(Dr. Lawrence Sellin, Ph.D.) On July 4, 2022, a gunman opened fired on an Independence Day parade in Highland Park, Illinois, killing six and wounding twenty-four in an act of unprovoked violence, no doubt influenced by the constant drumbeat of anti-American hate coming from the political left.
The behavior of the modern Democrat Party is not without historical precedent.
As Democrats continue their political march leftward, and lacking popular support, they have adopted the non-democratic tactics directly out of the Communist Party playbook.
After the successful 1917 communist revolution in Russia, the political left widely believed that a violent proletarian revolt would sweep across Europe and, ultimately, North America.
It did not.
As a result, the Communist International began to investigate other ways to create the state of societal hopelessness and alienation necessary as a prerequisite for socialist revolution, in essence, to erode Western democracy from within.
The single, most important organizational component of that effort was a Communist think tank called the Institute for Social Research in Frankfurt, Germany, popularly known as the Frankfurt School.
When the Nazis assumed power in Germany, the Frankfurt School transplanted itself to Columbia University in New York City.
The task of the Frankfurt School was first, to undermine the foundation of Western civilization that emphasized the uniqueness of the individual and, second, to determine new cultural forms which would increase the disaffection of and division among the population.
Just as in classical economic Marxism, where certain groups like workers and peasants are a priori good, and other groups like the bourgeoisie and capital owners are evil, in Cultural Marxism, feminists, racial and ethnic minorities and those who define themselves according to sexual orientation are deemed good and “victims” of societal injustice.
It logically follows, then, that white males and “privilege” and, by extension, Western civilization, are automatically and irredeemably malevolent.
Ergo, Critical Race Theory.
To many Americans, the Democrat Party promotes policies that undermine the United States as a sovereign nation, our Constitution, our culture, our traditions, all of what “America” has come to mean.
Part of that effort is to weaken our ability to transmit to the next generation the values and traditions upon which the United States was built.
Ergo, the 1619 Project, the destruction of historical statues and the renaming of military bases.
Layered on top of the Democrat Party’s war on American culture is the Biden regime’s controlled demolition of the U.S. economy.
The inevitable outcome of Democrat policies is a dystopia, characterized by a cataclysmic decline of a society, in which a totalitarian government enforces ruthless egalitarianism by suppressing or denouncing ability and accomplishment, or even competence, as forms of inequality.
Ergo, the Biden regime’s “equity” agenda.
Foremost among the Democrat Party’s dystopic policies is the eradication of the family as America’s primary social institution.
Ergo, government-sponsored drag queen story hour for children and the promotion of transgenderism.
In his article, “Why Americans Are Not Taught History,” Christopher Hitchens, compared America’s present-day culture with the Democrat Party’s leftist utopian myth.
For the true blissed-out and vacant servitude required by the Democrat strategy, you need a society that lacks any sense of itself through an understanding of its own history and traditions.
The low-information voter will submit to a combination of governmental coercion as in George Orwell’s “Nineteen Eighty-Four” and the hedonist nihilism of a painless, amusement-sodden, and stress-free consensus managed by the nanny-state found in Aldous Huxley’s “Brave New World.”
The social chaos and extremism we are currently witnessing in the United States is the product of a well-funded and well-organized anti-American agenda, and a Democrat Party that enables rather than opposes the aims of our enemies.
Ergo, Antifa, BLM and the Highland Park shooter.
Lawrence Sellin, Ph.D. is retired U.S. Army Reserve colonel and a veteran of Afghanistan and Iraq. He had a civilian career in international business and medical research. Dr. Sellin is the author of Restoring the Republic: Arguments for a Second American Revolution. His email address is [email protected].