Progressive bullies

Violence is at the core of leftist ideology

By Mark Luedtke

Leftists have raised bullying to an art form. They’ve managed to make themselves look like victims while they bully. With their Uggs, they trample into dust the wise old saying “sticks and stones can break your bones but words can never hurt you.”

Progressives have turned free speech upside down. In the 1960s, they wanted universities to be free speech zones. Fifty years later, they demand so-called safe spaces, where free speech is prohibited. Progressive bullies made themselves the gatekeepers of all speech.

It started with political correctness. Those of us who criticized political correctness for decades as antithetical to free speech were poo-poo’ed. We were told political correctness isn’t dangerous. It is. In a case of political correctness following its logical course at a University of Missouri protest last year, New York Magazine described, “At the protest on Missouri’s campus yesterday, on a space that is expressly open to free expression, protesters barred journalists from covering the demonstrations. In one scene, protesters surrounded and harassed Tim Tai, a photographer with the student newspaper, chanting, ‘Hey, hey, ho, ho, journalists have got to go.’ The scene is captured on a video here, which rewards close watching until the end, where Melissa Click, a professor of mass media working with the protest movement, calls out, ‘Help me get this reporter out of here. I need some muscle over here.’”

That’s leftist strategy stripped down to its core: begin with aggression, advance to threats, and then escalate to violence.

Leftist philosophy is a philosophy of barbarism. We see it all the time. Bullies regularly commit violence at protests. Protests with minimal violence are considered peaceful. Minimal violence is not peaceful. Progressives recently trashed the floor of the House of Representatives, temporarily shutting it down. They smashed Trump campaign sites and vandalized his hotel then blamed it on him. Thomas DiLorenzo noted, “The media are happy to highlight the violence as the story of the day instead of whatever Trump said during his speech. Censorship of opposing viewpoints is always the Number One Goal of the Marxist Left (or any other kind of Left).”

Progressives forced gays into a political closet. “So will gay Republicans be wearing Trump 2016 t-shirts and ‘Make America Great Again’ hats at LGBTQ Pride events this year? [A gay marine] said it’s unlikely,” reported NBC News. “‘It’s easy to come out of the closet,’ he said. ‘It’s dangerous to come out as a Trump supporter.’”

Progressive bullies are hurting businesses and workers, too. Many tech companies are hiring based on diversity instead of merit. GitHub suffers an extreme case of progressive bullying. “‘It is very hard to even interview people who are ‘white,’” claimed an anonymous GitHub employee speaking to Tech Insider,” Breitbart reported. “It’s a claim that seems shocking but should come as no surprise considering [GitHub’s diversity consultant] Sanchez’s previous outspoken statements on diversity.”

Twentieth Century Fox was bullied into apologizing for an “X-Men: Apocalypse” poster of Apocalypse, a man and bad guy, strangling Mystic, a woman and good gal, because the bullies claimed it condoned violence against women. Fox should have ridiculed the claim instead of kowtowing and pulling the posters, costing investors money.

Progressivism is always and everywhere a philosophy of violence. It can’t be anything else because progressives want people to behave differently, so they use coercion and violence to force them. Progressivism is the philosophy behind the mass murder of well over 100 million people last century, but progressives call themselves tolerant.

Lew Rockwell comments on the unique evil of the left. “But when we compare even the worst enormities of the more distant past with the leftist totalitarian revolutions and total wars of the twentieth centuries, they are in general a mere blip. The entire history of the Inquisition, said Joe Sobran, barely rises to the level of what the communists accomplished on a good afternoon,” he writes. “Given that the left has sought the complete transformation of society, and given that such wholesale change is bound to come up against the resistance of ordinary people who don’t care for having their routines and patterns of life overturned, we should not be surprised that the instrument of mass terror has been the weapon of choice. The people must be terrified into submission, and so broken and demoralized that resistance comes to seem impossible.”

From riots to show trials to guillotines to gas chambers to gulags to death trains to mass starvation, progressives terrorize and murder en masse. Yet, people still vote for them.

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