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A Facebook friend recommended this article from The Atlantic: Liberals and the Illiberal Left (What to do about Left-fascism?)

Actually, he was commenting on some comments on the article that appeared in Against Crony Capitalism. The jist of which is the totalitarian impulse of much of the left today when it comes to debating their ideological opponents.

The “illiberal liberals.” The Left-fascists. The political correctness brigade. The anti-intellectual bullies obsessed with perceived oppression and hierarchy. Liberals need to stand up to this narrow minded red guard.

Against Crony Capitalism

D.A. Carson expands on the notion in his 2013 book The Intolerance of Tolerance. He talks about the difference between past definitions of tolerance, which meant that even if you disagreed with someone, you still “tolerated” them because everyone is entitled to their own opinions and should be free to express them. As one Amazon reviewer wrote:

Underpinning this was the belief that there really is such a thing as “truth” and that free discourse was an important aspect in finding and exploring it. The “new” tolerance, in contrast, starts with the basic premise that in matters of morality and belief, there is no “truth,” only opinions.

Amazon.com reviewer

The short essay in Against Crony Capitalism itself references a 2015 article by David Frum discussing Liberals and the Illiberal Left. The mindset of the modern leftist insists that “equal political rights for the oppressive capitalists and their proletarian victims…will simply keep in place society’s unequal power relations.”

Why respect the rights of the class whose power you’re trying to smash? And so, according to Marxist thinking, your political rights depend entirely on what class you belong to. The modern far left has borrowed the Marxist critique of liberalism and substituted race and gender identities for economic ones.

The Atlantic

You can see that kind of thinking in action in this video from a June 29 NYC Community Education Council District meeting where one member makes a lame joke and is set upon by his viciously woke fellow council members. The video is painful to watch but very instructive as to where we’re heading as these Marxist thought cops gain more traction throughout the various institutions of American society.

The rabid reaction of the council members to the errant member’s wrong think illustrates that notion: “Why respect the rights of the class whose power you’re trying to smash?” There really is no reasoning with these secular religious fanatics. Whether we’re talking about the Black Lives Matter movement or Antifa and it’s allies, there is no room for compromise or debate.

The left wants to silence the rest up us and enforce its dystopian views and policy proscriptions on the American society, whether we agree or consent to them or not. They’ll use “cancel culture,” threats and protests, and outright violence to intimidate opponents into silent acquiescence. Once they gain sufficient control of the levers of power, there will be no alternative voices or choices.

Against such a foe there is no point in pretending “we’re all in this together.” There is no go along to get along. To paraphrase Ann Coulter’s recommendation for dealing with radical Islamists, convert them or kill them. When you see mobs in the street smashing and destroying and burning, beating up innocent bystanders, threatening families trying to enter a church, we’ve moved beyond the time of debate and peaceable coexistence.

However, such a militant mindset alarms most Americans. Just like the ordinary Germans in the aftermath of World War II who were shocked to learn of the atrocities committed in Eastern Europe by their leaders, or the Russians who stayed silent out of fear of reprisal during Josef Stalin’s forced famine that killed between 7 million to 10 million Ukrainians, we would prefer to keep our heads down and pretend this moment will pass.

I fear the moment will not pass. The left never stops. Marxists never develop second thoughts. The revolutionary mindset is one of iron-clad convictions and viscous self-righteousness. The only proper response to the totalitarian is a punch in the face or a bullet to the head, and the only debate is which caliber. Unless we develop a conviction that American civilization and traditions are worth fighting and dying for, we will spend the rest of our lives on our knees.

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Punch Back

One common theme runs through the following videos: radical leftist thugs attempting to intimidate or outright attack otherwise innocent people.

BLM And ANTIFA want to Destroy Faith, Family and Freedom!

BLM and ANTIFA attacking Christians going to church…wow you still think this is a friendly movement? OPEN YOUR EYES CHURCH! This is a diabolical Marxist movement working to destroy traditional values, destroy your faith, destroy the church and take your FREEDOM! WAKE UP WAKE UP before it’s too late!

Posted by LEXIT on Monday, July 6, 2020
https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=394044978187246

Been thinking for some time now about getting a concealed carry permit. The more I see of this kind of violence in the streets of American, the more I want to follow through, take the class, get the permit and start carrying a handgun on me.

Really bugs me to think that I or anyone else would have to resort to carrying a gun, let alone use it, but town, city and state governments around the country seem to have completely forfeited their responsibility to protect the public.

If they won’t then I guess individual citizens need to step up.

The hypocrisy of the left knows no bounds, especially when it comes to money.

Right at the top of the leftist political graft racket of course is the Clinton Foundation where the nation’s, hell, the world’s number one grifters received bribes from foreign countries and companies in order to receive access to the corrupt couple.

The phrase “doing well by doing good” applies to nearly all leftist organizations, whether Planned Parenthood, ACLU, Southern Poverty Law Center, and a host of other social justice/leftist rackets.

The Free Beacon today offers a profile of “Talcum X,” Shaun King, the white guy who pretended to be a light-skinned black guy when he ran some sort of civil rights organization.

The article highlights King’s channeling of funds from one of his organizations to organizations run by his staffers.

According to the article by Joe Schoffstall:

But over the past 15 months, the Real Justice PAC, staffed by a number of left-wing activists, has funneled a quarter of the money it has brought in back to companies linked to PAC leaders.

Since January of 2019, the PAC has cut dozens of checks totaling more than $460,000 to three political consultancy firms linked to PAC employees. The PAC’s data strategist, Jin Ding, and its treasurer, Becky Bond, manage two of them: Social Practice LLC and Bernal Alto LLC. The third—Middle Seat Consulting—was cofounded by one of the PAC’s original leaders, Hector Sigala.

Remember in the run up to the 2012 election how the Obama Administration sicced the IRS on Tea Party groups that were just staring out and trying to gain federal tax-exempt status? The IRS under the direction of Lois Lerner sat on and then delayed dozens of applications, requiring mountains of additional and intrusive documentation. When called out on it, the administration blamed it on some low level IRS flunky in the Cleveland office. Lerner then quietly slunk into oblivion and retired with full pension and benefits.

The damage had already been done. The delay took the steam out of the Tea Party movement which wanted to have an impact on the 2012 election. The voices of millions were silenced by the very administration they so strongly opposed.

Meanwhile, the left and Democrat politicians constantly carp about “dark money” groups by which they mean conservative groups that don’t disclose their donors. The reason they don’t is because to do so would expose innocent people who simply want to have an impact on public policy to leftist thugs who will target, harass and intimidate those donors.

And, the dirty little secret in all of this is that the very groups the yell the loudest about “dark money” in politics are themselves, funded by undisclosed donations.

Talcum X’s little money laundering operation is nothing new on the left. The number one priority of conservative politicians should be defunding the left. Whether cutting off funding to the baby-killing juggernaut Planned Parenthood, the state-sponsored propagandists at National Public Radio and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, or any other liberal group receiving federal funds to promote their evil agendas, a conservative legislative agenda must include defunding these organizations and causes.

Also on the agenda should be a national right to work law, legislation to remove the tax exempt status of labor unions as well as eliminating the automatic dues deduction from worker paychecks, and a move to audit leftist tax-exempt groups with the goal of removing the tax-exempt status of any group or organization that engages in political activity of any sort.

You want to fight the left where it really hurts? Hit them in the wallet.

How far is too far

Over at American Greatness, Adam Ellwanger asks a simple question: how far is too far in terms of the leftist madness that is sweeping major U.S. cities and even some small towns?

If you have had “enough,” I’m asking that you do something. Ask yourself: given my own gifts and my own limitations, how can I contribute? For all of us, this will require some sacrifice. This means you also have to consider what, specifically, you are willing and able to sacrifice. But if you’re unwilling to sacrifice anything—if you’re unwilling to respond in any way other than casting a ballot—then it doesn’t matter what you say: you haven’t had enough.

https://amgreatness.com/2020/06/27/voting-isnt-enough-to-combat-the-woke-left/

Over the weekends Antifa mobs broke into a gated community in St. Louis, MO, and began “protesting” down the privately owned streets of the community. One couple came out on the porch of their million dollar mansion and brandished a rifle and handgun at the crowd to keep them away from their house.

Mark and Patricia McCloskey shouted at the BLM/Antifa mobs to back away from their home in St. Louis.

Astoundingly, the city’s Circuit Attorney Kimberly M. Gardner put out a statement saying “I am alarmed at the events that occurred over the weekend, where peaceful protesters were met by guns and a violent assault. … Make no mistake: we will not tolerate the use of force against those exercising their First Amendment rights and will use hte full power of Missouri law to hold people accountable.”

Rampaging mobs bent on destruction and intimidation: good.

Citizens standing guard to protect their persons and property: bad.

So, back to the original question: how far would you go? Obviously, the St. Louis couple, who according the media reports are otherwise leftist in good standing (trial lawyers down for the BLM struggle and all that), had had enough. Although, judging by the photos and video, they both could use some firearms training before they actually hurt themselves or others accidentally.

But, really, where is the line? At what point do you say enough is enough? Most of us have only observed this nonsense from afar. I’ve driven through D.C. and seen the boarded up windows in the wake of the riots there a few weeks ago. However, I don’t live in D.C. I’m safely tucked away (or at least I hope) far enough away from the mobs.

Still, our little town of Warrenton includes a host of sympathizers, who show up when called upon to stand along the roads holding Black Lives Matter signs and such. Otherwise well-heeled neighborhoods sprout BLM and “hate has no home here” signs in their front yards. When I see them, I think, “what a moron,” otherwise harmless leftist tools fashionably demonstrating their “wokeness.”

Another part of me becomes highly offended. Those signs and the ideology behind them carry a long pedigree, one of tyranny and oppression. To me, the Black Lives Matter signs are as odious as a Nazi swastika or a communist hammer and sickle, both symbols of murderous regimes with a legacy of death and destruction. Yet, our idiot neighbors blithely post signs in their yards that support an openly Marxist organization with the stated goal of the destruction of our country.

I’ve been tempted to stop and put black duct tape over the “Black” part of the Black Lives Matter signs to make them read “Lives Matter.” But like Mr. Ellwanger’s friends in the American Greatness article, I don’t know if I have the stomach for any possible consequences. Granted I own my own business, so it’s not like I can be fired. But, do I want the grief of mixing it up with the homeowner who planted the sign, or a passerby, or the police?

Does that make me a coward? Probably.

Still, we are approaching a point where even mild-mannered law-abiding citizens will be forced to choose: stand on the porch brandishing your weapon (and be ready to fire it) or let the mobs destroy your home.

Hell of a choice.

Back the Blue march

Supporters of law enforcement showed up in force in Manassas this past weekend. (Mark Hand/Patch)

In nearby Manassass, VA., hundreds of people turned out for a “Back the Blue” demonstration.

Hundreds of people marched in the streets of Manassas Saturday afternoon to show their support for law enforcement officers as police departments across the country come under unprecedented scrutiny in the wake of the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Participants in the event, sponsored by the organization We Back Blue, gathered at Nelson Park and then marched down Grant Avenue to the Old Manassas Courthouse holding signs that read “We Support Our Law Enforcement,” “No Police, No Peace,” and “Law & Order.”Hundreds back blue at rally

https://patch.com/virginia/manassas/hundreds-back-blue-march-support-police-manassas

Reparations

You know I’d almost be willing to give every black person in American a lump sum amount of money if they’d promise to STFU about racism, discrimination and all the rest of their bullshit.

We told our children that any child could grow up to be President. And then we made it come true.

We had car shows, boat shows, beauty shows and dog shows.

We ran robots on the surface of Mars by remote control.

Our women came from all over the world in all shapes and sizes and hues and scents.

We actually believed that all men are created equal and tried to make it come true.

Everybody liked our movies and loved our television shows.

We tried to educate everybody, whether they wanted it or not. Sometimes we succeeded.

We did Levis.

We held the torch high and hundreds of millions came. No matter what the cost.

We saved Europe twice and liberated it once.

We believed so deeply and so abidingly in free speech that we protected and honored and, in some cases, even elected traitors.

We let you be as freaky as you wanted to be.

We paid you not to plant crops and not to work.

We died in the hundreds of thousands to end slavery here. And when that was done continued to fight to end slavery for a century and a half after all around the world.

We invented Jazz.

We wrote the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Gettysburg address.

We went to the moon to see how far we could hit a golf ball.

We lifted a telescope into orbit that could see to the edge of the universe.

When people snuck into the country against our laws, we made parking lots and food stands off to the side of the road so they wouldn’t get hurt, and we let them use our hospitals for free, and we made their children citizens.

We didn’t care what God you worshipped as long as we could worship ours.

We let the People arm themselves at will. Just to make sure.

We gave everybody the vote.

We built Disneyworld. Just for fun.

We had a revolution so successful it was still going strong two and a quarter centuries later.

We had so many heroes, even at the end, that we felt free to hate them and burn them in effigy.

We electrified the guitar.

We invented a music so compelling that it rocked the world.

We had some middling novelists.

We had some interesting painters.

We had some pretty good poets.

We had better songwriters.

We ran our farms so well we fed the globe.

We made the automobile and the airplane.

We let you get rich. Really, really rich.

We didn’t care who you were or what you were or where you came from or who your parents were. We just cared about what you made or what you did.

We had poor people who, even at their most wretched, were richer than any other poor people on the face of the planet.

We were the noblest nation the world had ever known.

We had so much freedom that many of us voted to just throw it all away.

Even towards the end, as we dissolved into the petty bickering and idle entertainments that come with having far too much leisure and money, many among us were still striving to make it higher, finer, brighter, better, and more beautiful.

Even towards the end, the best of us declined to give up and pressed on. “Where to? What next?”

http://americandigest.org/how-beautiful-we-were/

Virtue Signalling

Driving through Old Town Warrrenton over the weekend, I happened upon a bunch of white, upper middle-class Marxist tools standing along the street and holding signs supporting the Black Lives Matter movement.

Little do they realize that when the revolution they gleefully cheer arrives, they will be among the first lined up against the wall and shot, and their children and grandchildren packed off to reeducation camps where they’ll become obedient slaves to the state.

The BLM movement is not about justice for blacks or anyone else, but a raw quest for power with the goal of destroying Western Civilization and replacing it with some Marxist utopia. And like every other revolution will lead to death and destruction. Marxism never built anything of value, never freed a single human soul, never produced liberty or justice, never once.

A True Hero

The English Began to Hate

Saw this poem by Rudyard Kipling on the Facebook. Somebody posted it along with a video montage of idiot leftists calling for violence against political opponents.

The Beginnings

1914-1918

It was not part of their blood,
It came to them very late
With long arrears to make good,
When the English began to hate.

They were not easily moved,
They were icy-willing to wait
Till every count should be proved,
Ere the English began to hate.

Their voices were even and low,
Their eyes were level and straight.
There was neither sign nor show,
When the English began to hate.

It was not preached to the crowd,
It was not taught by the State.
No man spoke it aloud,
When the English began to hate.

It was not suddenly bred,
It will not swiftly abate,
Through the chill years ahead,
When Time shall count from the date
That the English began to hate.

http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2017/02/liberals-embrace-violence.php

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