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College Communists Collapse

Posted on | July 29, 2017 | 1 Comment

 

The Swarthmore Anti-Capitalist Collective has crumbled into “the ash heap of history,” Matthew Stein reports at Campus Reform:

A Marxist student group at Swarthmore College disbanded itself earlier this year after realizing that its members were too rich and too white to be real commies.
According to screenshots confidentially provided to Campus Reform by an individual with access to the group’s private Facebook page, the demise of the Swarthmore Anti-Capitalist Collective (SACC) came in the wake of a farewell letter from a member who had decided the group could never be an effective proponent of “unproblematized anticapitalist politics” due to its “history of abuse, racism, and even classism.”
“From my understanding SACC disbanded because they realized the makeup and tactics of their group was at odds with their espoused principles,” Swarthmore Conservative Society President Gilbert Guerra told Campus Reform. “Their main support base was middle-upper class white kids who enjoy jogging.” . . .
Arguing that “low-income people of color should never be an afterthought in a group whose politics supposedly focus on their liberation,” the author [of the letter disbanding the group] then went on to accuse SACC of having a “history of abuse, racism, and even classism that was never adequately addressed or recognized despite constantly being brought up as an issue.”

In January, calling themselves Swarthmore Marxists and Anti-Capitalists (SMAC), the college commie collective issued a manifesto in the student newspaper announcing a campus meeting:

We invite students disillusioned by the state of activism on Swarthmore’s campus to join our group and define our work. Fighting Trump requires an active and radical Left unwilling to compromise with the ascendant Fascism that is Trump and the far-right.

The annual cost of attending Swarthmore — tuition, fees, room and board — is $63,550, which amounts to $254,220 for a four-year degree. Rich white kids who hate themselves for being rich and white don’t seem to mind asking their rich white Mommy and Daddy to spend a quarter-million bucks for them to attend an elite private college.

For some reason, these young bourgeois Bolsheviks consider it beneath their dignity to enroll at, say, Penn State ($29,760 a year, or less than half the cost of attending Swarthmore). Of course, if they’re so concerned with “classism,” maybe the commies at Swarthmore could just drop out of college and get a job, but the vanguard of the proletariat can’t be bothered to get their hands dirty doing any actual work.

Marxism is supposed to be about revolution — the violent overthrow of the capitalist system. If Swarthmore’s Marxists wanted to strike a blow against the regime, they could go home and burn down their family’s 5BR/4BA on that quiet suburban cul-de-sac where they grew up. Or they could liquidate their trust fund, give the money to the Black Lives Matters movement, move to Pyongyang and enjoy the glories of socialism.

Along with the rest of the soi-disant #resistance, the Swarthmore commies are fundamentally unserious in their “anti-fascist” rhetoric. Like the college feminists who claim to want to “smash patriarchy,” but who don’t mind Daddy paying big bucks to send them an elite private school, these spoiled brats at Swarthmore call themselves “Marxists” as a sort of political fashion statement in an effort to win the campus virtue-signaling contest. Their parents’ wealth has purchased them a four-year holiday from reality, an academic vacation during which they can engage in juvenile gestures of make-believe Marxism that are no more radical than frat boys doing drinking stunts on Spring Break.

 

The pathetic failure of the Swarthmore Anti-Capitalist Collective would be mere comedy, were it not for the fact that these adolescent misfits are a perfect example of the dangerous ignorance that now prevails among so-called “elite” students. None of these college Bolsheviks has ever been required to study the real history of Communism. They haven’t read Robert Conquest’s The Great Terror, or The Harvest of Sorrow, nor do they know anything about the sordid history of the American Left. They’ve never read Destructive Generation by Peter Collier and David Horowitz or The Secret World of American Communism by Harvey Klehr, John Earl Haynes and Fridrikh Igorevich Firsov. Utterly ignorant of the tragic consequences of Communism in the 20th century, young fools want to revive this deadly idea in the 21st century.

The Left is always wrong, but never in doubt. Their bad ideas would be less dangerous, if they were not so fanatically certain they were right. Yet our college campuses are crowded with young fools, who are tutored in their folly by old fools who have spent their entire adult lives in the academic cocoon where intellectual abstractions are more important than real-life consequences and there is no penalty for being wrong.



 

 

 

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