David Horowitz opens up his journey from the progressive left to the conservative right

On radio this morning, David Horowitz, author of The Black Book of the American Left and founder of the David Horowitz Freedom Center, joined Glenn to discuss his remarkable journey from being one of the founding members of the New Left in the 1960s to a conservative Republican.

Last night, we had David Horowitz [on the Glenn Beck Program]… and he’s an amazing icon and hero,” Glenn said. “I collect rare books, important pieces of history. And David has put a new book out, The Black Book Of The American Left. It’s the first in a series of nine that he’s putting out to document what happened to us and who did it to us. I am hopeful that he will send me each one autographed because I want to put it in the library. I really, truly believe this is the documentation that is missing on what happened to us and who did it and how it all works.”

To start, Glenn asked David to explain his upbringing and the harrowing incident that led him to reevaluate his ideology.

David was raised by “card-carrying communists” who described themselves as “progressives.” And he followed in their ideological footsteps for many years.

In the early 1970s, David explained he was introduced to the leader of the Black Panther Party, and he ultimately helped raise the money needed to buy a white Baptist church in Oakland. He gave the land to the Panthers so they could build a school. He asked the woman who handled the bookkeeping of the left wing magazine he was editing at the time to keep an eye at the finances of the school because it has received tax-exempt status.

“I asked [my bookkeeper] to do the books of the school because I made it a tax-exempt foundation, and I was under the impression that I.R.S. would close down anything that was [to the] left,” David said. ”She disappeared in December 1974. By the time the police fished her body out of San Francisco Bay, weeks later, I knew [the Panthers] had killed her… That was my awakening. This was in early 1975. I was devastated by the death of this woman. Of course, I felt responsible. And I couldn’t understand why I didn’t see the dangers. It took me seven years really to come out of a depression and become a conservative.”

David’s new book explores how the progressive left has been able to rise to power in the United States, and, given his background, the book offers in-depth analysis into the inner workings of the American left.

“I put the book together is because I know conservatives are scratching their head and think: How in the heck did we get a guy like [Obama] in the White House,” David said. “And the answer is, over about 20 years, everybody was sort of a asleep as this was happening. The Black Book of the American Left largely is a record of my, at the time, lonely fight. I don’t want to say I was the only one fighting these people, but I was one of the very few who understood who they were. They were calling them liberals. They are not.”

“Thank you for saying that,” Glenn said. “Oh it drives me out of my mind when I hear conservatives call people liberal. They are not. They are progressives… They are progressives and they are communists.”

Glenn has been quite vocal about the danger progressivism poses to the Republican Party, but David had a slightly different take on the situation.

“I look at it a little differently. I think that Republicans are fixers. You know, they go to Washington to try to fix problems. They believe the American system was set up to make competing special interests compromise with each other. So they have a huge longing to be reasonable and to make deals. You can’t really make deals with the devil without selling your immortal soul. And that’s the problem,” David said. “The Republican problem is just a little different. I agree, these deal makers – the Boehners, the McConnells – are interested in deal making. [But] they are not ideologically committed to the progressive agenda. They wouldn’t believe in it. But they are committed to compromising with them.”

Find out who David thinks is the future of the Republican Party and more in the clip below:

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  • http://www.artinphoenix.com/gallery/grimm snowleopard (cat folk gallery)

    I have heard of this book and seen it advertised, but now that the author has spoken up, I will consider obtaining a copy of it.

    Has anyone gotten a preview of it or actually have a copy of it?

  • Anonymous

    I was actually a bit surprised to hear Glenn interviewing David, on today’s show.

    I know that Glenn has had Diana West on his TV show, several times. Diana writes an excellent column and her expertise offers many of the same warnings, to our country, as David Horowitz many writings/blog/etc do. Interestingly, David Horowitz slammed Diana’s last book “American Betrayal”. While David has a right to his personal opinion, many have sided with Diana’s book as being factual and not “kooky”, as Horowitz described it.

    I heard Glenn invite David on to his TV show. I’d be curious to know what Glenn thinks about Diana’s book, as he’s interviewed her numerous times.

    I enjoy both David’s and Diana’s reporting, and feel they both contribute so much in our nation’s threat from the left and radical islamists. I don’t like to see this division between these two wonderful experts. Maybe Glenn can help them to bury the hatchet.

    • donnie

      how did he “know” the panthers did this?

  • fire lion

    “How in the heck did we get a guy like [Obama] in the White House ”

    Liberals where wondering the same thing when we elected someone with severe dementia. Maybe he thought he was selling candy canes to the iranians

    • Anonymous

      If you’re referring to President Reagan, perhaps you should go back and look at the margin of victory in both of his elections.

      • Me Wise Magic

        One of my personal favorites. A cartoon in which Ronald Reagan teaches Barack Obama about economics. A must watch!


      • mtman2

        That margin means mucho Dems voted for Reagan TWICE! According to this wing-nut -all of us must be morons who landslided the man that saved America and the world by his firm policies.
        What class and character that man had, not to forget his immense knowledge and understanding!!!
        Even those that hated what he stood for -LIKED HIM!!!

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V8FvmesaxXg Sam Fisher

      Oh look the all loving left.

    • Me Wise Magic

      Oh you mean the guy that was just voted the greatest president of all-time by Gallup and then last week again? That guy?


    • Crassus

      Another libtard with a less than original thought. Ring the victory bell, boys.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V8FvmesaxXg Sam Fisher

    Good for the guy to turn from evil.

  • Me Wise Magic

    Some must read David Horowitz works below. Like Andrew Breitbart, he was once a far-left radical who saw the light. That’s probably why those two were such good friends.

    The Anti-Chomsky Reader

    Breaking the System: Obama’s Strategy for “Change.” – David Horowitz

    Horowitz’s online magazine called “Front Page.”

  • Anonymous

    Obamacare will make a lot of Democrats into Reublicans

    • jen

      Republican is another evil. If they truly understand and turn against obamacare before it is too late, then they would be libertarian leaning, not republican.

  • Anonymous

    There is indeed redemption for those that want it.

  • Anonymous

    You know that Black Panther story would make a great movie.

  • http://suzeraining.wordpress.com/ suz

    i do not believe that the progressives (at least today’s progressives) actually believe in a perfectly equal outcome. they say that, they campaign that, they spend money in the name of that and they ridicule the right on that pseudo basis, but they don’t think about that at all. as a matter of fact, everything progressives cry foul of the right, they are guilty of.

  • Igor Shafarevich

    Only recently has the totalitarian notion of “freedom from obstacles” become confused with the idea of “minimized coercion” that defines liberty.

  • mtman2

    Cancer, infected flesh + parasites need to be eliminated; cut, starved or pushed out.
    Whether on the human body OR body of government! Why would anyone compromise with wrong, harmful or dangerous interactions?!!

    • mtman2

      David Horowitz is a SAGE in our time; history will recognize this!

  • iakovos

    The Socialist Anti-Semitic Myth of the Creation of Money out
    of Thin Air

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