DSA'S Drift From Democratic Socialism to Stalinist Totalitarianism

Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) is on a roll, growing from 8,000 nationwide members in 2016 to over 25,000 today, which makes it the largest organized socialist group in the United States. Its members play a large role within the Democratic Party, where they work with others from Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign to push the party further to the left.

At its recent convention, as I explained in The Daily Beast, the organization’s members distanced themselves from DSA’s social democratic beginnings. They voted by a large majority to both endorse the BDS movement to delegitimize Israel and to withdraw from membership in Socialist International -- which the members saw as too close to imperialist and colonialist powers.

Now, recent documents from DSA’s large Los Angeles chapter reveal that it has moved closer to the kind of membership rites familiar to those who study totalitarian movements. Rites such as those practiced by the Chinese Communists during the Cultural Revolution and by the Communist Party in the Soviet Union, which continually charged dissenting members with betraying the party. They often expelled them from their ranks, or forced them to grovel in public demonstrations of obedience to the party line. Since these parties ran their respective nations, most often the recalcitrant individuals were found guilty in show trials, and then executed.

The key document issued by their chapter is a statement originating from a man named Josh Androsky and the Los Angeles Steering Committee of the group. It seems that Androsky, an active stand-up comedian, engaged in an action that DSA members saw as over-the-top and politically incorrect. His crime was to post a photo on Twitter of himself and his friends standing on Bill Cosby’s Hollywood Walk of Fame star with the caption: “hey libs try taking THIS statue down.”

If you analyze the picture, it appears that the group -- Androsky is the man on the right -- is laughing that Cosby’s star is still on display, since we now know he allegedly raped many women. It seems, however, that DSA’s commissars saw things quite differently, believing that the photo includes “an ironic caption that minimized the experience and mistreatment of rape survivors.” Of course, it stands to reason that the organization (and perhaps many Americans) would want Cosby’s honor to be removed, but the offense was for Androsky to quip that liberals would find it hard to do.

The next step taken by the Los Angeles central committee -- or the “Steering Committee,” as they call their cultural enforcers -- was to demand a mea culpa from Mr. Androsky, where he would be required to humiliate himself publicly for his gross transgression and bad taste. Androsky, of course, not desiring to be expelled from the bubble he lives in, willingly obliged: “I caused people pain and suffering,” he writes, “and for that I am truly sorry.”