The left's failed civil war

Saturday, November 4 was supposed to be the beginning of mass protests against President Donald Trump that every day would put "tens of thousands of people" into the streets and create "a political crisis in the country" to remove the president from office, a spokesman for the Marxist group Refuse Fascism told the Washington Post.

What promised to launch an "Antifa apocalypse" for America proved instead to be not a bang, but a whimper.  Only a handful of the usual radicals showed up in a few liberal cities to carry signs supplied by the Revolutionary Communist Party, which idolizes the Marxist totalitarianism of Mao Zedong.

Even in New York City, mobilized by a full-page New York Times ad on November 1, photos appeared to be only a meager menagerie of protesters huddled together on a street in a city where large, boisterous left-wing rallies are commonplace.  (A friend of mine used to meet women there by joining every sort of leftist march with his always appropriate sign that simply read, "Shame!")

One anonymous wit posted on the internet "Top Reasons For The Low Protest Turnout on November 4th":

  • Mom said I had to be home before dinner.
  • My unicorn is sick.
  • The pepper spray still burns from last time.
  • Mom threw out my ISIS mask.
  • [I] didn't have any clean "Hello Kitty" panties to wear.
  • Protesting is too much like work.
  • [I'm] still waiting for Soros to pay me for the last protest.

It's worth considering why leftist groups set their protest for November 4-6.

This weekend afforded the closest match to Guy Fawkes Night, the November 5 annual English remembrance of this radical's 1605 failed "Gunpowder Plot" to blow up the British Parliament.  The movie V for Vendetta, released exactly 400 years later in 2005 by the same folks who created The Matrix, depicts a future rebel in a Guy Fawkes mask who succeeds in bombing Parliament and thus inspires a popular uprising that overthrows a British neo-fascist government.  Such are the "common dreams" of Refuse Fascism, the Revolutionary Communist Party, Antifa, and other postmodern radical reactionary Marxist groups.

While tearing down American monuments, such leftists also try to build their own shrines in time or space to celebrate the destruction of capitalism.  They deliberately set April 22 as Earth Day, for example, because its 1970 founding was the 100th birthday of Soviet Union founder Vladimir Lenin.  The left, having made Lenin's birthday an American holiday, has resisted all attempts to change this green-outside, red-inside watermelon day to a natural event, such as the spring equinox, or to a convenient day such as the third Saturday of April.

November 7 (in our Western calendar) marks the beginning of the "October Revolution" in 1917, making 2017 the 100th birthday of the late Soviet Union, a date of cult worship for leftists.  This, too, probably inspired their choice of its closest weekend for the left to celebrate what they hope will be the beginning of the end of America.

The left plans on November 8 to stage a national "scream in," with zealots screaming at the heavens to protest the first anniversary of President Trump's election.  Because they are godless, these leftists should not be surprised if nobody up there grants their infantile demand for undemocratic, totalitarian power.

Lowell Ponte is a veteran think-tank futurist and author or co-author of eight books.  His latest, co-authored with Craig R. Smith, is Money, Morality & The Machine, available free and postpaid by calling 800-630-1492.  Lowell can be reached for interviews by email at

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