The Legacy of the Left, Part II

Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.

Despite the abject accounts of Marxist “progressive” historians, the catastrophic events associated with the rise of the left are clear beyond all doubts—from the unprecedented savagery of Robespierre’s Reign of Terror to the fanaticism and obscene murderousness of the Communist regime under Lenin and Stalin, to Khmer Rouge Cambodia and Red China. Courtois estimates the global total of Communism’s innocent victims at between 85 and 100 million in the twentieth century. During the two years of the Great Purge alone, the NKVD [Secret Police the Soviet Union] executed 850,000 victims under the notorious Section 58 of their Communist penal code. But as Robespierre famously said, “You can’t make an omelette without cracking a few eggs.” Stalin said the same thing.

Santayana’s quote at the top of this article is totally relevant to today’s politics where Democrats are debating amongst themselves for the title “Champion of the Left.” In a funny, but not-so-funny PragerU video, people on the streets of New York City were asked whether or not a statement read by PragerU Host Ami Horowitz stemmed from the “Communist Manifesto” or the Democratic Party’s platform.

In the latest media offering to the American people, Donald Trump has been cast to play the roles originally played by King Louis XVI and Czar Nicholas II. Unfortunately for the studio, the ratings for their TV sitcom “The Mueller Show Trial” have fallen off as of late. But for the first two years of the Trump presidency the gullible general public tuned in for every twist and turn in the longest running, most boring sitcom ever aired on TV. But the slightest possibility of seeing Trump guillotined (okay, carted off to prison) kept them glued to their favorite device.

Make no mistake about it. The Mueller investigation was a show trial in the long tradition of the left. Stalin would have likely regarded it as a bit beneath his standards because Trump wasn’t guillotined, but it had a lot of the same ingredients. As Mark Levin noted, “There was no reply by the president that was permitted, no contrary witnesses, no contrary documents, no contrary evidence, no cross-examinations, no challenges of any type.”

Despite the fact that Mueller’s investigation into the alleged Trump-Russian collusion dominated CNN (and MSM in general) headlines since before Trump’s election, there was not a mention of Mueller by the CNN hosts of the Democratic debates in Detroit. After all that reporting they simply pretended nothing had happened. Of course, in a very real sense nothing did. None of the charges made against Trump or his associates that were related to any sort of collusion panned out. No evidence of collusion has ever been uncovered. Even the initial premise for the investigation and certainly its long, tired run were dubious at best. After two years of their “investigative journalism”, we now learn that Mueller himself was merely a puppet of a political witchhunt controlled by Anti-Trump Democrats, notably Andrew Weissman. MSM journalists never bothered to uncover or disclose the basic fact that the Mueller investigation was dominated by some very partisan Democrats.

And no one seemed to notice that the obscure Logan Act, never enforced in its 218 years of existence, became the pretext “to entangle the new administration in a criminal investigation as soon as it walked in the door of the White House.”

Attorney Robert Barnes when asked about the campaign of leaks designed to damage the Trump administration by remnants of the Obama administration, said:

The worst thing ever accused concerning Nixon was about using private resources to try to illegally spy on people. Here you had Obama’s people using the NSA to spy on his adversaries, and apparently include the CIA, the FBI, and members of the Department of Justice in that loop, in a manner that was not approved of by any court, that was not approved by even a FISA court – the special court that monitors certain kinds of surveillance.

Former federal prosecutor Andrew McCarthy agrees, opining recently in National Review:

Mueller’s investigation is a semblance of law-enforcement disguising the brute reality that Trump is being punished for winning the election and defying Obama policy. We are on the record long ago calling for an end to this travesty of an investigation. Mueller should be fired, Comey reprimanded, and the investigation, which has now gone on for 1-1/2 years with nothing to show, shut down. More and more, it looks as if this has nothing to do with justice, and everything to do with a group of rogue bureaucrats trying to get Trump impeached.

Mueller’s attack on the American justice system was not just a “unique circumstance,” it was one of the worst prosecutorial abuses in American history. Mueller’s decision to publicly air “allegations” after not finding enough evidence, was part and parcel to his prosecutorial abuse.  Worse yet, in the process, Mueller ludicrously and dangerously turned all of American justice on its head by concluding he could not “exonerate” President Trump.

Trump is presumed guilty rather than presumed innocent. For example, according to MSNBC’s Chris Matthews, the “takehome” message from Mueller’s testimony is “a second term for Trump or a prison term for Trump? Trump was not exonerated in the investigation by Mueller and stands vulnerable to indictment the second he leaves office.”

But under questioning, Special Counsel Robert Mueller stated that he cannot name even one case in which the Justice Department decided an individual was not exonerated because their innocence had not been proven. Indeed, no American should ever have to be proven innocent rather than presumed so. Unlike Soviet show trials, the presumption of innocence is the most basic principle of the American justice system and is taught in every high school (or used to be) and every American citizen knows this (or used to know it).

Life under Robespierre and Stalin meant the relentless threat of anonymous charges, secret investigations, and public executions. We face similar threats today. If they are more subtle than the guillotine, they are equally ominous with respect to freedoms that Americans have long taken for granted. The great authors of the twentieth century have provided us with a chilling forecast and new adjectives: Orwellian and Kafkaesque.

Orwell on campus

Speech codes, anonymous charges, secret investigations and mob rule routinely threaten academic freedom on campus and have created dismal conditions for American students entering the Academy. The term Orwellian has taken on a new relevance, together with many of his neologisms, including thought police, doublethink, newspeak, and thoughtcrime

Orwell’s Thought Police and their pursuit of thoughtcrime were based on the methods used by leftist totalitarian states and ideologies of the twentieth century. While we may think of 1984 as a work of fiction, countless people were executed, or imprisoned for thoughtcrime during the twentieth century in leftwing totalitarian regimes. The Thought Police are the secret police of the novel 1984. It is their job to uncover and punish thoughtcrime. The Thought Police use surveillance and psychological monitoring to find and eliminate members of society who challenge the party’s ideology. Sound familiar?

The Thought Police are relentlessly vigilant in the US today in government, the MSM, the entertainment industry, and on American campuses, wherever speech is suppressed and citizens prevented from voicing opinions which are deemed politically incorrect or which others find offensive.

Technology played a significant part in the detection of thoughtcrime in 1984 with the ubiquitous telescreens which could both inform the government, and misinform citizens. The citizens of Oceania are watched by the Thought Police through their telescreens. Every movement, reflex, facial expression, and reaction is measured by this system, monitored by the Ministry of Love. Because of this constant surveillance, the Thought Police and the Ministry of Love become universally feared by anyone who is capable (or felt by the Party to be capable) of thoughtcrime.

In the US, a new and costly bureaucratic structure has been added to every American university which invites students to anonymously report faculty, staff, or peers to campus diversity officials for “bias” infractions along with actual prohibited behavior like discrimination or harassment. Typically a bias incident, “is a state of mind, tendency, or inclination that impacts our behaviors and perceptions of others (either positively or negatively) based upon preconceived notions.” Bias can occur “intentionally or unintentionally,” and “can be directed toward an attitude, an individual, or group” Typically the university defines a bias incident as “an offense against a person or property motivated in whole or in part by the offender’s bias against a protected class BUT [sic] may not rise to the level of a crime” and explains that “law enforcement investigates hate crimes” while university bureaucrats handle everything else.

Similar to the Committee of Public Safety, university diversity officials have accorded themselves a right to investigate and sanction anyone accused of ‘intentionally or unintentionally’ exhibiting an inappropriate ‘state of mind’ with regards to ‘an attitude, an individual, or group.’ When students are encouraged to report views they dislike as “traumatic” harassment, anti-harassment policies turn into tools of thought suppression.

Les Enragés

Even the “Squad” has a precedent in the French Revolution. In 1793 “Les Enragés” were a small number of firebrands known for defending the lower class and expressing the demands of the radical sans-culottes.[1] They played an active role in the Paris uprisings that forced the expulsion of the Girondins from the National Convention, allowing Robespierre to assume full control.[2]

They became associated with the term Enragés (enraged or outrages) for their extremely emotional and angry rhetoric. The Enragés offered women and the working poor a platform to express their dissent. This was typically conveyed through riots, public demonstrations and passionate oratory with proto-feminists in vital positions within the Enragés, including Claire Lacombe and Pauline Léon.

Today’s “Enragés” match the shrill, angry rhetoric of their French predecessors, but with their own distinct 2019 leftist themes screamed out relentlessly on social media. The latest tweets continue an ever-escalating bout of name-calling between the president and the freshman Democratic lawmakers. Ihlan Omar said Trump is using “fascist” rhetoric and told supporters she would continue to be Trump’s “nightmare.”

But as the daily attacks on Trump began to get old and with the Democrat party’s primaries underway, the superficial revolutionary solidarity has given way to vicious attacks within the Democrat ranks. In the manner that Robespierre and his Committee of Public Safety guillotined naïve Girondists, so, too, “the Squad” of Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Ayanna Pressley and Rashida Tlaib are now damning Biden and Pelosi as a racists and “ancient regime.”

As Victor Davis Hanson so eloquently put it:

The socialist party has absorbed what is left of the old Democrats. At first, the progressive old guard in Congress, like good Girondists, found the revolutionary carnivores useful in reducing the ranks of the Trumpians, the Tea Party, Reagan Democrats, old Perot voters and the white working class to the inanimate status of “deplorables,” “irredeemables,” “clingers” and “dregs” — and with them, the bigoted, racist, sexist, nativist, classist, homophobic and xenophobic GOP…and the soon-to-be-impeached, deposed, exiled and discredited President Trump.

But revolutionary carnivores are rarely sated. Once they run out of easy hostile targets, they get hungry and as cannibals start to eye their own…Poor, condemned Joe Biden renounced almost everything ­he once believed in and yet still was reduced metaphorically to screaming for his life on the guillotine stage that he was a revolutionary after all!

All the while, Pelosi, Schumer and a host of old Democrats enjoyed the new energy that was directed against the evil Trump. To revolutionary cheers, 1 million illegal aliens crossed the border in the first six months of 2019. The media-left-wing-celebrity nexus sought to devour Trump by myriad means.

Biden, Pelosi, Sanders, etc. have now become key targets of their beloved identity politics, what we might call “reverse intersectionality.” What were they, along with their friends in the media and the academy, thinking when they harangued nonstop about “white privilege” and the forthcoming irrelevancy of old, white folks? That thereby, they had purchased exemptions from the very executioners whom they had helped create? But revolutionary carnivores are rarely sated. Once they run out of easy hostile targets, they get hungry and as cannibals start to eye their own. We have already seen that autophagy in the initial primary debates in which all the major Democratic presidential candidates shouted out the most outlandish agendas possible in a desperate effort to ensure that no rival could possibly pose more to their left. Poor, condemned Joe Biden renounced almost everything ­he once believed in and yet still was reduced metaphorically to screaming for his life on the guillotine stage that he was a revolutionary after all!

But even as today’s Enragés attempt to dethrone the old progressives, they inadvertently empower Trump and make his second term more than just a remote possibility. After all, what intelligent American would ever willingly embrace open borders, the ludicrous Green New Deal, the packing of the Supreme Court, the abolition of the Electoral College, extending the franchise to 16-year-olds, cancellation of college debt, free tuition, reparations, or legal infanticide? Without him standing in their way, their bizarro world socialism will bankrupt the country and the new racism of “intersectionality” will polarize it by defining the worth of Americans by the number of victimized groups to which they belong.

9 replies
  1. Curmudgeon
    Curmudgeon says:

    I’m going to be unpopular here.
    I am always concerned when numbers get thrown out for the millions killed by communism. Not because the numbers may be inaccurate, but because they ignore the tens of millions killed for capitalism. WWI was about which capitalist empire (((British))) or German would prevail economically. WWII was a war against the NSDAP that was eliminating the need for the international banking cartel. Korea was about capitalism, as was Vietnam. No thinking person really believes the 9/11 fairy tale. Afghanistan was about capitalism, as were Iraq, Libya, and Syria. Excuses for all of the above have been created, but the real reason is capitalism. The overthrow of dozens of governments, whether in Central or South America, the Middle East, Africa,or Asia have been about installing corrupt corporate puppets. Venezuela is a current example. I have no doubt that many in the USSR would have been liquidated by Stalin if there were no WWII, or that large numbers in the “liberated” countries across the world, would have died as a result of communism. However, that doesn’t eliminate the millions killed by the “right wing death squads” – a term I dislike. They could just as easily be labeled corporate assassins.

    Victor Davis Hanson isn’t eloquent at all, he’s a disinformation agent. No real socialist is interested in open borders. No real socialist is interested in having unemployed foreigners benefiting from the labour of others who have created the wealth. There is a reason Marx’s socialist contemporaries called him “the tapeworm in socialism”. The people posing as “socialists” today aren’t. They are globalists, and virtually all of them are too stupid to recognize globalism as another manifestation of capitalism and a world wide application of Coudenhove-Kalergi’s “Practical Idealism”. Capitalism is one pincer, communism being the other, of the globalists. Yes, America, there is a difference between socialism and communism, and you would do well to understand the differences. You would also do well to understand that “the market” doesn’t care what happens to you. The current capitalist system in “Western liberal democracies” has socialized corporate debt, while maintaining private profit. Somehow, I don’t see the revolutionaries of 1776 buying into that.

  2. Realist
    Realist says:

    “As Victor Davis Hanson so eloquently put it:…”

    Yet, recently on Tucker, Victor Davis Hanson spoke approvingly of miscegenation.

  3. Tomislav Tom Sunic, PhD
    Tomislav Tom Sunic, PhD says:

    This is an informative and well -researched piece. Most conservative, right-wing scholars, incl. nationalist activities, however, make a big mistake by analyzing communism as a political ideology only. This is false. Communism is essentially an anthropology; a perfect egalitarian system brought to its conclusion; it is dearest and nearest to the masses regardless of its dreadful consequences for the same masses and its supporters. Communism is terror of all against all. ( cf. A. Zinoviev, C. Polin). The reason communism fell apart in the East it due to the fact that its egalitarian principles, under a different name, have been much better implemented in practice in the West, aka America ( affirmative action, multiculturalism, self-denial, self-hate, fake altruism, etc.). It won’t last long—but it will cause a great deal of damage in the process.

  4. royalbrecht
    royalbrecht says:

    “…We are on the record long ago calling for an end to this travesty of an investigation. Mueller should be fired, Comey reprimanded, and the investigation, which has now gone on for 1-1/2 years with nothing to show, shut down. ”

    This is the part I can not come to grips with…

    The left, in sequential increments, ARE AIMING, with a sniper’s deliberate patience, to go on killing Us all…
    God help Us should they ever attain absolute power.

    Yet all the Political Right seems to dare ask for is that…,

    “… Mueller should be fired, Comey reprimanded, and the investigation, which has now gone on for 1-1/2 years with nothing to show, shut down.”

    That’s like saying…,

    “..We demand that the Head of the Italian Mafia…,
    (I know…, they [Italians] were mostly Jews not Italians, but bear with me please)
    be demoted and stripped of his rank,
    the trigger-pullers and foot-soldiers be made to repeat on the black-board 100 times,
    “…I shall commit no further crimes…” and…,
    the organization as a whole should be recognized as being non-existent.”

    Seen from the above light, any Retard could comprehend the obvious insanity of the Political Right.

    Any sane Right Wing Politician would at the very least call for immediate Chinese-style punishments of induced forced labour for the (((Left Wing Mafia))) until their innocence could be, upon appeal, be substantiated at a later date, whereupon any reparations for discovery of false imprisonment would at least be partially redeemable by any work they had preformed while in custody.

    And once positive guilt of treason by a “…trial of their Betters…” had been substantiated,
    (((their))) assets stripped from them and
    punished by firing squad,
    the remaining law abiding citizens could rest with ease and settle into an unfettered rhythm of productive work.

    [ What’s unjustly planned for the Geese is more than deservedly appropriate for the (((hyenas))) ]

    The unfortunate upshot of the above opinion is that the (((Criminal Left))) uses above deductions of like-minded WN-ists,
    as excuses to further compound their defamation of Us as
    “…Violent-White Supremacist…”.

    I say unfortunate, for as much as (((the Left))) has an uncontrollable compunction to kill that which will not kneel down before it and obey…,
    the Right generally avoids killing as long as any other way is possible and only then as a last resort.

    As such, given the thousands of documented years of mass-murderous pattern repetition,
    (((this behaviour))) no longer merits regard as mere criminal psychosis,
    but it must be considered as either a genetic Racial proclivity or a Spiritual Demonosis…,
    both of which have as yet to be found largely incurable through any form of re-education or therapy we possess.

    This suggests that persuasive debate with the (((Criminals in Question))) is not only a marker of insanity by those attempting the persuasion,
    but a serious lapse of stewardship to more dependent forms of Life on the planet.

  5. Jack McArthur
    Jack McArthur says:

    Some great essays here on TOO.
    The murderous intolerance of them in the West is exemplified by the pure unadulterated evil which is done in the name “women’s rights”. If they can dismember a little baby they are capable of anything and they think this is progress. From the Ramesside era “Those in their mothers wombs have their face turned towards you (Osiris)”. Jesus “For I tell you their angels always see the face of my Father in heaven”. In the UK the small minority groups now run the education system and the promoters of toleration are exposed as being the most intolerant of all.

  6. Edward Harris
    Edward Harris says:

    If Americans hate communism so much why did they always support it ? The USSR and Red China were created and supported by the USA.The harm done by Stalin is being repaired but the Yankee damage to Europe is permanent. Friends of Stalin told me that his best friends were the USA and the black market. Europe is being invaded by coloured races with the help of America and its stooges.
    When Moscow was communist it was not given away to Africans.
    Everything must be done to please the (redacted) American Congress.

  7. Luke
    Luke says:

    I would have preferred to see Mr. Baggins include in the final paragraph of his otherwise excellent article a mention of the radical Bolshevik left’s newly launched and event-reinvigorated obsession to enact draconian, totalitarian gun bans, gun control, and unconstitutional and devious red flag laws – of which there is a 1,000 percent certainty that they will abuse these laws once they get back into power, by relentlessly expanding the definition of the criteria used to target conservatives to include any White man or woman who expresses views that the left doesn’t agree with.

    One other item that deserved mention in his final paragraph is this devious and sinister obsession the anti-gun left has with enacting so-called ‘universal background checks’ – which is intended to pave the way for mandatory registration of every privately owned firearm, because without a nation wide registration database – how can a background check for a private sale between family members or friends be able to run the serial number, make and model of a firearm to see if its been used in the past in the commission of a crime? That will be the pretext the left will use, but their real objective is to capture the names, addresses, serial numbers, make and model of the firearm owner and buyer – so they can add that to their illegal database. The left in blue states are already using database records of this sort to demand confiscation of law abiding people’s weapons – but, their database only contains records that they collected from gun stores on commercial sales.

  8. Poupon Marx
    Poupon Marx says:

    It is instructive and important to note that Nixon’s scourging and downfall was to a large degree an outgrown of his paranoia and neurotic personality. He could not get the unambiguous endorsement of President Eisenhower. He selected two parodies, Erlichmann and Haldeman, of Germanic authoritarianism and condescension. He trusted-or was forced-to select Henry Kissinger as his National Security Advisor, who opened up the National Security Agencies to Mossad. Kissinger was an Illuminati from the beginning.

    He snatched defeat from the jaws of victory time and again. A conversation he had with Billy Graham, which was video taped with sound has Nixon replying to Graham’s question, “What are we going to do about the Jews?”. Nixon was at a loss to reply. A few years ago, Larry King had Billy on his show and sprung this question: “What do you have to say about those anti-Semitic remarks you were recorded talking to Nixon?” Graham recoiled like he took a haymaker in the face. He immediately groveled, stuttered, profusely apologized, and said something to the effect that it was a lapse of sin or something akin.

    The point is, we are not playing on the same level as the Jews. They have no boundaries, limits, or moral inhibition. They scheme and collaborate night and day to dominate and vanquish us. We, in the meantime are worried about getting our children to soccer or football, and seek advice from “experts” on child rearing. We are not cohesive and have lost our core centripetal values. We are fighting erratically with a self-imposed handicap of tying our own hands, boxing with the King’s Rules while the other side is kicking us in the balls and punching below the belt.

    We lose ourselves in philosophical abstractions and malignant nostalgia. We need to emphasize tactics and strategy. Power is the only currency in this last stand for the Indo-European, as Saul Alinsky said one and over; it was not to “gain access”, “make more equal”, or “human rights”. These were lures and bait.

    A Patrick Swayze said in Point Break, “Weakness invites aggression”.

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