Why is it that liberals, progressives, leftists, humanists and the like seeking a brave new world for the rest of us often resort to lying or cheating to turn their vision into reality?
Socialist Upton Sinclair wrote The Jungle in 1906. He meant his book as an attack on what he and other Socialists termed “wage-slavery” but the book’s main claim to fame was as an exposé of unsanitary practices in the meat-processing industry. It was Sinclair’s kind of writing that President Theodore Roosevelt termed “muckraking.”
Sinclair also wrote The Profits of Religion, a non-fiction book that attacked organized religion, and was the author of almost 90 other books, novels, pamphlets and tracts. Literary critic Alfred Kazin, himself a left-winger, described Sinclair as having “…a talent for facts, a really prodigious capacity for social research.”
Of interest to Californians was that Sinclair had run for governor of
Upton Sinclair was, in many ways, the prototype for many leftist social activists to follow: Michael Moore (Fahrenheit 9/11) with all his left-wing, hyper-commercial, self-promoting excess could be considered the ultimate evolutionary product of the line that began with Upton Sinclair. (in Sinclair’s defense, he, at least, eventually disavowed Stalin).
Michael Moore is widely known to consider facts as irrelevant to the case he wants to make, when attacking anything American and good. Thankfully, lies are more easily combated in today’s world of Internet communications than they were 50 or 100 years ago, which brings us back to Upton Sinclair.
Courtesy of a December 24 Los Angeles Times piece by Jean O. Pasco titled, “Sinclair Letter Turns Out to Be Another Exposé” we see a more ancient example of the sort of ends-justify-the-means rationalization we’ve come to expect from the left.
In her piece,
The historical importance of the Sacco and Vanzetti trial and its aftermath to the American left and their war on American institutions cannot be overstated.
Prominent left-wing attorney Fred Moore defended Sacco and Vanzetti during their widely covered 1921 trial.
Later, Fred Moore lost his enthusiasm after learning that his clients were truly guilty. The Italian murderers fired him.
Still, the American left continued to agitate over the supposed lack of justice for Sacco and Vanzetti. Enter Stalin’s secret propagandist, Willi Münzenberg. Münzenberg took up the cause in 1925 and raised over half a million dollars in the
By the time Sacco and Vanzetti were finally executed in 1927–a long six years by the standards of the day–the uproar over the perceived political nature of their conviction would lead 25,000 people to march in protest in
The conviction and execution of Sacco and Vanzetti was condemned by the ACLU. In 1977
The left-created furor over the Sacco-Vanzetti trial made it difficult to oppose Communist activity in
Known by historically minded conservatives as “anti-anti-communism,” this crusading mindset of the left in America made the Cold War all the more dangerous by disarming a large segment of the American population to the notion that the Soviet Union and communism was a deadly enemy to be resisted. Instead, the theory of “moral equivalency” took hold, largely due to the efforts of people such as Upton Sinclair, whose influential writings portrayed the
A later Sinclair letter comes into its full meaning in light of the newly discovered correspondence. “My wife is absolutely certain that if I tell what I believe, I will be called a traitor to the movement and may not live to finish the book,” Sinclair wrote to a friend who worked at the Socialist Daily Worker newspaper.
The book Sinclair was referring to was
As the son of one of the group of
They all lied for the Cause.
Remember that the next time you see the heirs to this shameful legacy with their banners and bumper stickers trying to break our resolve in the face of evil. Their forefathers did their best to weaken