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Ron Radosh

It seems that our largest and most important city will, as Tobin puts it, be “lurching to the hard left.” The only good that can come out of this is if the business community and Wall Street quickly rescind their usual contributions to the Democratic contender, and consider contributing to the pro-business Republican candidate, former MTA chairman Joe Lhota.

If you doubt that de Blasio is a hard leftist, recall this is the New York Times saying “his time as a young activist was more influential in shaping his ideology than previously known.” Perhaps its publisher is worried about what a de Blasio victory might mean for the city and their own publication, which after all is a business trying to survive in a dwindling print media age.

De Blasio actually says that his desire is to have the rich pay more in taxes, and that government exists “to protect and enhance the lives of the poor.” He actually says this is to be done through redistribution of wealth instead of increasing productivity so all can benefit. This is inspired by his time in Nicaragua, where he says the Sandinistas, “in their own humble way, in this small country,” were “trying to figure out what would work better.”

Anyone who knows the history of that tragic country understands that they were running it to the ground, just as the Castro brothers have done in Cuba. Today, through ballot maneuvering and unsavory coalitions with wealthy interests, Daniel Ortega and his party rule as just another caudillo-type Latin American despotism, continually enriching themselves through corruption and misrule.

Like Barack Obama, de Blasio was a community organizer — not with the Alinsky-type groups, but with a religious “social justice” center that shipped millions of dollars in food, clothing, and supplies to the would-be Nicaraguan Communists. He was part of a group the Times article calls “a ragtag team of peace activists, Democrats, Marxists and anarchists” who did what they could to help the rapidly fading Sandinista cause. Their interest ended when, in an election forced on the Sandinistas by world pressure in 1989, Ortega lost and the dissenting liberal Violeta Chamorro, whose husband had edited La Prensa and was murdered by the pre-Sandinista dictator Anastasio Somoza, won handily in an election monitored by observers from around the world.

Jonathan Tobin is right. The New York City election cannot be won by refighting the wars of the 1980s. As he writes, the view of the Reagan and George H.W. Bush administrations that supported the opponents of the Sandinistas proved to be right, and the groups that de Blasio worked with were “fronts for Communist killers.”

What does this bode for New York City? Its growth and decreasing crime rates and stability, put into place by Rudy Giuliani and to some extent by Michael Bloomberg, will come to an end when de Blasio takes office. Expect the dark and depressing years of the administration of David Dinkins, and the possibility that New York City will be on the road to becoming like Detroit.

So let me quote Jonathan Tobin’s wise words:

To those who are either too young or too deluded by liberal propaganda to know better, the struggle against the socialism that de Blasio backed was the most important battle fought in the last half of the 20th century. Those who aimed at stopping socialism were not trying to hurt the poor; they were defending human rights against a political cause that sacrificed more than 100 million victims on the Marxist altar. The verdict of history was delivered as the Berlin Wall fell and the “socialist motherland” collapsed, and along with it much of the ideological house of cards that liberals had built as they sought to discredit or defeat anti-Communists. It says a lot about de Blasio’s commitment to that vicious political faith that even after the Iron Curtain fell and the peoples of captive Eastern Europe celebrated the defeat of the Communist cause that he would make a pilgrimage to one of its last strongholds in Cuba to celebrate his marriage.

Today, Bill de Blasio seems proud of his support for the Sandinistas. He has said nothing to indicate that he thinks he was wrong, and that the path they sought for Nicaragua was dangerous, futile, and was putting the country on the road to totalitarianism.

When I traveled to Nicaragua with the late Ed Koch in 1989, we watched a massive rally headlined by Daniel Ortega, and Koch said: “This reminds me of nothing other than the Nazi’s Nuremberg rallies.”

Koch understood the truth at the time; today in the 21st century, future Mayor Bill deBlasio does not.

Rudi Dutschke’s strategy of a “Long March Through the Existing Institutions” has paid off in New York. They have gained control of the Democratic Party machinery, and if they are successful, they will ruin the city. Let us hope that sane Democrats will vote Republican.

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They deserve him.
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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?
1 year 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!
1 year 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.
1 year ago
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oh well, the stupid progressive fascists will vote more poverty down upon themselves - hoist, petard, commence
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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.
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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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