Is The Left Self-Destructing, Or Is Something Else Going On?

Authored by Brandon Smith via Alt-Market.com,

The temptation to revel in the implosion of the extreme political Left is high, and it's understandable.

I could go through a long list of insane offenses by the cultural Marxist cult of the church of "social justice," but I think this latest example summarizes the problem nicely.

In this video, teaching assistant Lindsay Shepard at Wilfred Laurier University in Canada is reprimanded and brow beaten by two professors for daring to commit the heresy of showing her students BOTH sides of the debate over transgenderism and pronoun politics.

The zealotry on display here by these professors is indicative of a deep-rooted cancer within the Left. Shepard was not attempting to troll her class with misinformation or subtly manipulate them with propaganda, in fact she wasn't seeking to pressure them to support either viewpoint. She was not violating anyone's private property rights to assail them with her arguments, either.  Her only goal was to show people in a public space that there are in fact at least two opposing viewpoints on the issue in question. But in a cult it is unacceptable to acknowledge that there are different ways of thinking from the prevailing doctrine. Other beliefs and evidence must be filtered out completely, otherwise, the devout members of the cult might be faced with uncertainty.

If an ideological system is so fragile that it cannot tolerate the slightest hint of legitimate counter-evidence, then something is very wrong with that system. If that system is incapable of arguing its merits using facts and instead relies on the argument of "How dare you!," the only things that could possibly keep it alive are threats of force and terror.

Decades ago, it was the "Christian Right" that was often attacked as being too puritanical and theocratic in its attempts to not only control politics and legislation, but to also control the public mindset. They were not satisfied by merely dictating the laws; they wanted individual people to believe the way they believed, or at least act like it for the sake of conformity. This caused a considerable backlash from the general populace, and over time the image of the rest of Christianity suffered because of the overreach of an aggressive and often self-contradicting and hypocritical contingent.

The social justice cult is running into the same conundrum today.  The backlash is reaching epic proportions and the term "SJW" is becoming a household joke, when only a year ago most people had no clue what an SJW was — all they knew was that "political correctness" was furiously taking over Hollywood, the internet, politics, etc.

Most people do not like zealots, no matter what side of the political spectrum they claim to come from. And, whenever zealotry poisons a social movement and causes it to violate the non-aggression principle, there is always a reaction in the other direction from the citizenry. You cannot force people to believe what you believe, to think the way you think or to speak the way you want them to speak.

The laws of social physics at least partially explain the current collapse of the Left. However, I believe there is another underlying agenda taking place here, and it is working to the detriment of all people, regardless of their political affiliations.

In my article "Order Out Of Chaos: The Defeat Of The Left Comes With A cost," published just after Donald Trump's election win, I warned of the potential danger that the Left is being exploited by the establishment as a sacrificial appendage, a tool used to push conservatives to their own extremes and their own zealotry.  Meaning, conservatives could be manipulated into embracing government power and totalitarianism in order to crush the zealotry of the cultural marxists. Essentially, we would become monsters in order to defeat monsters.

The next stage in this theater of fourth-generation warfare would be for the Left to hit rock bottom and then rise again from the ashes as something new, and entirely more dangerous.

So, has the Left hit rock bottom yet?

I would note that the tidal wave of mainstream media reports on sexual deviance and misconduct on the part of celebrities and politicians has been composed primarily of people on the left.  Celebrity icons that are long time representatives of Democratic party money and support. I find it interesting also that many of these celebrities are people who attacked Donald Trump for his rather minor recorded discussion of sexual activity, the same recording the mainstream media used to admonish him as akin to a rapist.

Whether or not the accused people are guilty, or even require a self-flagellating apology, remains to be seen. I am not one to take the court of public opinion very seriously. That said, I wonder why there have not been more accusations against Republican icons recently? I mean, Republican figures have certainly not been strangers to sexual misconduct in the past, so why are the vast majority of pariahs being exposed today, including Harvey Weinstein, major Democratic players?

My theory is that the establishment and the controlled media are being very selective in their targets and are going after mainly leftists who represent low hanging fruit. But why? As mentioned above, the extreme Left must hit rock bottom, and then mutate into something else. They must be molded into something even more extreme. The social justice cult must be pressured into doubling down.

The people who supported attacks on Trump over his sexual commentary now look like idiots because some of their favorite Hollywood idols are being exposed as allegedly much worse in their behavior. What will their response be, I wonder? Admit they were wrong? Or become even more zealous in their political correctness and indignation?

The obviously fraudulent and completely fabricated Russia-gate issue is also disintegrating. But, contrary to what many conservatives and liberty movement analysts assumed, this piece of propaganda was NOT meant to take down Donald Trump; not in the slightest. In fact, it was meant to help radicalize the Left, to make them more aggressive and violent and to give them false hope that there was a way to get rid of Trump without waiting for another election. That hope is being taken away from them as Russia-gate fumbles.

The people who blindly supported the Russia-gate narrative now look like idiots. What will their response be, I wonder? Will it be to admit they were wrong? Or, will they become even more angry and violent?

The U.S. government is clearly ready to help this narrative along. The FBI and DHS officially classified ANTIFA activities as "domestic terrorist violence" back in September. And, according to Edward Klein who is publishing FBI documentation on leftist groups in his new book, the government is also asserting that leftists have been traveling to Europe to meet with Al-Qaeda and ISIS representatives, apparently to form ties with said organizations and to learn terrorist skill sets.

Do I believe this to be true? No, not really. This kind of agency propaganda reminds me quite a bit of the propaganda used against "patriot groups" over the last decade, including the not so subtle insinuations that "right-wing extremists" would work with Al-Qaeda and form an alliance. Which is, of course, absurd, because right-wingers are pretty adamant about opposing the tyranny inherent in Islam.

The claim may be more believable in the case of cultural Marxists, but still unlikely. What is MORE likely, and what I have been warning about since before Trump's election, is that there will be terror attacks in the name of leftist ideologies, but that these attacks will for the most part be initiated by the establishment. Just as the establishment funded and trained Al-Qaeda and ISIS and then set them loose to create havoc, and just as the establishment has engineered false flag attacks that were automatically blamed on a designated bogeyman, it now appears to be the extreme Left's turn.

If we see catalyzing events like war and continued economic downturn, the chances of Leftists being swept into an engineered fervor are even higher.

The Left is plummeting into the depths of embarrassment and despair. As Trump's first term goes forward, these feelings are probably only going to fester. Civil unrest and rioting are inevitable, but the greater threat is the issue of Gladio-style terror that is obviously being prepared. The narrative is being carefully set. And, at this point, conservatives are all too happy to believe that the Left is capable of almost anything. With the madness they have displayed so far, why wouldn't we think the worst of them?

Again, the danger is that when this begins to happen in great frequency, conservatives may respond by acting against their own ideals of limited government and individual liberty. When terror attacks are blamed on the Left, how will we react? Will we question the validity of the narrative? Will we apply suspicion to the Trump administration, which has only increased the number of swamp creatures in "the swamp" since its inception? Will we seek out solutions to the problem by staying true to the Constitution and without turning to state power? Or, will we embrace the narrative, embrace the Trump administration without question, throw our full weight behind government power and say "Let's stomp lefty faces into the dirt!"

I hope this will not be the outcome, because if it is, then the last vestiges of liberty in America are doomed. Hating the Left could be seen as reasonable and rational in our era, but abandoning our principles is not.

Comments

ParticularlySt… CheapBastard Fri, 12/01/2017 - 02:25 Permalink

No Communist loves wisdom. This is because they have dethroned the superego. Indeed this is the very reason why they commit such horrors when they gain control - for what pleases the id is quite often horrendous and violence. Indeed, all wickedness is within every man. And this fact is why there is but Fascism which is the true and correct form of government. The only alternative is Communism, which is that decline into debauch, to ruin, to horrors, a well-told tale of progress, a well-proved history of epic hellish depths, Communism is indeed!

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jeff montanye ParticularlySt… Fri, 12/01/2017 - 03:47 Permalink

not hardly.that this discussion of false flag terrorism and "an ideological system . . .so fragile that it cannot tolerate the slightest hint of legitimate counter-evidence" doesn't mention the supreme public affairs topic of our times, the zionist plot to take over the u.s. government using the events of 9-11 to initiate the war on terror, is absurd.communists?  marxists?  there aren't any real ones within miles of the actual levers of power in our society.  from the state of texas to the halls of academe what you can't criticize is israel.  and the paradigm of an argument that is always met with "How dare you!," (or derisory laughter) is 9-11 truth.  you want to do some damage to "the establishment and the controlled media"?bust 9-11 and change the world.https://www.amazon.com/War-Terror-Plot-Rule-Middle/dp/0985322543http://….   http://topdocumentaryfilms.com/everything-rich-man-trick/https://smile…

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Escrava Isaura jeff montanye Fri, 12/01/2017 - 04:08 Permalink

jeff montanye: communists?  marxists?  there aren't any real ones within miles……… if you want to do some damage to "the establishment and the controlled media"? bust 9-11 and change the world. Jeff, communists are super-capitalists. The difference between the two is that communists rely on the state power to dominate the private sector. In capitalism the government is owned by the private power. Your 9/11 solution is nonsense. The only chance, meaning delaying human collapse is to change the social order, meaning stop capitalism and population growth. But the general population can’t change the current social contract, capitalism, because we all depend on this failed system. How do I know it’s a failed system? Late 70’s and early 80’s my first job was for an oil company and the engineers of this company, that some were 20 plus years older than me, alerted me about the end of oil, because the end of oil was going to happen under my lifetime.      

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fleur de lis Escrava Isaura Fri, 12/01/2017 - 04:26 Permalink

Shut down half the snowflake factories (colleges) and the problem will start to calm down.Snowflake factories are mostly Marxist feeding stations anyway, and have little or no cost benefit to wider society.Indeed they have become massive financial drains on all social systems. Closure can be accomplished by linking post graduates by department to gainful employment.If a department cannot place a majority percentage of graduates after a maximum of one year post grad, then there is no point in donating tax money.Bad enough the graduates of dead end departments have massive loans to pay back without creating more debt just to keep the department nursing home system in place.For that matter the department staff should be told to find gainful work in their own fields and spare the taxpayers a few million.If they want to keep the non functional departments viable after tax severance, they can always request money from their ilk at the liberal foundations who have money to burn.  

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MagicHandPuppet Dindu Nuffins Fri, 12/01/2017 - 08:32 Permalink

I am trying my best to listen to the entire recording.  I've made it about 29 minutes so far and it's extremely disturbing.These marxist weenies represent everything I hated during my liberal arts university years. I had similar experiences as Lindsay Shephard.  Hat tip to that young lady for having the intellectual wherewithal to record this conversation. The best thing we can do is to expose the ludicrous bias and cultural marxist agenda these so-called "acedemics" demonstrate.

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Escrava Isaura CheapBastard Fri, 12/01/2017 - 04:16 Permalink

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CheapBastard: Stalin, Chairman Meeow, Hitler, Mussolini, Pinochet, Pol Pot and now the DNC (Obama, Hillary, MSM, Hollywood, BLM, antifa, college professors, etc) Cheap, I highly recommend that you stop posting garbage at Zero Hedge and go do some research about these. By the way, during your research stay away of the America engineered history. Lots of lies. Give you two quick examples: Stalin was a right winger. Mao was a left winger.  

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LightBulb18 Banjopicker Fri, 12/01/2017 - 12:33 Permalink

clearly right and left are not characteristics that identify good and evil. Especially when you consider the billionaires can pretend to be both, and being A billionaire is not proof of good or evil, or there would be no good honest media at all. Dominating our destructive evil characteristics is human kinds objective, with the Jews in Israel doing what they are supposed to, and the american people fighting the good fight as well. In G-d I trust.

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Escrava Isaura Zorba's idea Fri, 12/01/2017 - 03:48 Permalink

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Zorba's idea: I have four college educated kids…..they are waking up. They’re waking up for your ignorance of having four kids in a finite planet.  

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SgtShaftoe Escrava Isaura Fri, 12/01/2017 - 09:39 Permalink

The planet's resources are not exactly finite.  Read Julian Simon's book The Ultimate Resource.  There is plenty of energy, food, etc for everyone to live a happy life at even a greater population than the earth is currently carrying.  It's simply a matter of reorganizing the system to put peoples' needs and wants first rather than the mega fascist corporations' needs.  That distribution is generally accomplished through economics and price signals and a stable unadulterated currency - Adam Smith.  Then the currency used needs to be money (gold and silver) or some other token currency that isn't perverse.  How exactly have you been here this long and still not understand this simple but important point.  Pay attention.  You're falling far behind.  

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LightBulb18 Juggernaut x2 Fri, 12/01/2017 - 11:55 Permalink

There are millions of people who believe that Jews and white gentiles should not be able to conduct surveys or discuss surveys showing tremendous gaps between muslim and African violence and crime rates, and support for the violations of other peoples human rights. Additionally there is A considerable amount of evidence that many white and non white leftists support these race specific discriminatory laws about who is allowed to talk about muslim and black terrorism and crime. The lefts position does not make sense, they can only admit they do not believe in equal rights under the law, we just need to find A way to communicate those truths. Evidence of prejudicial media coverage in America by the left and their old white male billionaire media owners who control leftists by directing their focus to white people and Israel with black men like Obama and lesbians like maddow.

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Stuck on Zero Thu, 11/30/2017 - 23:50 Permalink

The left has no coherent philosophy and therefore makes entirely contradictory statements and runs at cross purposes. Like Nomad, in Star Trek, it can only self destruct.

sp0rkovite Thu, 11/30/2017 - 23:52 Permalink

There is no left in America ever since the center started moving right in the 80s. People are so ignorant they think being made to give money to private insurance companies is "socialism"

Bring the Gold Juggernaut x2 Fri, 12/01/2017 - 01:56 Permalink

Depends on how you define Left and right. Most on the Left consider our country to be extremely right wing. I find it amazing that anyone could classify our country as Left, but I also understand that.

I prefer the political compass four quadrant theory by light years over Left and Right which seem reversed depending on who you are talking to. I find the majority of Americans want free enterprise with some amount of socialism roads, firemen, police, defense. Others add in medicine etc.

Where I think the great agreement lies is that the federal government and corporations and the bankers who run it ALL are entirely too powerful. People would be shocked about how much we agree on if we ever bothered to stop falling for divide and conquer tactics. The author while clearly partisan and tribal, is also wise to the very real threat posed by the government.

I find people in the Left correctly identify the dangers of powerful transnational corporations which is somehow missed on the right. Contrarywise the right correctly identifies the danger of the insanely out of control Federal Government which is missed by the Left when their tribe is in power.

What both sides see is that the Banks are insanely powerful and dangerous. I note that is actually ultimately correct. So it's almost as though the Bankers who we ALL know run things, divide people along those line and then wedge that with things like gay marriage vs prayer in schools. Transgender bathrooms vs pro-life. Meanwhile the Republicans AND Democrats wage endless wars, spy on us all, crush us with taxation and regulation for only the small businesses while the mega corps get subsidies and don't pay taxes. The banks of course conduct the whole orchestra of chaos.

If we Americans truly understood the danger before us, we would put aside race, gender, religion and sex and defeat our common enemy. Otherwise we will be cut to paces by the Political pendulum that is held by the Banks.

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Bring the Gold Bigly Fri, 12/01/2017 - 02:03 Permalink

I love fiction as much as the next guy, But Trump being against the Deep State and a good guy is on par with all the "Obama's secret army of Blacks!" Nonsense we heard for years straight and never materialized. I'm astonished by how many Dems are utterly blind to how horrific Obama was and I'm equally stunned that people still buy the Trump vs Deep State thing. I've seen zero evidence of this.

What I DO see is two bitter faction rivals within the Deep State fitting one another. They agree on stuff we all hate. Where they disagree is on who should run things, whether to follow globalist or nationalist interests and around whether we support China and Iran (Dem and Globalist faction) or Saudi and Russia (Trump and Nationalist faction).

All these assholes would gladly grind your mother into dog chow for a shiny nickel and are NOT your friend. No jig is up, just a power consolidation by one faction and that is not yet assured. All the sealed indictments and salivating for HRC going to jail (man I wish!) is just hot air until we see some fucking action. Trump looks like a sellout to me and exhibit A is Kushner who sure looks like a Likudite/Mossad agent to this observer. And isn't that swell Likud always seems to win no matter who is in power.

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LetThemEatRand Thu, 11/30/2017 - 23:55 Permalink

Only SJW's may use the term SJW.  This author is obviously racist, misogynist, intolerant and genderist in using the term.   It is our term, and you may not speak it.

Alananda Fri, 12/01/2017 - 00:00 Permalink

Brandon Smith, for all his self-puffery, his iron-hand rule on www.alt-market.com, and obscure background, does think a layer or three below the obvious and expresses theses and opinions worth considering seriously. He walks the talk personally. Give him space in your mind to learn something new or different or better. In my direct experience -- albeit a mixed experience to be sure -- he's a straight shooter who does not tolerate tom-foolery or assholes. Good qualities.

farflungstar Fri, 12/01/2017 - 00:02 Permalink

SJW morons and the PC zealots deserve all the pain they got coming to them. Overgrown children divorced from reality. The State is not needed for them to collapse under the weight of their own bullshit. 

CrimsonAvenger Fri, 12/01/2017 - 00:05 Permalink

This article misses the point. He assumes that they're in danger of falling apart because they can't make logical, cohesive arguments for their position. But just as society has moved from print-based logical to multimedia intuitive, the left (and at least in some ways, the right) has moved from thinking in terms of ideology to a tribal mentality. They can't argue against our position, but they don't care - they'll just tune us out and stick with the tribe. It's shared identity at this point, nothing to do with reason.

August CrimsonAvenger Fri, 12/01/2017 - 01:16 Permalink

At least on the leadership level, it's not that the left (or the right) can't make logical arguments, it's that they prefer to avoid openly stating their deepest principles.The Left's principles boil down to "supreme power belongs in the hands of the State, through which I and like-minded persons can rule".Much of the right, certainly the RINO types, seem to feel that supreme power should reside with "wealth-creators" as exemplified by their various organizations... Chamber of Commerce, National Association of Manufacturers, Club for Growth.I see the Right as being more heterogeneous than the Left, and sizeable chunks can clearly state their principles (religious, nativist, or economic).  But asking, say, the Republican Party, to publish a list of its core beliefs would produce an incoherent mish-mash.  The Democrats, on the other hand, could largely agree on "more power to central government"... but they avoid baldly stating their belief, since even, now it still frightens too many people.

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