With apologies to Shakespeare…Extremism, by any other name, still smells….

Democracy was, and still is, an experiment that has survived many attacks in our history. However, this time, the attacks have polarized us rather than united us. That’s the exact result the far left and the far right want, because if they can divide us, conquering us is simple.

Those who need proof should start with history, by reading….

Hannah Ardent, on how totalitarian regimes divide and then easily conquer us;


Rosa Luxemburg, on how communism doesn’t walk the talk (she was murdered for saying so and then used by her communist murderers as a martyr for their twisted cause).

And then, the doubters might want to check out three recent pieces of “poetry”. I call them poetry in that each is a gem of words to warn us of the evils of totalitarianism:

Harper’s open letter of July 7, 2020 about the woke cancel culture theft of freedom of authorship that is not self censored to confirm to woke demands,

Akshar Patel’s essay in The Emissary Magazine issue of July 10, 2020 on the far left versus the far right and how either gets you to the same place,


Joseph Epstein’s amazing Op Ed in the October 10, 2020 Wall Street Journal, on the intolerance of the allegedly tolerant woke philosophy.

The bottom line is that just as a two year old, throwing unchecked temper tantrums will get worse, unchecked extremism will get worse. In the case of the alt right and the woke alt left mobs will be emboldened to steal more freedoms if given half a chance.

As the unchecked alt right wreaked havoc in Charlottesville, the unchecked woke alt left is now stealing businesses in Seattle and Portland by destroying them and by thefts of property in San Francisco (in broad daylight, in the very San Francisco district Kamala Harris is from. No theft of property worth less than $1,000 is prosecuted).

The woke alt left justifies the thefts by saying that insurance will cover the losses, but that’s not true. At the end of the business day, working people cover those losses, because they have to pay higher prices to businesses, which have to pay higher premiums to cover the insurance companies payouts.

But the real takeaway here is not our money. Rather, it’s the realization that if the woke alt left can get away with business thefts, without paying any prison penalties, our homes and other properties, paid for with our hard work, will be the woke alt left’s next basic “needs” and no one, in the legal system, will be willing to stop the political correctness running amuck.

AOC says the woke are stealing necessities. To that end, she and her Squad are gearing up to form a Workers’ Party. My answer to that is their so called Workers’ Party is really a Wokers’ Party in disguise to the detriment of the wokers and the workers.

With history as our guide, after the wokers have been used up (as in “Useful Idiots”, a term coined by Edward von Mies in his 1947 book, Planned Chaos), a few heads of state (such as, AOC, the Squad and other woke leaders) will reap the “necessities” for their own selfish power grab. At the end of that road, the wokers (and the workers) will be left in the dust to fend for themselves.

If you think I’m fear mongering, please check out how this “planned chaos” has happened in EVERY country (Russia, China, Cuba, Venezuela, North Korea) where idealistic workers were encouraged to slide down the slippery slope of socialism right smack into communism- exactly where their hunger and poverty kneel at the feet of very well fed “leaders” who have stolen their power.

Some say that there are good people amongst the woke alt left; but those who say so decry any thought that there were “fine people” on the far alt right in Charlottesville. The truth is that there are good and fine people in both camps who may join each cause, thinking that the causes sound good and right and just. And, then, because of friendships that develop around good and right and just idealistic sounding causes, these good and fine people get caught up in the bad acts of the causes, without realizing -until too late- that an extreme cause, coupled with lawlessness, always (historically) proves to be a deadly cocktail.

Speaking of deadly cocktails, this kind of trap can happen to very educated and very caring, good and fine, people, like the young lawyer, just starting out in her career, who is now facing years of prison for throwing a Molotov cocktail, at a police car, as part of a BLM protest. Instead of using her head and her education to try to make change, her friendship with those in the group (who weren’t caught) and her emotions took charge of her idealism and common sense, causing both to go up in flames along with the car.

I’m sure there are similar stories on the alt right. These kinds of extremist groups seek out idealistic young people because idealistic young people are much easier to brainwash than older people who have more experience about life. With more experience, we begin to understand that being heard through legal channels, in a democracy, may be painfully slow, but the slow speed insures that every voice will be heard, without hurting those seeking to be heard (as in self destruct) or anyone else. Lest young people think that, in
a communist society, their voices will be heard faster, they need to think again (with their study of history as a head cushion) to understand that, under communism, no voices will be heard or read, other than “loyal” voices, who praise the cause.

The extremists know that young people are very easy to manipulate. The alt right and alt left trainers know how to do that to perfection. The problem is that after the trainers have used the young to further “the cause”, they throw away those who aren’t useful to them and seek a new eager young crop who don’t realize the dangers of joining into forces hell bent on destroying democracy.

Progressives who think woke cancel culture tactics of shunning, ruination of reputations, firing, suppressing dissent are acceptable should know that 20% of Generation Z think violence against those who disagree with them is an acceptable response.

Let that percentage sink in and then add this one: even if the vocal percentage stays the same in the future, those in Generation Z who don’t vocally espouse violence, actually espouse violence by their silence. That silent percentage added to the vocal 20% is a death knell to democracy.

Generation Z (and some, now, as old as in their thirties) were raised to feel “unsafe” in any kind of emotionally unprotected atmosphere. With that, “snowflake coddled mind” attitude, as described by Greg Lukianoff and Jonathan Haidt, those not worshipping them will be unsafe in their presence.

This “unsafe” madness – that is destroying civil discourse- needs to stop.

We need to have meetings with Generation Z to explain the problem facing them and us and to help them wake up to woke tactics, which keep them temporarily safe until the woke leaders can force them down to their knees in woke worship. We need to explain that the woke alt left methods need to be disavowed as fervently as they have disavowed alt right tactics.

They (and we) need to work together, not against each other, to closely treasure and guard all of our freedoms, before all of our freedoms seep away into the woke extremist air… which by any name, or stretch of political correctness, smells foul.

About the Author
The author is a Common-Tater, which, when spoken aloud, is a very professional sounding title, for a Mrs. Potato Head. But from the spelling of the title, you can see that, when the author comments on life, she tries to keep a sense of humor in the mix, or in the potato salad, if you will, to try and spice up the spuds. Mrs. Potato Head, also a coffee slut, as you can see from the background behind her photo, lives in the U.S. and has had various careers, in alternative lives, as a teacher, social worker, lawyer, serious and humorous radio show writer, producer, performer and currently as a video humorist and writer. Although, the age of an eleven year old dog (actually a bitch, but we won’t go there), she remains as active as a pup.
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