Dinesh D’Souza has another hit on his hands with the movie based on his new book
America: imagine the world without her. Already in theaters on July 1st, the movie was screened at Freedomfest 2014 in Las Vegas on Friday night. It was a big hit with the mostly libertarian audience. D’Souza and his publisher Marji Ross from Regnery Press were present for the showing.
D’Souza takes a fearless approach in his movie. He begins by describing the leftist critique with the United States: that it is racist and genocidal, and that it grew by theft: stealing lands from Native Americans (and from Mexico), and stealing resources from around the world. He does not just give the straw man arguments that supposedly represent their critique: he goes to America’s biggest critics and lets them state their objections in their own words.
Such luminaries of the left as Ward Churchill, Noam Chomsky and Bill Ayers get their say. Nothing is left out; they get to make their best case. In one interview with a Native American activist who “regrets” that Columbus ever discovered the New World, he jokes, “They were looking for my country, not yours.”
This is a movie that could only have been made by a first-generation immigrant—by one who chose to come to this country and who can view her through fresh eyes. D’Souza is not only an immigrant, but an intellectual who obviously knows what America is like today but also what America stands for and how it developed.
Many of the leftist critiques of America are contained in the Howard Zinn history textbook, A People’s History of the United States. D’Souza not only demolishes the arguments one by one, he also exposes Zinn for the communist revolutionary he is. Zinn’s book is shockingly widely used in colleges and high schools across the country.
Why this denigrating of our history? Explains D’Souza, “The shaming of America is necessary for the shakedown of America.” It puts patriotic Americans on the defensive and allows the left to maintain control. This is an attack, he notes, not on elites but on the citizens. It is an attack on the hard-working immigrants who built the country, telling them in essence, “You didn’t build that. You built it on the backs of others.” When exposed, the lie is so obviously false that it falls immediately.
No wonder that this powerful critique of the prevailing leftist narrative is condemned by the establishment socialist media, who have sought to marginalize and minimize both the movie and the book. Costco, for example, which has sold a lot of copies of discounted conservative books, pulled D’Souza’s book from their tables last week. Costco’s owners contributed more than $100,000 to Obama’s reelection campaign in 2012.
Burning books is so 20th Century. Why use a heavy-handed and very public approach when you can achieve the same goal by working farther forward on the value chain and prevent the books from being sold in the first place? An outpouring of support for D’Souza—and cancelled memberships—caused Costco to reconsider.
Meanwhile, the book was available at the Freedomfest conference. After the screening D’Souza signed copies until they ran out and then signed movie posters, promising to ship signed books to anyone who wanted to order one.
The screening at Freedomfest was a great success. This short review cannot hope to capture the brilliance of the argument or the pride and hope the viewer is left with at the end. This is a must-see movie. No excuses: just see it.
As D’Souza said after the screening, “We should love America for what it is, despite what our government is trying to do to it.”