“No election, whether fair or fraudulent, can legitimize criminal wars on foreign countries, torture, the wholesale violation of human rights, and the end of science and reason” – the Not in Our Name organization’s statement of conscience.
“We don’t need to get into the history (of communism)” – Cornel West, January 5, 2017 on The O’Reilly Factor.
Of course Cornel West – I prefer to call him Corny Cornel West because his ideas are as ridiculous as his appearance – wouldn’t want to get into communism’s disgusting history on a national cable news network. To do so would a) admit that communism has done nothing good for anyone on this planet and b) it would detract from West’s latest schtick. His schtick involves making windfall profits off of “revolution”. The “struggle”.
Cornel West and Revolutionary Communist Party founder Carl Dix are promoting something called Refuse Fascism. They’ve got a clever website to advertise it (https://refusefascism.org/about-contact/) and to solicit donations because evidently refusing fascism is expensive, even for communists. (One wonders, what percentage of those donations goes into West and Dix’s bank accounts. I requested financial information from them; the results appear at the end of this article). There is a link where you can watch a video of their emergency meetings. Emergencies are important to these people because you can never let a crisis go to waste, remember? And there’s a list of “initiators” that includes (in addition to West and Dix) the following individuals and their description according to RefuseFascism.org:
Bill Ayers, activist, educator
Herb Boyd, activist, author, journalist and teacher
Israel Cardenas, Salvadoran-American activist, Los Angeles
Niles Eldredge, evolutionary biologist
Charles Gaines, visual artist
Chase Iron Eyes
Everett Iron Eyes Sr, water administrator, Standing Rock Sioux tribe
Robin D. G. Kelley, Gary B Nash Professor of American History at UCLA
Fran Luck, Executive Producer of Joy of Resistance, multicultural feminist radio at WBAI
PZ Myers, evolutionary developmental biologist
Arturo O’Farrill, composer and musician
Milton Saier, PhD, professor of molecular biology, UCSD
Yusef Salaam, one of the Central Park Five
Ted Sirota, jazz musician
Sunsara Taylor, writer, Revolution newspaper
Michael A Wood Jr,
Rev Frank Wulf, United Methodist minister
Andy Zee, spokesperson, Revolution Books
David Zeiger, filmmaker
Once you get past this who’s who of kooks (do a little research into any of the above mentioned individuals and be amazed – the books Henry Giroux’s written are so far out there they make Michael Moore seem sane), you’ll discover that Refuse Fascism is a front for something called “World Can’t Wait”. They too like to make lots of money off of “revolution”.
Before we delve into what West and Dix think the world can’t wait for, it’s necessary to note the obvious. Yes, they are saying that Donald Trump is a fascist and thus he must be refused. Their idea of refusal will be to protest Trump’s inauguration on January 20th. So, on that day when the media inevitably covers what West and Dix promise will be a peaceful, non-violent, protest of the Trump inauguration (haven’t all the anti-Trump protests been oh-so-peaceful and non-violent?), remember the people who are raking in big bucks off it all.
The World Can’t Wait
World Can’t Wait has been around since 2005. The San Francisco Chronicle described their agenda quite well back then:
A new campaign aimed at removing President Bush from office is scheduled to begin with a noon rally today in San Francisco’s Civic Center, followed by a march downtown. Calling itself The World Can’t Wait, the group was initiated in part by supporters of the Revolutionary Community Party, and it has a simple goal, removing Bush from office by impeachment or resignation – even if, according to the organization’s web site, they’re not quite sure what should follow: the question of what will replace the Bush regime should be discussed and debated as we join together and work shoulder-to-shoulder toward our common political goal.
Drawing inspiration from a previous group called Not in Our Name, The World Can’t Wait brings together Code Pink, anti-war activists, anti-police groups, and abortion rights rabble-rousers under one great big tent of liberal lunacy. Then as now, they begged for donation money to support their drive to remove from office a President they disagree with while admitting that “the question of what will replace the ___ regime should be discussed and debated”.
That’s not how this works. That’s not how any of this works.
There Is Only One Way That Works
Let’s presume for a moment that George W Bush in 2005 gave in to World Can’t Wait’s demands, and resigned. Or that on January 20, 2017 Donald J Trump delivers his resignation speech rather than an inaugural address. I’m no Constitutional scholar but I’m pretty sure a Presidential vacancy isn’t resolved by “discussing and debating” what “will replace the regime”. There’s a line of succession for that.
To be sure, World Can’t Wait isn’t seeking a way to backdoor Barack Obama into a third term. For these people, Obama is way too conservative. This is the uber-left we’re talking about. On December 29, 2016 they said this about Obama and Hillary Clinton:
They are all members of the ruling class and led or hope to lead this empire…in the past 8 years, the Democrats have, among other crimes, waged wars on 8 countries, codified extrajudicial killing through drone warfare and kill lists, expanded surveillance programs, and maintained Guantanamo. We call them war criminals, we call them leaders of a brutal and horrific empire that spreads devastation across the globe…
When these people say “should be discussed and debated” that’s not really what they mean. They aren’t into discussion or debate as Corny Cornel West proved on The O’Reilly Factor when he said “we don’t need to get into the history” of communism. They have something very different in mind.
In Carl Dix’s Own Words
In August 2015 Carl Dix was on tour and gave an interview to the Revolutionary Communist Party. He was discussing the anti-police movement because in 2015 the anti-police movement afforded the Revolutionary Communist Party something to graft on to lest they lose market share to other hard left groups. Dix said:
[W]e’ve got to get rid of this, and it’s going to take revolution, nothing less to do that. There is leadership for that. There’s Bob Avakian, the leader of the Revolutionary Communist Party, who has worked on and brought forward the way out of this, how we could actually make revolution for real, and what needs to be done now to build up to that. People need to check that out.
And of course, Carl Dix reminded his comrades that the Revolutionary Communist Party needed help. In particular, with “raising funds to make all this possible”. Revolutions you see, carry a heavy price tag.
My Email Exchange with RefuseFascism.Org
As I mentioned earlier, I queried RefuseFascism.org for their financials. The below is the email exchange:
My initial email:
Would you be so kind as to provide a percentage and dollar breakdown on how donations to your movement are spent?
We are kind, actually, and all volunteers.
Funds are spent on advertising, phone bills, printing and
things needed to get many, many people into the streets.
All donors are individuals.
National Office staff
My follow up:
Thank you very much for your quick reply. Would you be able to provide tax filing data or an approximate dollar amount of funds donated to date?
Their response: as of this writing, nothing. Nada. Zilch. Zero. Crickets.
Call me cynical, but sounds to me like they don’t want to disclose the truth behind where donation monies are going. No doubt a lot of money goes into putting Carl Dix on tour what with booking rooms in fancy hotels and paying his restaurant and bar bills. Heaven only knows how much Corny Cornel West’s outsized ego costs. It’s such a struggle they’re willing to wage. Such a struggle.
Image: By Darrell Nance, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=50430789