American Elephants


Clarifying the Nature of the Left by The Elephant's Child

From Andrew C. McCarthy’s book The Grand Jihad:

Neo-communism is leftism liberated by the collapse of the Soviet Union. Many newly believed the Soviet demise would be a cautionary tale for the left, warning against the hubris of big- government schemes to perfect man and society. The opposite instead is the case. David Horowitz, today’s most eloquent and incisive observer of the revolutionary left, the movement in which he was raised and which he turned on fiercely, offers a perfect diagnosis.

“Far from instilling humility in progressives…the collapse of socialism has revived their self-righteousness and re-energized their assault on the democratic West. The disappearance of the Soviet bloc has only one consequence of note.  It has lifted the burden of having to defend…an indefensible regime. Because the utopian vision is no longer anchored in the reality of an actually existing socialist state, the left can now indulge its nihilistic agendas without restraint.”

ibid: Today’s hard left is defined by what it is against: the United States, free-market capitalism, and any foreign policy premised on defending American interests or promoting individual liberty. Only this part of the agenda is concrete, leaving neo-communism elastic enough to strike alliances with any movement that shares it. What neo-communists are for, by contrast is a set of abstractions – “social justice”, “equality” , “redistributive rights”, the “rule of law” and of course “our values” the details of those can be worked out later once the more pressing imperatives of undoing the existing order has been realized.

Seemed like a good reminder.


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