National Review published a fascinating interview with Kevin D. Williamson: “Utopian political movements — and all totalitarian movements are basically utopian — love the world, except for all the people in it. They all are antiliberal and they all seek to degrade the individual and individualism. Their liturgy requires an object of adoration, and it’s usually the same object: the People, or, as American populists like to put it, We the People. For traditional nationalists, it’s the Nation in abstract and idealized form; for socialists, it’s always been the proletariat, who apparently are the only people included in the People. If you’re acting in the name of the People, you can brutalize persons. The interests of the People require a gulag, the interests of the People require a death camp, and if the people have to suffer for the People, then so be it.“
Madeleine Kearns: For the purposes of your reporting, you were in and amongst the Portland mob. Did you get any sense of what might attract someone to join them? Kevin D. Williamson: “Loneliness. Almost none of this is really about politics at heart. Younger people have lives disproportionately involved with sterile social-media relationships, and relationships in the real world are increasingly informed by the social-media sensibility, which is one of mutual instrumentation. We could choose any metric of success and happiness we want, and we’ve settled on the crude quantification of love and human connection. The people suffering under that particular boot-heel don’t realize that they are wearing the boot, and that they have the power to take it off of their own necks at any time they want, that they can take a little freedom out for a spin and see if they like it. They don’t need a revolution. They need Jesus.”
I started with an adaptation of the phrase “We the people…” from the preamble of the United States constitution. “We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.” NOW THAT’S AN AGENDA!Thankfully, there was no social media, especially Twitter, or we would not have ended up with a constitution. The “We the people” preamble referred to the people of the separate states, not the United States, representing many different interests. There was plenty of disagreement and rancor behind the scenes of the Constitutional Convention, but their main thing was coming up with a constitution that could be ratified by at least 9 of the original 13 states. The primary difference between a convention and a mob is commitment to a goal. Twitter and other “social” media, or antifa masks for that matter, allow cowards to hide behind anonymity to promote their own animosities. Instead of defining and working towards a worthy goal, creating chaos is their result, regardless of what they think their agenda is.
I remember a woman I knew back in 1984, who defined herself as a revolutionary, had all sorts of Workers Party and Communist posters in her apartment, participated in violent clashes with police…..when she wasn’t at her day job, as an high salaried executive with AT&T before their breakup. She loved the people, but hated actual people. Your typical
armchair–or should I say aeron chair revolutionary.