And then they came for themselves

This is a great read from Victor Davis Hanson in the National Review:

How Cultural Revolutions Die — or Not

Please read.

It comes with a word of warning but also a sliver of hope:

Cultural revolutions not only eventually die without cruel dictators, but they can spawn dramatic pushbacks. Ronald Reagan was the answer to the radical Sixties. Revolutionaries are now sowing the wind, but they have little idea of the reactive whirlwind they may soon reap.

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12 Responses to And then they came for themselves

  1. BoyfromTottenham

    Correct me if I am wrong, but our present PM appears to be no Ronald Reagan. In any case I can’t wait for the ‘reactive whirlwind’ to turn up and blow away all this cultural Marxist crud. I am watching the BOM closely…fingers crossed.

  2. egg_

    Ronald Reagan was the answer to the radical Sixties.

    Howard was the “comfortable and relaxed” answer to Whitlam’s radicalism?

  3. JohnJJJ

    VDH doesn’t give us examples of ‘cultural revolutions’ that die out. In the social chaos, there has always be a highly organised group who wait in the background until the 20 year old revolutionaries have destroyed any opposition. They may show their hand occasionally – such as supplying posters and leaflets, but they wait.

  4. Boambee John

    Let them eat progressives!

  5. Boambee John

    JohnJJJ
    #3513777, posted on July 15, 2020 at 12:14 pm
    VDH doesn’t give us examples of ‘cultural revolutions’ that die out. In the social chaos, there has always be a highly organised group who wait in the background until the 20 year old revolutionaries have destroyed any opposition. They may show their hand occasionally – such as supplying posters and leaflets, but they wait.

    Napoleon in France, Stalin in Russia, Deng Xiao Ping in China (after the Gang of Four, who hoped for the Stalin role, were purged), Soros in tbe wings in the US, Gueterres waiting in the UN for any opportunities?

  6. Rohan

    True, Morrison is no Reagan. But he’s also no Mao either. Therefore the pushback is still on the table.

    The big girls blouses that now represent the cultural Marxists will supply certifiable rivers of salty tears when pushback comes.

  7. JohnJJJ

    Boambee John
    #3513785, posted on July 15, 2020 at 12:22 pm

    Napoleon in France, Stalin in Russia, Deng Xiao Ping in China (after the Gang of Four, who hoped for the Stalin role, were purged), Soros in tbe wings in the US, Gueterres waiting in the UN for any opportunities?
    Yes that is what I meant . I don’t think it is individuals. It is an organised (faceless) group that decides on the ‘leader’. Lenin, Castro, Pol Pot and Mao are better examples for the current situation. The question here is who is the faceless group in the background in the USA. I’d guess it is a Socialist Alliance type group i.e. Trotskyists.

  8. Spurgeon Monkfish III

    they have little idea of the reactive whirlwind they may soon reap

    They’ll have plenty of time to contemplate it while in their graves, which hopefully they’ll end up in sooner rather than later*.

    *NaDT.

  9. nb

    It amazed me that the left revealed itself for all its awfulness after Trump’s election. Up to then, it had a pretty good pr system going, and hid in various corners quietly corrupting everything. After four years of left madness (tautology) everyone whose information network extends beyond the ABC and the like understands just what the left represents, and the extent of its infiltration.

  10. Tony Taylor

    VDH might have had this to say.

    Had Whitlam not been sacked by Kerr, and had he been allowed to go full term, it is conceivable he would have been spanked by even more at the 1977 election than he was at the 1975 election. Hell, he even got walloped at the actual 1977 election. A 1977 election without the Dismissal may have been truly gory. By intervening, Kerr saved the ALP furniture.

  11. Archivist

    Let them eat progressives!

    Be careful what you wish for. On the right ‘liberal’, ‘progressive’, ‘leftist’, ‘socialist’, etc…. are used interchangeably, and often as generic slurs. But they mean different things.

    The far left is ascendant, and is hollowing out the centre and the centre-left. The conservative glee that the left are “eating their own” is based on a misunderstanding of the dynamics at play. Maybe, once there is no centre, as VDH says, the whole thing will collapse like a souffle. So far, that hasn’t happened. Maybe that’s just wishful thinking on his part.

    Its progressives vs wokes; moderates vs wokes, and ‘liberals’ (American version) vs wokes. You might not care what the outcome is, but it will have consequences.

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