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The Shadow Party: How George Soros, Hillary Clinton,
and sixties Radicals Seized Control of the Democratic Party.
By David Horowitz and Richard Poe, Nelson Current, 2006, 280 pp.

November 2010 

This is a riveting story of the behind-the-scenes manipulations in America politics. It provides a surprising, make that shocking, and well-documented look at the rise of the Shadow Party and its main instigators who are determined to radically change America. The authors explain: 

This book describes forces at work behind the surface of political events, which seek to remake America as a radical utopia. They are driven by the belief that American “hegemony” (as they like to describe it) is harmful and its purposes oppressive. In the name of globalism, they would deny America its nationhood, character and culture. Theirs is a party – a Shadow Party – that is subversive of the American idea itself. (xv) 

Planning the Revolution

The leaders of this revolutionary movement are convinced that action is needed at two levels, pressures from below and from above. The latter takes place by political action in Congress and all other branches of government. Getting out the “right” voters and expanding the role of government are crucial to the success of their plans.  

The pressure from below is to fill the streets with rioters and protestors to create the impression that the demanded changes are popular and inevitable.  (The books and articles of Frances Piven and Richard Cloward, e.g., Poor People’s Movements, have taught many the fine art of persuasion by intimidation and thuggery.) 

Saul Alinsky (1909 –1972) was another expert in teaching his followers how to galvanize the poor and other  minorities  into action and to mobilize them for the revolution in America.  He believed that radical change requires the infiltration of institutions with roots in the community, such as churches, unions, and local political machines. 

But he also knew that even if all the poor people would organize, that would not be enough to get the radical changes he wanted.  What is also needed is to win  support among the white majority, and for that he needed middle class activists such as Hillary Clinton, whom he saw as “potential emissaries  to the America heartland” and as “middle-class guerrillas.”(56-57) 

Hillary Clinton was much impressed by Alinsky’s ideas and they kept in touch until his death in 1972.         

 She devoted her 1969 senior thesis at Wellesley College to Alinsky in which she praised his ideas and included excerpts from his not-yet-published Rules for Radicals. In the foreword of this book, Alinsky pays tribute to Lucifer as the first radical who won his own kingdom. 

 Alinsky and the Piven and Cloward team have taught their followers to manipulate left wing activists into positions of power and to overload the welfare departments in the cities. Their greatest success occurred in New York City under Mayor John Lindsay.  He caved in after mass rallies and other public demonstrations. The welfare rolls expanded enormously, and New York City went effectively bankrupt in 1975. The radicals gloated about their success. But what they really accomplished was an economic disaster for American taxpayers and for millions of poor who became locked into a cycle of welfare dependency. (114) 

The Shadow Party is not widely known because it is not a party as commonly understood but an expansive network of front groups that supposedly are independent of any party. In fact, they are used to get around the limits imposed by the McCain – Feingold legislation on fund raising by political parties.  They also claim that they are not engaged in electioneering for a particular party, but the reality is that their actions are intended to benefit only the Democratic Party. 

Though the Shadow Party indeed lives in the shadow, its front organizations are well known. They include the so-called Seven Sisters: MoveOn.org, Center for American Progress, America Votes, America Coming Together, The Media Fund, Joint Victory Campaign 2004, and The Thunder Road Group LLC. There are many more, including ACORN. 

Who is George Soros?

 Horowitz and Poe write that  the founding of  the Shadow Party occurred on  July 17, 2003,  when  ”a team of political strategists, wealthy donors, left wing labor leaders  and other democratic activists” met at George Soros’ estate on Long Island, where a total of $23 million was pledged to rejuvenate America Coming Together (ACT). 

Soros announced its founding in an interview with a Washington Post reporter in November 2003. To underscore that this organization was serious about changing America, he took direct aim at President George Bush by declaring: “America under Bush is a danger to the world. Toppling Bush is the central focus of my life… a matter of life and death. And I am willing to put my money where my mouth is.” 

George Soros is a Hungarian- born Jew who survived the Nazi occupation, studied and worked in England, and moved to the U.S. in 1956, where he thrived as an astute investor and financial manager. Forbes estimates Soros to be the 29th richest person in the world with a net worth of US$ 7.2 billion; since 1979 he has given away $5 billion in America and many other countries. 

In September 1992 Soros became known as “the man who broke the Bank of England” when he forced the Bank to devalue the pound sterling.  The UK Treasury estimated the cost of “Black Wednesday” to be 3.4 billion pound sterling. Horowitz and Poe write that this devaluation launched a “tsunami of financial turmoil from Tokyo to Rome.” Soros “earned” an estimated US$ 1.1 billion on this devaluation. Later Soros had this to say in his Crisis of Global Capitalism, published in 1998:  

When I sold sterling short in 1992… I was in effect taking money out of the pockets of British taxpayers. But if I had tried to take social consequences into account, it would have thrown off my risk-reward calculation, and my profit would have been reduced.  

The New Lenin

Horowitz and Poe write that George Soros in one of the most powerful men on earth, and they call him “the architect and guiding genius of the Shadow Party, its ‘Lenin’.”  Like Lenin, Soros excels in manipulating “economic and political forces at the highest levels.”   But he also resembles Lenin in diligently cultivating the insurgent forces from”below.”  

On the surface Soros is a well-known public figure often in the news. Yet he remains elusive, and his goals are obscured “by a smokescreen of denial and calculated misdirection.”  In conclusion, Horowitz and Poe issue this warning against the danger Soros represents.  

 He has assembled an army of radical allies who have long been at war with the American system….Soros has constructed a party, a Shadow Party, unlike any in American history....[It] is more like a Leninist vanguard party, fully as conspiratorial and just as unaccountable. Moreover, it is a party improbably constructed by a financial tycoon, skilled at the manipulation of money and markets. As only such an individual could, Soros has woven his conspiracy out of institutional elements plucked from every level of the existing social hierarchy…. It is the party of rebels but also the party of rulers – a corporate unity of capital and labor. And it has been insinuated into the heart of the American system. (242-3) 

This book opens a Pandora’s Box of falsehood and treachery. It is not pleasant reading. But it is essential reading for all who want to know the truth about this dangerous attempt to remake not only America but the entire world. Such revolutionary attempts have never worked, but always resulted in unspeakable evil. This revolution will be no exception. The Shadow Party was published in 2006, and the instalment of Barack Obama in the White House has put the revolution described here in overdrive. Let the readers beware.