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"...and I will make justice the plumb line, and righteousness the level;
then hail will sweep away the refuge of lies,
and the waters will overflow the secret place."
Isaiah 28:17

12/29/2009 (5:20 pm)

The Murderous Side of Progressivism

The man talking in this video is Larry Grathwohl, the only law enforcement agent ever to penetrate the Weather Underground. The video is from a documentary entitled “No Place to Hide: The Strategy and Tactics of Terrorism,” produced in 1982 by G. Edward Griffin. Grathwohl, while under cover, was an associate of Bernadine Dohrn and Bill Ayers in their violent heyday, and is relating a discussion held among the leaders of the Weather Underground in those days.

You can read some background material from Grathwohl here, in a Time article from 1975. Griffin, the filmmaker, is a fringe artist, but Grathwohl was a real investigator, and the content is entirely his. The video is badly coordinated with the audio feed, a fact for which I apologize, but can find no way to correct.

Recall that the outcome of the election-year research into the Ayers-Obama connection was that the two of them, along with Rashid Khalidi, had operated in a tight collaboration for at least 20 years, and probably longer. They share a common philosophical background, a common view of the world, and common policy goals. Barack Obama went to great lengths to hide his association with Ayers, lying outright and organizing slander assaults and legal challenges to prevent anybody from discovering their common activities. I wrote about this on the eve of the 2008 election.

The point is, there is no reason to believe that Ayers or any of his associates have changed their views on these matters. While Ayers apparently has abandoned violence as a tactic, his political goals have not changed, nor has he ever renounced anything like what we’re hearing here. What is being discussed is consistent with the actions of progressives when they take over governments; it was carried out in Cuba, in China, in Vietnam, in Cambodia, in North Korea, in Russia, in Albania, in Romania, in Bulgaria, and in East Germany, more or less as described here. And our President, Barack Obama, is a long-time associate and collaborator with him, sharing his political underpinnings and goals.

I’m sure progressives reading this will insist that they intend nothing of the sort — but can they say with certainty that the leaders of their movements do not? And if they examine themselves honestly, will they not find instances where they advocated only marginally less coercive practices to change the political thinking of their opponents, or their opponents’ children? I know I did when I was one of them. And given the examples of Cuba, Vietnam, and Bulgaria, among the rest, what assurance do we have that progressivism here will be less murderous than progressivism there?

wryBobI’ve also been privy to discussions in which fringe environmentalists and ultra-religious earth worshipers agreed that the earth can only comfortably support something like 1/20 the amount of humanity that it currently supports, and agreed also that some cataclysm would come to reduce the population to that level. They actually believe this would be a good thing, the only thing that will save the planet, in fact. This is an extreme of misanthropy, to be sure, but the difference between this and the more mainstream positions on the left, those being touted by the fans of Copenhagen and Kyoto, is a difference of degree, not of type.

All told, the proclivity of world progressives for murder is a great deal scarier than I’m apt to trust. Probably my friends who are progressives will object when the murderous ones come to drag me to a re-education camp. I’m touched by their friendship and honesty, but I don’t find that very reassuring,

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December 29, 2009 @ 5:38 pm #

Not exactly in the same category, but the same mindset…


December 29, 2009 @ 7:36 pm #

Different story, same theme:


December 29, 2009 @ 9:12 pm #

Suek —

I had not heard that Keith Gladney’s brother was fired. That’s repulsive.

I do believe the war has already started.

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