In Search of Apologies

A leftist historian asks other radicals to admit their moral complicity in the evils of communism

To the Marxist historian Eugene Genovese, it is "the Question" that almost never gets asked: What did we know, and when did we know it? In other words, when did members of the American left learn that the idealistic cause so many of them supported -- the international communist movement -- "broke all records for mass slaughter, piling up tens of millions of corpses in less than three-quarters of a century"? Genovese's succinct answer: "We knew everything essential and knew it from the beginning" -- and therefore the left was guilty of abetting unspeakable crimes.

In a trenchant polemic that appears...

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