Ed Driscoll

Oh, That Eco-Fascism

“Torch-Carrying Environmentalists Protest at Oil Exec’s Home,” Lachlan Markay writes at the Website that fair and impartial objective journalist Andrea Mitchell has decreed must not be named the Washington Free Beacon:

Masked protesters carrying torches and threatening organized violence protested outside the home of an executive at a major oil pipeline company last week.

Eight environmental activists gathered on the lawn of Mark Maki, a member of the Enbridge Energy Company’s board of directors and president of Enbridge Energy Management, to protest the arrests of three anti-pipeline activists last year.

The protesters, who brandished torches for a photo posted online, held a sign warning, “solidarity means attack” and “we will shut you down.”

Maki stepped out of his Houston, Texas, home to talk with the protesters, though he said he was not familiar with their grievances.

“It’s 10 o’ clock at night, I’m happy to discuss it, [but] not here, not in my neighborhood, not with my neighbors around,” Maki told them.

In October of 2012, I interview author Elizabeth Nickson about her then-new book, Eco-Fascists, the title of which sounds increasingly prescient.” Who needs facts and evidence when you’ve got fire? Literally,” Jim Treacher adds. “It’s okay to stand outside a man’s home with torches and threaten him with violence, because he’s rich. Oh, and oil is bad.”

With this latest incident is coming just a couple of weeks after a headline appeared reporting protestors “at the doorstep of Google self-driving car engineer” in Bay Area California, here’s yet another reminder that the concept is straight out of the Book of Saul. I’m stealing the following few paragraphs from my Drudge-linked post in September, when anti-war protestors descended upon the front door of fellow leftwinger John Kerry’s Boston townhouse, when Kerry’s boss and fellow Aliksyite was vacillating wildly over what to do about Syria:

Alinsky recommended that radical protestors descend upon the homes of what the Occupy crowd dubbed the “One Percent” in 2011; apparently, the goal in Saul’s fevered mind was to apply pressure by sufficiently angering the protestee’s neighbors, thus indirectly roping them as well into Alinksy’s patented formula of the protest as a form of organized public psychotherapy, to borrow from Mark Judge’s recent article.

Check out this violent rhetoric and racialism found in this passage from the version of Rules for Radicals at Google Books, and transcribed in 2010 by Founding Bloggers:

In its early history the organized black ghetto in the Woodlawn neighborhood in Chicago engaged in conflict with the slum landlords. It never picketed the local slum tenements or the landlord’s office. It selected its blackest blacks and bussed them out to the lily-white suburb of the slum landlords residence. Their picket signs, which said, “Did you know that Jones, your neighbor, is a slum land-lord?” were completely irrelevant; the point was that the pickets knew Jones would be inundated with phone calls from his neighbors.

JONES: Before you say a word let me tell you that those signs are a bunch of lies!

NEIGHBOR: Look, Jones, I don’t give a damn what you do for a living. All we know is that you get those goddam niggers out of here or you get out!

Jones came and signed.

The pressure that gave us our positive power was the negative of racism in a white society.

In the immediate wake of the 2008 Democrat National Convention, Alinsky’s son wrote an open letter to the Boston Globe praising Mr. Obama’s mastery of his father’s techniques:

Barack Obama’s training in Chicago by the great community organizers is showing its effectiveness. It is an amazingly powerful format, and the method of my late father always works to get the message out and get the supporters on board. When executed meticulously and thoughtfully, it is a powerful strategy for initiating change and making it really happen. Obama learned his lesson well.

I am proud to see that my father’s model for organizing is being applied successfully beyond local community organizing to affect the Democratic campaign in 2008. It is a fine tribute to Saul Alinsky as we approach his 100th birthday.


As Jonah Goldberg wrote in 2005, while gathering the material that would become Liberal Fascism:

Liberals are geniuses at unleashing social panics because A) it never occurs to them that their motives are anything but pure and B) because they are almost exclusively focused on short term tactics. And yet they are invariably shocked when these moral frenzies come back to bite them. McCarthyism was a direct consequence of both the Red Scare and the Brown Scare. And when the tactics they mastered were turned on them, they acted as if they came from nowhere.

Sooner or later — if they haven’t already — a conservative, Tea Party, libertarian or some other group more or less on the right will attempt the tactics described above. As with Sarah Palin’s election clip art, the leftwing MSM will go into high dudgeon mode, pretending that they’ve never even heard of such tactics before, and sniffing that it’s beyond the pale for anyone to even think of doing such a thing, even though they were written into the left’s playbook literally decades ago.