Culture Wars/Current Controversies

Antifascism and the Left’s Fear of Power

This speech might have just as well been delivered by a member of the Bloods and titled, “Anti-Cripism and the Bloods’ Fear of Power.” Although it’s probably more appropriate to compare this stuff to “Ghostbusters” than to street gangs. Increasingly, I am leaning toward the view that the key to developing a new kind of radicalism is cultivating the ability to break out of these cultic paradigms.

Neither West nor East. Against all imperialisms. Neither Left nor Right. Against all states. Neither Red nor Blue. Peace between all tribes. Neither State nor Corporation. Against the power elite in all its manifestations. Neither Alt-Right nor Antifa. Against all authoritarians.

By Maximillian Alvarez

The Baffler

This article has been adapted from a talk delivered at Purdue University on April 18, 2018, hosted by the Purdue chapter of the Campus Antifascist Network.

In the United States today people tend to squirm with profound discomfort, if not sneer with outright revulsion, when they hear talk of “antifascism.” It is, by most accounts, a dirty word. That alone should be proof enough that we desperately need it.

In general, and among other things, I describe myself as an antifascist. In concrete terms, I serve on local and national Steering Committees of an organization called the Campus Antifascist Network (CAN), whose mission involves building broad coalitions in campus communities to prevent the creeping forces of fascism from taking root and counter-mobilizing against those forces when they show up. In that capacity, I regularly collaborate and organize with a diverse range of people who wouldn’t hesitate to describe themselves as antifascists—from socialists in DSA to anarchists to even rank-and-file Democrats. Collectively and individually, our groups do a great deal of work that falls under the umbrella of the broad, multifaceted cause of antifascism—a cause that, contrary to popular belief, doesn’t simply revolve around punching Nazis and white supremacists like Richard Spencer.


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    Sabbatean-Frankism as the Paradigm of the Modern Left

    Introduction: Sabbatean-Frankist Paradigm

    What do all these influential intellectuals all have in common?

    1. Communism (Marx)
    2. Sexual depravity (Freud)
    3. Corporate Leftism (Bernays)
    4. Multiculturalism (Horace Kallen)
    5. Deconstructivism/Critical Theory (Walter Benjamin)
    6. Frankfurt School (Adorno)
    7. Radical jurisprudence (Brandeis, Frankfurter, and Cardozo)
    8. Large-scale, non-selective immigration (Israel Zangwill, Emma Lazarus)

    They are all linked to Sabbatean-Frankism, a distinct quasi-Satanic schism within Jewry. The extraordinary prevalence of Sabbatean-Frankist influence among top Jewish intellectuals from 1850-1950 makes it statistically impossible to deny its role because of the impossible coincidences.

    The Sabbatean-Frankists sought to invert traditional Jewish-Christian values, including the 10 Commandments, restrictions on debauched sexuality, man’s dominion over the environment, etc. Further, given Sabbatean-Frankism’s apocalyptic nature, the modern Left is riven with irrational destructive impulses.

    This general thesis has been explored by historians Paul Johnson and Gershom Scholem, but never in such detail. There are several implications of this thesis:

    The failures of the contemporary Left do not represent “good faith” secular humanist efforts gone wrong. It is very possible that Freud, Marx, and other Sabbatean-Frankist intellectuals purpose-built their ideas to destroy the West.

    The US Supreme Court was heavily influenced by Sabbatean-Frankists. Their impact help cause a revolution via court fiat in the 50s-70s that undemocratically imposed decadent/anti-Judeo-Christian (i.e. Frankist) values on the country.

    Since the Left is fundamentally a quasi-Satanic movement devoted to destroying traditional Judeo-Christian civilization, it is a natural ally with like-minded Islam, despite superficial differences (feminism, gay rights). Islam and the Left will seamlessly cooperate to destroy the West as they cooperated to topple the Shah in the Iranian Revolution.

    Any civilization will eventually grow contemptuous of its stern founding virtues. Sabbatean-Frankism’s resonance is part of a cycle where civilizations grow complacent and ultimately self-destructive.

    Count Radetzsky, who defeated both Napolean and the Frankist-inspired rebels of 1848, appears to have understood the nature of the Left, which isn’t secular humanism or mere nihilism, but destructiveness as an end-in-itself.

    Soldiers! Open your eyes to the abyss that opens at your feet; everything is in flux; the mainstays of the social order have been destroyed; property, morality, religion are threatened with destruction. Everything that is holy and dear to man, everything on which the state is based and which it upholds, people are determined to destroy. That, not liberty, is the aim of every rabble-rouser who wants to drag you down to your ruin and shame.

    If Frankism is an ideology of destruction, how does it animate the Left? Saul Alinksy tells us by dedicating his work to Lucifer. Note the famous quote from Milton’s Paradise Lost “Better to reign in Hell, than serve in Heaven.” The Left seeks to preside over bringing Hell on Earth.

    2. Definitions

    2-1. “Sabbatean”: Follower of Sabbati Zevi. Sabbati Zevi was a false Jewish messiah who spawned a large movement (estimates range from 100,000 to 1MM followers) in 1666. Zevi’s teachings can be summarized by the maxim: “what is holy; unholy, what is unholy, holy”. The theology of Sabbateanism represents an “Achilles Heel” in Judaism. In traditional Jewish theology, cumulative acts of righteousness will eventually bring the Messiah. However, the Sabbatean interpretation uses isolated Biblical quotes to support the opposite conclusion. As if following the 2nd Law of Thermodynamics, Sabbateans reason that it would be easier to accelerate the flow of chaos to utterly destroy civilization than to perfect it. Once they debauch the Judeo-Christian faiths and ruin the world, God would be forced to start the Messianic Age to save it.

    Orthodox Rabbi Emden (1697-1776) tried warning Christians of the existential Sabbatean menace:

    And if they are truly Christians, they will observe their faith with truth, and not allow within their boundary this new unfit Messiah Shabbetai Zevi who came to destroy the Earth.

    2-2. “Frankist”: Jakob Frank came 100 years after Zevi and claimed to be his reincarnation. As Gershom Scholem described: “Frank will always be remembered as one of the most frightening phenomena in the whole of Jewish history”.

    Frankism is a distinct system from Sabbateanism (it has less mysticism and more radicalism and is more primed as a political movement). Frank is notable for innovating ideas such as contemporary feminism and Labor Zionism. Notoriously, Frankists engaged in orgies, pedophilia, adultery, wife-swapping, murder, and all manner of sin, ritualistically.

    Schisms in Judaism between decadent rejectionists and traditionalists are age-old.

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