The View From 1776
Sunday, March 20, 2011
The New New Anarchism
Student anarchists of the 1960s-70s, led by Barack Obama’s advisors Bill Ayers and Bernadine Dohrn, resurrected the anarchist violence that terrorized the nation from the 1880s into the 1920s. A generation later, their progeny, acculturated by our colleges and universities to view the United States as a crime against humanity, are again turning to violence to destroy civil order.
Anarchism and socialism are not completely different political and economic paradigms. They lie along a continuum that encompasses many varieties of thought, from Plato’s Utopian Republic to Marx’s Communist Manifesto and Lenin’s brass-knuckles Soviet Communism. In the middle are advocates of creeping socialism such as the English Fabians and American liberal-progressives.
Both socialists and anarchists share the materialistic religious faith that social evil arises from a structure of government that permits and, through its laws, supports the rights of private property. Socialists (including American liberal-progressives) and anarchists both have gnostic visions of economic and political perfection, believing that attaining that perfection requires breaking down existing political order to clear the way for their vision. See A Preacher for the Gnostic Religion of Socialism.
Obamacare and the Democrat/Socialist Party’s drive to redistribute wealth through punitive taxes on “the rich” are in that tradition.
Socialism and anarchism thus necessarily advocate some degree of violence to achieve their gnostic visions, ranging from House Speaker Pelosi’s legislative ram-rodding to assassination, bombing, and random murder. See Ayers and Dohrn are Liars and Democrat/Socialist Party Road Map.
Abe Greenwald, in the March issue of Commentary, gives us an extensive review of today’s internet-based anarchistic terrorism.
The Return of Anarchism