Dinesh D’Souza’s America: Imagine the World Without Her

D'Souza's America: Imagine the World Without Her / Lionsgate
D'Souza's America: Imagine the World Without Her / Lionsgate

LAS VEGAS, Nev., July 13, 2014 — 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 1, 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 — 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 Howard Zinn’s book, 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.”

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  • acmaurer

    Postscript: After seeing it Friday at the conference, I took my wife to see it Sunday. It was even better the second time. A masterpiece.

  • Colorado Conservative

    We could not agree more with this article. We saw the movie last week and loved it. For a weekday evening several days after initial opening the movie had a decent audience. Lots of clapping at the end. Then the following evening we purchased the book, NOT at Costco, but at Sams Club. Got home and sent an email to Costco CEO, Mr. Jelinik, to tell him we were happy to take our business elsewhere.

  • JT

    I love the premise here that Howard Zinn and Noam Chomsky and Bill Ayers are representative of the mainstream left. Those guys are far left, obviously, and are in no way representative of the left that “maintains control.”

    • Bill

      It’s pretty obvious Dinesh hit the nail on the head. Just read the smear comments by the left. Alinsky was a joke of a human being, but to Hitlery and her comrade Obummer, he was a mentor.

      In my college years I studied Sun Tsu, I know a war being waged against the middle class when I see it.

      All warfare is based on deception. Hence, when we are able to attack, we must seem unable; when using our forces, we must appear inactive; when we are near, we must make the enemy believe we are far away; when far away, we must make him believe we are near.
      Sun Tzu, The Art of War

    • DeanCoz

      JT. So how are not Obama and Hillary representative of the Left that maintains control? Who is in the White House? It must be that these far left leaders are now the mainstream of the Democratic Party. Maybe you need to re-evaluate which party you vote for in the future.

  • retailwatch

    Thank you Colorado Conservative and spread the word-get a refund on your membership and use the the $ first to buy some of these books,your last purchase. Costco has a long histroy of supporting the Dems. While they pulled America, They have massed out Hillary’s book, which is not selling. They put America in only 249 of their 550 locations. Cancel your membership.

  • Sky

    The movie was incredible. A must see for anyone who does not want to see America’s demise.

  • Xrucianus

    Spirit-led believers in Jesus Christ need to press beyond the good and healthy spirit of “patriotism” & see “America” for the movie it is: an attempt to excuse ourselves from the sins of our forefathers. Then we need to resoundingly denounce it. Dinesh D’souza’s argumentation re the sins of SLAVERY & NATIVE-AMERICAN GENOCIDE is utterly reprehensible! How does a non-black, non-native asserting that “3500 blacks in the south owned slaves”, or that “men have always been killing each other for land” advance the Kingdom of Jesus in our nation? As long as the offending party attempts to diminish the severity of their sin with historical, ancillary trivialities they will (appear to be?) justifying it; and remain unreconciled with the victims, and with God Himself. In Christ, we have an obligation (and freedom) to REPENT of these sins – not REPAINT them.

    • Bill

      I asked 10 African American men and women I work with who was the first femaie self made millionaire. Not one of them knew. When I showed them it was an African American and what she accomplished they were all outraged they had never once been taught that in school or college.

      Sarah Breedlove (December 23, 1867 – May 25, 1919), known as Madam C. J. Walker, was an American entrepreneur and philanthropist, regarded as the first female self-made millionaire in America.

      If your African American or of any other race you should see the movie. Think for yourselves and see the progressive liberals are the true enemy.

      • Xrucianus

        I have no love for the humanistic deceit of the left friend. But D’souza’s revisionism/dissemblance re slavery and genocide won’t achieve reconciliation & justice either. In Christ, we have the obligation and the freedom to own our sins; repent of our sins and then stand in the place of God-administered justice; refusing to again cloak ourselves with self-justifying excuses, and refusing to be silent when others attempt to recast our sins as less than they are/were. Grace to you.

        • Bill

          Speak for your self as to what you need to repent. My family was from Italy in the 1920’s. I owe no one nothing but to do my best each day and to be a better person. My grandfather worked the fields elbow to elbow with many African American men. I’m embarrassed for any person that feels they need to repent someone else’s sins. There are many jerks of all races, but there are more good honest hardworking people that built this country.

          I don’t consider any pseudo intellectual college professor, fiction history writer or wannabe weather underground leader Ayers anyone to follow. I believe you listen to all and guide yourself. From what I’ve seen of the leaders on both sides they are power greedy individuals.

          This generation hasn’t been taught to think for itself. But word of mouth is spreading.

          • Xrucianus

            I have zero desire to follow the liberal, amoralistic clap-trap surrounding this issue. Neither is there any point to “thinking for for ourselves” if it’s every bit as shallow as the argument that I’m reacting to. Why respond to the left’s antigod revisionism with D’souza’s equal mischaracterization? Why not respond with integrity and seize the moral high ground? Own the sins – and refuse to deny the mercy God has extended to us for our crimes against African Americans and Native Americans. Live in humility and understanding with our neighbors, conscious of the fact that there are ongoing affects from the sins of yesteryear that are still impacting them today. Anything less is contaminated hubris that only perpetuates the sins of our American mothers & fathers.

          • formosa

            Crimes??? Diseases caused the death of more than half of the native american population. this was also the case as stated by our Mayan tour guide in mexico that diseases brought in by Spaniards killed half of the Mayan and Aztec population. Hey Christianity got rid of human sacrificial practices as well. D Souza was taking things regarding Native American and Black history in America into perspective. not white washed…part of history…not uniquely American in events and conditions….but uniquely American in setting process motion in having people become free!

          • Xrucianus

            You seriously need to get to know some Native Americans, my friend… Your lack of information and what you (and D’souza) are doing with the little you have is “monstrous”.

        • formosa

          there was no revision….he never said slavery was good nor holy…but an abominable practice…but his point was that this practice was not uniquely American…it occurred all over the Americas….and all over the world in history! Africans took part of the slave trade as well… but only in this country with its universal founding documents and purpose could slavery be destroyed in time…this resonated all over the world!!!

          • Xrucianus

            So if D’souza’s point was that slavery was “abominable”, why not simply own our egregious complicity in the heinous practice, repent of it and refuse to offer up an excuse or dissemblance for it?
            D’souza’s argument re: slavery is the equivalent of a husband saying to his wife: “Honey, I had an affair. I’m sorry. But there are a lot of other men out there having affairs too.” The last sentence isn’t close to being helpful to the conversation.

            To point: England abolished slavery in 1833 thru the heroic influence of Wilberforce, 30 years before the U.S. Emancipation Proclamation.

  • truthbe told

    This movie was so good.. I took my 13 yr old son and his friend whos mother voted for Obama. the movie showed Them the truth about America and something they will hopefully take back into their school and share with their classmates. Please take your kids to see this movie, they are the ones who will have to change the future, because we grownups are failing miserably. And YEAH I bet the government is reading my post.

  • judy

    I can’t wait to see the movie

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