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Ron Radosh

We used to call young Americans who went to Sandinista Nicaragua in the ’80s “Sandalistas,” a name of derision meant to mock the sandal-wearing leftists looking to help Daniel Ortega build the socialist future in Central America. As we all know, what was going on was a fight for freedom against the Marxist-Leninists, which included most of the Sandinista leadership, by those who wanted to defeat their attempt to build a second Cuba in this hemisphere.

Bill de Blasio, who most likely will be the next mayor of New York, is not just a simple run-of-the mill “progressive.” The New York Times just published a major story on his background, timed to run after the the New York City primary, which was likely the real election. (Rudy Giuliani’s victory on the Republican ticket was an anomaly, and the working-class voters whose ballots put him in no longer live in the areas from which he got the necessary votes.) Had voters known about de Blasio’s background before the primary, he may have lost the critical number of votes for his victory.

Indeed, the Times tells us of a whitewash: “References to his early activism have been omitted from his campaign Web site.”

No wonder. The story by Javier C. Hernandez reveals de Blasio was a far-left socialist who worked with an outfit called The Quixote Center. But he was not simply tilting at windmills; he visited a Nicaragua on the road to communism, and came back with “a vision of the possibilities of an unfettered leftist government.”

The Reagan administration was right in denouncing the Nicaraguan regime –which took power by a coup led by armed guerrillas — as a tyranny led by Communists. Hernandez writes: “Their liberal backers argued that … they were building a free society with broad access to education, land and health care.” The backers of Ortega’s coup were not liberals, but hardcore Marxists, socialists, and other anti-American members of the New Left. Soured on Cuba, they turned to Nicaragua as their new land of hope.

De Blasio told Hernandez: “My work was based on trying to create a more fair and inclusive world.” Like other blinded gullible leftists, he accepted the Marxist jargon peddled by the regime’s junta while ignoring that the Commandantes like Tomas Borge, Daniel Ortega, and the rest of the bunch were lining their own pockets with the most valuable properties. They were creating a wealthy nomenklatura modeled on Soviet lines which gave them access to the wealth and power no one else in the country could access. Led by Borge’s secret police, who were trained by the East German Stasi and quartered in a building with the sign reading “Sentinel of the People’s Happiness,” they crushed dissent, closed down the opposition newspaper La Prensa, and instituted major steps towards building a one-party system.

As the Times notes: “Mr. de Blasio became an ardent supporter of the Nicaraguan revolutionaries.” In 1990, he said publicly that his goal for America was “democratic socialism.”

As the New York Daily News reported, de Blasio took his 1991 honeymoon in Castro’s Cuba! I guess totalitarian Cuba is what he meant by “democratic socialism.”

De Blasio’s path to power reveals a local version of the path trod by Barack Obama — that of a “Long March through the Existing Institutions,” which is what the German New Left revolutionary leaders in the 1960s called the road to power. For the advanced capitalist countries, Mao’s Long March was not the way; rather, the path was political power by working through the existing political structure and moving to take over one of the mainstream dominant political parties.

In New York City, with his ally in the radical Working Families Party — affiliated with the former ACORN — de Blasio has shunned the real goal of socialism. Calling himself progressive, he has worked to create a majority to run New York that is anti-business and supports greater and greater entitlements. As Jonathan Tobin writes in Commentary,  de Blasio’s “left-wing populism and hostility to both the business community and the police tactics that have helped fuel New York’s revival bode ill for the city’s future.”

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They deserve him.
29 weeks ago
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Thanks for exposing this Ron. Sad to think that NYC may return to its dysfunctional days. I left in 93 when life there became miserable. People living on the islands up and down Broadway and much crime. Hope New Yorkers wake up in time and prevent their City from going down the drain again.
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Ron Radosh almost redeemed himself here but I am afraid not. He points out that constantly that deBlasio is not a "progressive" but a "hard leftist".

But there is no difference. "Progressive" as it applies to deBlasio is a stance and is the popular front component of the hard and not hard left.

Although Mr Radosh is right when he talks about what is happening to this city and that its solution is a Republican who is not anti-economic growth, nevertheless Radosh is calling deBlasio a "false" progressive to say there is something about progressivism that is better that the "stance" progressivism of deBlasio.

There is no such progressivism. It is the Left's popular front.
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I wonder whether De Blasio has said anything about the fact that Nicaragua’s Sandinista president, Daniel Ortega, invited Iran’s former president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, to be a special guest of honor at his inauguration in 2012. Ortega, like all Marxist leaders. is mysteriously friendly to Islamists, who are quite different from Marxists on economic and social issues. Apparently, opposition to the United States and Israel takes precedence over everything else.

Idealists who are concerned about the poor have not noticed that Marxist regimes have not only led to lower living standards but have caused devastating famines. Stalin, Mao, Pol Pot and the North Korean Kim Dynasty have all carried out policies leading to mass starvation. Has De Blasio ever said anything about this?
29 weeks ago
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Oh yeah. I'm seein' Dinkens squared!
But look on the good side.....
Bodyguards for rich people will have a 0% unemployment rate!
29 weeks ago
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Mr. Radosh: Thanks for noting the WFP role in this. I think their candidates won seven City Council seats.

I disagree with your "...They have gained control of the Democratic Party machinery,..."
Not yet. The neighborhood Democratic Clubs still dominate GOTV for non-union voters. The big test is Oct. 1, the runoff for City Advocate (deBlasio's current job) between Letitia James and Daniel Squadron.

I don't know how many of NYC's 400,000+ Domincans are voters, but, a 1991 honeymoon in Cuba and die-hard Red Sox fan would be enough to lose many of those votes.

Ignore today's polls.
The debates are Oct. 15, 22, and 29.

btw, Bloomberg also won his three terms with huge majorities in Queens and Staten Island, similar to Giuliani. Home ownership changes priorities.
29 weeks ago
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oh well, the stupid progressive fascists will vote more poverty down upon themselves - hoist, petard, commence
29 weeks ago
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And exactly why should Blasio be remorse about doing (what he thinks is) good? His subjects voted for him, let him govern them by their choice: Mayor Sandinista. If the subjects of NYC can continue to evade the consequences of their vile political ideologies, then the lifetimes of those ideologies will continue undiminished.
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De Blasio is the sort of "progressive" who has forgotten nothing and learned nothing. He will cave in to every left-wing special interest and spend money like it's water on his special constituencies. As the critically ill King George V said about his eldest son, the soon-to-be Edward VIII, "That boy will ruin himself within a year." Felix Rohatyn call your office.
29 weeks ago
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The historical ignorance—or is it perhaps amnesia?—of some American political figures and their "progressive" supporters is puzzling. The United States waged a high-stakes war of ideas in the second half of the 20th century. It was political freedom versus tyranny; economic liberty versus a centrally planned economy, the individual versus the collective; and the rule of law versus the unchecked power of the state. The West prevailed in that contest, because the values it stood for were unequivocally superior, and because the ravages and destruction and ruined lives of those living in the Soviet orbit were so manifestly clear—at least to those who would see. To be a “leftist” in the 21st century--in New York or anywhere else--is to be historically obtuse, willfully blind and morally deficient.
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Those people are neither ignorant nor forgetful. They were on the other side of that fight.
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There were a bunch of commie front groups lobbying the federal government back in the 1980's to not assist our democratic allies in Central America. The left referred to them as Solidarity Groups. One of them was CISPES (Committee in Solidarity with the People of El Salvador). They spent lots of time recruiting and hold in meetings on college campae. They were an interesting ecosystem. Hard core commies at the top -- the ones I knew were red diaper NYC born. There were also Che Guevara wannabees from Central America who worked as house painters or waiters. These guys were in it for the mary magdaline college girls who wanted to save the world. At the bottom were the campus losers who were there for the lefty college girls. When I was in HS my neighbor Adam was heavily involved in all this crap. After viewing the sorry rejects involved I decided that college was not for me. I suspect deBlasio was in it for the liberal women.
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"I suspect deBlasio was in it for the liberal women."

More likely in it for the same reason Obama is -- totalitarian power over the people; enslaving those who failed to show proper deference to the Lightbringers.
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