Charles Callanan: Anarchism Is Not the Answer for America


Two well known American anarchists of the 1930s were once told by Vladimir Lenin: “There can be no free speech in a revolutionary period.”

America has had a long history in dealing with anarchists. From the early days of the industrial revolution, with the death of a president William McKinley at the hands of an anarchist Leon Czolgosz, to the counterculture of the 1960s, the Weather Underground, various others, and now to Antifa. Let us also not forget that it was an anarchist with a handgun who murdered Austrian Archduke Ferdinand. This chain of events ultimately set off a worldwide conflict from 1914 to 1918 resulting in millions of deaths, forever changing the face of Europe, and ultimately leading the world into another worldwide conflict and many subsequent ones well into the 21st century.

Anarchism at its roots implies no organization at all and that every man must act solely on his impulses.

The use of violence to eliminate “tyrants and oppressors,” and to act as a catalyst for the overthrow of existing government institutions is its core ideology. This is obviously at odds with a constitutional republic.

America is not a perfect place, but in absence of something better (and compared with all of recorded human history), it’s the best we have come up with. It is the result of over 1,000 years of jurisprudence. Anarchism and our republic are simply incompatible and cannot peacefully coexist. You either believe in freedom and liberty or you do not.

Imagine a society built on acting on “impulse” or feelings. Sound familiar? Progressives, anyone? Whether or not our adversaries actually believe in anarchism is irrelevant (I suspect they do not); they will use it and aid it to disrupt our institutions and government to seek our downfall. We have many enemies both at home and abroad who would like nothing better than to knock America from its leadership position of the free world. You can be assured many nationstates quietly support such movements.

Many of our children have been sucked into this sick ideology. The media is littered with young suburban kids involved in acts of terrorism and being arrested. When you see these baby faces being arraigned, its almost impossible to get our collective heads around it. Reminds me of the “Killing Fields” of Cambodia, with the young indoctrinated pointing out some perceived crime against the state and the adult ultimately being horribly executed.

We have to ask ourselves: How do these children come into this way of thinking? Who educated them in the ideas that taking what you want by force is good while a constitutional republic based on liberty and freedom is wrong? We had better take a deep dive on how our young people are being educated and whether their parents are actually involved in their lives. I’m making a case for civics to be taught again, but that’s for another essay.

For the last several days, the American public has been watching violence and unrest take a toll on our cities where there should have been peaceful and legitimate protests to right an injustice to Mr. George Floyd. These protests have been co-opted by well-organized and well-funded groups seeking to create as much mayhem as possible, ultimately trying to affect the 2020 election. Americans need to recognize they are being played, and that our most basic fears and grievances are being used against us.

It is clear to anyone paying attention that anarchists are opportunists. The tragic and unjust death of Mr. Floyd was the catalyst to attack our very institutions, disrupt our lives, and cause racial conflict.

  • Lou

    “Imagine a society built on acting on “impulse” or feelings. Sound familiar?”, yes, friend; it does. Look no further than the White House to see its source.

    “There can be no free speech in a revolutionary period.”…maybe restricting Twitter is the first step…what’s next?

    • ShannonEntropy

      To recap…

      Justin: Any topic; today it happens to be anarchism

      Lou: ORANGE MAN BAD !!

      Jezzus, Lou… yer like a broken record

      • Lou

        Two quick points:

        1) I don’t think Justin wrote this.

        2) If you can’t write on a topic without recognizing the blatant hypocrisy contained in it, how effective is it going to be to other readers?

  • Mario

    It’s true that the early protests were taken advantage of by dirtbag anarchists, just like every other protest in the last thirty years where the average age was under 50. But the right using that violence to dismiss the protests as a whole is at least as bad, and that has continued long since the (protestor-led) violence was successfully quelched.

  • Christopher C. Reed

    Riots for fun and profit break out every few years, buildings burn, rioters get bored and move on. They’re short-term impulse shoppers, not long-term planners. There’s no Lenin in a sealed traincar on his way to Moscow. The principal takeaway of the recent festivities (besides that flat-screen I had my eye on) will be the confirmation bias of 1.7 million new gun owners, (See, Hon? I told ya!) and the final interment of the argument that no one ‘needs’ a civilianized AK with a 30-round banana mag. Call it the reification of the rooftop Koreans at the expense of Democrat governors and mayors. Are these Antifa cosplayers on the payroll of the National Shooting Sports Foundation?

    If we’re going to reason analogically from history, we should keep in mind that, while it doesn’t repeat itself, it does rhyme, and the narrative is controlled by the victors. The Austrian Duke was sent in an open car to tour a hotbed of Serbian resistance, his security was stripped, and his route changed ‘at the last minute’. The official narrative is that it was just one of those things, one of those crazy things, just another lone gunman with a grudge, nothing to see here folks, move along. Sound vaguely familiar?