A few days ago I wrote a piece on how the “socialists” who are in the ascendant in our government have sold out.
Evidently the real articles–and their anarchist friends–have hit the streets of Pittsburgh:
Police fired canisters of pepper spray and smoke at marchers protesting the Group of 20 summit Thursday after anarchists responded to calls to disperse by rolling trash bins and throwing rocks.
The march turned chaotic at just about the time that President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama arrived for a meeting with leaders of the world’s major economies.
The clashes began after hundreds of protesters, many advocating against capitalism, tried to march from an outlying neighborhood toward the convention center where the summit is being held.
The protesters banged on drums and chanted “Ain’t no power like the power of the people, ’cause the power of the people don’t stop.”
The marchers included small groups of self-described anarchists, some wearing dark clothes and bandanas and carrying black flags. Others wore helmets and safety goggles.
One banner read, “No borders, no banks,” another, “No hope in capitalism.” A few minutes into the march, protesters unfurled a large banner reading “NO BAILOUT NO CAPITALISM” with an encircled “A,” a recognized sign of anarchists.
There are still a few true believers out there…
But that’s the way revolutions are: the idealists get them into power and then the “realists” get taken over by the power. The right calls Barack Obama a socialist but the real leftists say he’s not.
The reality is that socialism, communism and revolution is a lot of fun until it’s actualised. Then, things go downhill.
Another note: when I took microeconomics, my professor–no conservative–opined that there was little difference between a state owned monopoly and a state-regulated one. In a broad way, that’s true. That’s why the difference between, for example, the co-ops and the public option in the health care debate isn’t as significant as it looks. Once we start thinking in these terms we blur the difference between facism and socialism, and our elites absolutely hate that.