US commentator David Horowitz is a hero of mine. A former leader of the “new left” and scion of a Stalinist family, Horowitz is now the scourge of the American left.
Here is an extract from his latest blog post dealing with the difference between conservatives (add libertarians here) and leftists.
As I’ve pointed out many times, leftists and conservatives are not parallel political communities who happen to come down on different sides of particular issues.
Leftists are religious fanatics who believe they are going to change the world. Therefore they look on their political opponents as evil and treat them accordingly.
Conservatives are willing to give their opponents the benefit of the doubt (often far too generously) and when they make mistakes in characterizing individuals, they are ready and willing to correct them.
Leftists presume the worst in their opponents and since their agenda is to eliminate them from any argument, they think nothing of smearing and defaming them, and inventing the “facts” to substantiate their smears.
When a conservative calls someone like Hassan Nasrallah, the head of Hezbollah, a Nazi for example, that’s because Nasrallah represents a movement that allied itself with Hitler and still admires him, and has called for the extermination of the Jews — in so many words.
By contrast, leftists call Bush “Hitler” because they don’t like him. Anyone who challenges leftwing positions will be called a racist, a sexist, a homophobe, an Islamo-phobe, a Nazi — and a McCarthyite! That’s what they do and who they are.