Further thoughts on Horowitz’s folly
David Mills, the enemy to whom David Horowitz gave the gun to shoot him with, is triumphing again today at Huffington Post, re-telling his story of how he exposed Horowitz as the publisher of a racist, namely me. Mills did this by getting Horowitz a year ago to say to Mills that I am racist and that Horowitz therefore would not publish me any more at FrontPage Magazine, after which Horowitz “forgot” what he had told Mills and published me, which gave Mills the perfect opening to publicize the earlier correspondence with Horowitz.
I’ve said this before but it’s so amazing it’s worth saying again. Mills was an obvious enemy. He had, after all, gone to the length of compiling an 11-page dossier of my supposedly racist statements in order to show it to Horowitz and get me removed from FP. Given Mills’s modus operandi, how could it not have occurred to Horowitz that Mills if given the chance would like to nail Horowitz as well? Instead, Horowitz, confronted by this obvious enemy, confided to the enemy that he found the enemy’s evidence persuasive that certain statements by me—a long-time FrontPage contributor who had published, under Horowitz’s close personal editorship, major articles on liberalism, multiculturalism, and white racial guilt—were racist. Horowitz told the enemy that I would have to repudiate these statements in order to be published at FP again. But Horowitz then proceeded not to send me the offending quotes and not to tell me anything about his exchange with Mills, even as I continued to send Horowitz occasional article ideas and submissions, all of which he rejected until he published my piece on interracial rape last Thursday.
The lesson here has been touched on from a variety of angles by several commenters in the two threads that we have had on this subject (here and here), but I will spell it out more fully. A “conservative” who is still a liberal at heart will, when push comes to shove, gravitate in the direction of liberalism. Hearing a charge of “racism” by a liberal against a conservative colleague, he will instantly accede to it and side with the liberal, giving the liberal power over himself. In this way David Horowitz, the self-styled expert on political warfare against the left, became a tool of his leftist enemies. Despite his years of attacks on the “racism” charge and “political correctness,” he at bottom uncritically shared the left’s assumptions about what is acceptable and unacceptable, moral and immoral, to say about race—the fulcrum issue of modern politics. There was thus an unresolved division in Horowitz’s mind between his anti-liberal tendencies (which led him to push against liberal constraints and publish radically non-liberal articles by a traditionalist conservative like myself) and his ultimate liberal principles and allegiances (which led him to betray me the instant an actual racism charge was made against me). As a result of this contradiction, the obscure leftist hit artist David Mills was able to tackle the famous conservative David Horowitz, and is now doing a sack dance over him.