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Conservative Spotlight: DiscoverTheNetworks.org

DiscoverTheNetworks.org, an informative website that not only defines the leftist movement but also identifies individuals and organizations that support and sustain it, explains in meticulous detail the labyrinth of avenues through which the left exerts its influence on society, as well as its agendas, history and ideology.

With a database of more than 1,500 profiles of individuals, groups and institutions, a library of thousands of articles—both scholarly as well as journalistic—and a visual mapping tool to demonstrate the interplay between organizations and individuals, it is unlike any other political research tool on the Internet. DiscoverTheNetworks.org has staked a claim as the ultimate vehicle for understanding the machinations of the modern political left.

Launched in February of this year, it is the creation of David Horowitz, who—until 20 years ago—was a major figure in the political activities of the left. For personal reasons, Horowitz decided to re-evaluate his political principles and became a conservative.

“For 20 years, I had in my head this picture of the left,” Horowitz told Human Events. “I knew who the left was and what they were doing. But I could never figure out how to write the book. I just didn’t think I had the time or the resources to do it. But it turns out I did, and about two-and-a-half years ago I decided to do it.” He added: “This is the first time one can actually see how vastly the left and their organizations out-fund conservatives. We have tracked down their funders and shown that there are 84 of them with $87 billion in assets—nearly 13 times as large as those available to the right. And some of the funders of the left will surprise people because they include, for example, such organizations as Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and Verizon.”

For 10 years, Horowitz has overseen FrontPageMag.com, an Internet e-zine devoted to political news and commentary that now serves as a partner to DiscoverTheNetworks.org.

“We designed it to make the distinction between the left and everyone else,” Horowitz said, “and secondly, to describe the particular positions of the left and their networks and to distinguish between them.”

DiscoverTheNetworks.org also specifically addresses an even more fundamental question that many people will no doubt ask: Is there a left?

In a recent interview with the Washington Times, Horowitz put this question in some historical context: “In the early ’70s, Norman Podhoretz, who really qualifies as a liberal, was upset at the way his party under [1972 presidential candidate Sen. George] McGovern was opting out of the Cold War—much as the Democratic Party today has opted out of the war for freedom in Iraq.

“When Podhoretz began saying that Democrats had betrayed the tradition of John Kennedy and Harry Truman, a Marxist named Michael Harrington labeled Podhoretz and those who supported him ‘neoconservatives’—that’s the origin of the term.” He added: “Soon, pro-Communist leftists like Angela Davis and Tom Hayden were being referred to as ‘liberals’ by the media, and liberals like Norman Podhoretz and Jeane Kirkpatrick were being referred to as ‘neoconservatives.’… So, to understand our present situation, I felt you have to try to restore accurate political labels.”

According to the website’s managing editor, John Perrazo, “I would say that at this time, we’ve probably only gotten to about a third of what we have on the drawing board. There are a lot more issues and individuals and groups that will be profiled.”

DiscoverTheNetwork.org hasn’t been developed without complications. “There have been many attempts to sabotage the site,” Horowitz said. “Part of the two-and-a-half years of constructing it included creating serious firewalls.”

In addition, media attention has either been mostly non-existent from conservative organizations or unfavorable from the left. “We’ve been savaged in the American Prospect, which is the left wing of the Democratic Party, a very important part of the Soros operation,” he added. “It’s been savaged in Media Matters, which is the Soros operation and it’s been savaged in Salon.

These drawbacks, Horowitz said, haven’t deterred people from visiting the site and exploring the resources.

DiscoverTheNetworks.org can be reached at P.O. Box 361269, Los  Angeles, Calif., 90036.

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