What’s Going on with the Left?

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“But summoning demons seemed like such a good idea!”

1. Partly – but only partly – there’s a unified plan: Attack Trump with a Xanatos Gambit; he’s either “weak and falling” or a “tyrannical dictator.” So far Trump has threaded this needle very well.

2. Another major factor is that the left’s thugs are out of control because they’re the kind of people who just like breaking stuff and beating people. Antifa is the obvious example here. They don’t much care who they attack, but the softer the target the better. Leftist mobs’ most recent victim as of this writing is a gay Democrat State Senator in Wisconsin. He was put in the hospital by a mob of thugs who he had thought, up to that moment, were “on his side.”

3. Another major factor is that they’re holiness spiraling.

4. What we haven’t seen yet, but may start to see soon, is the haute left fighting each other. Leftists know they can’t trust each other, so highly-positioned leftists will be very tempted to sort some factional stuff out now, in case they actually win against Trump. The internal power struggle has very high stakes, since lefties know they’ll kill each other for power, as they always have done for the last century. Indeed, they’ve been doing it since the French Revolution of the late 1700s, which is the origin of the saying “The Revolution eats its children.”

It all adds up to exactly what one would expect it to add up to: Increasing violence in general, and an amount of left-on-left violence in particular that must be surprising to someone who doesn’t know the history of the left.

Why not just work together? Remember, the entire point of leftism is betrayal of the broader group. And this is a personality type, not an ideology. Individual leftists don’t cooperate with broader leftism any more than they cooperate with the broader nation. (Leftist ideologies are just tacked-on epiphenomena that are invented to justify betrayal and smash-and-grab. No one believes the ideologies, least of all leftists.)

This is why leftism is most effective when it doesn’t require individual leftists to sacrifice for the leftist common goals. For example, leftist media narratives are pretty consistent across newspapers and networks because it doesn’t cost an individual leftist “journalist” anything to coordinate with other leftists.

Leftists are dangerous to everyone, but at least as dangerous to each other, especially once there is something big at stake like dictatorial power. Betrayers can’t work together.

If you’re an “elite” leftist, why not just exit the situation? Why not just quit politics, announce through channels to your fellow powerful leftists that you’re quitting politics, and move to another country to retire? That won’t work for at least two reasons:

(1) Your fellow leftists won’t believe that you’re quitting, because all leftists are liars and all leftists know that all leftists are liars. A false quitting announcement is exactly the sort of ruse a leftist would use to put his enemies off guard. In fact, Al Gore did exactly this the night of the 2000 presidential election, calling Bush to say he had conceded, while actually assembling his legal team to challenge the outcome while the Bush team was relaxing and celebrating.

(2) Moving to another country provides no safety, since whoever controls the US government reaches everywhere. You probably don’t know what happened to Leon Trotsky after the Soviet Revolution, because the left has decided it’s an inconvenient bit of history and memory-holed it. Short version: Maneuvered out of power by Stalin, Trotsky hopped from country to country, eventually ending up in Mexico. Stalin dispatched an assassin, who found Trotsky and killed him by chopping him through the skull with an ice axe.

Incidents like this are typical in 20th century leftist revolutions. Leftists are constantly riven by factionalism and killing each other. And leftists know it. You may not have known about Trotsky and similar incidents, but hard leftists study revolutions – they know. Their knowing it makes the situation even worse for them: Even if there’s a leftist who has no inclination to murder, he has to, pre-emptively, since he strongly suspects the other leftists will try to murder him. There is no honor among thieves… let alone murderers.

Look at this Reservoir Dogs photo from a previous post of mine:

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Is this situation game-theoretically stable?

If you’re in that situation and you know the other guy is a killer, you’d better shoot first.

I originally used that pic to illustrate the situation between Trump and the left. But this is also the situation powerful leftists now find themselves in with respect to each other.

(And Trump has been very good at resisting the left’s attempts to bait him into military action that they can use for propaganda purposes. That is, they are shooting at him, and have been for years, but he has been wearing a bullet-proof vest and dodging their bullets, as their attacks make their true nature obvious to more and more Americans.)

I do not think powerful leftists have started killing each other yet – if so, they’ve kept it out of the news – but they must be heading in that direction. (Update: How could I have forgotten Epstein?!) Antifa attacking the home of the leftist mayor of Olympia Washington, not to mention kicking the Democratic government of Seattle out of Seattle’s capitol area, are just a couple of recent examples. Already each “elite” leftist must be casting suspicious glances at other “elite” leftists around him, wondering who’s going to strike at whom first. “Will I be a target?” he wonders. And maybe starts thinking he’d better strike before he is stricken. Even as you read this, Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, and George Soros are wondering about each other…

2 thoughts on “What’s Going on with the Left?”

  1. Improbable that leftists have not been killing each other for quite a while. There is an impressive body count around the Clintons. I guess your point is that leftists have not yet been killing leftist competitors.

    I think quitting would work, if it is done credibly. Biden could quit anytime saying that he his feeling his age and is no longer fit for office. Of course, credibility is difficult – anything short of obviously permant medical reasons are usually not credible.

    Trotsky and Stalin are a bad example for leftists killing each other. Stalin stopped the holiness spiral. Initially killings are part of the holiness spiral that keeps accelerating. Better examples in my opnion are founf in the French revolution.

    While the holiness spiral is working, leftists kill leftist competitors by accusing them of being insufficiently left. At present, killings for insufficient leftism are still unusal. An accusation of insufficient leftism usually leads to a job loss, maybe a vandized car or home and a beating. Thus the usual behavior of leftists does not yet result in killing. Outright assassination is rare – look at the French revoltion, not at Stalin.

    Increased violence of leftists mobs will lead to widespread leftist killings. In same places, we are close to the point were an accusation of insufficient leftsism is life threatening. Once it starts, it will spread fast. Leftists will then denounce fellow leftists as evil racist homophobe nazis which will either cause a mob to kill them or provide cover for an assassination that can be blamed on a mob.

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  2. Improbable that leftists have not been killing each other for quite a while. There is an impressive body count around the Clintons. I guess your point is that leftists have not yet been killing leftist competitors.

    The only major player I can think of who has been killed is Epstein.

    I think quitting would work, if it is done credibly… anything short of obviously permant medical reasons are usually not credible.

    Yes, and Biden whom you mentioned is special circumstances.

    Trotsky and Stalin are a bad example for leftists killing each other. Stalin stopped the holiness spiral.

    Stopping holiness spirals is good, but that’s not why Stalin killed Trotsky. He killed Trot because he was a potential competitor. From the point of view of a powerful leftist these days, that’s the thing that matters.

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