be “taken care of by a father-god who has everything under control and can make the decisions?” Is he the secular-god for whom they yearn?
JG: For many leftists Obama represents this yes. Believers in general yearn for a strong figure under whom they can blur their own individuality into a collective whole.
BC: I’ve always held that leftist activists misconceive as they do as a result of emotion trumping logic, yet after finishing your book I’m not so sure. I cannot help but suspect that they are far more ignorant and unintelligent than I thought previously. In your opinion, how much of their dysfunction arises from foolishness and a lack of intellect?
JG: They know exactly what they are doing. They are filled with hate and self-hate and they masquerade it with supposed love of all humanity, even though they need to destroy people in order to make their new planet.
BC: Let me ask you about the incident at Trafalgar Square back in 2004. Two gay rights groups tried to participate in a Palestinian rally but were forced to stand at the back of the crowd and were shouted down when they tried to speak. In the case of both gays and feminists—who would be exterminated in a Sharia state—is not their defense of Muslims and (even the burqa) direct evidence of their possessing suicidal impulses?
JG: Yes this is the death wish. They are willing to give their own lives for the idea. There is a self-loathing here, the same as Noam Chomsky embracing Islamic Nazis.
BC: Why, in your opinion, do so many Jews fill the ranks of the left? It’s never made any sense to me given that the natural response to the Holocaust should be gratefulness towards the United States of America.
JG: It makes perfect sense for Jew who wants to shed himself of his own unwanted Jewishness to support entities that seek to eradicate Jews from the face of the earth.
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