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

General

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.

Individuals

Leszek Kolakowski, My Correct Views About Everything
The brilliant philosopher exposes New Left guru E. P. Thompson.
Anders Lewis, An Ugly Anti-American
The totalitarian propaganda of New Left historian Gabriel Kolko.
Ian Williams, Ramsey Clark, The War Criminal’s Best Friend
Michelle Malkin, Ramsey Clark’s Bloody Resume
On the far-left ex-Attorney-General who now defends every anti-American mass murderer he can find.
Gerard Jackson, How the Diseased Left See the World
On the communist apologetics of Philip Adams.

- Soviet Union

Malcolm Muggeridge, The Thirties [PDF]
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.
Roman Serbyn, The Last Stand of the Ukrainian Famine-Genocide Deniers
On Douglas Tottle’s notorious Soviet-sponsored denial tract.
Robert Conquest, James Mace et al., Replies to Jeff Coplon [PDF]
Exposing some of the falsehoods in Jeff Coplon’s Village Voice essay.
David Marples, Debating the Undebatable? Ukraine Famine of 1932-33
Gijs Kessler, Mark Tauger on the 1932-33 Famine
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]
Paul Mitchinson, Another Kremlin Apologist?
Gabriel Schoenfeld, Review of The Road to Terror [PDF]
On the “revisionist” historian J. Arch Getty, who reduced the death toll in the purges to thousands.
Rocco DiPippo, A Scholar For Stalin
On the denial propaganda of English professor Grover Furr.
* 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
Keith Windschuttle, Mao and the Australian Maoists
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.

- North Korea

Anders Lewis, Useful Idiot
Historian Bruce Cumings is the premier academic apologist for the North Korean mass murderers.

- Vietnam

-- Pre-War Bloodbath Deniers

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.

-- War Crimes Deniers

* 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.
Robert J. Caldwell, She’s Still Hanoi Jane
On Jane Fonda’s conduct during the Vietnam War.

-- Post-War Bloodbath Deniers

* Sophie and Paul Quinn-Judge, Viet Nam: Reunification and Reconciliation [PDF]
Far-leftists applaud the North Vietnamese conquest of South Vietnam and paint a glowing picture of the concentration camps.
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.”
Gerard Jackson, The Lies and Hypocrisy of the America-Hating John Pilger
On the “investigative journalist” John Pilger, who tried to conceal communist guilt in the mass drowning of the boat people and attempted starvation in Cambodia.
Mark D. Tooley, Hanoi Lifted Me
On the conduct of the National Council of Churches in present-day Vietnam.

- 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.
Michael Ezra, The SWP and the Eichmanns of Cambodia
Stuart Elliott, From Collective Guilt to Collective Silence
The far left’s early reaction to “one of the most brutal bloodbaths of modern history.”
* The Thoughts of Ben Kiernan [PDF]
The record of scholar Ben Kiernan, who defended the Khmer Rouge during the slaughter and then championed the brutal dictatorship imposed by the Vietnamese communists. Kiernan has been described as “poacher-turned-gamekeeper in the field of genocide.”
* 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.
John D. Lofton, Seeing No Evil in Cambodia
Daniel Burstein’s denial of the bloodbath was published in the New York Times.
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.
Michael Ezra, Genocide Denial, Counterpunch, and Israel Shamir
The antisemite Israel Shamir’s apologetics for the Pol Pot regime.

- Mozambique

Paul Bogdanor, Western Leftists and Third World Sadists
A leading activist in Britain’s Stop the War Coalition celebrates the brutal Frelimo dictatorship in Mozambique.

- Cuba

-- Myths

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.
Lawrence Solomon, Bad Cuban Medicine
Lawrence Solomon, Fidel Batista!
Lawrence Solomon, Cuba’s Cruel Joke
Investigative series reporting mass poverty under the communists.
Jay Nordlinger, The Myth of Cuban Health Care
Humberto Fontova, Moore’s Pro-Castro Propaganda Hides Cuban Suffering
On the filmmaker Michael Moore’s propaganda documentary Sicko.

-- Mythmakers

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, José Saramago, Rigoberta Menchu, Nadine Gordimer, Harry Belafonte, Danny Glover and Ramsey Clark.
Michael C. Moynihan, Still Stuck on Castro
Fawning media coverage of Castro’s retirement.

- 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, Nothing is Left
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.
Congress of North American Bosniaks, Protest Letter Regarding Genocide Denier Michael Parenti
Objecting to Michael Parenti’s denial propaganda.

- Rwanda

Oliver Kamm, After Srebrenica Denial: Where Next?
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]
* William Blum, Great Moments in the History of Imperialism
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.
Oliver Kamm, Propagandists For Barbarism
Trotskyists line up to celebrate the terrorist mass murderers in Iraq.

Media

James Crowl, Concealing the Famine, 1932-1934 [PDF]
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.
Abraham H. Foxman, Letter to The Nation
The Nation is caught running an ad for Holocaust deniers.

- Monthly Review

Oliver Kamm, Divers Deniers
Michael Ezra, Leftists For Genocide Denial
This longstanding American Marxist journal has published apologetics for Mao, Pol Pot, Castro, Milosevic and the Rwandan mass murderers.

- Z Magazine

Oliver Kamm, Chomsky’s Outlets
Kamm exposes a Holocaust denier at 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
“Harry’s Place,” So Goodbye Then, Seumas Milne
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.

Institutions

- 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.

- National Lawyers Guild

Jesse Rigsby, NLG: The Legal Fifth Column
The totalitarian ideology of the National Lawyers Guild.
Shawn Macomber, North Korean Lawyers Guild
Shawn Macomber, Real Revelations
Michael P. Tremoglie, The NLG: Shilling For Stalinists
The NLG’s apologetics for North Korea.

- Media Lens

Oliver Kamm, Media Lens: A Warning
The British Chomskyite pressure group’s denialist record.