The Collapse of the Center-Left in America

Two or ten years ago, depicting the execution of your own president in the U.S. and broadcasting that to the world was a super inappropriate thing to do, let alone openly inciting others to violence against his person or family. Even the extremists of those times never went that far. But all that’s changed now. “You can trace a line from Occupy Wall Street in 2011 through Black Lives Matter in 2013 through Bernie Sanders in 2016 through the Women’s March a year later, Tom Steyer’s and Maxine Waters’s impeachment campaigns, the growing prominence of Democratic Socialists of America, and the movement to abolish Immigration and Customs Enforcement today.”

But despite the insane furore in America, even a year and a half later, over the election of someone as unlikely as Donald Trump, the collapse of the Center-Left is not just or even primarily an American phenomenon. Have a look at this article by a Cambridge leftist about how throughout Europe the mainstream left is losing consistently for the first time since the Second World War. The moderate left, the democratic socialists or “soft socialists” who have been mostly in power since the late ’40s, are completely falling apart: losing adherents to the Far-Left and the Middle-Right. What’s the cause of this completely new, unprecedented, and unpredicted trend?

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School Administrators Across U.S. Pre-Announce, Honor “Student Walkout” by Woke Revolutionaries Risking It All

by the Editor [American Infrasound]  *  20 March, 2018 

It was spontaneous. A natural, inevitable groundswell of popular discontent. Kids across America were just fed up – with the fear, the shootings, even The System. They banded together across the land, with no professional political organizers’ help or funding, to take the courageous risk of walking out of school during class hours on March 14 for seventeen minutes – to honor the 17 students murdered in Parkland, Florida by a twisted, rage-filled gunman. They risked everything to speak their minds freely, to not be silenced by the authorities, to #NeverForget.

At least that’s the way it was portrayed by a media practically salivating onto their microphones, solemn-faced school authorities, and many politicians. But the “Enough! Walkout” was not all it was pre-announced to be. First of all it wasn’t a walkout at all but a formally sanctioned event in the school day, highly advertised in advance, and blessed and encouraged by school authorities. (Like many principals across the country, my daughter’s principal sent out a pleasant email to parents the day before the event describing it as non-political, optional, and highly approved by the administration.) It wasn’t exactly required to walk out, but there was definitely something riskier about being one of the few choosing to remain in the classroom than the bravery of the vast majority of the student body walking out, led by their teachers and administrators.

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NFL Repeatedly Getting Sacked in Its Own Endzone

Okay the NFL’s not finished, not by a long shot. But this is a great image by artist Tom Stigligh that well captures the emotional frustration many lifelong pro football fans (including yours truly) feel about the controversial, divisive, and entirely unnecessary intrusion of empty political symbolism into your formerly relaxing Sunday afternoon.

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Schools that Cowered when Radical Students Got Violent Now Seeing Huge Drops in Enrollment

If your university’s administration is stocked full of sycophants to the Progressive theology, it’s likely they will dutifully allow a platform for your leftist message and hesitate to resist your passion for “Social Justice” even if it should it become violent. And parents of all political persuasions, faced with spending tens of thousands of dollars a year for college (even in-state), are not hesitating to cross your school off their list of places they believe would provide their son or daughter a safe and educational environment.

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Tiny, Peaceful Rallies of Moderate Conservatives Overrun by Rioting Thugs

Since when did police just stand down and watch while people assembling peaceably, as is their right under the First Amendment, are viciously attacked by masked punks wielding nail-driven boards? Since 2017. But the last time before that, which we as a nation remember of course, were the race riots of the ’60s. The police stand down when they’re told to by local or state authorities, and that’s exactly what happened this weekend. It was wrong in the ’60s and it’s wrong now.

James Queally, the crime reporter for the Los Angeles Times, tweeted, “There is a complete mob mentality here. People are randomly accusing random people of being Nazis.” Another Tweet added, “The moderate counter protesters are livid with the violence. ‘We need to get Antifa out of here.’ said man who helped break up fight.’”

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All Leftist Things Considered

Can an ordinary conservative American guest-conduct a symphony for one night at a no-name, municipal orchestra without the national media weighing in to destroy the event? No. Apparently it’s just too much to handle for NPR, the New York Times, and the LA Times to fathom that Dennis Prager, a conservative radio show host and commentator (who also happens to be a musical conductor) could accept an invitation from the Santa Monica Symphony Orchestra to do something he’s done many times before with no fuss: guest conduct the city orchestra through a Haydn Symphony for one evening at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles.

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