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Well, not in so many words. But if you’re going to have a meltdown over Tom Perkins, the co-founder of the venture capital firm Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield, & Byers, asking if a “Progressive Kristallnacht [is] Coming?”, then by implication, you’re also condemning the Godwin-violating headline of Al Gore’s 1989 New York Times op-ed, titled “An Ecological Kristallnacht.” Gore’s column posited that such a catastrophe was “an immediate and grave danger” that could only be thwarted if we all “quickly and profoundly change the course of our civilization.” His then-recent history as a pro-life centrist Democrat in the 1980s was immediately forgotten, and his reputation as an environmentalist genius — the Goracle! — was immediately born. Three years later, he would be Bill Clinton’s vice-president. More recently, he signaled that this phase of his career had been concluded and that radical environmentalism itself was now passé, by selling out to big oil.

In contrast, Matthew Yglesias’ response yesterday to Perkins’ similar rhetoric regarding a possible denouement to the left’s rapidly-escalating class hatred is brusque: “Tom Kleiner is nuts,” he writes in the metatag and URL of his blog at Slate. Yglesias adds that “it certainly proves that you can get rich without being very thoughtful, perceptive, or intelligent.”

But enough about Matt himself.

Given that Yglesias was (is?) a self-admitted member of the JournoList, it seems rather short-sighted to tut-tut Perkins’ warning that he perceives “a rising tide of hatred of the successful one percent,” when the JournoList, the self-described “non-official campaign” to elect Obama, hosted its own rising tide of hatred and calls for violence, as Jonathan Strong noted in the Daily Caller back in 2010, when he printed a 2008 email from Spencer Ackerman to his fellow members of that leftwing email list, then of the Washington Independent, now with the London Guardian:

I do not endorse a Popular Front, nor do I think you need to. It’s not necessary to jump to Wright-qua-Wright’s defense. What is necessary is to raise the cost on the right of going after the left. In other words, find a rightwinger’s [sic] and smash it through a plate-glass window. Take a snapshot of the bleeding mess and send it out in a Christmas card to let the right know that it needs to live in a state of constant fear. Obviously I mean this rhetorically.

And I think this threads the needle. If the right forces us all to either defend Wright or tear him down, no matter what we choose, we lose the game they’ve put upon us. Instead, take one of them — Fred Barnes, Karl Rove, who cares — and call them racists. Ask: why do they have such a deep-seated problem with a black politician who unites the country? What lurks behind those problems? This makes *them* sputter with rage, which in turn leads to overreaction and self-destruction.

Ackerman meant this “rhetorically,” but organized violence often begins as rhetoric before advancing to a more literal state.  In a typically more thoughtful reply to Perkins’ rhetoric, Neo-Neocon writes, “It is the fate of Cassandra to prophecy and not be believed”:

The hard left just pretends not to believe; the liberals for the most part are naive about what the hard left is capable of, and what the liberal role is in the drama.

Does this mean Kristallnacht and then the camps are coming? I happen to think what’s happening today will take a different form, a form it is already showing: continuing legal persecution and rhetorical demonization of those who dare to question the liberal line, minus the death camps and the rest. But I also believe that, if killing people ends up being necessary for some reason, the hard left here would have absolutely no hesitation in doing so. I just think, as I’ve written before, that this movement in the US has the earmarks of Chavez more than Hitler or Stalin. That could change.

In the meantime, perhaps Yglesias is just kidding when he attacks Perkins. As with many utterances by the MSM, who can say?

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Incidentally, the notion of Occupy Wall Street as a historically brutal leftwing German dictatorship? I just can’t see it myself.

Update (1/27/14): Welcome those clicking in from Instapundit, James Taranto’s Best of the Web Today column at the Wall Street Journal, and the PJM homepage.

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The "liberal line" is sheep's clothing.

The EPA instituting anti-capitalism programs, the IRS as the 5th Amendment invoking, Financial Gestapo, the FBI and DOJ as the GRU...the arrest, handcuffing and perp walking of video makers, the assault on nuns and religious believers,...who could believe what their eyes tell them?

It must be paranoia. The media, Hollywood and academia tell us so.

And it is "hyperbole" to make such comparisons. It is an exaggeration to connect these dots. You are being "an hysteric".

But if we save this country from that fate, the traitors should hang, shouldn't they? It is a race against time to see who hangs first, I'm afraid.
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Well, perhaps large scale violence is not in the offing immediately, but how about selective prosecution under the criminal laws? How about targeted tax increases? How about selective audits and punitive actions by other agencies?

It would not take much of this before prominent conservatives got the message and kept their heads down and the left could rule as it pleased.

Come to think of it, most of the above is already happening... .


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Sunday morning new shows are boring and predictive for me - and probably for many of you too. I pretty much know what some politician is going to say about this or that - with few exceptions and those make the virtual pages here and Drudge fast enough that I can keep up on things easily enough.

So this morning The History Channel had a short course (4 hours) in Nazi history - it is very interesting because it shows how fawning a nation can get over one leader. Happily it seems Barack Hussein Obama has seemed to have worn out his welcome mat to the point where the smarter of the herd AKA democrats would rather be seen with a criminal element than with Obama. And the LIV seems to have lost interest (hope and change too!) in this would-be dick-tator.

It could have been otherwise - as The History Channel so fully illustrates. Had Obama shown a bit more interest in creating jobs instead of just talking about doing something about it - had the economy lit up like a 4th of July Roman Candle - had he not said "Read My Lips - If You Like Your Doctor You Can Keep Your Doctor" - things might well have gone off on another direction. Well - all those other lies didn't help is cause for dick-tator either.

I thank God he's just that stupid...

Americans hate a liar. Most of them anyways.

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What is necessary is to raise the cost on the right of going after the left. In other words, find a rightwinger’s [sic] and smash it through a plate-glass window. Take a snapshot of the bleeding mess and send it out in a Christmas card to let the right know that it needs to live in a state of constant fear. Obviously I mean this rhetorically.

And that's exactly what happened to Perkins, isn't it?

All of this surm und drang had one, and only one, point: to send a clear signal to anyone who looks too closely at the connection between early-stage Leftism such as the San Francisco examples mentioned by Perkins, and its late stages http://www.hawaii.edu/powerkills/NOTE1.HTM

Point that link out in terms too clear for their comfort, and they are going to do to you what they did to Tom Perkins. (Oh, and by the way, only the Left are permitted to use National Socialism/Holocaust references. Hey, give them credit for finally owning those!)

Juding from the relatively muted response on the right in terms of numbers, the signal is being heeded.

It's a measure of the actual threat to the Left that they went straight to this method to deal with the emergency of Perkins, as it's their last line of defense, the one they use when faced with opposition whose ideas are dangerous to engage. Ad hominem, stereotype, misrepresent, marginalize and silence -- the good ol' argument from intimidation.

Rand Paul just got a dose of it yesterday in the New York Times, and it's their *only* way of dealing with Ayn Rand or Objectivists.

The one difference in Perkins' case is that I don't think they were actually panicked this time. The bigotry against the "rich" is sufficiently universal that they know that they can get away with precisely the sort of ugliness they otherwise profess to hate - saying that they are different from the rest of us (Krugman), engage in stereotyping (the endless yacht references) and last but not least, openly calling for the disenfranchisement of an entire group (Yglesias, with today's "it's time to stop listening to the rich" line).

This is worth remembering anytime any Leftist professes to oppose such things.
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The "liberal line" is sheep's clothing.

The EPA instituting anti-capitalism programs, the IRS as the 5th Amendment invoking, Financial Gestapo, the FBI and DOJ as the GRU...the arrest, handcuffing and perp walking of video makers, the assault on nuns and religious believers,...who could believe what their eyes tell them?

It must be paranoia. The media, Hollywood and academia tell us so.

And it is "hyperbole" to make such comparisons. It is an exaggeration to connect these dots. You are being "an hysteric".

But if we save this country from that fate, the traitors should hang, shouldn't they? It is a race against time to see who hangs first, I'm afraid.
34 weeks ago
34 weeks ago Link To Comment

Well, perhaps large scale violence is not in the offing immediately, but how about selective prosecution under the criminal laws? How about targeted tax increases? How about selective audits and punitive actions by other agencies?

It would not take much of this before prominent conservatives got the message and kept their heads down and the left could rule as it pleased.

Come to think of it, most of the above is already happening... .


34 weeks ago
34 weeks ago Link To Comment
Sunday morning new shows are boring and predictive for me - and probably for many of you too. I pretty much know what some politician is going to say about this or that - with few exceptions and those make the virtual pages here and Drudge fast enough that I can keep up on things easily enough.

So this morning The History Channel had a short course (4 hours) in Nazi history - it is very interesting because it shows how fawning a nation can get over one leader. Happily it seems Barack Hussein Obama has seemed to have worn out his welcome mat to the point where the smarter of the herd AKA democrats would rather be seen with a criminal element than with Obama. And the LIV seems to have lost interest (hope and change too!) in this would-be dick-tator.

It could have been otherwise - as The History Channel so fully illustrates. Had Obama shown a bit more interest in creating jobs instead of just talking about doing something about it - had the economy lit up like a 4th of July Roman Candle - had he not said "Read My Lips - If You Like Your Doctor You Can Keep Your Doctor" - things might well have gone off on another direction. Well - all those other lies didn't help is cause for dick-tator either.

I thank God he's just that stupid...

Americans hate a liar. Most of them anyways.

34 weeks ago
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ALL administrations are at the mercy of the business cycle and the Fed.

The Republicans have no solution either, to the continuing de-industrialization. Just look at their wishy-washy stance on the border.

Expect nothing to really change ( the business cycle of Capitalism, that is ) until money is changed.
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They won't do anything too rash with a divided Congress -- as much as Obama hints at his desire to have dictatorial powers, his beta-male nature will always keep him from taking the lead on that (now if Harry Reid wants to lead Senate Democrats on a sneak Special Ops attack on the House and then give Obama the entire government, that's another story).

That could change if somehow Democrats regained control of the House in November and their most ardent backers in the Bluest states (with stringent gun laws) thought they now had Carte Blanche to run wild on their enemies, but more than likely, a full assault on the Constitution and its protections will have to wait until the next time we have a situation like the 2009-10 period.
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You forgot to mention the propensity for using Government Agencies as a Weapon (i.e. IRS Targeting Political Enemies, DOJ Targeting film makers, EPA Targeting Corporate Enemies etc. etc.) in the furtherance of their goals.
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Great article. No subsidies or government jobs for us. Just lots of pain from the IRS.
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At some point the failures of the Obama administration—both of the transformational and policy kind—could brew up a real killing pathology again in those kinds of leftists who have demonstrated before that they don’t have other ways of expressing their discontent except by going into killing mode.
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Far left words are are liberal thoughts.
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