For many on the left in America, Mao may be dead, but Maoism is not. Just look at the reaction of these American Maoists on college campuses to speech that does not conform to their ideology.
Speakers are routinely shut down. Sometimes verbally, lately we have seen more physicality used to dissuade. There is less space allotted for open debate. There are however, increasingly more spaces set aside for safety. Safe spaces have sprung up in places we never expected. Universities and colleges were supposed to be spots for the free exchange of differing ideas. Today, they are increasingly riddled with incidents of opposition to free speech. Why?
Could it be the reason some speech is routinely being shut down is because the left is afraid faults will be exposed in their philosophy? They realize it is better to silence voices that are warning of the treacherous nature of the path towards the statist ends they are paving. Those that are pointing out that the road Mao put his people on lead to death for millions and poverty and serfdom to the government for the survivors must be muted.
There has also been a flurry of fear directed at Russia coming from the left in America these days. The flurry has picked up to Siberian fervor and is growing exponentially. The method being utilized is Alinsky-ite in tactic. The left has studied their rules for radicals ‒ probably in college. Saul Alinsky wrote up and published his blueprint for marginalizing those that oppose the views the left holds near and dear in 1971, in his book “Rules For Radicals.” These rules are alive and well in the 21st century, although Alinsky, like Mao, is not.
One rule that has been steadily employed since the election of Donald Trump is rule number 13: “Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.” The left has been using Russia as the hammer to bash President Trump and individual members of his administration repeatedly. (Note: repetition is another Alinsky rule.) The left is also using the sickle, well, actually it’s more like a 21St century mowing apparatus, to mow down the Trump team.
But, if you noticed, all the fear mongering about Russia leaves out any condemnation of communism. Why?
If President Trump is so cozy with Russia, why has he been pushing policies that are strengthening American energy and our national defense? This is not beneficial to Russia or China. Those policies are what the American left knows it must prevent. That is why certain speech must be stopped…or at least twisted into something else.
The American left cannot let the future generation see that America’s way forward is to follow the US Constitution and capitalism. That is why college campuses are targeted and America’s youth and future leaders must not be allowed to see the best path towards a better world. They must not be exposed to the reality of the futile path the statists like Mao and other communists herded the masses on to and promised it would lead to Utopia, but instead led to death, starvation and serfdom to the state.
Diana Erbio is a freelance writer and author of “Coming to America: A Girl Struggles to Find her Way in a New World”. Read her new blog series “Statues: The People They Salute,” and more at www.dianaerbio.wordpress.com/blog .