Where do I stand?"Have these gentlemen ever seen a revolution? A revolution is certainly the most authoritarian thing there is; it is the act whereby one part of the population imposes its will upon the other part... and if the victorious party does not want to have fought in vain, it must maintain this rule by means of the terror which its arms inspire in the reactionists"
Fredrick Engels: On Authority.
This 1872 quote was the first that came to mind when Keri Smith's 'A Liberal Definition of the Alt-Left' prompted me to write about the statements I made in this facebook thread a week past Tuesday.
Still a fringe leftie!
The notion of the 'regressive left' put forward by Dave Rubin (and others, and others, and others, and others, and others, and others, and others), aptly caught the tenor of the leftist tide whose antics filled me with derision, so that the months' long rabbit hole I fell into after watching this video by Sargon of Akkad:
- that new to YouTube frenzy of a bunch of strangers rudely rummaging through your fondest politicial ideas without let or hindrance; after about a year that rabbit hole came out here:
"Death to the Bolshevik meme!"
"Death to the Bolshevik meme!"
- Economic axis the most centrist of all, at a mere 1.8% from the mean;
- Diplomatic axis is well into nation, appropriate for someone who has recently eschewed open-borders internationalism;
- Civil axis- 42% authority is about the proportion who vote Tory- well, we've got to keep them happy.
Freedom of speech
The alt-leftAll of which brings us back to old Engels, a.k.a. 'the General', and his remarks about revolutions, which, in this day and age of regular Antifa actions in the streets of the USA, is the problem entire. "Yeah, but they're actual Nazis!" or "False equivalency!" are typical cries at this point, but, if Engels is right about revolutions (and he fought in one and watched another go down to bloody defeat just across the Channel a generation later, so he should know, after all), then any revolution- left or right- will be authoritarian and terroristic, and thus inimical to liberty. That there has been an actively violent revolutionary leftist street presence in the USA for months now is a well-established fact; that there is emerging a rightist counter-force is now also evident. Both of these groups offer nothing but violence, authoritarianism, and terror, and the newly-memed 'alt-left'- in its play on alt-right- hits the left right where it hurts, in its moral equivalence to the right.
Keri Smith describes the alt-left thus:
"It is not simply Antifa; it is the ideology that undergirds Antifa, and it has swallowed much of BLM and intersectional third wave feminism. It wishes to swallow the whole of the left, the country, the world. It is rooted in nihilism, resentfulness, and arrogance, though it presents itself as being rooted in equality, justice and morality. It favors collectivism over individualism, statism over liberty, forced equality of outcome over freedom."
This is the generation that seek to become "ungovernable":
A fine, uplifting aspiration
- who have no positive project other than their own desire to break things up and we are supposed to be outraged that Trump called them out as the alt-left? Somebody had to go prime-time on it.
A bit of Jordan B. Peterson...
Jordan Peterson is a "Canadian clinical psychologist, cultural critic, and professor of psychology at the University of Toronto. His main areas of study are the psychology of religious and ideological belief, and the assessment and improvement of personality and performance." Here he talks about how the exercise of good intentions or otherwise typically orderly and agreeable social traits can- and did, step by tiny step, lead to the absolute worst of outcomes.