The neocons over at the Weekly
Standard—the house organ of the Straussian neocon movement—have
vehemently attacked former CIA analyst Ray McGovern in the wake of his confronting
Donald Rumsfeld. In Bushzarro world, opposition to the occupation of Iraq is
“extremism” and cheer leading the murder of around 200,000 Iraqis
is patriotism. The Weekly Standard accuses McGovern of acting “as front
man for an exceedingly unsavory group called Not In Our Name,” described
as “a coalition formed in 2002 by the likes of the Maoist Revolutionary
A quick Google search of the organization turns up little on its supposed communist
affiliation, except by way of accusations made by the usual suspects—the
rabid and vile freepers and predictably emanating from Frontpage Magazine, a
website run with Scaife money by the former Marxist turned neocon, David Horowitz.
It is interesting the neocons would call McGovern a commie, or rather a commie
dupe. As is well-known, or should be, the Old Guard of the Straussian neocon
movement is comprised of Trotskyites. “Authentic neocons descend from
the Communist and socialist movements, with the most prominent leaders being
Trotskyites (that is, ultra-Left Communists),” writes Dale
Vree for the New Oxford Review.
“Neoconservatism’s key founders trace their intellectual ancestry
to the ‘New York Intellectuals,’ a group that originated as followers
of Trotskyite theoretician Max Schactman in the 1930s and centered around influential
journals like Partisan Review and Commentary (which is in fact published by
the American Jewish Committee),” writes Kevin
MacDonald. “In the case of neoconservatives, their early identity
as radical leftist disciples shifted as there began to be evidence of anti-Semitism
in the Soviet Union. Key figures in leading them out of the political left were
philosopher Sidney Hook and Elliot Cohen, editor of Commentary. Such men as
Hook, Irving Kristol, Norman Podhoretz, Nathan Glazer and Seymour Martin Lipset,
were deeply concerned about anti-Semitism and other Jewish issues. Many of them
worked closely with Jewish activist organizations. After the 1950s, they became
increasingly disenchanted with leftism. Their overriding concern was the welfare
“Many of the top chieftains of the War Party are ex-leftists of one sort
or another,” explains Justin
Raimondo. “They owe more to Hegel, Marx, and Leon Trotsky than to
Russell Kirk, Friedrich Hayek, and Ludwig von Mises. The ‘godfather’
of the neoconservative movement, Irving Kristol, was a Trotskyite in his youth,
and the kibitzing that went on in Cubicle B at City College of New York has
achieved the status of legend. The official line, of course, is that this was
all just a youthful indiscretion and that any such allegiances have long since
been put away in a trunk somewhere.” In essence, the Straussian neocons
are Marxist reactionaries with a deep and long Jacobin streak.
The ideological framework of neoconservative ideology is deeply rooted in
the Marxist tradition. Francis Fukuyama, the boy wonder of the neocons, even
came up with an application of the Hegelian dialectic as the ultimate rationale
for American global hegemony in his famous article on “The End of History.”
The Marxists, too, saw themselves as agents of History, and they constantly
evoked images of modernity to justify their innumerable crimes against humanity.
They came as “liberators”—a favorite word of Red Army propagandists,
and one that our own Pentagon has since taken up with alacrity.
The neocons retain the methods as well as the ideology of the left: party-line
politics, periodic purges, and the nasty habit of smearing their opponents
rather than engaging them in debate. The neocon method echoes that of its
leftist progenitors: Once the party line is established—Israel must
be unconditionally defended, Iraq must be utterly destroyed, Pat Buchanan
must be smeared into silence—anyone who deviates is demonized.
It should be noted that neocons such as David Horowitz and Stephen Schwartz
are former communists who went over to the neocon Dark Side and brought their
pedantic and doctrinaire baggage along for the ride. It is sincerely creepy
to read Horowitz—he still sounds like a Marxist, although instead of evil
capitalists he now excoriates Muslims and his former comrades and his response
to the latter hints at the Stalinesque—they are traitors probably best
herded in detention camps.
Stephen Schwartz, who “speaks of Trotsky affectionately” (see Trotsky’s
ghost wandering the White House, National Post), is a frequent contributor
to the Weekly Standard, a magazine owned by Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation
(Murdoch also owns Fox News where neocons rant and rave daily).
It is really quite strange to witness former (and in the case of Schwartz,
apparently active) Trotskyites slamming Ray McGovern—a former CIA employee
who presented morning intelligence briefings at the White House for years—as
a commie dupe. McGovern is a distinguished military graduate who served in the
US Army from 1962-64 as an intelligence officer, while most if not virtually
all of the Straussian neocons are chicken hawks and military service shirkers
(recall Cheney had “other priorities” during Vietnam and Rush Limbaugh
skipped out due to a pilonidal
cyst, an appropriate malady considering his vile personality).
If indeed Not In Our Name is a commie front, it must not be the sort
of communism approved by the Straussian neocons, a cabal of warmongers drawing
ideological sustenance from vanguard Trotskyism, advocating “permanent
revolution,” an ideology so radical and dangerous not even the fanatical
Stalin would cotton to it. Instead, he had Leon Trotsky killed by assassin Ramón
Mercader, who drove the pick of an ice axe into Trotsky’s skull in Mexico
City, circa 1940.