I missed out on any commentary on May Day. Luckily, Daniel has it covered:
Most leftists are dilettantes. They admired and admire Communism’s commitment to murdering millions of people and arguing the esoteric dogmas of the party line. It’s this latter that Gornick’s New York Times piece bleeds with nostalgia for. She tells us, again and again, that the Communists were wonderfully inspirational because they sat around kitchen tables arguing about ideas.
So did the Nazis. But the New York Times doesn’t print fond recollections of debates over whether the Japanese really counted as Aryans and how National Socialism should approach the rights of workers. Nostalgia for the Third Reich is rightly regarded as abominable. And the hobby of those who have a soft spot for its murderous totalitarian ideology.
Curiously, the left never applies this same indictment to its own fondness for Communism. Instead it traffics in nostalgia for Communism’s idealism, as if its ideals were any nobler than those of Nazism. But the left believes they were. And how could it not? Communism is just the left taken to its inevitable conclusion.
Actually, I’d take it a bit further: Communism is the Left, period. Or, perhaps more adroitly and accurately put, the Left is Communist. Dress it up how they will; hide it, disguise it, misnomer it. Call it socialism, call it Progressivism, call it liberalism (the most egregious misnomer of them all, and one that didn’t happen by accident)—Communism is Leftism, and Leftism is Communism. Period, full stop, end of story: a totalitarian, authoritarian ideology wherein the State is supreme; rights are not part of our natural inheritance as human beings but granted by the State, and subject to revocation or abridgment as the State may whimsically choose. Wherein individual ambitions and aspirations are subordinate to the needs of the collective as determined by the State. Wherein no individual right to petition the government for redress of grievances is acknowledged, much less honored or respected.
All within the State, nothing outside the State, nothing against the State. This is EXACTLY what the Left wants, and they’ve come all too close to getting it. But it’s as un-American as it’s possible to be.
Well, y’know, FUCK that noise.
The left doesn’t believe that Hitler was bad because he killed Jews. Mass murder isn’t a crime in the left’s eyes. Just ask Stalin, Mao, Pol Pot and the rest of the gang of monsters whom the left defended in papers just like the New York Times until they had committed the worst of their crimes.
As long as the Hitler-Stalin pact held, leftists vehemently campaigned against war. There were plenty of “Hitler is bad, but” pieces of the sort that they’re running about North Korea or Iran. Hitler only became truly irredeemable when he invaded the Soviet Union. And then everyone, except the Trotskyists, decided that Nazi Germany was utterly evil. Leftist fellow travelers went, in the span of days, from protesting “warmongering” and “militarism” to demanding action yesterday.
And that too is another dirty red secret of the left.
It’s inconceivable that the New York Times or any paper would run a glowing piece titled, “When Nazis Inspired Americans”. No fond recollections from participants in the Madison Square Garden rally. No fond memories of Bund camps. No sugar-coated recollections of how the Thousand Year Reich would create a better world… only to then learn that Hitler wasn’t a very nice man.
But “When Communism Inspired Americans” regurgitates the same exact message. And it remains acceptable because the left feels an emotional and intellectual connection with Communists.
That is the ugly truth at the root of our conflict.
Yes, it is. But it also remains acceptable because we have so long shied away from calling them exactly what they are. We’ve allowed them to hijack the terms of the debate and run away with them; we’ve fought them on their terms and their ground without ever questioning their premises or calling them what they really are. We’ve allowed them to paint any negative mention of Communism as out of bounds, the exclusive province of wild-eyed, irrational extremists…even as they themselves have become more openly extreme themselves.
The fact that “McCarthyism” is now such a dirty word, such an unacceptable paradigm—when McCarthy has been proved in the main correct, by documents released after the fall of the Soviet Union itself, for Christ’s sake!—demonstrates just how successful they’ve been at transmogrifying falsehood into a threadbare scrim of accepted truth.
But that’s what Communists do; it’s what they’ve always done, and always will do. To go rummaging about for the needles of accuracy in the massive haystack of Leftist lies and propaganda is worse than a fool’s errand; it plays right into their hands, and is just the kind of distraction they want us to relax haplessly into. It’s a sort of acceptance of defeat, really, an admission of unworthiness and inferiority, a submission.
And the hell of it is, we’ve let them talk us into it, with nary a shot fired or punch thrown. These days we don’t even dare call a Communist a Communist, no matter how Red they paint themselves from top to toe. They launch violent riots in our streets denouncing capitalism, democracy, and freedom of speech while brandishing hammer-and-sickle flags in our very faces with no fear of repercussion at all, burning and looting while the “fascist” cops stand idly by on orders from city hall without lifting a finger. They’re making a serious effort at overturning the result of a legitimate election, while our so-called “leaders” natter amongst themselves about whether they’re willing to commit a pitiful fraction of the grotesque federal budget to repairing a few miles of a border fence that was supposed to have been finished years ago.
And still we take it, as our despicable “leaders” promise us big results next year, or the year after that, maybe, or sometime, eventually. I’ll risk being tedious again by repeating myself: as with the Muslims, so with the Left—you cannot defeat an enemy you’re too timid to call by his rightful name, or even acknowledge as an enemy. Call it the CF Theorem, maybe. I’ll let Daniel sum it all up:
This is the left. It returns, like a dog to its vomit, to the dream of the true radicalism of a totalitarian leftist state. It occasionally deals with uncomfortable truths. Circles around them. And then it lapses back into an opium dream of Marxists sitting around a kitchen table and debating which windows to smash first and whom to shoot first.
And as has been demonstrated more than adequately the last century or so, they’ll have no qualms whatever about embarking on all that smashing and shooting when they deem the time is ripe for it. We just have to make sure there’s a few of us left who retain the means and the will to shoot back, that’s all.
Fuck May Day. Fuck Communists. Fuck the Left. Let them come. At long last: let them come. May they be shown exactly as much mercy as they’d show us, and not one jot or tittle more.
Put another way: may they all die screaming.