12 April 2014

Bay Area anarchists leave Marx standing in the dust part II: the shining future

As I have mentioned in the previous post, we still haven't seen the best part of The Counterforce article. Here it comes:

We want no part of this disgusting and creepy game being played by a bunch power deranged man-children.

To this end, we now make our first clear demand of Google. We demand that Google give three billion dollars to an anarchist organization of our choosing. This money will then be used to create autonomous, anti-capitalist, and anti-racist communities throughout the Bay Area and Northern California. In these communities, whether in San Francisco or in the woods, no one will ever have to pay rent and housing will be free. With this three billion from Google, we will solve the housing crisis in the Bay Area and prove to the world that an anarchist world is not only possible but in fact irrepressible. If given the chance, most humans will pursue a course towards increased freedom and greater liberty. As it stands, only people like Kevin Rose are given the opportunity to reshape their world, and look at what they do with those opportunities.
I think we have a plan here. Of course, being a bit hasty (as appropriate for a good anarchist), the folks haven't really thought the plan through. So I would like to make a few corrections and, in fact, to propose a larger scale idea for the brave new world, where everyone (aside of a few reactionary capitalist, bigoted and racist characters) will be free of any bonds that oppress, stifle and generally... well, you know how it goes.

So, let's start with basics.

Plumbing. It is a well known fact that anarchists are not very good with plumbing and associate norms of restroom behavior (see recent shenanigans of the nice folks from "Occupy this" and "Occupy that"). Thus the problem of plumbing will have to be taken care of fairly soon and be taken care of on a regular basis.

Food, clothing and stuff. The other endearing trait of the anarchists is their inability to find time for the boring and dehumanizing menial labor, what with working like ants on unrelenting improvement of life for our lot. That angle will have to be attended to by somebody with ways and means. Which brings us to the issue of

Means. Revolution is fine and dandy, and the initial investment of $3Bn from Google is a good start too. But again, being a bit rush about the future, the Counterforce ladies and gentlemen comrades didn't think about ongoing expenses, only partly mentioned above. Why, a single environmentally correct Tesla for every member of the new community will take a sizable bite of initial investment, not to mention the monthly upkeep and maintenance... Anyway, here is the plan:

The country (US to start with, then, of course, all the others) will be divided into two distinct areas: the anarchist Totally Outer Circle, where all the good progressive folks will live in the Land of the Future, and the Flyover Country the Capitalist Hell, where the capitalist racist bigots, tech-worker leeches, car builder parasites, redneck Bible-thumping farmers  and other entitled scum (and not to forget the plumbers, of course!) will be allowed to stay, producing all kinds of goods and services (like plumbing) as required for proper functioning of the brave new world. Here is the map:

The capital of the Totally Outer Circle will be, of course, San Francisco (marked pink on the map). As you can see, the citizens of TOC get all the beaches and the good weather, which will allow them to be properly suntanned and healthy.

Chicago and surrounding area will be declared ex-territorial, in honor of the first really cool president who does grok it. 

Oh, and Alaska... the heck with Alaska, if Putin wants it so much, let him get the grizzly bears and the permafrost. See how he likes it, anyway.

Of course, there is also an issue of stipend that the Capitalist Hell will have to pay to the Totally Outer Circle on a regular basis (remember that important detail forgotten by The Counterforce folks?).

And, without doubt, this blueprint works for any other country in the world, so we all might as well start going with its implementation. First US of A and then the rest of the world! Just don't forget the plumbing, and everything will be fine.

Conclusion:

Now, after all the fun and games are over, I have to confess that the situation is not funny at all. It's true that the case of Bay Area anarchists, presented in these two posts, may be an extreme (an thus laughable) example of a hyped up sense of entitlement, ignorance and pure stupidity. But this drop is a representation of a dumbed down generation of high school, college and university students that grow up in the pervasive atmosphere of pseudo-Marxist demagogy - the "liberal-progressive" machinery built up during the years of diligent toil by the Third Left. The same left that successfully eradicated the true liberal movement and is using the hollowed-out carcass of the term "liberal" for its own, quite nefarious purposes. Starting with poisoning the minds of the American youth. Says Barry Rubin:
Alongside the mass media, the other main institution forming people’s views about politics and the world was education. With so much one-sided indoctrination going on, the results were a massive shift in the worldview of young people. Asked in 2009 whether they preferred socialism or capitalism, 53 percent of adults said capitalism, 20 percent socialism, and 20 percent didn’t know. But among young people between ages 18 and 30, respondents were evenly divided. Where had this penchant for socialism suddenly arisen, since there had been no explicitly socialist movement to push people in that direction, nor any dramatic incentive in society for young Americans to think that way?

This was no natural process but in fact a deliberate, concerted effort to make them think that way. Indoctrination was all-invasive and easy to document, reinforced by class curricula and readings, defined as coolly fashionable, cheered by campus groups and freshman orientation programs, strengthened by films and mass media, and protected from criticism. Lacking were not only conservative professors but also liberal ones who adhered to the professional ethics of balance, open debate, and keeping their partisan opinions out of the classroom.
Maybe you understand better now that, seemingly idiotic, quote: "Unfortunate people like Kevin Rose have never known a world without capitalism..." Of course, the person that has written it doesn't have any experience with "a world without capitalism". But for that person the said socialist world is as good as real, because he/she was taught that it is all good, and that it is his/hers for the taking...

And no, I am not talking about a conspiracy, led by a communist party or any other sinister organization aiming to take over the helm and preparing a bloodbath, not at all. We are witnessing a much more subtle, loosely organized ideology-based bloodless coup, where through the years and years of brainwashing and seeing its praised pupils take over the key positions in the media, the politics and, eventually, the government (the big and growing government, it has to be said), the Third Left may achieve what was denied to the previous incarnations of American Marxists. Here is another quote from Barry Rubin that must force you to sit up and listen:
...when the history department chair at a well-known university died, one of his colleagues wrote a glowing obituary on a closed historians’ email list that included as one of his accomplishments that he had ensured that only Marxists were hired in the department. None of the hundreds of historians pointed out that this was a basic violation of academic freedom.
So far the immediate and tangible result is the sense of entitlement, proudly carried by the youngsters, with the absurd expressions of it easily observed in the "Occupy" story, as well as in the referred here Bay Area outbreak of absurdity. But these were only tips of the iceberg. The real battle is over the control of the minds and control of the government. And so far the Third Left seems to be winning both hands down.

Update: another, by now typical, result of the "Change".

And, if I may, here comes my personal pet peeve - with no less that the US Declaration of Independence. Specifically, with this:
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal...
Sorry, I don't buy this. People are not born equal. You and I are very different, no matter what else is self-evident. Granted, the founding fathers somewhat corrected the first impression, continuing with
, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.
Yes, people are born with equal rights. What do the individuals do with these rights is a completely different story.

Unfortunately, this first part of the sentence plays a seriously negative role, especially in the deft hands of the Third Left's legion of teachers, lecturers, professors and journalists. And the end result: people who don't see reliance on government handouts as shameful, just the opposite: they fully expect the said government to provide them with everything they feel to be entitled to. People who see the only solution to their personal problems in taking from the rich will never amount to anything to be proud of. And here is the crux of the problem.

Where are you heading, America?



(*) The Third Left is a term coined by the late prof Barry Rubin to designate the wildly successful new wave of leftist practice that culminated (so far) in election of Barak Obama. Read more in his book Silent Revolution: How the Left Rose to Political Power and Cultural Dominance.