BY PAUL NEWALL
I spent a great deal of time in the US just after the turn of the century and I’ve followed the political scene there very closely ever since, what we are seeing there is a mirror of what has been happening here for a couple of decades and they’ve managed to get there from a completely different starting point.
In Europe, the tradition of far-left politics is well established, as you would expect being the birthplace of Marx, but it was defeated in a long attritional political war between the 1940’s and 1990. We saw great strides taken “for the public good” by big state leftists like the creation of the welfare state and, in this country, the NHS. I remember well the power cuts in the 1970’s and the slow destruction of our car, coal and steel industries when the communists refused to stop in their search for a workers’ paradise. The final nail in the coffin for the communists was the fall of the Soviet Union and its satellites between 1984 and 1990 – a major setback for them all.
Marxists saw the writing on the wall in the late 1960’s and realised that the Western populations weren’t as gullible as the Russian peasants. So they hatched a new philosophy borne of communism’s failure, postmodernism. Thinkers like Derrida and Foucault did a revamp of the class-based Marxian theory and instead looked to fracture society on multiple levels – class, race, gender and sexuality. Instead of the simple schisms of society that Marxism would bring, we got multiple cracks like a shattered windscreen on a car. The result, they reasoned, would in the long term bring about the destruction of capitalism but in an evolutionary instead of revolutionary way which most of the public were loath to involve themselves in.
In this country we have seen the slow progression of postmodernism, and it was always framed in the first instance as basic human compassion – do-gooding appealing to emotion rather than sense. It has slowly progressed into a form of anti-meritocratic tyranny. 50% quotas for women in top jobs is one example. The poison that this philosophy has injected into our society is palpable, every news story seems now to have a postmodernist angle – trapped by political correctness – and is always framed in an “Us versus them ” manner. People are self-censoring both online and in real life because one wrong comment can bring about ruination and if you think this isn’t communism I suggest you read “The Joke ” by Milan Kundera, which was written in Prague in the 1960’s and then draw your own parallels from there.
In the US, communism was firmly rejected from the outset. Trade unions, though active, were dominated by organised crime and unions like the Teamsters were as famed for their shakedowns of big employers as they were for fighting for workers’ rights. Many of Las Vegas’ casinos were founded by investments by trade unions via direction by the Cosa nostra. Communism was a dirty word to the American people because the national Zeitgeist was about self-reliance and living the American dream. Racism though was much more pertinent to American society than to European societies as slavery had only been outlawed at the end of the Civil war and African Americans still got a raw deal right up to the 1960’s. This brought about the civil rights movement led by the Reverend King, a giant of equality whose life was cut far too short.
JFK recognised two important things, firstly that non-whites deserved equal rights just out of natural justice, and secondly that this could be an unmissable opportunity to purge the KKK and other white supremacists out of the Democratic Party. Especially in the southern states, bearing in mind that the “Jim Crow” often referred to by activists today was a Democrat and all the racial segregation laws in the south were introduced by the Democratic party.
By the late 1980’s laws were in place right across the West to ensure racial and sexual equality and one would have thought that nirvana was beckoning to the West with the majority of wrinkles having been ironed out in society – no. From the 1980’s our educational systems have been churning out a steady stream of postmodernist Marxists and by the turn of the century many of these graduates reached key positions in the civil service, press, across education and in social services. What we are seeing on the streets of America, and yesterday in London and Bristol, are the products of identity politics and a postmodernist system.
The wrongful killing of George Floyd last week was indeed harrowing, but it’s no coincidence that just as the panic of the Covid 19 pandemic was starting to dissipate, the Left have seized on the tragic death of a black man in Minneapolis with both hands and have encouraged primarily African Americans, with the backup of Antifa, to take to the streets. They want America to burn for as long as possible in the period leading up to this year’s presidential election.
Four years ago the electorates in the US and the UK voted the wrong way, the Left is hoping to create as much turmoil as possible on the streets with two clear aims – to reverse Trump’s election and Brexit whilst at the same time furthering the relentless march of postmodernist politics through our society. Those who despise communism must stay strong and resist at every turn.
Paul Newall is a child of the 1960’s from a traditional Labour-supporting household. Paul dabbled with Trotskyism in the 1980’s but then “grew up and thanks to having responsibilities I slowly migrated across the political spectrum until instead of hating Maggie Thatcher I admired her for beating my side in the miners’ strike”.