David Horowitz

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David Joel Horowitz (born January 10, 1939) is an American conservative writer and activist. A prominent supporter of Marxism and a member of the New Left in the 1960s, Horowitz later rejected Leftism and now identifies with the right wing of the political spectrum.


  • The black middle-class in America is a prosperous community that is now larger in absolute terms than the black underclass. Does its existence not suggest that economic adversity is the result of failures of individual character rather than the lingering after-effects of racial discrimination and a slave system that ceased to exist well over a century ago?
  • Baghdad is liberated. In the days to come let us not forget that if it was not for one man, and one man alone -- George Bush -- the people of Iraq would not be celebrating in the streets and pulling down Saddam's statues today... We have entered the era of a new civil war between the forces of freedom and the powers of Islamo-fascist and communist darkness, and once again the left is clearly detemined to take its stand on the other side. The good news is that America is back. Our military has performed superlatively. Our leadership has stood tall. We ourselves can celebrate over this and look confidently towards what lies ahead.


  • Liberation is no longer, and can be no longer, merely a national concern. The dimension of the struggle, as Lenin and the Bolsheviks so clearly saw, is international: its road is the socialist revolution.
    • Empire and Revolution, 1969, unidentified chapter/page/edition
  • More than ever before, for humanity to live under capitalism, is to live on borrowed time.
    • Empire and Revolution, 1969, unidentified chapter/page/edition
  • For the continuing worldwide oppression of class, nation and race, the incalculable waste and untold misery, the unending destruction and preparation for destruction and the permanent threat to democratic order that characterize the rule of capitalism in this, its most technically advanced, most "enlightened" and most materially wealthy era now threaten human survival itself. In the age of atomic weapons and intercontinental missiles, the predatory system of imperialist rivalry and global exploitation, of military intervention and counterrevolutionary war, faces mankind with the prospect of the ultimate barbarism.
    • Imperialism and Revolution, 1969, unidentified chapter/page/edition
  • For the sake of the poorest peasants in this godforsaken country, I can't wait for the Contras to march into this town and liberate it from these fucking Sandinistas!
    • In the dining room of the Managua Intercontinental Hotel in Nicaragua, during the fall of 1987, unidentified publication citation
  • Commodity fetishism is the key to the prosperity and efficiency of the capitalist economy and to the relative peace of capitalist states. It is what makes us work together.
    • Debate with Michael Albert, unidentified 2001 date, unidentified forum
  • Leftists want to regulate everything but hard drugs and sex.
  • Republicans like art, so people who are genuine artists shouldn't worry.
  • It is the human wish to be told lies that keep us as primitive morally and socially as we are. (...) I am persuaded that a lie grounded in human desire is too powerful for mere reason to kill.


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