From Elsewhere: The Left, making the lives of poor people worse

An interesting ‘chicken and egg’ type question to ask when it comes to craphole Labour areas in the UK, is do people in these areas vote Labour because they live in a rubbish area or has the area become rubbish because they vote Labour? I’m rapidly coming to the conclusion that voting Labour is the best way to impoverish and in some cases utterly destroy an area.

I look at those areas that are run by the Labour party in Britain and at how they are full of broken families, those who are welfare dependent, appalling schools, with minorities, amongst others, living in abject poverty and which are cesspits of crime, and it seems to me that those who back Labour on the grounds that they will help the poor are mistaken. Socialists create poverty and despair wherever they try to put their theories into practise, and don’t do much to give succour to those at the bottom, in fact they often, especially Leftist educationalists, create more people at the bottom. In other words, the Left hurts, and sometimes even helps to destroy, the very people that it says it wants to help.

This phenomenon of socialism as an angel of death in the guise of good Samaritan is not confined to the United Kingdom. In the United States socialist policies, whether Federal, State or City, put in place by the Left in the form of the Democratic Party, have made the lives of any Americans, most notably Black Americans, worse than they may have been under regimes that respected and encouraged personal and economic freedom.

David Horowitz was a scion of the Left, raised in a socialist family as what has been described as a ‘red nappy’ baby. However, after a tragedy, he realised that the policies that were being persued by the Left had had appalling consequences on those that the Left was purporting to help.

Here is Mr Horowitz, writing in Front Page Magazine (see link at bottom of article) on the disaster that has been visited on American cities and on American communities by the Left and their policies.

Mr Horowitz said:

When Peter Collier and I left the Left 30 years ago we took an inventory of what their successes were so we would focus our efforts on fighting them where they had essentially won ground, and we saw that they had captured already our universities and our schools and the media, but I also noted because I had spent years fighting for civil rights since I was a child that the Left had taken over the political structure of the black community.  It was totally dominated by the Left, which is how two race hustlers and extortionists managed to succeed Martin Luther King as the head of the so-called civil rights movement. I knew that the Left’s domination of the black community was very bad news for African Americans in this country.

Progressives and Democrats control every major city of any size and every major inner city of any size in America, as you’ve heard me say before.  Everything’s that’s wrong with the inner cities of America, that policy can affect progressives, leftists, Democrats are responsible for.  They have monopoly control in all these cities:  Chicago, Detroit, Philadelphia, St. Louis.  There’s not a Republican in sight.  Progressive welfare policies destroyed the black family beginning in the 1960s.  Seventy-five percent of African American children were born to two parents at that time.  Now, 80 percent in the inner cities are born out of wedlock.  The absence of a father and authority figure in the home, often complicated when the mother works as well as raising her children, has produced a series of pathologies which we summarize as the underclass, which were predicted by Daniel Moynihan in 1965, of violence, drug abuse, and criminality.”

But it was not just the destruction of the family and the encouragement of welfarism that is at fault here, as in the United Kingdom, the education system in the United States has been eviscerated by Leftists. The Left have created a school system where dogma has replaced hard facts, and where talk of raising standards is sneered at by the socialist teacher unions. Just like in the UK, in the US there are a high number of pupils who are leaving secondary schools functionally illiterate, unable to compete for work in the job market and because their life-chances have been truncated, by an education system that can only really be described as piss poor, at risk of falling into crime.

Mr Horowitz added:

Leftists controlled all the public schools in which inner city kids are failing, all these failed schools that year in and year out don’t teach the kids basic tools they need to succeed, so that 30 to 40 percent of inner city kids don’t graduate and 30 to 40 percent of those who do graduate functionally illiterate and will never get a shot at the American dream, and yet, all the Democrats in Congress send their kids to private schools.  They fight vouchers.  They won’t let these kids get a private school education, including the President of the United States, they get it for their kids, and it’s always very, very frustrating to me to watch this taking place and not know exactly what could be done about it, which I’ll get to in a moment.”

Mr Horowitz then detailed some of his experiences with the Left and how the Left has encouraged the false narrative that the American police are incorrigibly racist and at war with African-Americans. He also spoke of how the Black Panther group ran street patrols carrying loaded weapons that hassled police making arrests, even when those arrests may have been legally justified.

Mr Horowitz then said:

I was a radical as you know at that time and I bought into this, and when the police were investigating the Panthers, I bought the argument that it’s a racist police force and they’re harassing the Panthers because they’re militant black leaders.  I raised a lot of money to buy a school for the Panthers.  They used the school money to buy drugs.  They conducted drug deals in the school.  There was a fatality.  A friend of mine, whom I had recruited to keep the books in the school, was murdered and that was the end of my career in the left, but I did investigations for many years after that.  They had killed 13 people that I could identify, all of them black except this woman.

When I left the Left, I joined the Open Athletic Club and my workout partner was a recently retired head of homicide, and I said to him why didn’t you guys ever nail Huey Newton and the Black Panthers, and he said, oh, we never wanted to get a call from that side of town because you guys would be on our ass, calling us racists, saying, “police brutality,” and you’d have your lawyers all over us and your press all over us, and I had an epiphany in that moment that the left, the progressive left, the civil rights left is a protection racket for black criminals and for criminals generally.”

It must have had a terrible effect on Mr Horowitz to feel that by recruiting a friend to work at a Black Panther run school he may have contributed to this woman’s death. I don’t blame him for leaving the Left in disgust, any reasonable person, with a sense of morality would have done the same.

As Mr Horowitz states in the following excerpt, it is plain to see that Leftist governance in various US cities has not made the lives of the poor, and especially poor Blacks better, in fact it seems to have had a major influence in making these people’s lives worse.

Mr Horowitz added:

What the Left has done, what the Democratic Party is doing is making African Americans, who are unfortunate to have to live in the inner cities, victims of crime.  You see that in New York already.  Because of De Blasio stopping the stop and frisk policy, murders are up 20 percent.  Now, another thing the Left has done — they’ve done it to us nationally in many areas like our universities, but to the black community as well — is to create a one-party state, which means if you stand up to them, you are going to be cut down.  I have a lot of scars to show, but it’s nothing compared to what black conservatives or blacks who challenge this orthodoxy — they don’t have to be even conservative, just challenge this orthodoxy — have to bear.”

It’s difficult to disagree with this paragraph, the Left rather than helping those in need, whether they are from majority or minority communities, has consigned them to crime ridden crap holes that the Leftist elite themselves do not have to live in. The Leftist Establishment send their children to selective or private schools, live in leafy suburbs and have incomes far and away above those they tell us they are serving. These elite Leftists can close the door at night and walk away from the problems that they have caused, the ordinary people, whether Black or White, who have no choice but to live in Leftist created hellholes cannot walk away or escape. They are trapped in the middens that socialism invariably creates and cannot even speak up against the policies of Leftist orthodoxy that have impoverished their neighbourhoods without fear of verbal or physical attack.



Brilliant article from David Horowitz at Front Page Magazine




7 Comments on "From Elsewhere: The Left, making the lives of poor people worse"

  1. Vincent Bate | March 16, 2015 at 3:49 pm |

    Without a doubt, the most irritating and depressing comment I ever hear as a working-class man is when some of my friends and neighbours without thinking, trot out the mindless phrase; “This is a Labour household, always will be”. “Then you’re turkeys voting for Christmas” is my usual response. How my fellow working-class English can’t work out they’re voting for a party which literally hates them and wants them ruined and gone, I can’t understand.

    • Fahrenheit211 | March 16, 2015 at 5:36 pm |

      The Labour Party are wolves voted for by Donkey’s called life-long Labour voters.

  2. One problem is that all the old organisations that used to produce a cadre of independent working class leaders and intellectuals have fallen by the wayside, or been taken over by the New Left Champagne Socialists and Millionaire Marxists.

    I recommend ” The Intellectual life of the British Working Classes” by Jonathan Rose (Yale, 2002)if you want a heartbreaking review of past glories.

  3. I’m just the wrinkly side of sixty. And when I was a nipper, the morality, the standards of hard work, personal cleanliness, and public decency were very much the province of the working class. Divorce, family breakdown, debt, unwed mothers, were unheard of. It was the upper classes that owed money all over the place, or fooled around with mistresses, or set up infamous financial scams.

    Children had security, we never had to fear that our parents might split up to go “find” themselves. We didn’t take drugs, self-harm, or become anorexic. And the pressure to do well at school, go to college, join the professions was always there. But whether you were college material or not, you were still expected to get an apprenticeship, a job, and work your way up.

    We all did, but while we were getting established, getting mortgaged, raising limited families (so we could provide for them), and building our pension funds, successive Labour governments were running up huge debts to fund their massive expansion of the new underclass. Now it’s the welfare queens with their huge, fatherless families who are the new gilded youth. Foul mouthed, drunk, filthy, bone idle, ignorant, arrogant, and unemployable. Soon they will outnumber us.
    That is the revenge of the champagne socialists, against the workers they pretend to represent.

    • Vincent Bate | March 17, 2015 at 4:50 pm |

      I’d like to disagree with you Monty, but I can’t. I’m 46, and I feel as though my generation was the last to be raised to have self respect and respect for others. The behaviour I witness daily in London from other people horrifies and depresses me. When I complain I am left with the distinct feeling that I’m wrong, not the savages I witness around me!

      • What Vincent said, I used to be a Labour supporter and then realised they didn’t represent anybody other than themselves and that when it came down to it, they are pretty evil. The current Labour Party seems to believe in feudal control with safe seats going to the sons of MPs and a lack of local party control. The only good think I can see at the moment is that the Greens in some places will slash Labour majorities letting someone else in.

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