Articles: Ten Reasons Why I Am No Longer a Leftist

How far left was I? So far left my beloved uncle was a card-carrying member of the Communist Party in a Communist country. When I returned to his Slovak village to buy him a mass card, the priest refused to sell me one. So far left that a self-identified terrorist proposed marriage to me. So far left I was a two-time Peace Corps volunteer and I have a degree from UC Berkeley. So far left that my Teamster mother used to tell anyone who would listen that she voted for Gus Hall, Communist Party chairman, for president. I wore a button saying “Eat the Rich.” To me it wasn’t a metaphor.

I voted Republican in the last presidential election.

Below are the top ten reasons I am no longer a leftist. This is not a rigorous comparison of theories. This list is idiosyncratic, impressionistic, and intuitive. It’s an accounting of the milestones on my herky-jerky journey.

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Great piece for your Sunday afternoon reading.



3 responses to “Articles: Ten Reasons Why I Am No Longer a Leftist

  1. Good article. Won’t make any difference to progRats masquerading as liberals, however. Most are simply useful idiots and can’t bring themselves to do the work required to think critically.


  2. David Navarre

    Excellent piece. Thanks for sharing.

    Interesting to view and compare with Krauthammer’s classic piece, in which he started, “To understand the workings of American politics, you have to understand this fundamental law: Conservatives think liberals are stupid. Liberals think conservatives are evil.”