The cultural Marxists think they are riding high. Thousands of kids are demonstrating for “Black Lives Matter”. The Left’s long-running war on police is surging as panicked politicians throw the cops under the bus. Not only Confederate war memorials but those to Union forces as well, along with the World War ll memorial in the Washington mall, are desecrated. A commune is declared in a six-block area in Seattle. Anyone in the Establishment who offends in the slightest, most trivial way against Political Correctness is off to the guillotine. The Terror is again in full swing and the Jacobins are elated.
What is really happening here is not the triumph of the Left, but its suicide.
As I wrote in my last column, the young demonstrators are out there just to be out there, after two months of confinement, “social distancing”, masks, etc. have left them bored out of their skulls. Their commitment to “Black Lives Matter” (except to other blacks, who kill each other like flies) is a mile wide and an inch deep. The “cause” could as easily be vegetable rights, Save the Cockroaches, or banning discrimination against bovine flatulence. Anything that justifies their getting together in large numbers and making trouble works for them.
As the Left gives ordinary Americans a choice between the cops and the vandals, looters, and arsonists who have destroyed small businesses in too many of our cities, the people are lining up with the police. Here in Cleveland the anger over the destruction on Euclid Avenue in the heart of our downtown is deep and lasting. People had put their lives into building those businesses and restaurants and now they have to start over.
If you want to make people fight, there are few better ways than attacking their ancestors and war memorials. The Left will find Confederate flags flying more places, not fewer. I hope southern towns and rural areas will start erecting new Confederate memorials as the Left vandalizes old ones. There are plenty of Confederate reenactors who would be delighted to defend statues honoring their ancestors, perhaps with some brass 12-pounder Napoleons loaded with grape.
The Left’s illusion of victory is leading it to over-reach to the point where its madness is obvious. Defund the police? That’s insane. The police are the thin blue line we all rely on when something goes seriously wrong. With the police banned from the Seattle commune, it’s turning rapidly into Lord of the Flies.
What we are witnessing here is the Brinton Thesis in action within the Left. The Brinton Thesis, created by historian Crane Brinton based on his study of the French Revolution, says that revolutions move in a series of coups leading ever-farther to the extreme until the coup of Thermidor brings it all back to the center. He was looking at countries as a whole, but in this case his thesis can be applied internally to the Left. (Now you know why in my photo, I’m dining on Lobster Thermidor.)
In America as a whole, I think the reaction will go far beyond a return to the center. In response to the cultural Marxists’ threat to the majority’s culture and its freedom of thought and expression, we are likely to see a massive shift to the Right. When reality returns, it will come in a tsunami.
I fear the blacks may bear the brunt of the reaction. The cultural Marxists are using the blacks as weapons against whites, much the way Reconstruction in the South after the Civil War used local blacks against whites. That poisoned race relations in the South for a century. I don’t want to see the same thing happen nationwide now. Most blacks just want to live normal, middle-class lives.
The irony is that cultural Marxists, who pretend to be black’s “advocates”, did the black urban community in this country more damage than Simon Legree and Senator Bilbo put together. It was cultural Marxism that, from the 1960s onward, preached a culture of instant sensual gratification in books such as Marcuse’s Eros and Civilization. In college, white kids “did their own thing”, then got MBAs and law degrees and went to work on Wall Street. In the ghetto, blacks just kept on doing it, creating the widespread moral and cultural collapse we now witness in our black inner cities.
The real enemy of whites and blacks alike is cultural Marxism. I hope the day comes when we unite to fight it.
Interested in what Fourth Generation war in America might look like? Read Thomas Hobbes’ new future history, Victoria.