From Communes to the Clintons
Why does Hillary Clinton crusade for government-provided health
care for every American, for the redistribution of wealth, and for
child rearing to become a collective obligation? Why does Al Gore
say that it s okay to over-represent the dangers of global warming
in order to sell Americans on his draconian solutions? Why does
Michael Moore call religion a device to manipulate gullible
Where did these radical ideas come from? And how did they enter the
In this groundbreaking and compelling new book, Daniel J. Flynn
uncovers the surprising origins of today s Left. The first work of
its kind, "A Conservative History of the American Left" tells the
story of this remarkably resilient extreme movement one that came
to America s shores with the earliest settlers.
Flynn reveals a history that leftists themselves ignore, whitewash,
or obscure. Partly the Left s amnesia is convenient: Who wouldn t
want to forget an ugly history that includes eugenics, racism,
violence, and sheer quackery? Partly it is self-aggrandizing: Bold
schemes sound much more innovative when you refuse to acknowledge
that they have been tried and have failed many times before. And
partly it is unavoidable: The Left is so preoccupied with its
triumphal future that it doesn t pause to learn from its past
mistakes. So it goes that would-be revolutionaries have repeatedly
failed to recognize the one troubling obstacle to their grandiose
In unfolding this history, Flynn presents a page-turning narrative
filled with colorful, fascinating characters progressives and
populists, radicals and reformers, socialists and SDSers, and
leftists of every other stripe. There is the rags-to-riches Welsh
industrialist who brought his utopian vision to America one in
which private property, religion, and marriage represented the most
monstrous evils and gained audiences with the likes of Thomas
Jefferson, John Adams, and James Madison. There is the
wife-swapping Bible thumper who nominated Jesus Christ for
president. There is the playboy adventurer whose worshipful
accounts of Soviet Russia lured many American liberals to
Communism. There is the daughter of privilege turned violent
antiwar activist who lost her life to a bomb she had intended to
use against American soldiers. There are fanatics and free spirits,
perverts and puritans, entrepreneurs and altruists, and many more
"A Conservative History of the American Left" is a gripping
chronicle of the radical visionaries who have relentlessly pursued
their lofty ambitions to remake society. Ultimately, Flynn shows
the destructiveness that comes from this undying pursuit of dreams
that are utterly unattainable.
"From the Hardcover edition.""
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