Socialists versus socialists

Politics inspires more murder

By Mark Luedtke

Unless you live under a rock, you’ve heard about the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia. A white supremacist, whose name I won’t use, murdered Heather Heyer and injured dozens when he plowed his car into a group of anti-protestors at a rally to save Confederate statues. I wish the victims and their families well. The driver is personally responsible for Heyer’s murder, but there’s plenty of blame to go around.

The mainstream media narrative of the event goes something like this: murderous, hateful white supremacists wearing white sheets rallied to lynch blacks, and angelic, peaceful leftists showed up wearing haloes to protect them. That narrative is baloney.

Every decent person should repudiate the intolerance, hatred, and violence advanced by white supremacists, and every decent person should repudiate the intolerance, hatred, and violence advanced by radical leftists. Yet the second isn’t so. For some reason, most people give violent leftists a pass.

A big part of the reason is the lying mainstream media which produces false narratives like the one above, but most Americans see through media lies on many things. The global warming fraud for example. But not when it comes to the violence inherent in leftist philosophy.

Leftist philosophy animated the greatest epochs of mass murder in history. Honest people can debate whether Mao or Stalin killed more people, but nobody else comes close to those two, and both were animated by communism. About that, there is no debate. If you move down to the next tier of mass murderers, like Hitler and Lenin, Lenin was a communist and Hitler a socialist.

Yet most people give leftist violence a pass. It’s crazy.

Libertarian Jeff Deist points out the commonality between the two sides in Charlottesville. “This relentless politicization of American culture has eroded goodwill and inflamed the worst impulses in society,” he writes. “Antifa and the alt-right may represent simple-minded expressions of hatred and fear, but both groups are animated entirely by politics: the perception that others can impose their will on us politically.”

In other words, both groups are advocates of socialism: coercive government control of our lives. Politics is the contest between groups vying to control the illegitimate power of government.

After accurately diagnosing the problem, Deist explains, “The only lasting solution to political violence is to make politics matter less.”

That means transferring power from the government back to the people by abolishing government bureaucracies wholesale.

The violence in Charlottesville was a response to the movement to remove Confederate statues around the country. You can’t miss the irony that Black Lives Matter is trying to whitewash the worst event in American history. The Taliban did the same in Afghanistan. ISIS did the same in Syria and Iraq. This is censorship of history. It makes people angry.

Maybe Black Lives Matter will remove the Lincoln Memorial next. President Lincoln was an avowed white supremacist. He wanted to ship all blacks to Africa. Then again he also mass murdered 800,000 Americans. I’m sure apologists will come out of the woodwork and claim Lincoln did it for the greater good to end slavery. Give me a break. There are always alternatives to mass murder. No other country endured such a catastrophe to end slavery.

If Charlottesville seems far away, the issue of Confederate statues and the violence politics inspires is not.

One day before this writing, the Dayton Daily News reported, “The Greater Dayton Chapter of Showing Up for Racial Justice is planning a demonstration Saturday at a Confederate monument in Franklin.”

Somebody understood this would lead to trouble. The day of this writing, the DDN followed up, “Our news partners at WCPO reported the stone monument of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee that was located at Dixie Highway and Hamilton Middletown Road was missing when they arrived before 3 a.m. today.”

The monument was removed by government officials in the dead of night and is supposedly safely stored in a top-secret location. If you pay the right ruler enough money, I’m sure you can get access to it and bash it to bits.

When the media howls the loudest about Trump, you know he got something right. CNN writes, “President Donald Trump, in a staggering, impromptu news conference in New York on Tuesday, blamed the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, over the weekend on both sides of the conflict — equating the white supremacists on one side with the ‘alt-left’ on the other side…”

If only he would quit threatening to start wars all over the world.

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Reach DCP freelance writer Mark Luedtke at MarkLuedtke@DaytonCityPaper.com.

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