Live Action Role Playing
The constant World War II comparisons are getting more than a little tiresome, especially when the people making these comparisons often have little to no historical knowledge with which to frame them. Since the Left feels compelled to turn everything into a black-and-white moral purity test, this would seem to be the most obvious touch-stone what with the Nazis and all, excepting of course that the Allies counted among their ranks one of the most monstrous and deadly regimes in human history—the Soviet Union. There were of course extenuating circumstances that led to the creation of this alliance, but the USSR in both the context of these shop-worn World War II analogies and as it actually existed is rarely touched by the Left, despite the fact that they were practitioners of the atheistic collectivism so vaunted by the various Marxist iterations (at least until this latest obsession with Muslims as a protected victim class).
Yet the reality of over one hundred million dead in the last century and the inevitable failure of not only communism, but its other, seemingly more benign socialist cousins, never seeps into Leftist discourse and is an obvious black eye on their utopian narrative.. Wealth re-distribution at the barrel of a gun, funding abortion mills, financing the colonization of your homeland by alien, hostile cultures—all in a day’s work for the implementation of a glorious future where we are all the same. And on the Left, they already are. There is a striking uniformity in their worldview, so much so that here at Northern Dawn we’ve taken to calling them Borg. The smiling faces may be attached to every gender and color under the sun, but the brains behind them seem to be one consciousness, hell-bent on seeking and destroying “Nazis” (aka people that don’t agree with them) wherever they may be found.
That historical moment is over, and the need for such large-scale Resistance is not only obsolete but disingenuous. How many of these people, transported back in time, would’ve actually enlisted and fought real Nazis? Few, if any, since they would’ve also been fighting on the side of the so-called big bad Patriarchy, the side that’s given them the freedom to carry on like spoiled brats well into adulthood, in the form of the United States. If the Left was really trying to combat what they perceive to be right-wing extremism today, not in Fantasy 1939, then you’d think they’d be a little more strategic about it. Case in point: Richard Spencer was a relative unknown outside of the then-fringe Alt-Right until this whole “punch Nazis” thing started receiving mainstream attention, and that attention’s amplified his standing and following to a significant degree. He’s essentially become the media reference point with respect to the “Far Right”. In fact, the political correctness mania produced the Donald Trump phenomenon in the first place.
It’s apparent that it’s not about fighting the power, but gaining and maintaining power, with a stranglehold if necessary. It’s about the power of chancellors and prime ministers and bureaucrats to sell your country down the river, and if you voice any objections, the legal machinery will chew you up and spit you out. It’s about the power of college professors and administrators forcing their Leftist agenda on students and creating conditions that necessitate the few remaining conservatives in the academy hide their beliefs for fear of losing their jobs. It’s about the power of endless bureaucracy and speech codes and militarized police forces regulating every aspect of your lives, stripping you of your civil liberties, and confiscating your property without due process. I respect the majority of decent law enforcement officers out there every day putting their lives on the line to protect us, but I do not respect civil asset forfeiture laws that violate everything we stand for as Americans (Jeff Sessions needs to own this one, too).
The bureaucratic deep state has grown into a Hydra-like monstrosity with its innumerable and seemingly inescapable panoply of regulatory boards, commissions, and federal agencies. For the past fifty-odd years, this country’s been pulled further and further Left toward the twin altars of Big Government and Globalism, accelerating so much during the previous administration that Donald Trump, who is in many ways just Bill Clinton 2.0, is considered to be some kind of Alt-Right nativist hatemonger; by the same token, however, many of the same people screaming about Trump as an engine of right-wing politics also equate him to Hitler, a socialist, oblivious to the fact that what is considered right-wing in Europe is still big government Leftism in the American context. Trump is a fascinating figure I’m going to explore much more fully in a future piece entitled “The Trumpian Rorschach Test”. Donald Trump is many things to many people, and there are both nuggets of truth and inherent contradictions in the dual claims of right- and left-wing sympathies in President Trump once you get past the hysteria and exaggeration; that can be quite difficult at times, however, as, to quote Scott Adams, his election has been a “cognitive dissonance cluster-bomb” for the country, and Trump himself remains somewhat of a moving target, equal parts cunning and erratic.
Trump is certainly not Hitler, however, and has exhibited minimal authoritarian traits beyond the expected (for me, at least) New York brusqueness and hard-driving CEO-to-subordinates manner of (often public) delegation. What the Left wants, what the Left needs to survive, is this Hitlerian figure that’s coming to gas and murder all the Jews, gays, dissidents, handicapped, et cetera, and must be resisted with the full force of…Twitter? Anyway, the guy’s own daughter is Jewish for God’s sake, and he’s the first president to take office openly pro-gay marriage. He’s socially liberal, his views on health care and infrastructure spending certainly lean Left, and there’s a streak of FDR populism in there, too, the kind of which Ronald Reagan used to re-define modern conservatism. Those very same measures that made Reagan a great president, however, could also be used to evaluate President Trump—the rebound out of a recession into a flourishing economy (this could also apply to the Bill Clinton comparison, actually), a re-invigorated military and consequent foreign policy successes, de-regulation, and an intangible but detectable sense of real civic pride. The state is a far more bloated apparatus than in Reagan’s day, however, and some of Trump’s big government predilections will, I fear, be enshrined, especially with regards to health care.
Nevertheless, the Left needs their straw man, and here he is in all of his orange glory. But an entire movement cannot subsist on only one man; no, they need a legion of nefarious Nazis who are oppressing these poor, hapless brown people and women with no agency of their own, apparently, and in many cases actively trying to exterminate them. Last time I checked, the attempted exterminations were coming from unhinged Leftists like James T. Hodgkinson, BLM supporters in cities like Milwaukee, and radical Muslims like Omar Mateen. What unites us on the Right is that we want to be left alone; what exactly that entails is subject to debate, ranging from the creation of an ethno-state to simply de-regulating the economy, but the general impulse is for less imposition on our persons rather than more. Even the White Nationalists (whose leaders were erroneously called White Supremacists by the Anti-Defamation League) don’t want to rule over other races, they want a racially homogenous homeland separate from other races. The Nazis, on the other hand, were Supremacists who wanted to conquer, eliminate “impurities”, subjugate, and create a slave caste of Slavs.
Every movement must stand in opposition to something to some degree, but for most movements this is the by-product of standing for something. The Left’s entire raison d’être centers on opposing an illusion, and though they’re ostensibly “for” tolerance, inclusiveness, and the like, these are abstractions, ones they don’t even practice to boot, and as a political movement, there’s no foundation beyond taking that which was generated by others, the very definition of parasitism. These people all think they’re Inglourious Basterds, but they’re much more like Don Quixote, and without their perceived version of rampant systemic injustice, or Nazis as the case may be, all of the academy-trained activists would have no identity or sense of purpose. In fact, most of the actual systemic injustices like affirmative action and wealth re-distribution were hatched on the Left, so while Leftists live to fight the power, they are the power, and so it is that their entire selves are now (dis)located in an illusory utopia of their own design—the “no place”.