It’s Already Begun
It’s Already Begun
Discussions of Marxist organizations in America seems like a right-wing fever dream: an irrational fear of foreign communists taking over the country. It appears absurd. All of the U.S. legal institutions and the constitution remain, no socialist or communist political parties have any meaningful political power, and Americans can still rely on their basic rights.
Yet to what extent are the freedoms we see on paper truly reliable? And to what extent do Americans today actually believe in the concepts that America was founded on, let alone be prepared to defend them? The answers to these questions tie in directly to Antifa, Black Lives Matter (BLM), and other Marxist organizations.
These organizations have already had a massive impact on America in 2020 alone. The Black Lives Matter protests over the summer of 2020 may be the biggest political movement in U.S. history, with estimates of 15 to 26 million participating, and as many as 550,000 participating in a single day.
Even before the explosion of BLM in 2020, analyses of New York Times word usage showed that the prevalence of terms such as “white privilege,” “systemic racism,” and “oppression,” have skyrocketed in the last few years, showing that the concepts Black Lives Matter has tried to mainstream have been fully adopted by the mainstream media.
Antifa’s efforts to restrict the free speech of whomever they define as “fascists” have proven effective. University administrators, using the cover of “security concerns,” can now cancel invitations to speakers conservative enough to warrant disruption from Antifa. George Washington University law professor Jonathan Turley says that Antifa “may be the most successful movement against free speech in modern history.” Of Americans polled, 62 percent now say they are afraid to express their political views in public. Among conservatives, that number is 77 percent.
Antifa and Black Lives Matter have also altered public discourse on the removal of statues/ The Antifa/neo-Nazi clash in Charlottesville, Virginia was mainly about the legally approved removal of statues of Confederate leaders. But by the summer of 2020, statues of historical figures as wide-ranging as Christopher Columbus, Thomas Jefferson, Frederick Douglass, and Oregon pioneers were toppled, and not through legal processes but by unannounced, self-mandated action.
Not only Confederate but the entire history of the U.S. is now under trial by unelected protestors. These events have led to a political climate in which roughly one third of both Democrats and Republicans approve using violence to advance political goals, a stark departure from the American tradition of using electoral means to solve political disputes.
Groups like the Democratic Socialists of America (through their star politician Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez), though lacking in massive electoral power, have successfully mainstreamed their views. In 2019, 70 percent of millennials said that they were likely to vote socialist, and 36 percent of them approved of communism.
The trends BLM and other groups have set into motion are enough to fundamentally change America without a single change to its formal institutions and political parties.