Praise for David Horowitz and The Enemy Within:
“Though he doesn’t know it, David Horowitz was central to my education. Despite growing up in the heartland of the New Left, I knew little about them until I discovered Horowitz—easily our greatest chronicler of their thought and deeds. The Enemy Within, like all Horowitz’s work, combines front-row eye-witness experience with careful research. While the gravity and horror of what he writes can sound too incredible to be real, it’s all real. He knows these people like no one else. Believe him and prepare.”
—MICHAEL ANTON, author of The Stakes: America at the Point of No Return
“In this powerful new book Horowitz shows how the Democrat Party has embraced a world view that is anti-constitutional, anti-American, racist, and totalitarian down to the pronouns we are permitted to use. This new Democrat Party is at war with the First Amendment, the independence of the judiciary, the separation of powers, and the two-party system. The Enemy Within is a book for all patriots who understand that our country is in a fight for its life.”
—MARK LEVIN, author of Unfreedom of the Press
“Keen and searing historical insights into the division and demonization that marks so much of today’s politics—David Horowitz does it again in a must- read for any American concerned about where we’re headed as a nation.”
—LAURA INGRAHAM, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Obama Diaries and Power to the People
“David Horowitz, like a highly skilled surgeon, explores and dissects the frightening ideas and individuals behind the hard Left’s push to change America. This one is not to be missed. I highly recommend it.”
—PETER SCHWEIZER, author of Clinton Cash and Profiles in Corruption
“Today, America is in our greatest crisis since the Civil War. We have never needed the clarity, wisdom, and fog-lifting ability of former 1960s radical and now great American champion David Horowitz. His new book, The Enemy Within, is a must-read, no-holds-barred, courageous guide to understanding the threat and equipping Americans to defend their country.”
—CONGRESSMAN LOUIE GOHMERT
“How did our country get here? The courageous David Horowitz offers this lucid examination of the movements that have pulled our nation toward totalitarianism.”
—ERIC METAXAS, #1 New York Times bestselling author and nationally syndicated radio host
“Urban insurrections go unpunished by municipal authorities, the First Amendment is under relentless assault, the two-party system is the target of unprecedented attacks, and a racialist agenda has supplanted the once liberal outlook of the Democrat Party. In these dark times, David Horowitz’s new book shines a needed light on the sources of the crisis and a guide to an American renewal.”
—RICHARD GRENELL, former Acting Director of National Intelligence
“The Enemy Within does not describe some distant faraway threat. It describes a threat to America that comes from within America, from the ideological Left. David Horowitz has firsthand knowledge of who these people are, how they act, and how they think. Here he lays out their diabolical scheme, rooted as it is in Marxist-Leninist ideology, and shows how we can get rid of this scourge once and for all. A great book!”
—DINESH D’SOUZA, bestselling author of What’s So Great about America and The Big Lie
“David Horowitz is an American patriot who has dedicated his life to understanding the existential threat to our country posed by the radical Left. The crisis he has been warning about for half a century is here. To survive, Americans must take the threat Horowitz describes in The Enemy Within seriously and get actively involved in fighting the dark forces he identifies so eloquently in this book.”
—GLENN BECK, host of Glenn Beck on TheBlaze and of The Glenn Beck Radio Program
Horowitz Exposes ‘The Enemy Within’
The one-party state divides and conquers using identity politics
Review by Daniel Greenfield
America is at war. This time the enemy isn’t on some distant battlefield or hiding in a barren cave thousands of miles away. Instead the enemy is not only here, but it’s ruling over us.
That’s the powerful message of David Horowitz’s latest book, The Enemy Within: How a Totalitarian Movement is Destroying America. This isn’t just a warning, it’s the reality around us.
“Americans are more divided today than at any time since the Civil War,” Horowitz writes. “In the course of the anti-Trump wars, we have become two nations with little shared ground on the core issues that previously defined us.” And it’s the Left that brought us to this state, not just in the last five years, but going all the way back to the fundamental strategy of its divisive politics.
In The Enemy Within, Horowitz exposes the Communist roots of identity politics which have been used to turn Americans against each other and reduce them to hostile warring tribes, rather than citizens of a common nation invested in its welfare, success, and prosperity.
Identity politics is the delegitimization of America and Americans. It’s a hate campaign that justifies any extremity, and any attack on the country and her people. “It is this regressive attack on America’s fundamental principles by the Left that is the source of the irreconcilable conflicts and ugly passions that are currently tearing the nation’s fabric apart,” Horowitz writes.
Class warfare, racial warfare, gender warfare, and the countless other forms of identity politics injected into schools, workplaces, government offices, and every area of life are aimed at forcing Americans to identify radically and tribally, rather than nationally. Divide and conquer.
David Horowitz, a veteran of the radical politics of the Left, has the knowledge, the experience, and the training to expose not just what the movement he was once a part of is doing, but the ideological origins of its tactics, and how they feed it into its dreadful vision for America.
America is delegitimized through revisionist history smears, like the 1619 Project, that rewrite the powerful force for equality and freedom that is the true history of the United States into the big lie of systemic racism, while Americans are accused of various forms of oppressive privilege so that, just by existing, they oppress everyone who does not fit into the same artificial category.
In The Enemy Within, Horowitz tackles the radical and racist roots of these ideas, from Karl Marx to Derrick Bell, a supporter of Farrakhan, and how they exploded into violence and tyranny in the streets of our cities and the halls of power as Black Lives Matter mobs used lies to unleash racist violence and Democrat officials used racist myths to build a one-party state.
But it’s not just BLM.
In chapters like, A Public Hanging, David Horowitz takes on sexism politics, the Women’s March, and the Kavanaugh lynchings as, like the accusations of racism, typical of the character assassinations, witch hunts, deplatforming, and violence that constitute identity politics.
Identity politics is not driven by the need to elevate a downtrodden group, but, in classic leftist fashion, to identify and destroy political enemies using double standards, lies, and hate.
And then to declare a crisis and emergency that will allow the Left to rule a one-party state.
The smears dispensed by the Southern Poverty Law Center, by the 1619 Project, by the Kavanaugh lynchers, and by every leftist group all come down to the same big goal of eliminating political opponents from public life, and using the false claims of pervasive racism, sexism, and other ‘isms’ to justify the creation of political backlists backed by political terror.
Horowitz documents the ugly history of efforts by the SPLC and other leftist groups to smear him and the Freedom Center with the willing participation of major corporations. As he notes, “The imprimatur of the SPLC guttersnipes… were sufficient to erase who I was and replace me with the political caricature, ‘extremist, white supremacist, sexist, dangerous hatemonger.’”
Similarly any American can be erased, canceled, and categorized as a bigot at any time with no due process, and no evidence but the social media hashtags of a politically correct lynch mob.
The Enemy Within lays out the last two decades of leftist treason and tyranny, alternating between abusive power and equally abusive subversion, rotting out our institutions, destroying our political culture, and waging a ruthless war against the nation in order to tear it apart.
“The diversity networks in America do not operate in the name of a party, but of a radical ideology that is the antithesis of America’s constitutional framework. Yet they have the backing of America’s major corporate and educational institutions, which gives them the power to infiltrate every nook and cranny,” Horowitz warns. Their ultimate goal is to make every institution, governmental, business, and non-profit, subservient to the Left.
This is the emerging one-party state that The Enemy Within is warning us against in which diversity experts act, like the political commissars of the Soviet Union, as the voice of the party.
“An extremist ideology has been inserted into the cultures of the existing institutions of American society, and a political minority has been put in a position to reshape the whole of American society,” he points out, unveiling the final agenda of the identity politics war on America.
Fascism and Communism have come to America wrapped in the stolen legacy of the civil rights movement, in the looted and tarnished garb of the heroic campaign to end slavery, and in the guise of protecting women, while actually enslaving and threatening all Americans.
The goal of the Left is not rights, it’s never rights, instead it’s absolute power.
Identity politics, like class warfare, is just a means of dividing us into quarreling tribes, of inciting violence, and of building the emotional sense of crisis to enable a tyrannical one-party state.
The America of Washington and Jefferson, of the Founding Fathers of our nation, whose principles and ideas David Horowitz repeatedly invokes in The Enemy Within, would never tolerate tyrannical rule, speech police, and people looking over their shoulder before speaking.
The only way to take away the freedom of our nation was to divide and conquer, turning Americans against each other, convincing them that their principles and values stood in the way of a utopian society and of a totalitarian regime with the absolute power to achieve it.
That is the one-party state.
It’s this threat of The Enemy Within that David Horowitz, a longtime warrior against the Left, takes on in his latest battle against the nation’s most dangerous enemy ruling over us.
The Enemy Within: How a Totalitarian Movement is Destroying America is an important read for anyone who wants to understand the agenda and the threat to our nation and to ourselves.
The Enemy Within
David Horowitz’s new book reveals a totalitarian movement that’s destroying America.
Review by Jason D. Hill
The philosopher E.M. Cioran in his book, The Temptation to Exist, writes: “A decadent civilization compromises with its disease, cherishes the virus infecting it, loses its self-respect… by the same token it admits defeat, worm-eaten, done for. The smell of carrion fascinates and inflames those greedy and garrulous gravediggers we call the Apostles.”
I raise the haunting specter of an infectious virus decimating a civilization against the backdrop of two viruses at present infecting American civilization. One is biological in nature, Covid-19; the other political.
I believe that writer and social philosopher David Horowitz has identified the nature of that second virus. I think that he reasons that it is deadlier than COVID-19, and that its deleterious consequences are far more destructive and long-lasting than any biological infection.
In his latest book, The Enemy Within: How a Totalitarian Movement is Destroying America, Horowitz locates the political ideology destroying every democratic and Enlightenment value on which our constitutional republic was founded. The invasive virus identified by Horowitz is a left-wing reactionary politics ensconced within the Democratic Party.
The philosophical root of this ideology which ties it to several movements that suffuse our culture, whether it be radical feminism, Black Lives Matter, Islamic Jihadism, the equity movements, reparation movements, the trial by media of Justice Brett Kavanaugh or, what Horowitz describes as the racist anti-racist rhetoric of Ibram X. Kendi and Ta-Nahesi Coates, is: “Identity Politics.”
Horowitz defines it as a radical ideology that is “racial and collectivist, and that privileges groups over individuals and demonized those who fall on the wrong side of its social equation. As a worldview Identity Politics is fundamentally at odds with America’s core principles of individual freedom, accountability, and equality, which have been the foundation of the nation’s progress for more than two hundred years.”
The book identifies the historical antecedents of Identity Politics by squaring it in the camp of Communist Marxist ideology. From there, Horowitz is able to create a compelling, page-turning narrative that covers almost every sphere of American cultural, educational, and political life infected by what he terms as the racist premises of the Progressive Left. In the process, the author debunks many of the shibboleths that have kept the policies of the left unchecked for decades. These include the view that blacks are still a marginalized and oppressed group, when in fact they are the beneficiaries of several race-based privileges and benefactions; and the view that systemic racism is not only endemic to America, but is a constitutive part of America’s identity. These views are logically and empirically debunked by Horowitz’s formidable logic and impeccable use of factual data.
Equally important to the book are the enormous contributions made to American and Western civilization by European males. We are the legatees of those achievements forged in the crucibles of resilience, sacrifice, devotion and genius.
When he turns to the Democratic response to the 2020 elections and the question of voter fraud, or when he writes about former President Trump’s treatment of the COVID-19 virus at various stages of its manifestations, Horowitz is clear to point out in painstaking details how the reactionary left, which, incidentally, includes, irresponsible behavior on the part of mainstream media, has interfered with or lied about putative evidence. What a reader takes to be obvious as reported by the media, Horowitz exposes with the lucidity and thoroughness of an investigative reporter to be an essential cover-up by a confederacy of left-wing liars.
He shows how the universities are the purveyors of some of the most dangerous ideas that then get transmitted to the general culture, and he shows how over the last forty years, due in part to a large bloated administrative class, conservative voices have been silenced on campuses. Viewpoints that challenge received wisdom get criminalized to the point that even an utterance such as: “America is a land of opportunity,” can be construed as racist and a form of “micro-aggression.”
If you want to understand the nature of the deep divisions in this country by way of the 2020 elections and by way of what I consider to be the biggest breach in this country: the intellectuals and the people, Horowitz provides plenty of examples. Readers who want to witness, in Horowitz’s estimation, the evisceration of the dignity of the Presidency of Donald Trump, should read this book.
The themes of this book could be described as a description and analysis of those who love America and desire to continue making it great versus those who hate it and wish to destroy it. Horowitz provides compelling evidence to indict the reactionary ideological left as complicit in hating America and wishing to destroy it.
There are several lies and false narratives promulgated in the media that are corrected in this beautifully written and elegantly stylized book. Horowitz writes passionately. He describes states of horrific phenomena running amok in America; but he writes in measured prose that is always under the auspices of reason and logic. The writing is lyrical and contiguous.
There are many ways to read this book: as a level-headed critique of the destructive progressive left-wing faction in America today. One could see it as a prognosticative warning: things will get worse. Others may see it as intellectual ammunition and inoculation against the perversities and the cultural and political indoctrination attempts of the cultural left whose main goal is to compromise human agency, freedom and liberty and usher in a socialist America.
I think all of these interpretations are true. Reading this book for me, however, was analogous to drinking a long cup of coffee in the early morning which one never wants to finish. Caffeine stimulates and energizes. This book held such an experience for me. On my second reading, however, I was left with a deeper impression. David Horowitz loves America deeply. He cares about humanity and the flourishing of all persons. He is vexed by the totalitarian agenda of the left not because the implementation of its agenda will destroy a way of life for one racial or ethnic group but, rather, because it will irrevocably destroy a quality and uniquely American way of life for all of America’s people.
Horowitz, therefore, is not a polarizing or divisive writer for the sake of being a curmudgeon. He realizes that there is a culture war taking place. He continues the noble and good fight in this book against the cult of nihilism that the Left represents. The fight—his fight, and the fight of all those who stand for freedom and liberty—is a restorative one ultimately. The book, to the extent that books can be part of a war effort, and indeed they can, is, therefore, a clarion call for justice for all, for values that are American values and, a fortiori, universal and aspirational values many have died and risked their lives for.
A keen diagnostician as well as social commentator, Horowitz in The Enemy Within gives us a deep portrait of the beautiful America that will be irretrievably lost if we do not identify the moral bankruptcy of the cultural and political trends that would seek to destroy our country. I do not believe David Horowitz is a historical determinist or a fatalist. The book, therefore, is a call to action: Take back our country from the annihilatory predators who are returning us to a primeval form of existence. It is not too late to reverse the current political trends in this country. America is not yet hopelessly lost. She is worth fighting for and holding on to. Do not let her go.
Jason D. Hill is professor of philosophy at DePaul University in Chicago, and a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center.
Inside ‘The Enemy Within’
David Horowitz’s new book is a bravura tour d’horizon of woke America.
Review by Bruce Bawer
In several incisive, relatively short volumes that have appeared during the last few years – The Shadow Party, Big Agenda, Dark Agenda, and BLITZ – David Horowitz has adroitly recounted the contemporary radicalization of the Democratic Party and the establishment by Donald Trump of a resistance movement rooted in founding American principles. In his newly published The Enemy Within: How a Totalitarian Movement Is Destroying America – his first title to appear since the Democrats wrested the Oval Office from Trump and placed what remains of Joseph Robinette Biden behind the Resolute Desk – Horowitz steps back from the immediate political concerns of these earlier works to take in the big and exceedingly dangerous picture of woke America in the year 2021. The result is a trenchant and comprehensive tour d’horizon of our present sociocultural moment – a moment defined by such phenomena as intersectionality, Critical Race Theory, and cancel culture, by the notion that American patriotism is tantamount to “white nationalism” and “white supremacy,” and by the conviction that individuals should be judged not on their merits but on their sex, color, and religion. If you’re baffled by the values and vocabulary that have been wholly and unthinkingly adopted, seemingly overnight, in the corridors of American power, Horowitz, who for over half a century has been not just a perspicacious observer of the currents and crosscurrents of American society and culture but also a key player in its political life, proves a deeply informed – and no-nonsense – guide.
He starts by spelling out the fundamentals. At the red-hot (blue-hot?) center of woke America is the “racial and collectivist” ideology of identity politics, which, he writes, “has engulfed the Democrat Party and undermined its liberal instincts.” Privileging “groups over individuals and demoniz[ing] those who fall on the wrong side of its social equations,” it is “fundamentally at odds with America’s core principles of individual freedom, accountability, and equality.” Indeed, it is a form of Marxism – a “Cultural Marxism,” to be specific, that locates individuals on a hierarchy of oppression based not on economic class, as Karl Marx had it, but on sex, color, and religion, so that all “white Americans, males, Christians, and Jews” count without exception as “oppressors” while members of other groups are, by definition, oppressed victims and “warriors for social justice.” Needless to say, when all “people of color” are victims and all whites are oppressors, there is no way of acknowledging, let alone making any sense of, the sins of the Idi Amins, Robert Mugabes, and other African “imperialists and dictators,” past and present, who, as Horowitz reminds us, “run the most oppressive social systems in the world, and have historically enslaved more black Africans, for example, than have white Europeans.”
Woke America, as we know it today, is the child of our poisonously progressive academy (at present, Horowitz informs us, 97% of history professors are Democrats) – which, in turn, is the product of “a fifty-year campaign against diversity of ideas and freedom of speech with the clear goal of establishing a left-wing orthodoxy and a one-party state.” In the not-so-brave new world that the humanities and social-science faculties have created, Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech, which we used to think of as an eloquent call for an end to racial prejudice, becomes a document in pure racism – for whereas Dr. King encouraged us to look beyond skin color, the new woke philosophy demands that we constantly notice, reflect on, and judge others on the basis of skin color. For in woke world, race and racism are everything. Some of us might agree with Horowitz that America, during the last century and a half, has undergone “arguably the greatest transformation of race relations ever recorded,” a sea change that culminated in the election of our first black president. Yet for the woke brigade, it is an article of faith that the U.S. was found on racism and that a toxic, ubiquitous racism – meaning, naturally, racism by whites (in the woke lexicon, no other kind exists) – remains its defining feature.
If a lot of woke thinking sounds ludicrous, it’s because it is; wherever the woke mentality reigns, absurdity, illogic, and self-contradiction abound. Take, for example, the generous financial support given by some of America’s biggest corporations to the explicitly Communist, and virulently anti-capitalist, organization Black Lives Matter. Take the fact that self-declared feminists such as Linda Sarsour and Ilhan Omar wear the hijab, a symbol of female subordination. Take the bien pensant gays and lesbians who trumpet their respect for Islam, which punishes homosexuality with death. Take the familiar woke assertion that certain (non-woke) words can constitute violence and that actual violence, when committed by the right people for the right reasons, is not really violence at all. And take the fact that the concept of “anti-racism,” as propounded in books by the likes of Ibram X. Kendi and Robin DiAngelo, looks suspiciously like – yes – racism itself, posited as it is on the reprehensible assumption that black people, in disproportionate numbers, are incapable of securing proper voter ID, of following instructions, of showing up on time, and so on.
No, none of it makes sense. That’s the whole point. Woke-ism is the higher irrationality. Under its spell, two plus two can equal five. “The idea that there is a single truth – the Truth – is a construction of the Euro West,” contended a group of black Pomona College students in a manifesto cited by Horowitz. “This construction is a myth, and white supremacy, imperialism, colonization, capitalism, and the United States of America are all of its progeny. The idea that the truth is an entity for which we must search, in matters that endanger our ability to exist in open spaces, is an attempt to silence oppressed peoples.” This daft document was a reaction to a planned appearance at Pomona by writer Heather MacDonald, who pointed out that the silly but corrosive precepts proclaimed therein had been planted in these kids’ heads, at a cost of $47,000 a year per student, by Marxist educators. So twisted is wokeness that it enables these black students, who enjoy the extraordinary privilege of attending an elite institution in a beautiful setting (and many of whom probably were admitted in the first place, despite low grades and test scores, precisely because they’re black), to regard themselves as the targets of constant, brutal racist oppression – in large part by people who, by any objective measure, have far less privilege than they do.
Although still in its infancy, wokeness has already done a great deal of social, cultural, and political damage, and Horowitz hits all of the highlights, from the “progressive blacklists” issued by the Southern Poverty Law Center and other leftist arbiters of virtue to the New York Times’s “1619 Project” and similarly mendacious rewritings of history; from the unprecedented bile and dishonesty of the Kavanaugh hearings and the Trump impeachment to the grotesque postmortem deification of George Floyd; from the Democratic politicization of COVID (including Biden’s reprehensible statement that “Trump is the virus”) to the misleadingly named “diversity training” forced on employees by corporations and the military. Horowitz utterly destroys the woke article of faith that there is an “open season” on blacks by whites, citing statistics showing that in 2018 blacks committed 90.4% of “interracial felonies,” excluding homicide, while whites committed 9.5%; and his account of the problems with the vote count in the 2020 presidential election is definitive.
The Enemy Within is not just a panoramic overview of woke America; it is also an astute genealogy of it. After the fires of the Sixties died down, radical leftists didn’t disappear, and only a few of them (such as Horowitz) saw the light; a great many, alas, found employment in the very establishment institutions that they despised and proceeded to transform them from within. Some went into the academy: Angela Davis, who supplied the guns to kill innocent people in a courtroom and was awarded the Lenin Peace Prize, ended up as a faculty member at several California universities; Bill Ayers, who as head of the Weather Underground ordered the bombing of the Capitol and Pentagon, is now a professor emeritus at the University of Illinois. Others swarmed into the mainstream media. And, as Horowitz recalls, the 1972 presidential campaign of George McGovern marked the beginning of a tsunami of extreme leftists into the Democratic ranks – a process that would end up turning the party of Henry “Scoop” Jackson and Daniel Patrick Moynihan into the plaything of Ilhan Omar and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. So it was that by 2008, Barack Obama, who was a protégé of sometime Soviet agent Frank Marshall Davis and close friend of Ayers, and whose early career, as Horowitz points out, had been “funded, orchestrated, and institutionally supported by the radical Left” – was able to win the presidency.
Obama’s very election proved that racism was no longer a major issue in America; it proved that where race was concerned, America was at last, in Dr. King’s words, living out the full meaning of its creed. But Obama would soon take care of that. When a white cop responding to a breaking-and-entering call arrested black Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates – a minor local story that should never even have made it onto the country’s radar – Obama immediately recognized it as an opportunity to hold a “national conversation” about racial prejudice. In 2012, exploiting the lie that Trayvon Martin, killed in Sanford, Florida, by a Hispanic community-watch member, had been a victim of white racism, Obama made the insipid, meaningless observation that Trayvon “could’ve been my son.” And soon after Black Lives Matter came into existence, Obama invited its founders – self-declared Communists – to the White House.
Obama had promised change, and it came rapidly. In his 2009 inaugural address, he praised the Founding Fathers for articulating “ideals [that] still light the world”; in 2020, his fans were pulling down their statues on the grounds that they were all racists. In place of Washington, Jefferson, and Franklin, our new heroes were Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, and George Floyd. By 2019, notes Horowitz, Beto O’Rourke, could say the following at a Democratic presidential debate: “Racism in America is endemic. It is foundational. We can mark the creation of this country not at the 4th of July, 1776, but August 20, 1619, when the first kidnapped African was brought to this country against his will. And in bondage, and as a slave, built the greatness and the success and the wealth that neither he nor his descendants would ever be able to fully participate in and enjoy.” Present when Beto uttered these obscenities were Joe Biden, Elizabeth Warren, Cory Booker, Pete Buttigieg, Julian Castro, Amy Klobuchar, Bernie Sanders, Kamala Harris, and Andrew Yang – none of whom raised the slightest objection to his words.
Change! In 2010, the authors of the top ten political bestsellers included Sarah Palin, Mitt Romney, Laura Ingraham, and George W. Bush; in 2020, the three bestselling political books argued, to quote Horowitz, “that white people are racists because of their skin color (White Fragility), that America’s treatment of blacks is akin to Hitler’s treatment of Jews (Caste), and that supporting meritocracy is racist (How to Be an Antiracist). After 9/11, we all revered the police officers who had run up the stairs of the World Trade Center to rescue strangers whose skin color didn’t matter a whit to them; now children are being taught that cops are monsters who kill innocent blacks en masse. Ta-Nehisi Coates – whom Horowitz describes as America’s “most celebrated author of any ethnicity or race” and who may be the closest thing that wake America has to a poet laureate – has written that the police and firefighters who died on 9/11 “were not human to me.” The son of a former Black Panther member, Coates has also maintained – and with quintessential woke illogic – that “white supremacists…are responsible for black crime.” Yet despise his own palpable hatred for whites, Coates is widely revered as a sensitive sage, prophet, and student of white racism; his vile 2015 tract Between the World and Me garnered him rave reviews, a National Book Award, a visiting lectureship at MIT, an editorial position at The Atlantic, and a $625,000 MacArthur Foundation “genius grant.” As Horowitz comments: “So much for the marginalization of black people in America.”
Some of us spent four years complaining about “Trump Derangement Syndrome.” We weren’t wrong. But TDS was only part of a far larger picture. The “ultimate goal” of the anti-Trump crowd, as Horowitz observes, “was not to replace or destroy one man in office, or to win one election, but to establish a one-party state.” In these early months of the Biden Administration, when there is talk of packing the Supreme Court and confiscating guns, when even Trump himself has been cancelled by Silicon Valley, when his supporters are labeled “conspiracy theorists” and “white supremacists,” and when the media dismiss Antifa and BDS violence as “mostly peaceful” while turning the ridiculously overblown January 6 episode at the Capitol into a uniquely horrific far-right “insurrection,” the truth of Horowitz’s statement is chillingly self-evident.
Self-evident, at least, to some of us. There are millions of Americans (soccer moms, faithful viewers of The View , etc., etc.) who never grasped what Trump was about and who still haven’t taken in the full ghastly reality of woke America – millions, that is, who still seem to think that the Democrats are still the party of JFK and Humphrey, that the decrepit crook and CCP pawn at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue is a sweet old soul, and that the GOP is a gang of icky white bigots. If you tell these clueless fools that in 2021 the Democrats are basically Communists – an enemy within, as Horowitz quite rightly puts it – they’ll think you’re wildly exaggerating, and dismiss everything else you have to say. But therein lies the maddening conundrum of our times, because if you call the Democrats anything else, or anything less, you’re either not seeing straight or, like many Republicans, you’re being too polite – or too politic – because you’re not remotely prepared to tackle the whole truth. “Our language is much too mild,” Horowitz told Eric Metaxas recently in an interview about The Enemy Within. That’s for sure. And if we care about what we’ve lost, and are fast losing, there’s no time to waste. We need to stand up; we need to act; and first of all, taking our cue from this bold and erudite tome, we need to speak the truth and refuse to be silenced. For if we let ourselves be cowed by the woke mob, we’ll be assenting to nothing less than totalitarian tyranny.