Monday, April 4, 2011

Economic Terrorism's Big Comeback

"Economic Terrorism's Big Comeback" is the name of my latest piece at Front Page Magazine.

Here's the top of it:

Radical activist groups associated with President Barack Obama have launched a campaign of economic terrorism and sabotage – possibly with his blessing. Mortgage and student loan strikes, crippling bank boycotts, intimidation, and who knows what else are all on the agenda.
The idea of leftists using terrorism to achieve political objectives isn’t new. Leon Trotsky supported the use of terrorism to advance so-called social justice. Decades before an ice-axe found its way into his skull, Trotsky argued in Dictatorship vs. Democracy that Communists who reject “terrorism in principle” weren’t bona fide Communists. Years before that, he justified “proletarian terrorism” because the capitalist state itself, with its “entire state apparatus with its laws, police, and army is nothing but an apparatus for capitalist terror.” In the upside-down world of Marxists, radical activists’ frightening, violent, in-your-face tactics are thought of as merely fighting fire with fire.
Since at least the 1960s, the American Left has embraced terrorism. Striking fear into the hearts of big corporations has proven to be politically useful and lucrative, as the shakedown artists of ACORN and Jesse Jackson’s Wall Street Project can attest.
While most of its practitioners conceal the true nature of what they do, others revel in their depravity. For example, Neighborhood Assistance Corp. of America head Bruce Marks has proudly described himself as both a “banking terrorist” and an “urban terrorist.”
The current campaign to wreck America appears to have been in the works for a while. It’s the kind of strategem that would appeal to Obama, who promised three years ago to do the bidding of Saul Alinsky-inspired groups such as ACORN, that Gamaliel Foundation, National People’s Action, and the Center for Community Change (CCC).
Remember that 10 months before he told Joe “the Plumber” Wurzelbacher that he planned to “spread the wealth around,” Obama made it clear to the nation’s far-left community organizers that they would be major players in his administration. At the CCC-sponsored Heartland Democratic Presidential Forum on Dec. 1, 2007, Obama promised to “be calling all of you in to help us shape the agenda … for the next presidency of the United States of America.”
He wasn’t kidding.
One of the architects of a recently uncovered subversive plan that aims to destroy the nation’s financial system is Stephen Lerner, an international board member of the radical Service Employees International Union (SEIU). Lerner, who is tremendously respected and influential in leftist organizing circles, has reportedly visited the Obama White House at least four times. [...]
Read the whole article here.

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