This title is from a recent article by Victor Davis Hanson in Front Page Magazine. This provocative piece identified over 40 specific examples where progressives are driving a Jacobin agenda designed to take down this constitutional republic. As alarming as this conclusion may be, the reality is we are living in a revolutionary climate in the midst of an undeclared ideological civil war.
Dr. Hanson’s article is worth reading in its entirety. But some highlights may wet your appetite:
“We are in a Jacobin Revolution of the sort that in 1793-94 nearly destroyed France. And things are getting scary (emphasis added).
The Democratic Party vanished sometime in 2020.
Hard-left ideologues absorbed it. They were bent on radically altering, or hijacking, existing institutions to force radical, equality-of-result agendas that otherwise do not earn majority support.”
After this set-up, Dr. Hanson goes on to list a litany of specific examples. This article comes about 8 months after my new book was published in August 2022. It is both validating, though chilling, to see a renowned thinker like Dr. Hanson come to the same conclusion that I saw when drafting my book many months previously.
My conclusion was the mob mentality of the Jacobin’s was obvious during the riots of 2020. But this involved more than just riots. What drove my thinking was the same conclusion that Hanson asserted: “Elites run this revolution, and is a top-down operation.”
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Elites, or what I often called our “leaders,” led the way. Those who run America’s institutions act as they are at war with America. From academics to social media, from Hollywood to corporate media. The list can go on… But even the military and policing are shaped by progressive thought “leaders.”
As with Dr. Hanson, my conclusion goes to the mob mentality on the street that is fostered, and even funded, by elites to accomplish a very specific purpose. Just as the Jacobin’s in France, who took the noble goal to bring a better society to late 18th century France–and turned it on its head, many who wanted justice for George Floyd and sought “social justice” in America were used by mobs and elites who sought something more sinister.
Following the George Floyd killing in 2020, many good intended people jumped on a bandwagon to promote Black Lives Matter. What most did not realize that BLM did not (and does not) care about black lives. What they wanted–as did the “leaders” of America’s institutions was something more basic. They sought (and seek) a globalist solution, which by necessity, requires the destruction of this capitalistic system built on a constitutional republic.
Revolution is not the answer–it’s the problem!
I used Jacobin’s France–and contemporary America–as a jumping off point to introduce my book. Here is how I described it:
“One can view this through the lens of history. Comparing the American revolution to the French revolution is common but enlightening.
Both commenced with idealistic goals, but one devolved into a bloody reign of terror. The horror show in France was described by Jean-Guillaume de Tocqueville, a descendant of nineteenth-century liberal philosopher Alexis de Tocqueville, as such: ‘the French Revolution was an event that led to a bloody civil war because the people who were not in agreement with the new ideas, the really revolutionary ideas, were just killed and beheaded. It was not a good way to debate.’ The debate in France can be likened to the blade of a guillotine. Conversely, America’s revolution was successful, leading to the strongest, most enlightened country in the history of the world.
At least this was the way historians used to think. Recently, this viewpoint has been turned on its head. Now the American revolution has been reassessed by those who have declared it to have commenced in 1619 and resulted in a ‘systemically racist’ society. Meanwhile, voices on the far left publish their worldview in the magazine by the name that devolved France into a reign of
terror. As this book was being drafted, Jacobin magazine, which bills itself as a voice of socialism, published its November 2021 edition entitled: ‘Lower the Crime Rate.’
They [the Jacobin Magazine] introduce their ‘solution to’ crime with a quote from Friedrich Engels…” After citing this “solution,” I added this thought:
“This quote from one of the founders of Communistic thinking is illustrative of the schism in contemporary America. Some seek socialism, some want to maintain capitalism, and most don’t know what is happening—or why!”
Be Careful What You Ask For…
This was the title of my first chapter–and it reflects my deep seated love for this country and its people. There is so much to be said, but on a personal perspective, seeing Dr. Hanson’s article gives me hope. Hope that his warning–which was my reason for writing the book–is both the “why” and the “how” of our lives. Hanson ends his article with these words: The choice is ours. Ironically, my conclusion went to the same sentiment. And, this is the question for you…