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But, you say, these are just Occupy movement losers venting their powerlessness from their parents’ basements, right? They don’t represent the sentiments of the more responsible mainstream left, do they?
CNN attacked Breitbart within hours of his death. Former NAACP leader Julian Bond wrote that Breitbart’s passing “disproves the adage that only the good die young.” A political blogger for Rolling Stone titled his celebratory memorial, “Andrew Breitbart: Death of a Douche.” (For the many of you unfamiliar with it, Rolling Stone is ostensibly a music magazine, Teen Beat for aging hipsters, that ceased being relevant and cutting-edge once gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson stopped contributing regularly).
What accounts for this irrational hatred, this ecstatic defilement of the dead? As FrontPage editor Jamie Glazov notes in his important book United in Hate: The Left’s Romance with Tyranny and Terror, the left shares a nihilistic impulse for death and destruction – of themselves as well as others. This impetus is like the shadow side of philosopher Henri Bergson’s concept of a propulsive life force, the élan vital – it’s an élan mortel, coursing through the left’s dark heart.
At bottom, leftists cherish their vision of a perfect world, and hate humankind for standing in the way of it. They will not hesitate to sacrifice tens of millions to draw nearer to their utopian fantasies, which is why they secretly (or not-so-secretly) worship genocidal totalitarians. “The death of one man is a tragedy,” Stalin once remarked. “The death of millions is a statistic.” The left’s beloved poster boy, vile coward Ché Guevara, once expressed his disappointment that Cuba was never able to use nuclear weapons against New Yorkers: “We must proceed along the path of liberation even if this costs millions of atomic victims.”
The left will gladly enforce mass sterilization and forced abortions for the sake of the planet. They will happily eliminate 25 million capitalists, as Bill Ayers and the Weatherman estimated, and consign many more to starvation or gulags in pursuit of their people’s paradise. They will forgive, even cheer, even submit themselves to the blood-soaked excesses of Stalin, Mao, and the French Revolution as a necessary purgation on the road to their ideal. As Glazov writes, “[the left] loves murderous nihilism and lives vicariously through its deadly manifestations.”
Totalitarianism is neat and orderly. Freedom is messy and imperfect. It values and empowers individuals, which the left cannot tolerate. The freedom-loving Breitbart not only threatened the left’s collective vision, but he was also exposing their hypocrisy and hate. That’s why the left asserts ludicrously that he was worse than those icons of evil, Hitler, Saddam Hussein, and bin Laden.
When the left claims to celebrate the death of no man, remember Andrew Breitbart, and remember that they are lying. They celebrate death itself.
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