For reasons I can’t identify, the last couple of weeks have seen an uptick in one of liberals’ favorite hobbies: dishonestly rewriting the rise and fall of global communism and their role in it. A couple weeks ago, Foreign Policy provided a platform for communist William Blum to rewrite the entire history of the Berlin Wall, blaming its very existence on America. My colleague streiff justly excoriated this transparent apologia for mass murderers here, and his effort is worth a read. Now the clowns at Foreign Policy are at it again, this time rejecting the place that America and Western Europe – and specifically capitalism – played in the fall of the Berlin Wall.
I have always been fascinated with the blasé attitude liberals have displayed towards factual accuracy in history. It has in fact led me to wonder whether there are perhaps genetic differences between the way conservative and liberal brains work. Whenever I am recounting a historical event, I am compelled to note as accurate a recitation of the actual facts as possible. To liberals, this aspect of a narrative is absolutely optional and always has been. Orwell (himself a socialist) noted the communist duty to rewrite history to fit the political facts of the present. To see the truth of this statement, one need only examine the cottage industry of various “critical theories” of history, comprised entirely of liberals and communists, which treat actual facts as unimportant except to the extent that they contribute to a narrative that fits the author’s “correct” viewpoint.
This dichotomy explains why most of America laughed in frank disbelief at Dan Rather’s explanation that his story about Bush and the TANG was “fake but accurate,” whereas Rather and his cronies were in frank disbelief that America rejected their explanation.
Foreign Policy’s latest piece treats the fall of the Berlin Wall as one of those weird historical accidents that just, you know, happens sometimes – offering as possible explanations a number of completely insufficient possible causes (such as the activity of completely toothless eastern European NGOs) and ultimately suggesting that a bad couple days from an organizational standpoint doomed the Berlin Wall to fall. These explanations of course fail to account for the reason people were clamoring to cross the wall in the first place, and thus Foreign Policy is forced to concede that people wanted social freedom, while arguing that economic freedom was …read more