American society is now in a revolutionary situation similar to the early events of the French and Russian Revolutions. It is a classic Leninist scenario.
The first phase of the revolution is mostly peaceful. It involves infiltrating, weakening, and converting the institutions of society to render them ineffective when the second phase, taking to the streets, arrives. Phase One is already fully accomplished. The executive branch, Congress, courts, media, educational establishment, much of state and local government, the corporations, the churches, are already deceived and demoralised to the point of paralysis in the face of violence. In fact they are abetting the revolution.
Antifa has already proved that it can operate violently without any official interference and is happy to enlist the criminal element when it takes to the streets. By one report only three of the 535 members of Congress has spoken out on the need to put down violence. Donald Trump, once thought to be a bold leader, hides in cowardly confusion behind the armed protection that is officially denied to the people. Everywhere officials have fallen to their knees before the mobs.
A violent thug who died in police custody has now become the Christ of a new anti-factual seemingly worldwide religion, near universally worshipped. This is not too surprising. In 1859 the New England intelligentsia made the psychopath serial murderer John Brown into a sacred figure. The Yankee segment of the American people, who rule most of the time, go crazy about every other generation. It happened in the 1850s-1860s when John Brown flourished and Republican mobs and military force crushed all opposition to Lincoln’s revolutionary war against a large segment of the American people. All done in a pose of moral righteousness.
The primary organs of our society are fully committed to an imaginary world governed by catastrophically false notions of history and of the working of human affairs. We used to say that liberals who were mugged were converted to conservatives. That does not work any more.
We had the craziness ruling in the 1960s and 1970s. Now it has come again. People wonder about the subjection of white women to the new religion of abasement. No mystery. Young white women have grown up in a society where their fathers, brothers, boyfriends are either wimps or con artists. Not surprising that they identify with the thugs who appear (deceptively, of course) to be actual men.
Once the powers are rendered ineffectual the third phase comes---the actual assumption of power---along with the denunciation and elimination of all the elements who are not on board with the new revolutionary regime. As long as they can keep their high places Donald Trump, Michael Pence, Joe Biden, and Hillary Clinton will have no problem in aiding and abetting the new revolutionary regime.
Clyde Wilson is a distinguished Professor Emeritus of History at the University of South Carolina He is the author or editor of over thirty books and published over 600 articles, essays and reviews