Commentary: They Have Opened the Gates of Hell and It’s a One-Way Passage

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by George Rasley

 

Recently, we received a copy of a private commentary sent around by a tech founder in Silicon Valley, who wrote the following, which we quote here with permission provided the author’s anonymity is preserved:

The entire American tech stack – which enables Americans to buy, sell, pay, and communicate – has been weaponized in furtherance of a radical anti-freedom agenda.
This is the single most chilling week in my lifetime, and America’s since the Civil War.

If you don’t comply with the Left’s dogma and agenda, your ability to provide for your family, communicate with your friends, express your once-free-opinions, and live an American life, will come grinding to a halt.

The glibness with which this fascist playbook has been enacted by billionaire boys-with-dictatorial-toys, the power-hungry Democratic Party, and their virtue signaling cultural proxies, only serves to underscore the deep fractures, incompatibility, and irreconcilable differences between the two visions of and for America:

An exceptional, but imperfect nation, which has incrementally improved on all dimensions since inception, and has done more good for humanity than all nations in history in the aggregate.

Or

A manifestly racist, imperialist, and white patriarchal country which must be reimagined, restructured, and reengineered to enable the elites of the Left to control every single aspect of our lives.

I’m a student of history, and I have never once been more concerned for freedom, here and abroad, than I am at this moment. The Left is playing god here. This will not end well for anyone in this country, or anyone in the free world.

This dangerously naïve idea that you can unleash the dogs of fascism and censorship with precision against your enemies (e.g., Trump, Parler, Republicans) is devoid of any understanding of humans and systems.

The determinations by humans as to what constitutes “free speech” and “hate speech” and “dangerous” speech is inherently subjective, arbitrary, and ever changing. Look no further than the Orwellian euphemisms employed in 2020 to rationalize the anarchy of the ANTIFA and BLM-led riots.

The collateral damage will be boundless, creating new enemies which will require more blunt force measures, which will in turn generate more hostile reactions, creating more collateral damage, and so on.

We have opened the Gates of Hell and it’s a one-way passage for all. There will be no immunity for the wealthy, the power hungry, or the virtue signaling among us.

This isn’t a warning or threat; it’s a history lesson.

Our new-found Silicon Valley friend understands history and understands, in a way that the new Far Left Democrats and their allies in the “tech stack” and the rest of the cultural Left can’t begin to fathom, that there will be consequences to persecuting Donald Trump and attempting to make pariahs out of 75 million Americans, and it won’t be long until those consequences manifest themselves violently.

The great Angelo Codevilla in his essay “Our Revolution’s Logic” explained that revolutions have their own logic and their own “spiral” of intensifying violence. Those, like our Silicon Valley friend, who know history, know this, because it has happened before.

As Professor Codevilla, reading Thucydides’ History of the Peloponnesian War, related:

Corcyra’s revolution in 427 BC, the fifth year of the Peloponnesian War, is a paradigm of revolutionary logic. Thucydides tells us that the citizens’ divisions had been of the garden-variety economic kind. Its Assembly had taken an ordinary vote on an ordinary measure. But the vote’s losers, refusing to accept political defeat, brought criminal charges against their opponents’ leader. By thus criminalizing differences over public policy, by using political power to hurt their opponents, they gave the revolutionary spiral its first turn. The spiral might have stopped when the accused was acquitted. But, he, instead of letting bygones be bygones, convinced the assembly to fine those who had brought the charges. After all, they had to be taught not to do such things again. The assembly approved the fine. But the second use of political power to hurt opponents gave the revolutionary spiral its second turn. Had the original wrongdoers paid up, the problem might have ended right there. Instead, outraged, they gave it the third push, bursting into the Assembly and murdering him. That ended all private haven from political strife. Civil war spiraled into mutual destruction, until the city was well-nigh depopulated.

As Professor Codevilla explained, “The American republic’s essence had been self-restraint toward fellow citizens deemed equals. The Constitution of 1787 had been its paradigm. Under its words and by its laws, Americans had enjoyed safety and predictability for themselves and their way of life. But Progressives’ subordination of the Constitution, laws, and institutions to their own purposes and for their own primacy ended all that. The rest of America’s increasing realization that only fire can fight fire has followed naturally.”

That is what our new-found Silicon Valley friend meant by “We have opened the Gates of Hell and it’s a one-way passage for all.”

Right now, the leadership class of the United States stands on the precipice, slipping toward the creation of an ever-more authoritarian society run, not by goosestepping storm troopers, but by kids in hoodies and T-shirts, sitting in front of computer screens. If not stopped, one day soon that oppression will be answered with violence. Ignorant of history, do they have any idea what they are about to unleash?

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George Rasley is the Editor of ConservativeHQ.
Image “Gates of Hell” by The Weaver CC4.0

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Reprinted with permission by ConservativeHQ.org

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13 Thoughts to “Commentary: They Have Opened the Gates of Hell and It’s a One-Way Passage”

  1. Deborah Eckardt

    I am afraid for our country. My husband and I are getting older, and we see the young people who hate our country. It makes us very sad. Our daughter is lost. We raised her to respect this great nation, but being a Millennial, she was taught by friends to hate it. My husband is a war hero, he has 2 purple hearts and is a patriot. We are so sad to see the state in which our country is in. I pray for peace, liberty, and for people to turn to God before it is too late!

    1. Mark Woodward

      Thank you for this sincere comment.

  2. Ron Welch

    “Divide and conquer”, it’s an old tactic of “the rulers of the darkness of this world”.

  3. Roger

    A really insightful article, too bad our leaders in both parties are too greedy or just too stupid to understand it.

  4. When justice is denied, the only thing left is vengeance.

  5. Brian

    Can’t “buy, sell, pay, and communicate” is BS. I live in a rural area and no current tech inhibits or can inhibit my life in these areas.

    1. Ellen

      If I started a bread baking social media organization, my terms of service would exclude those who insist on discussing non-bread baking topics. Am I voliating anyone’s freedom of speech by having that policy?

    2. Phyllis Owens

      Just give it a little time. Your turn will come.

  6. William Finch

    Most of the Greatest Generation have passed away especially the Veterans. Those that have passed are turning over in their graves. Being a combat Veteran this is not the country I took the oath for. That oath I sworn to uphold is for life. We must stand and protect our Great nation and our Constitution because we are on the verge of losing our Republic.

  7. Deplorable Bay Stater

    Those who fail to learn from history are condemned to repeat it.
    — Winston Churchill (paraphrasing George Santayana, who borrowed it from Edmund Burke)

    1. Josh Kenn

      An effective propaganda ploy to deflect from what really happens. At any given time, it is the rulers calling the shots. At any given time what history views as a “mistake” is probably advantageous (at least in the short term) to whoever is making the decisions (which may not be easily discernable).

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