Wednesday, August 19, 2009
United in Hate by Jamie Glazov -- Book Review
Dr. Jamie Glazov provides a well-documented and insightful analysis of the radical Left's relationship with totalitarian ideologies in United in Hate: The Left's Romance with Tyranny and Terror.
In this thought-provoking book, Glazov presents a case that is both frightening and tragic. Early on, Glazov shares the components that helped shape the progressives' attitude toward the Soviet Union under Stalin; indicating how they saw the Great Depression as "a confirmation of the failure of capitalism..." (Page 28). One can see how in modern times, the same applies. The author provides multiple examples of instances where the radical Left expresses dissatisfaction with capitalism and glorifies leaders who have knowingly starved their own people, while providing themselves with lives of luxury.
An interesting, yet difficult, concept to ponder is Glazov's assertion that the radical Left wishes for the old to be destroyed in order to create the much sought after utopia; and therefore, they can overlook the deaths caused by Stalin, Castro, Pol Pot, and more recently, Saddam Hussein. The author goes as far as to claim that the believer--as he refers to those following the progressive faith--have an urge to associate themselves with the power that murders or to be murdered by that power for the sake of the idea (Page 37). Much easier to accept is the idea that the radical Left must create an atmosphere of oppression, something that Noam Chomsky did by developing the theme for his followers that they were not truly happy because "their joy was a false consciousness manufactured by capitalist elites." (Page 42).
United in Hate has an excellent history of tyranny and terror through the years, up to and including the rise of radical Islam that led to the destruction of the Twin Towers on September 11th. It also portrays how modern-day leftists like Michael Moore reacted to this horrific event that changed America forever.
Part III is an extensive analysis of Islamism and discusses death and suicide, hatred of women and hatred of Jews. Glazov later in the book explains why Israel is the perfect object of believers' hatred, just as their ally America is.
It is difficult for the reader not to form some sort of opinion after reading United in Hate. You're either going to love it or hate it; but no matter what, it is well-written, well-documented and very convincing.
Title: United in Hate: The Left's Romance with Tyranny and Terror
Author: Jamie Glazov
Publisher: WND Books
SRP: $25.95 (U.S.)