Here’s the biggest difference I see between leftists and conservatives: Leftists pursue their goal with a “damn the torpedoes” determination. Conservatives, on the other hand, break formation and scatter if the purity of their actions is questioned.
If a conservative points out that lefists march with violent radicals, the leftists’ reply is, “So what?” Then they’ll shoot back, “We don’t care what THEIR goal is; OUR goal is a lofty, noble ideal.”
However, when leftists accuse conservatives of having questionable members, the conservatives surrender without a struggle.
Here are a couple of examples of how leftists march onward, no matter what conservatives say. (Examples of conservative squeamishness are too numerous to list.) Back in January, the Southern Poverty Law Center wrote approvingly of a boycott against Dr. Kevin McDonald at Cal State Long Beach. The SPLC article specifically mentioned the Party for Socialism and Liberation as one of the organizers of the boycott. That group’s web site spells out its dedication to the bloodthirsty aims and methods of international communism, and even features iconic images of Vladimir Lenin and Che Guevara, both mass murderers.
That wasn’t a fluke. A few years back, SPLC spokesghoul Mark Potok was interviewed by Socialist Worker magazine, which has no problem proclaiming its totalitarian goals:
The ISO stands in the tradition of revolutionary socialists Karl Marx, V.I. Lenin and Leon Trotsky in the belief that workers themselves–the vast majority of the population–are the only force that can lead the fight to win a socialist society.
The Russian Revolution of October 1917 remains to this day the most decisive event of the international workers’ movement.
The standard story we hear about the Russian Revolution of 1917 is that it was a coup. The real history of the Russian Revolution can teach us a lot about both the potential for ordinary people to take action and the hope for a better world.
The “better world” Lenin and Trotsky forged required the peacetime murder of 126 million souls.
And we allow ourselves to be silenced by a shrug of the shoulders and an impatient, “So what?”