Originally posted August 3, 2020.
With dread and dismay, Americans have watched, since the death of George Floyd, radical protesters and livid mobs shrilly demanding the defunding of police as the rioters destroy national monuments that shadow America’s foundation and exceptional growth.
The rioters’ rage is hurled at America and the freedom of anyone who “fails to comport with their image of a just society,” warns Andrew A. Michta in the WSJ.
In authoritarian systems those in power seek to proscribe certain forms of political speech and social activity.
Totalitarians claim unconditional authority to reach deep into each person’s conscience. They prescribe an interpretation of the world and dictate the language with which citizens are permitted to express that interpretation.
Authoritarian regimes leave largely untouched the private civic sphere of human activity; totalitarians destroy traditional value systems and reorder the culture. That is why they are harder to overthrow.
A Massive Project to Reeducate the American Population
The goal of this project is to negate the story of the American republic and replace it with a tale anchored exclusively in race categories and narratives of oppression. The nature of this exercise, with its sledgehammer rhetoric that obliterates complexities in favor of one-dimensional “correct” interpretations, is as close to Marxist agitprop as one can get.
Tomorrow, Part II from Mr. Michta.
Mr. Michta is dean of the College of International and Security Studies, George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany.
Read the entire series here.