“Human beings only have two ways to deal with one another: reason and force. If you want me to do something for you, you have a choice of either convincing me via argument, or force me to do your bidding under threat of force.” Marko Kloos, Why the gun is civilization
One of the national socialist Left’s perennial favorite lies is that their base ideology can be implemented without any tyrannical tendencies. This is epitomized by the absurdly incongruous self labeling as ‘Libertarian – Socialist’ or ‘anarcho-communists’. Basic logic would mandate that both aspects cannot coexist, that force would be required to take ‘from each according to their ability’.
In essence the left is claiming that their totalitarian dreams can be achieved without the use of force. Basic principles tell us that there are only two methods of human interaction – reason or force. So it stands to reason that we’re supposed to believe an entire economy can be dramatically rearranged without so much as a threat uttered in it’s arrangement. Or we’re supposed to believe a fairy tale that as soon as a society is made completely equal by force, that those wield said force will voluntarily give up the power they hold.
One only has to look at the actions of leftists of the past and the present to see how this Socialism(or any variant thereof) without Authoritarianism is a complete fairy tale. Take for instances of the left, depriving others of their right in the home of the ‘free-speech movement, or the cancelling of the rose parade in Portland.
Left and Right Street Mobs Rain on Portland Parade
Trouble began when Antifa leftist activists—acting under the monikers Direct Action Alliance and Oregon Students Empowered—created Facebook events which promised to confront the MCRP for the usual charges of hate mongering and fascism normalizing.
For the uninitiated, Antifa—short for anti-fascism—is a loose connection of anarcho-communists groups who seek to undermine the oppressive capitalist system we all toil under, mostly through blocking traffic and setting garbage cans on fire. These groups were part of the recent Berkeley brawl, and also showed up to smash Starbucks windows in DC on inauguration day.
Since I started writing about the upsurge in illiberal left-wing thought two years ago, many of the responses have dismissed the phenomenon as the antics of silly college students, or just a series of isolated incidents that keep happening over and over for some reason. In reality, these episodes are the manifestation of a serious ideological challenge to liberalism — less serious than the threat from the right, but equally necessary to defeat.