“Over the next seven years he ran from dictatorship to dictatorship, escaping to Cuba—where he experienced racism—and traveling through North Korea, North Vietnam, the Soviet Union, China, while settling in Algeria for four years. Tasting life under these regimes, he became “disillusioned…. I didn’t dig it.” Looking from afar, America, for all its problems, didn’t look so bad. Like the “useful idiots” who took Stalinism so seriously they moved to Soviet Russia in the 1950s, only to suffer under the group slavery called Communism, Cleaver discovered that “the American political system is the freest and most democratic in the world.”
Cleaver denounced the anti-Semitism of the Left and the Third World, racism in the Arab world, the hypocrisy of those who rob humans of their freedom in the name of a higher humanity, but mostly for their own power. He told interviewers his new views “would wreak havoc among my old ‘new left’ friends and among a formidable array of blacks who are imbued with a knee-jerk, Third World, skin-game ideology.” But he concluded with insights still relevant today, rejecting “The whole idea of settling political problems and arguments by terrorist activities.”
Read the entire article at Daily Beast.
When a myriad of interest groups demand their own little specialized “freedoms” and “rights” along with their right of freedom from being offended, everyone has to loose a portion of their rights and freedoms. When, in the US, everyone has broad, general rights, we are much more free than anyone else on the planet. When we have those freedoms curtailed because they offend or infringe upon some group’s newly defined rights and freedoms, eventually no one can make a move without offending someone somewhere.
Cleaver figured this out by first-hand experience. It should be possible for others to figure it out by paying a little attention to history.
@Bill: These lefty jerks should have to live in other countries where they have only rights given to them by the government instead of rights given by their creator!
Pitiful Eldridge his life ended up so dreadful sinking from being a Republican to a crack head before dieing