I’ve been uncomfortable with one characterization in my blog on Howard Zinn, and have decided I want to correct and will ask our editor David Swindle to do so in the original text. This brief blog is by way of explanation. I’m uncomfortable with calling Zinn a “wicked man” and thereby putting him in the same category with child molesters such as Daniel Ortega and mass murderers like Stalin and Pot, though Zinn actively abetted and supported all three. Howard Zinn was a fool with wicked ideas and wicked allegiances which continued to his last breath.
A Wicked Man? No, a Fool with Wicked Ideas
About David Horowitz
David Horowitz was one of the founders of the New Left in the 1960s and an editor of its largest magazine,Ramparts. He is the author, with Peter Collier, of three best selling dynastic biographies: The Rockefellers: An American Dynasty (1976); The Kennedys: An American Dream (1984); and The Fords: An American Epic (1987). Looking back in anger at their days in the New Left, he and Collier wrote Destructive Generation (1989), a chronicle of their second thoughts about the 60s that has been compared to Whittaker Chambers’ Witness and other classic works documenting a break from totalitarianism. Horowitz examined this subject more closely in Radical Son (1996), a memoir tracing his odyssey from “red-diaper baby” to conservative activist that George Gilder described as “the first great autobiography of his generation.”