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The Regressive Left Embraces Their Inner ’60s Radical . . . With a Difference

The Regressive Left Embraces Their Inner ’60s Radical . . . With a Difference

Better organized and better supported, the 2020 version may be more effective

At some point during the Obama administration it appears to have occurred to the left that its time had finally come and its patience was about to be fully rewarded.

Between the Gramscian march through so many of society’s institutions, the “fundamental transformation” Obama was working on, the coming-of-age of generations steeped in leftist education (including legal education), the mainstreaming of identity and grievance politics, and, most importantly of all, the full cooperation of the MSM and its heartfelt embrace of ends-justify-means lies, the left felt itself to be on the threshold of total dominance of American politics for the foreseeable future. In fact, it virtually knew itself to be there.

It was in the bag.

The results of the 2016 election were a seismic shock of immeasurable magnitude to them. Recovery involved a complete dedication to the undoing of that event.  We’ve extensively covered their efforts here at LI.

Although much of the country seems oblivious to the outrages committed in Russiagate/Obamagate, for example, with many people persisting in the idea that Trump is Putin’s puppet and Michael Flynn a traitor, Trump and the right seemed to keep bouncing back.

In other words, propaganda works. But it hasn’t yet clinched the deal.

So more recently, the left has escalated. COVID was turned into an excuse to gravely wound the economy. And now that the COVID episode was beginning to calm down and there might not even be a lethal enough second wave to deal a fatal blow to Trump, we have the revival of the 60s civil unrest and racial riots, one of the most terrible aspects of that decade.

But there’s a difference, and it’s the leftism of a much larger segment of the American public, the willingness of virtually the entire MSM to voluntarily become Pravda, the courts’ desire to play along as well, the amount of money supporting the movement, and what I see as the increasing sophistication of the violent forces such as Antifa who are ready to exploit any and every incident that lends itself to it.

The 60s radicals were relative amateurs. These people, less so, at least in terms of organization. And we have not yet seen the worst of it, of that I am convinced.

I hope I’m wrong. But it’s something like a fireworks display. At first, there are pauses between the explosions, and some are smaller and some larger. But towards the finale, they come fast and furious and the reverberations are huge.

And we’re still more than five months from that finale. Did I say “finale”? If somehow Trump manages to get reelected, I believe that the left’s resultant fury will be even greater and the fireworks will be exponentially greater, as well.

I hope my pessimism turns out to have been unwarranted.

[Neo is a writer with degrees in law and family therapy, who blogs at the new neo.]


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I don’t know if the street rabble is much better organized. What I do know is that this isn’t the same country as in the 1960’s. Heck, it isn’t even 1984 America any longer. The disgraceful education system has done its job. Couple that with the MSM which is the propaganda arm of the Democratic Party.

We are living in very dangerous times. We are now one Presidential election from losing the nation, losing our Liberty.

    lc in reply to Don. | June 7, 2020 at 6:48 pm

    Technology has made it much easier to organize and communicate.
    Many days I wish the computer and smart phone had never been invented.

    beagleEar in reply to Don. | June 8, 2020 at 7:42 am

    Thanks to #Diversity, much of it dragged in by church immigration advocates. Result, Omar, Rashida, & Little Mogadishu.
    If conservatives got everything they wanted, they would bury themselves for the rest of time. Outlaw abortion, and have an avalanche of single parented children whose only identity is what grievance group they can be slotted into. Then what happens?
    A small foretaste from Minneapolis; police arresting people attempting to peacefully keep watch on their neighborhood and keep the rioters out. They did not arrest the rioters downtown. This time, the rioters became sated and bored after looting downtown and did not bother with the suburbs. This time.

    Keep going geniuses, run more African and Arab mass immigration, outlaw all abortions, and of course don’t become teachers or professors. Then when your grandchildren become chattel slaves as *their* book commands, squawk at them “it’s all in God’s plan”.

    It’s great that we have Professor Jacobson speaking against at least some of the left plans,, but we need 1000 more.

      beagleEar in reply to beagleEar. | June 8, 2020 at 7:50 am

      It’s painful to have to write such harsh words. I prefer a nation where we all consider ourselves Americans and maybe have some food or an accent from the great grandparent’s old country; one in which nobody really cares or is forced to notice exactly what skin tone and facial pattern you have.

      But the left has taking up its fundamental mission to destroy the country, and the way you destroy a diverse country is to chisel on the fracture lines. Ethnicity was gradually being blended Into unity, into a strong and happy nation, to the extent possible in a short period of time at least. Now that is being used as one of several explosive weapons in the left’s arsenal. We must not merely fight a defensive action, cowering before the left, we must dismantle them from the inside out and excise them from the outside in. They have a 100 year plan, what ‘s ours?

Make no mistake about it. Communists and Socialists have been deeply embedded in our Government for over a Century. But in the 1960s the Democratic Party had not transformed itself into a Socialist Party.

Daniel Ellsberg and the Weatherman would not have been able to escape substantial justice if not for deeply embedded leftists. The level of perfidy is rising. But the high temperature is a sign that President Trump has been very successful and our Socialist ruling class elites are very frightened.

    clerk in reply to dystopia. | June 7, 2020 at 6:37 pm

    President Trump has wounded the leftist infrastructure to its core. We are now seeing in part their reaction. The left would rather see millions of dead Americans than lose power. One need look no further than the Lancet Hydroxychlorquine fraud. Power over People.

    legalbeagle in reply to dystopia. | June 7, 2020 at 6:41 pm

    In the 1960’s most elected officials did not reject the United States. Today we have a cadre of big city Mayors, Congressmen, Senators, District Attorneys and Governors who fundamentally reject this great Nation.


Young people in the 60s faced the draft – and a trip to a vicious jungle war that the US wasn’t intent on winning.

They also witnessed JFK, RFK and MLK being wacked on national television, and witnessed the outrageous farce of the Warren Commission.

They had a beef.

Today’s young idiots are brainwashed brats, looking for free sh*t, indebted beyond their ability to pay back their college brainwashers, bestowed with completely useless degrees, intent on remaining bratty children, and will see our nation destroyed rather look to themselves and admit they sold their souls to scammers, and were so easily corrupted. Then they have to admit what petty narcissists they are.

Today’s idiots have a beef, but it is with their parents and their educators and the democrat party: not the rest of us. In fact, we tried to warn them and protect them.

Don’t tread on us, narcissistic morons: it won’t go your way.

    Read about the farce of the Warren Commission:

    The Man Who Killed Kennedy: The Case Against LBJ:

      94Corvette in reply to | June 7, 2020 at 6:59 pm

      Another great book is ‘The Devil’s Chessboard’ by David Talbot. CIA/FBI were neck deep in the deaths of JFK, MLK and RFK.

        alaskabob in reply to 94Corvette. | June 7, 2020 at 7:13 pm

        Amazing how little it takes to obscure the facts right in front of the publics’ eyes and maintain the illusion.

        All three you mention were killed by “lone gunman”. Or in today’s vernacular…”lone wolves”. Even the “lucky” Gavrilo Princip wasn’t alone. Booth wasn’t alone.

          When you have been completely corrupted and trained to be an irresponsible narcissist (the pay is cheap: do as we say, and we won’t judge you for being a baby when you’re 40 but the balloon payment is their entire future) there is on ‘illusion’ in front of you.

          Rather, the lies are marching orders.

          Btw, anyone see Barr these days?

          beagleEar in reply to alaskabob. | June 8, 2020 at 7:58 am

          The case of Gavrilo Princip is the first one to look at, because the evidence can be examined from a distance. People are not as emotionally invested in one or another version of that story, One can get a much better picture of an event when you don’t feel personally attached to it.

          There’s a frightening lesson in that incident; A handful of people intending harm set off a chain of events that pretty much destroyed Europe. Not for a short time; World War I led to World War II, together they led to Europe’s loss of confidence and gradual collapse.

        Lanceman in reply to 94Corvette. | June 7, 2020 at 8:41 pm

        Too bad they couldn’t manage the trifecta and gotten that fat, besotted pig Teddy. The man responsible for a majority of societal ills today.

      notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital in reply to | June 7, 2020 at 10:27 pm

      For insight into the Deep State and how it operates read this book.

      Confessions D.C. Madam

    Vladtheimp in reply to | June 7, 2020 at 7:48 pm

    I was a ‘young’ person in 1968. I wasn’t drafted because I was a teacher in a school in D.C. where I was the only White ‘spot’.

    I witnessed JFK being killed by a Communist; RFK being killed by a Palestinian; and MLK possibly being killed by a White man.

    I didn’t have a beef based on race. During the post 68 riots I convinced rioters who blocked my car that teaching Black kids was more important than their silly demonstration – with a Tire Iron. Today’s morons’ beef is with all-encompassing Deep State Federal, State, and Local governments that control education, land use, environmental laws and regulations, and special rights for ‘special’ people.

    If they are successful in de-funding the Police, Black Lives Will suffer, and here in Michigan citizen community policing will prevail – it won’t go their way.

      Lanceman in reply to Vladtheimp. | June 7, 2020 at 8:43 pm

      ‘You’ didn’t witness shit. You witnessed the aftermath of what ‘they’ told you.

        Not true: we say the tv images. And the live feed of Oswald getting wacked.

        NONE of us believed the Warren Commission and the fact surrounding the shootings of RFK and MLK.

        What we did believe is there was a government comprised of patriots, though we weren’t completely naive about corruption.

        MAN, were we wrong! It turns out the rats (LBJ and gang) in charge of the government have enabled the civil war now underway in America.

        We have to fight back, with any means necessary.

As much as BLM / Antifa rely on inciting the public to do their bidding, how does the protest movement sustain itself when people need to go back to work, to pay the bills, feed themselves, etc.?

To that end, I hope there isn’t another stimulus bill. More than one way to put a knee on the neck of a resister.

    OwenKellogg-Engineer in reply to MrE. | June 7, 2020 at 7:11 pm

    Neo made the observation: “…the amount of money supporting the movement…”

    My guess is that it is not a limitless supply. Sooner or later their tank will run dry. We can’t cave at all; ever.

      I imagine there’s enough to pay the Antifa leaders until November, but what of the volunteers whom they incite to march / violence? That’s what I meant by the funding comment anyway.

      My memory goes to Antifa in Portland, who previously were able only to take temporary control of a few city blocks and disrupt pedestrian / vehicle traffic. When the crowds stop turning out (need to feed themselves) Antifa and BLM will head home to their mother’s basement again.

      I’m hopeful the Feds have been sweeping up all digital traffic in/around the protests and have traced same to the perps – for use in prosecution and burning Antifa to the ground.

    Dave in reply to MrE. | June 7, 2020 at 8:55 pm

    Do you know how much money Soros has? Bezos? Bill Gates? All of these billionaires are involved in funding either Antifa directly or they fund organizations that then fund Antifa. If AG Barr is actually going to run a terrorist organization investigation into Antifa some very wealthy Americans and some legitimate leftist organizations are in jeopardy. The first thing he’ll do is target the funding streams in and out, then the communications. Mayor Ted Wheeler in Portland will be a sitting duck.

      “f AG Barr is actually going to run a terrorist organization investigation…”

      Yes, he will. In the year 2079.

      The Barr ship has sailed. We have to proceed without him.

      notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital in reply to Dave. | June 7, 2020 at 10:31 pm

      Antifa-deserters have spilled the beans on how DEMS which includes all you listed are their main funders.

    beagleEar in reply to MrE. | June 8, 2020 at 8:06 am

    There’s a whole economy of people who have income and can protest. Everything from obscure college professors to an entire network of community activists, by which I mean people employed at nonprofits you’ve probably never heard of or thought about. Rarely is their official job title community activists, I hope nobody here needs to be told that. Nonprofits today have morphed into becoming shadow government agencies, it’s something that’s not much talked about.

    Then there is the economy of people who receive government payments. At one time that was welfare, but that’s quietly been morphed into disability for the able-bodied. That’s another squashed story which was written up in a couple places – liberal leaning ones – and then silenced.

No doubt that the reelection of PDJT in November will be used as a pretext for more anarchy.

JusticeDelivered | June 7, 2020 at 6:55 pm

“I believe that the left’s resultant fury will be even greater and the fireworks will be exponentially greater, as well.

I hope my pessimism turns out to have been unwarranted.”

I agree, and they are likely to give us reasonable cause to deal with then on the harshest of terms.

Both black rioters and looters and Antifa are asking for quality time.

You can’t count on today’s mayors recognizing that these people are not going to be appeased by anything other than giving them total control of everything.

So they don’t want the police to come at all?

Geeze- gonna be a lot of pig farmers taking care what happens if the cops not coming.

60’s people, except for the radical fringe, believed in civil rights, the Constitution and Bill of Rights. They were for liberal causes.

Today, there is hatred for these things. The movement is reactionary and the actors are ignorant about liberal principles that preceded wokeness.

The Big Lie being peddled — and swallowed — is that America is a systemically racist society. It’s as if the entire country has forgotten that we’re coming off the election of the first black president and his re-election. And if we don’t have a record number of elected black officials now, it’s because Obama’s incompetence brought about an electoral bloodbath for Democrats, black and white.

On a personal level, I’ve known about the racist lie for decades. I can’t count the number of times since 1990 when frustrated supervisors told me in confidence that they couldn’t find qualified black applicants for certain jobs. In come cases, needed slots were kept open for months in the futile hope that a black would apply for it.

Most of my black co-workers were competent (as were most of my white co-workers), and some were very accomplished. The latter quickly moved on to larger, more prestigious outfits, thus creating a “diversity problem” anew.

    notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital in reply to Elfaygo. | June 7, 2020 at 10:48 pm

    Mark Higgie

    The ‘panoply of untruths and half-truths that have been pumped through our society all but unopposed to persuade people to believe that the least racist societies on earth are in fact the most racist.’ –

    His patienceness, Lagaless ??

    Humans don’t realize they’ve been blinded by powerful organizations & media that things have gotten better. They frown at past injustices such as slavery; condemning it that it’ll never happen again.

    Nothing has changed, why haven’t you guys marched for the slave trade in Libya?

Christopher B | June 7, 2020 at 9:27 pm

Not all of them. The Atlanta mayor had some pretty choice words for looters, and even the Minnesota soy boy Frey wouldn’t go there. It’ll be ugly but I think common sense will prevail.

notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital | June 7, 2020 at 11:10 pm

C says:

I fully anticipate their next move will be a “second wave” and the blue state strongholds will engage in a second shutdown till election

Mailin voting will be their goal

notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital | June 7, 2020 at 11:31 pm


Looks like the #BlackLivesMatter “peaceful protestors” line is coming back. Let me do a photo dump thread about this. Starting with Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills. Sunday May 31 2020.

The progressive Left.

Semantic games. Mischaracterization through popularly conceived connotations and denotations. Progress is a [unqualified] monotonic function. This is similar to chaos (“evolution”)… where the fitness function is actionable and “evolution” is a retrospective. Liberalism is divergent. Conservativism is moderating. #PrinciplesMatter

Old Navy Doc | June 8, 2020 at 12:07 pm

This is following an organized script to convert the country into a “Mad Max” movie set. Let’s see: rewrite our history (check), make a majority dependent on the government trough (check), control and censor the media (check), disarm the population (checking), controlled mobs requiring Seig Heil like gestures on pain of punishment (check), elimination of freedom of thought (check), disband police (check). Yep. Better “Escape from LA” Mr Plissken.

Here’s the skinny on BLM from the best source on the radical Left living today, David Horowitz.

All I can say is, they’ve arrived on the scene, so watch out. It seems we’re really at war.

Also, read about the cost to LE in terms of lives affected since the new war began, by Daniel Greenfield, a great observer and reporter.

We’re being had by the MSM, the big US-based corps, and likely our elected officials in DC and state capitals while we’re living through probably the biggest, nastiest, and most deceptive extortion scheme — protection racket — is modern times, or even all of history.

With all their current momentum, political inertia, and the energy and will to do plenty of harm to our society, BLM — a fraudulent pretext and umbrella for an active Leftist insurrection at work seducing weaker minds and institutions, along with its affiliate organizations — will likely be troubling us for many months, maybe years to come. The events we’re witnessing are just the beginning of their war on America.

It’s possible, then, as they say, we ain’t see nothin’ yet.

Relatedly, the Pentagon and major retired flag and command officers are failing patriots as we read and write; their un-American loyalty is obviously remote from and disparate in relation to Trump’s nationalist efforts. If it all weren’t so fascinating to face and learn about, it’d be almost too weird to contemplate. In any event, life as we knew it is probably over.