The left pines for brutality
Since Hillary Clinton's defeat last November, large segments of the American left have found all sorts of ways to vent their anger. Some have chosen the violent nihilism of Antifa, while others have chosen to wallow in their bile. But for the more sedate, though still very angry, crowd, the vehicle of choice is nostalgia. No, not for the glory days of teach-ins and music festivals, when inhibitions and social norms were cast aside to snub the squares in power.
Rather, it's nostalgia for the horrific brutality of communism and repression in general. How on earth can people -- supposedly educated, and definitely "woke" -- pine for ruthless dictatorship - be it Stalin's Russian terror, Mao's murderous cultural revolution, or the modern concentration camp known as North Korea? Heather Wilhelm explores some of the pathologies on display:
...North Korea isn’t the only unsavory proverbial foodstuff on this sad international Lazy Susan. With its “Red Century” series — dedicated to exploring the history of Communism — the New York Times has truly outdone itself. “For all its flaws, the Communist revolution taught Chinese women to dream big,” declares the latest entry, after devoting several paragraphs to tiptoeing around the humanitarian horrors, mass catastrophes, and brutal death marches of Mao’s China. “The narrative of an across-the-board elevation of women’s status under Mao contains crucial caveats,” the piece notes, somewhat hilariously. Caveats? Really?
Well, never mind. For further reading at the Times, there’s “When Communism Inspired Americans,” “Why Women Had Better Sex Under Socialism,” and “The Little Red Book for Children.”
The Times series doesn't qualify as revisionist history so much as it does a mash note to terror. But the tour continues, and gets even stranger:
Then there’s Shannon Watts, a leading American gun-control advocate, who celebrated Saudi Arabia’s recent royal decree granting women the right to drive with a reminder of how terribly oppressed we are right here at home. “For those who think we’re more advanced than women in Saudi Arabia because we can drive, reminder that these men are deciding our health care,” Watts tweeted, paired with photo collage of smiling yet clearly sinister and dastardly Republicans.
That's almost akin to the days when we were told that Castro's Cuba was a paradise because the people were universally literate, and had all the free health care they could take (nevermind the gulags). Wilhelm continues:
Right now, in the year 2017, Saudi Arabian women are still not allowed to, as listed in a recent CNN rundown, “marry, divorce, travel, open a bank account, get a job, or have elective surgery without permission from their male guardians.” They cannot mix with men; they must wear giant black abayas in public. (I refuse to do so on principle, but you can insert your own comparison to The Handmaid’s Tale here.)
Well, the best change starts at home, right, folks? In troubled times, do your best! For Shannon Watts, that involves regular attempts to erode Second Amendment rights that are crucial for women’s self-defense. For others, it involves glorifying Communist dictators. For still others, it involves normalizing nuclear-armed madmen who run giant prison camps. Sure, America’s current political scene can be wacky and sometimes even cringe-worthy. It’s too bad some of its most vociferous critics seem devoted to consistently upping the ante.
And there we have it. Behind the admiration of brutes and mad men is a desire to import their aims -- if not all of their tactics -- to these shores. In the fever dreams of some in the American left, the United States is now, as it always has been, the greatest source of evil in the world. Only a society stripped of its freedoms of conscience, free markets, and personal liberties can that society become just, fair, and above all, equal.
Equal in misery, that is. And the kind of misery that can only be imposed and maintained through an unending state-sponsored terror. It may give some a warm feeling -- even a twinge of nostalgia. For the rest of us, it speaks to how morally bankrupt the left still is.