Left-Wing Deniers

Decent people dismiss Holocaust deniers and other far-right propagandists with ridicule and contempt. But far-left apologists for mass murder rarely elicit the same reaction. This page seeks to correct that double standard.

* = denial material


Leopold Labedz, Of Myths and Horrors
In the aftermath of the Cambodian killing fields, a leading Sovietologist shows how the radical left supported totalitarian mass slaughter for decades while cultivating a self-image of pristine innocence.
Wojciech Roszkowski, In the House of the Hanged Man [PDF]
A prominent Polish intellectual addresses the standard excuses offered by apologists for communism.


Leszek Kolakowski, My Correct Views About Everything
The brilliant philosopher exposes New Left guru E. P. Thompson.
Ian Williams, Ramsey Clark, The War Criminal's Best Friend
On the far-left ex-Attorney-General who now defends every anti-American mass murderer he can find.

- Soviet Union

George Watson, Were the Intellectuals Duped? The 1930s Revisited
The intellectual left's stampede to support the Stalin regime at the height of its atrocities.
Robert Conquest, James Mace et al., Replies to Jeff Coplon [PDF]
Exposing some of the falsehoods in Jeff Coplon's Village Voice essay denying the Soviet dictatorship's role in the 1933 famine.
David Marples, Debating the Undebatable? Ukraine Famine of 1932-33
Historian Mark Tauger denies the criminal intent behind the famine - even though Stalin seized grain from the starving, blockaded their villages, prevented foreign relief, and deliberately trapped the victims.
* J. Arch Getty, Letter to the London Review of Books [PDF]
Gabriel Schoenfeld, Review of The Road to Terror [PDF]
On the historian J. Arch Getty, who reduced the death toll in the purges to thousands.
* William Blum, The Wonderful World of Anti-Communism
Bin Laden's recommended radical doubts that Stalin murdered millions.

- China

Steven W. Mosher, Gullible's Travels: The Inaccurate Art of China Watching
The long history of fashionable delusions about the Maoist regime.
Alan H. Ryskind, Red Refugees Refute Old China Hand [PDF]
Edgar Snow was undoubtedly the worst of the Maoist sycophants.
* William Hinton, On the Role of Mao Zedong
William Hinton was a lifelong champion of the Maoist revolution.
Exchange: What We Know About China and How We Know It [PDF]
Werner Cohn, Human Rights in China
The role of academics in defending one of history's bloodiest tyrants.
Bryan Caplan, China, India, and Maoist Apologists
Answering the arguments of the tyrant's apologists.
Livingstone Compares Poll Tax Riots to China Massacre
Editorial, Ditch Livingstone
Far-left London Mayor Ken Livingstone belittles the Tiananmen Square massacre.
Jamyang Norbu, Acme of Obscenity
Eviscerates Tom Grunfeld's study of the Chinese communist record in Tibet.

- Vietnam

-- Pre-1975

Anita Lauve Nutt, On the Question of Communist Reprisals in Vietnam [PDF]
Refutes various arguments by left-wing deniers of North Vietnam's land reform bloodbath.
* Gareth Porter, The Myth of the Bloodbath: North Vietnam's Land Reform Reconsidered [PDF]
The key bloodbath-denial work, relying on official communist propaganda sources.
Robert F. Turner, Expert Punctures "No Bloodbath" Myth: Gareth Porter Refuted [PDF]
Point-by-point refutation of Porter's thesis. Porter could barely speak the language he accused others of mistranslating!
Hoang Van Chi, Reply to Gareth Porter [PDF]
An early historian of the land reform rebuts the charge that he was a CIA propagandist.
* Gareth Porter, The 1968 "Hue Massacre" [PDF]
* Edward Herman and Gareth Porter, The Myth of the Hue Massacre [PDF]
Porter and Herman denied the Viet Cong massacre of thousands in the South Vietnamese city of Hue - even though the perpetrators repeatedly admitted their responsibility.

-- Post-1975

Stuart Elliott, Americans Still Traveling Down the Ho Chi Minh Trail
On the conduct of Gareth Porter, Noam Chomsky, Richard Falk and other "apologists engaged in the systematic cover-up of genocide and gross violations of human rights."
* Vietnam: A Time For Healing and Compassion [PDF]
Far-leftists deny the post-war bloodbath and reprisal policy, urging that the dictatorship "should be hailed for its moderation and for its extraordinary effort to achieve reconciliation among all of its people."
* The Truth About Vietnam [PDF]
Far-leftists justify the concentration camps and boast that "Vietnam now enjoys human rights as it has never known in history."

- Cambodia

Sophal Ear, The Khmer Rouge Canon 1975-1979: The Standard Total Academic View on Cambodia [PDF]
Important study documenting the far-left academic campaign to defend the Khmer Rouge during the horrors in Cambodia. The deniers included Gareth Porter, George Hildebrand, Malcolm Caldwell, Noam Chomsky and Edward Herman.
Stuart Elliott, From Collective Guilt to Collective Silence
The far left's early reaction to "one of the most brutal bloodbaths of modern history."
* Gareth Porter, Congressional Testimony on Cambodia [PDF]
Congressional hearings in which Porter openly denied that the Khmer Rouge bloodbath was taking place. One of the Senators present compared him to apologists for Nazism.
Torben Retboll and John Barron, Exchange: Cambodia [PDF]
An example of the far left's attempt to discredit John Barron and Anthony Paul, the two journalists who published the first full investigation of the slaughter.
Roberta Lynch, Blacking Out the Mind: Cambodia and the American Left
A decent leftist pleads with her comrades to stop denying the mass murders.
Bernard Levin, The Evil That Men Do and the Men Who Call it Good [PDF]
Michael Ezra, Malcolm Caldwell: Pol Pot's Apologist [PDF]
Andrew Anthony, Lost in Cambodia: The Life and Death of Malcolm Caldwell
British academic Malcolm Caldwell, the most notorious intellectual champion of the Khmer Rouge, was murdered while visiting Pol Pot.
* Richard Dudman, Pol Pot: Brutal, Yes, But No Mass Murderer [PDF]
Radical journalist Richard Dudman, who had accompanied Malcolm Caldwell to Cambodia, was still downplaying the crimes more than a decade later.

- Cuba

Norman Luxenburg, Castro's Effect on Life in Cuba [PDF]
Alfred G. Cuzan, The Undisputable Achievement of the Cuban Revolution [PDF]
Kirby Smith and Hugo Llorens, Renaissance and Decay [PDF]
Refutations of the propaganda about stunning advances in welfare under the communist dictatorship.
Jay Nordlinger, The Myth of Cuban Health Care
On the filmmaker Michael Moore's propaganda documentary Sicko.
Jeff Jacoby, Castro's Cheerleaders
The seemingly endless list of apologists for the Castro dictatorship.
Alvaro Vargas Llosa, The Killing Machine: Che Guevara, From Communist Firebrand to Capitalist Brand
The distortions of the Guevara cultists.
* Human Rights and Cuba
Deniers pretend that "there has not been a single case of disappearance, torture or extra-judicial execution" in Cuba. Signatories include Harold Pinter, Tariq Ali, Jose Saramago, Rigoberta Menchu, Nadine Gordimer, Harry Belafonte, Danny Glover and Ramsey Clark.

- Nicaragua

Alfred G. Cuzan, Tourists Duped by Sandinistas [PDF]
Alfred G. Cuzan, The Latin American Studies Association vs. the United States: The Verdict of History [PDF]
Radical leftists, having learned nothing, flocked to worship another dictatorship.
Alfred G. Cuzan, The Nicaraguan Election [PDF]
Robert S. Leiken et al., The Nicaraguan Tangle: Another Exchange
Sandinista apologists fell over themselves to assert the authenticity of the rigged 1984 election.

- Bosnia/Kosovo

Marko Attila Hoare, The Left Revisionists
Marko Attila Hoare, Srebrenica and the London Bombings: The Anti-War Link
On the far-left campaign to whitewash the atrocities in the former Yugoslavia. Deniers discussed include Noam Chomsky, Edward Herman, Michael Parenti, Michel Chossudovsky, Diana Johnstone, John Pilger and Harold Pinter.
Balkan Witness, War Crimes Deniers
Material debunking far-left deniers such as Noam Chomsky, Edward Herman, Diana Johnstone, Ramsey Clark, John Pilger and William Blum.
Alan Kocevic, Proving Genocide in Bosnia
Diana Johnstone's denial arguments answered.

- Rwanda

Gerard Caplan, The Politics of Denialism: The Strange Case of Rwanda
Adam Jones, Denying Rwanda: A Response to Herman and Peterson
Marko Attila Hoare, Srebrenica Deniers Get Their Mucky Paws on Rwanda
Edward Herman and his new sidekick David Peterson have compounded their denials of the Srebrenica massacre by claiming that the Rwanda genocide never happened.
Adam Jones, Why Do Leading Leftists Deny the Rwandan Genocide of 1994?
Noam Chomsky and John Pilger have offered their support to the Rwanda genocide deniers.

- 9/11 Denial

Panoply of the Absurd
Mark Roberts, Loose Change Creators Speak [PDF]
On the far-left conspiracy theorists who cite neo-Nazi Holocaust deniers and mock 9/11 victims.

- Iraq

Charles M. Brown, Confessions of an Anti-Sanctions Activist
How Western far-leftists became propaganda tools of the Baathist mass murderers.
* John Pilger, This is a Crime Against Humanity [PDF]
Respect Watch, Galloway Backs Saddam's Bloody Deputy
Far-leftists argue that Iraqis were better off under Saddam Hussein and champion his murderous foreign minister.


James Mace, Collaboration in the Suppression of the Ukrainian Famine
How pro-Soviet journalists covered up the worst peacetime mass murder in European history.

- The Nation

* Alexander Cockburn, A Million Here, A Million There
Cockburn's infamous column claiming that "Stalin did not plan or seek to accomplish genocide."
* Editorial, Blood-Bath Talk [PDF]
* Noam Chomsky and Edward S. Herman, Distortions at Fourth Hand
The Nation defends the Khmer Rouge.

- Z Magazine

Balkan Witness, Debate: The Srebrenica Massacre
Z Magazine contributor Edward Herman denies the Srebrenica massacre, provoking outraged replies.
Balkan Witness, Edward Herman on the Lists of Missing at Srebrenica
Evidence refuting Z Magazine's denial of the Srebrenica massacre.

- The Guardian

* Seumas Milne, Catastroika Has Not Only Been a Disaster For Russia
* Seumas Milne, The Battle For History
* Seumas Milne, Communism May Be Dead, But Clearly Not Dead Enough
Denier stands up for Stalin, laments the demise of the USSR and thanks communist mass murderers for their "genuine idealism and commitment."
* John Gittings, A Great Leap Backward?
Denier tries to rehabilitate Mao.
* Seumas Milne, Why the US Fears Cuba
* Brian Wilson, Revolution Revisited
* Richard Gott, The Future of the Revolution in the Hands of Teenage Pump Attendants
Deniers champion the Castro dictatorship.
* Jonathan Steele, Darfur Wasn't Genocide and Sudan is Not a Terrorist State
Denial of the genocide in Darfur.


- Institute for Policy Studies

* Gareth Porter, Congressional Testimony on Cambodia [PDF]
The IPS defends the Khmer Rouge.
Joshua Muravchik, Communophilism and the Institute for Policy Studies [PDF]
Detailed analysis of the far-left think tank's record of support for totalitarian mass murderers.