I’ll say this again, and I hope whoever was offended by it this morning reads it again -
the left’s wet dream is to use the power of the state to punish and kill their ideological opponents.
This is an historic fact.
This is an historic fact.
Absolutely and horribly corect. The history of the twentieth century is strewn with their killing fields. They are monsters - killers without conscience. So how do the worst get on top? How do these killers, these monsters, acquire what they should never in a million years get their hands on the apparatus of the state? Theyve got help, and lots of it. They are Antonio Gramscis heirs and disciples. The Lefts useful idiots. Heres a brief taxonomy of the killers without conscience and their enablers:
1. Wishful thinkers (and the mentally lazy) dont these people just wish that the world was a nicer place? If only everyone were just as smart, just as clever, just as enlightened as they think they are, it surely would be, wouldnt it? Wishful thinkers and those like them arent really up to doing the heavy lifting to achieve their utopia, but they surely do vote and applaud into power those whom they believe will usher in the New Age. The trouble is, those they empower typically have an agenda that doesnt quite match that of our dreamers. And no one is more surprised than they are when it all goes bad and the body count their body count - mounts up.
2. Coercive utopians they have a lot in common with our wishful thinkers, but they know that no one is going to do what it takes to usher in the new millennium, the New Man or that immanent eschaton. But theres a problem: put the sort of totalitarian regime necessary to achieve those goals - that is, socialism/communism and all of its imperatives and consequences - right out on the table in front of everyone, and no sane individual would buy it. Who would actively and openly cheer for the impoverishment and enslavement of humankind and the mass murder of those who wont go along with it? The hard Left, thats who, and theyve said as much - but thats beside the point for now.
The hallmark of coercive types is that they tend to be fairly bloody-minded. For example, Billy Ayers (0bama's good buddy andadvisor) and his wrecking crew thought that once they achieved power would have to slaughter over 25 million Americans too stubborn to toe their utopian socialist line that was back in the 1970s so were actually giving him a bit of a discount on that 25 million figure. But whats a few million here and there? Eric Hobsbawm, Marxist historian (now theres an oxymoron) has also said as much in a BBC interview where he allowed as to how the sacrifice of millions would have been worth it in order to achieve socialism. So is a little slaughter and a re-education camp or two or 10 not too much a price to pay for heaven on Earth? Not for the coercive utopians. Not by half.
3. Lord of the flies now were at the top of the pyramid of power, and those driven by that insatiable will to power. These are the ones who, once they achieve absolute power, really make things happen. And weve got over 260 million dead in this century and the last one to prove it. Now, lets say that again thats 260 million unarmed civilian non-combatants killed by their own governments. They were murdered by those exercising the power of the state. They were starved, gassed, tortured, shot, impaled, burned alive, drowned, frozen to death, hacked apart with hoes, axes and machetes a litany of brutality and atrocity beyond human imagination. Hundreds of millions more lived their lives enslaved, impoverished and in despair. Communism, socialism, the immanent eschaton who cares? Ideology is only the particular horse they ride in pursuit of absolute control of mankind.
Those who are driven by the will to power typically disguise their intentions under the guise of achieving the greatest good for the greatest number or under the rubrics of social or economic justice. They may claim that they are doing the business of the people or that they are acting according to the will of the people. The statement, Its for the children, should inspire instant disbelief and skepticism. When it has come to creating the New Socialist Man, or immanentizing that eschaton or ushering in that New Age, those who advance such arguments remain untroubled by the oceans of blood they would have to spill and the mountains of corpses they would have to pile up in order to realize their dreams. They are all animated by the unrestrained and unappeasable will to power. The Will to Power plays itself out at all levels. From the malice or indifference of the petty bureaucrat to the most savage and demonic mass murderers of recent times. As we have seen, power and the exercise of that power is more addictive than any drug.
The need is insatiable. The result is horror.
So where are our modern so-called progressives in all of this? Heres my question for a proud progressive: If youre a follower or apologist for todays political and social multiculturalism, an adherent of liberal democracy, or believe that our culture can continue without a basis in moral absolutes, which camp do you suppose you belong in? Are you a cynical but clever elitist intoxicated by the will to power? Are you on to the deception but support it out of pathological spite? Or are you simply ignorant of your role in the intentional destruction of your culture, even if you think you know what's best for the rest of us?
Finally, heres a purely practical consideration for all you precious 'progressives' out there: you may want to re-think your premises, because you are not likely to survive the consequences of the very bad ideas youre advocating. History is my witness.
A documented hundred million victims of Communism from the 20th Century would agree with you - if they were still alive.