Editors Note: This is an old post that was re-posted with updated analysis for the current day in light of increasing violence and unrest in the streets, rallies, and protests by AntiFa.
Today Marx’s sympathizers and his actual modern day acolytes like to make distinctions between words like communist, socialist, marxist, etc. Considering the history of Communism in the 20th century, I guess for good reason. What many people haven’t considered is the violence that Marx himself advocated in order to achieve system overhaul and his proletariat revolution.
“I am a revolutionist. I want to march in the shadow of the great Robespierre. Let blood drip from my hands. Let blood flow through the streets and victory shall be ours. Here is what virtuous citizens would say to you if he, our great lord and master, Robespierre were still alive today.
When an overcrowded vessel is caught at sea in a violent storm, a part of the crew is thrown overboard to save the rest, and so we must kill those citizens who stand against us in order that righteousness may prevail. So let us kill. Let us exterminate the bourgeois in order to save society from catastrophe. We will save them, or we will kill them and save them. It is their choice.”
Marx had entered Paris in February of 1848 and on March 4th he gave this speech to one of the revolutionary cells there. Most people have never heard of this speech called the “I am a revolutionist speech.” To be fair, nether did I. Marx’s speech was his endorsement of what would become the foundation of this new revolutionary religion that would engulf much of Europe during the revolutions of 1848.
In fact, I couldn’t find it online anywhere, and not in history books I’ve read of concerning the period. Deliberate? I don’t know, but it paints Marx intentions in a very clear light. A few years back, I remember pointing this out to a Marxist sympathizer and he dismissed it as hyperbole.
Perhaps, but considering the time and context it was given – during the violent and bloody mayhem of the Revolutions of 1848 – parts of his speech were already being played out on the streets of Europe.
This becomes something noteworthy to consider in today’s age of violent street “protests” and rallies that often become clashes. In particular AntiFa has had the balls to do what most self-described socialists, Marxists, and
Stalinist Communists won’t in calling for both revolution by any means necessary and wrecking havoc on the streets to do it. Essentially they are true believers who agree with Marx that they will save you – or they will kill you and save you.
Those who will downplay AntiFa’s penchant for bashing skulls, street beatings, and smashing windows or spin it as a reaction to supposed Fascism really don’t realize their history. Their attacks and rampages aren’t actually a reaction, they are a premeditated and constant physical attack on a system they believe needs to be overthrown immediately. For them Capitalism and “Fascism” are interchangeable because Capitalism apparently produces or tolerates it.
Let’s snag a look at AntiFa’s roots and early history – which predates any actual Fascism and Nazism. Before Hitler rose to power, Berlin was the reddest city in Europe outside of Moscow. In fact AntiFa’s flag comes from the German Communist party.
I’ll quote a large portion of an article which investigates AntiFa’s start and history:
“On Aug. 23, 1923, the Politburo of the Communist Party of Russia held a secret meeting, and according to Langer, “all the important officials spoke out for an armed insurrection in Germany.”
The KPD was at the front of this call, launching a movement under the banner of United Front Action and branding its armed “anti-fascist” wing under the name Antifaschistische Aktion (“Antifascist Action”), which Antifa still carries in Germany, and from which the Antifa organizations in other countries are rooted.
At this time, Hitler and his Nazi Party had begun to emerge on the world stage, and the Nazi Party employed a similar group to Antifaschistische Aktion for political violence and intimidation, called the “brownshirts.”
Antifaschistische Aktion, meanwhile, began to attract some members who opposed the arrival of actual fascism in Germany and who did not subscribe to—or were potentially unaware of—the organization’s ties to the Soviet Union.
However, the violence instigated by Antifaschistische Aktion largely had an opposite effect. The ongoing tactics of violence and intimidation of all rival systems under the Antifa movement, along with its violent ideology, drove many people toward fascism.
“The Communists’ violent revolutionary rhetoric, promising the destruction of capitalism and the creation of a Soviet Germany, terrified the country’s middle class, who knew only too well what had happened to their counterparts in Russia after 1918,” writes Richard J. Evans in “The Third Reich in Power.”Anti-fascism is directed not only against actual or supposed right-wing extremists, but also always against the state and its representatives, in particular members of the security authorities.
“Appalled at the failure of the government to solve the crisis, and frightened into desperation by the rise of the Communists,” he states, “they began to leave the squabbling little factions of the conventional political right and gravitate towards the Nazis instead.”
Langer notes that from the beginning, the KPD was a member of the Comintern, and “within a few years, it became a Stalinist party,” both ideologically and logistically. He states that it even became “financially dependent on the Moscow headquarters.”
Leaders of the KPD, with Antifa as their on-the-ground movement for violence and intimidation of rival political parties, fell under the command of the Soviet apparatus. Many KPD leaders would later become leaders in the communist German Democratic Republic, including of its infamous Ministry for State Security, the Stasi.
As Langer states, “anti-fascism is a strategy rather than an ideology.”
“It was brought into play in Germany in the 1920s by the KPD”, not as a legitimate movement against the fascism that would later arise in Germany, but instead “as an anti-capitalist concept of struggle,” he writes. “
What does this tell us?
That AntiFa at its roots wasn’t as much a revolt against “Fascism” as it was any authority that wasn’t Communist in nature. What’s ironic is that Fascism and Communism both have deep roots in Marxism.
Nowadays there is no actual real existing system of Fascism in the world despite the usual hyperbolic every election season. Movements such as theirs are founded based on what they oppose, rather then what they stand for. So they are forced to expand the definition of Fascism to things it never was and to use it interchangeably with concepts like Capitalism and the state.
It’s why they show such a withering visceral hatred toward the police which are seen as the most immediate representation of a state that must be smashed. The use of force and resulting bloodshed isn’t only to be justified against “Nazis” and “Fascists. Apparently it’s also to be used against those who either stand in the way of the revolution or who aren’t part of it.
No wonder the Bolshevik revolutionaries in Russia were so ruthless in their overthrow, the resulting civil war between the Red and White Russians, and the resulting Leninist and Stalinist Communism that would govern Russia with an iron grip till only 30 years ago. They were simply following Marx’s vision of violent revolutionary overthrow just as Antifa do today.
“It is obvious that in the bloody fighting that lies ahead as in the fighting in the past, the workers will be victorious chiefly through their own courage, determination , and self sacrifice. Far from opposing the so called excesses, those examples of popular vengeance against hated individuals or public buildings which has acquired hateful memories, we must not only condone these examples, but lend them a guiding hand. Let the mob be the mob.
Notice Marx not only endorses his fellow ideologues to encourage mob violence during the Revolution, but to utilize it.
The source for both the above quotes is from a book by James Billington entitled, “Fire in the Minds of Men” which covers indepth the various but similar strands of revolutions that took place in Europe as well as parts of Latin America,
I thought to myself, who is that? It turns out Billington was the chief librarian of the Library of Congress. Dr. George Grant’s staff at King’s Meadow – which is how I came across these quotes in the first place -recommended this book as stunningly insightful concerning the revolutionary faith. I’ve actually started reading through this book and am stunned by the amount of information it contains.