One of the most terrifying novels about totalitarianism you probably haven’t read, but your grandparent’s generation did, is Arthur Koestler’s “Darkness at Noon.” And it looks like the American hard-Left is taking a page right out of this book when they compiled a “list” of political enemies they aim to punish.
While just about anyone who’s aware of the horrors of totalitarianism had heard of George Orwell’s 1984, significantly fewer people are aware of how Koestler’s novel about the evils of Socialism inspired Orwell to write 1984. Darkness at Noon had more or less disappeared from our collective consciousness. And this is quite possibly done by design because the book had substantially destroyed the popularity of Marxist ideas for the older generation.
Koestler, who was part of Europe’s Communist revolution, experienced first-hand all the atrocities of a Socialist state. The novel, which was originally written in German, was so extremely successful, it sold over 2 million copies in French. Yet, up to today, there still isn’t a movie adaptation of Darkness at Noon. The cabal of Communist Hollywood screenwriters made sure of that, and they’re proud of it too.
The hard Left today wants to treat political opposition as a crime.
So what does a book published in 1940 have to do with the fallout of our most recent election? Well, just observe how the hard Left today wants to treat political opposition as a crime – something right out of Darkness at Noon – when they created a database to list their political opposition in the “Trump Accountability Project.” Politicians like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC), for example, called for the documenting and blacklisting of Trump supporters for the purpose of punishing them in the future.
Lol at the “party of personal responsibility” being upset at the idea of being responsible for their behavior over last four years
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) November 6, 2020
LISTS AND PUNISHMENTS ARE THE WHOLE POINT OF BEING A LEFTIST; THE REST IS JUST WINDOW-DRESSING: AOC & Co.’s loathsome plan to keep lists of pro-Trumpies.
The rest of us shouldn’t move on so easily. Riot preparations are unprecedented in modern American electoral history. The media have quickly moved to establish a new narrative—the “return to normalcy” under a presumptive Biden presidency—and would prefer to relegate the much-discussed pre-election tensions to the memory hole.
The threat of election violence should be understood in the context of the months-long rioting that began with the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Despite a handful of incidents involving right-wing agitators, most urban unrest has been driven by the activist Left, loosely organized under the banners of Antifa and Black Lives Matter. This reality has been exhaustively documented in newspaper reporting, activist livestreams, and police-blotter mugshots.
While the national media can afford to peddle a largely imaginary narrative about “white supremacist violence,” business owners in New York, Minneapolis, and Portland have no illusions about where the real threats come from: they’ve spent the past five months defending themselves against vandalism, looting, and robbery from black-bloc rioters and criminal opportunists. Across the country, many downtown stores put up signs declaring their allegiance to Black Lives Matter, implicitly saying: “we’re on your team, please don’t burn us down.”
In political terms, the activist Left’s campaign of violent protest provided a convenient foil for the Biden campaign. Biden adopted the high-minded language of racial justice, promising to combat “systemic racism,” while benefiting from the implicit threat of violence from far-left shock troops on the ground. It’s the same logic of extortion that any thug would use—vote for us and things will return to normal; vote for Trump and your cities will burn.
Yes, and they were pretty open about it.