Professors John Earl Haynes and Harvey Klehr have written a new book, "In Denial: Historians, Communism, and Espionage", which demonstrates how the leftist academic establishment has ignored, denied and distorted the evidence that has come out of the former Soviet archives about the Cold War and American communism.
Since post-Cold War revelations have completely legitimized American anti-communism and proven Soviet maliciousness and American communist links to Stalin, a debate on the Cold War has literally been silenced in academia.
As an émigré from the Soviet Union, whose parents were dissidents and were persecuted by the KGB, I grew up in this society completely bewildered and baffled by the Left. From a very young age, I was shocked to observe leftists minimizing the evils of communism and painting their own society as not only just as evil, but even more evil than the Cold War enemy.
Psychologically, the leftists...see a Communist state that articulated their vision of the future and which sought to destroy the societies and institutions they hated. They cannot see the horror that communism actually created. They look on that horror and see something else because they cannot admit to themselves that their vision is beyond human grasp...
The idealized future that has not happened is more real and more important to them than the past that really did happen. Because the imagined future is more real and important to them, they seek to remold history (human understanding of the real past) to the service of the future. In his distopia 1984, George Orwell gives the Ministry of Truth of his totalitarian state the task of rewriting history. Orwell's point was that those who control the politics of the past (history) also control the politics of the present and thereby the future. The academic left, like the Orwell's Engsoc ideologists, believe that history is malleable and can assist in legitimating current politics and bringing about the utopian future.
One of the scandals of American higher education is that there are more than a few academics who are the equivalent of Holocaust deniers- they defend Joseph Stalin, they defend mass murder and they ignore or distort clear historical evidence...Just imagine the uproar if any American college or university harbored a historian who misused documentary evidence to support his thesis that the victims of Nazism had been vastly over counted or that the wonderful achievements of Hitlerism should not be overlooked.
Read this entire article of the Front Page Magazine website.