Revolution that eats its children nibbles at Hollywood’s Daryl Hannah, Alec Baldwin, Roseanne Barr.
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The concept of “enemies of the people” (the wealthy, those who worked in banks, the “bourgeoisie”) swept through the new Marxist state after 1917, with specific measures designed to intimidate those who did not cooperate. What began with names printed in newspapers and lists posted in public places quickly became the sweeping and constant state of violence against those judged to be “in contradiction with the worker and peasant government, or with the political programs of the Socialist Democratic or Socialist Revolutionary parties.” A state of mind that morphed into Stalin’s mass murders, the gulags and for the duration of the Cold War held behind the “Iron Curtain” a considerable portion of Europe, ending finally with the collapse of the Berlin Wall and eventually the Soviet Union itself.
Here then are four examples from the 18th century to the 20th of anti-capitalist revolutions or societies that have acted on the expressed ideal of “economic justice.” Their resulting actions speak for themselves — and they speak loudly down through the centuries and the recent decades that were the end of the 20th century.
And what is it we are seeing now — right now — in this Occupy Wall Street movement?
Two interesting facts that have emerged.
• Doug Schoen, the longtime professional pollster and Democrat, an adviser to the Clintons, took the moment to send his polltakers down into the Occupy Wall Street camp in New York’s Zuccotti Park. Here’s his piece in the Wall Street Journal.
What did he find? “The protesters have a distinct ideology and are bound by a deep commitment to radical left-wing policies.”
Then Schoen says:
Our research shows clearly that the movement doesn’t represent unemployed America and is not ideologically diverse. Rather, it comprises an unrepresentative segment of the electorate that believes in radical redistribution of wealth, civil disobedience and, in some instances, violence. Half (52%) have participated in a political movement before, virtually all (98%) say they would support civil disobedience to achieve their goals, and nearly one-third (31%) would support violence to advance their agenda.
Coming in at about the same time was a poll taken of one hundred of the Occupiers by New York Magazine which found an unnamed number wanted to “burn it [Wall Street] down” and that 34 percent believed the United States government was “no better than, say, Al Qaeda.”
One poll finds those who believe in burning down Wall Street? And in another 31 percent — nearly a third — would support violence to advance their agenda of “radical redistribution of wealth.”
This is, of course, precisely the same agenda of Robespierre and the Jacobins in the French Revolution, of the Nazis in Germany, of the Communists in the Soviet Union.
• Fact two? It emerges that the American Nazi Party supports the Occupiers, as seen here in this official statement. So too does the Socialist party USA endorse the protest, as seen here. Not to be left out is the Communist Party USA, as heard here in their You Tube conference call
Now take a look here at this video posted by my colleague Quin Hillyer, which he discovered in turn from our friends at National Review. It’s the Oakland, California edition of Occupy Wall Street and someone has taken the time to interview the participants.
Here are a few of the quotes:
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?
H/T to National Review Online