It’s been noted by more than a few commentators over the years that the only way to “equality” is through a totalitarian state. Human rights have to go in pursuit of that idea. You probably know these, but they can’t be stated enough:
Roger Nash Baldwin: Founded the ACLU because of his conviction that the only peaceful path to communism was to insist on absolute equality. Some of his favorite tidbits:
I believe in non-violent methods of struggle as most effective in the long run for building up successful working class power. Where they cannot be followed or where they are not even permitted by the ruling class, obviously only violent tactics remain. I champion civil liberty as the best of the non-violent means of building the power on which workers rule must be based.
So, to Baldwin, the entire US Bill of Rights is a means to an end.
When that power of the working class is once achieved, as it has been only in the Soviet Union, I am for maintaining it by any means whatever.
Yep. So, once you get to your goal of equality, maintain it any way you like. Terror, torture, the Gulag, whatever. To wit:
I saw in the Soviet Union many opponents of the regime. I visited a dozen prisons — the political sections among them. I saw considerable of the work of the OGPU. I heard a good many stories of severity, even of brutality, and many of them from the victims. While I sympathized with personal distress I just could not bring myself to get excited over the suppression of opposition when I stacked it up against what I saw of fresh, vigorous expressions of free living by workers and peasants all over the land. And further, no champion of a socialist society could fail to see that some suppression was necessary to achieve it. It could not all be done by persuasion.
Lovely. And so, it’s apopos to provide this quote from Sally Kohn, one of the current breed of neoMarxist “progressives”:
“If they feel like they can no longer speak against positive social change, good,” Kohn said of conservatives who are silenced on college campuses. “They think [diversity] is dumbing down humanity, or the greatness and exceptionalism of America. I’m happy that’s under assault.”
Then, of course, the co-chair of the Women’s Primal Scream of Rage in Washington the other day had a co-chair: Angela Davis
Davis perceived Cuba to be a racism-free country, which led her to believe that “only under socialism could the fight against racism be successfully executed.” When she returned to the United States, her socialist leanings increasingly influenced her understanding of race struggles.
Long story short, like Baldwin, and like Lenin, Davis came to view human rights as a barrier to equality.
I wonder how many of these women “progressives” that marched knew who they were in bed with? Probably not many.