Roots: How the Radical Left Works

Many people are wondering today how it is possible for parties and forces that call themselves “right wing” to cooperate with “leftists”. Obviously so that, despite appearances and rhetoric, they are not opposing forces. One is also suspicious of the explanation that “different extremes attract each other”, because different extremes never attract each other, only similar or identical extremes do so.  The sources of radical politics also seen in Hungary can be found in the same place: in left-wing radicalism. - analysis by Gábor Megadja, Senior Researcher at the Századvég Foundation.​

Leftism was born in radicalism, therefore returning to radical action always means returning to the “original”, while moderate trends represent modifications. The most obvious historical examples of left-wing radicalism are the French Revolution of 1789, the Russian Socialist Revolution of 1917, and the German National Socialist Revolution of 1933. The struggle of various radical left-wing tendencies proves that these are not enemies or opposing tendencies, but competitors.

The radical left always refers to some kind of “justice” and wants to eliminate an unbearable “injustice” noticed by it. The French Revolution aimed at overthrowing the “old order” that ruled “unjustly” and on false principles. In the socialist revolution, the working, but exploited and oppressed layer, the proletariat, had to be brought to power in order to create justice. And Germany suffered a very direct injury, surrounded by a more general ideological justification: the "superior race" was suppressed by inferior races. Since “injustice” is the essence of the existing order, the use of violence against the existing order is, in the eyes of the radical left, not only not immoral but morally appropriate. 

The radical left has always appeared in different historical guises, but their principles have not changed: 1) the need for the total creation of "justice", 2) naming the social group(s) carrying injustice as enemies and designating them for destruction, 3) legitimizing violence and means beyond norms, legislation.

The struggle of the radical left for justice lasts to the bitter end. The struggle of the representatives of the new and old orders turns into a class struggle in socialist radicalism, a struggle of nations and races in National Socialist radicalism. In current radical left-wing identity politics, sexual orientation, skin color, ethnicity will become the dividing lines, and the representatives of injustice will be those who are “heteronormative”, “Christian”, “white”, and “male” – the all-encompassing, perfect enemy of "heterosexual Christian white man“. (Left-wing radicalism in identity politics combines socialist class struggle with the race war of National Socialism as a kind of “synthesis.”)

It is clear how the original, enlightened intention to create a post-Christian civilization will, as a result, be a reminder of what a pre-Christian civilization might have been like. Left-wing radicalism in identity politics is virtually seeking to create a tribal society by attempting to divide, according to the above criteria. According to the proponents of multiculturalism, what is important is not what unites us – nation, common culture and language, tradition, faith, history, heritage, etc. – but what separates us: class, gender, ethnicity, race.

The radical left does not like particular relations, which are obvious limitations.  Thus, the radical left will be a natural enemy of Christian culture and the nation. Christian culture will disturb the radical left merely because it accepts the imperfections of the world, and the national frameworks tend to be too narrow for radical left-wing goals. The communist experiment openly confessed to thinking on a global scale, and National Socialism, despite its misleading name, set itself the goal of establishing a Pan-Germanic empire, in which, even by chance, sovereign nations had no place.

Left-wing radicalism has always been a project of intellectuals and always ends up in totalitarian logic, be it the Marxist, Maoist intelligentsia, or the academic-intellectual elite that operates today’s politically correct dictatorship.

The radical left has consistently supported “revolutionary”, “liberating” violence, however, it would not apply it if justified by realistic circumstances – partly this explains the existence of moderate tendencies, and partly the tragic naivety of the representatives of these tendencies (see Social Democrats). As one of the preeminent voices of the radical left, Saul Alinsky writes it by quoting Lenin: As long as guns are possessed by the “imperialist government”, the Bolsheviks cannot use violence; if they are possessed by them, politics will be dictated by barrels. They decide whether to use revolutive or evolutive methods exclusively according to tactical-strategic considerations. (If they manage to hold positions of power – courts, NGOs, political institutions, etc. – they choose the evolutive and help their more radical comrades by legal means.)

There are active radical left-wing groups (Antifa, Black Lives Matter, etc.) in the United States and many European countries as well. And just as the former Democratic Party preferred to listen to its militant supporters (the Ku-Klux-Klan), so it prefers to listen to its radical supporters today. In the United States, the radical left has reached the point that censorship prevails, sometimes achieved by arson and vandalism, in a place where, in bygone days, the left launched a movement for free speech (Berkeley). In many European countries, groups with similar or the same name seek to silence right-wing voices and use the tools of political terrorism against the "target people" of their choice (mainly in Germany).

The methods of the Alinsky school already appeared in Hungary earlier (the actions of the Student Network, headquarters-siege, etc.), however, it is unique that, in Hungary, radical actions are led by MPs. Most pronounced, they emerged in the protests against the Overtime Act and then in moving in the MTVA headquarters as a vanguard. Radical left-wing politicians became the voices of the opposition, while the moderates function as decorations. They are fighting for radical left-wing politics to become dominant, and to that end, they tend to cross the boundaries that MPs should respect.

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