02/21/20

It’s Spreading! Marxist Australian Greens Leader Adopts ‘Green New Deal’

By: Trevor Loudon | The Epoch Times

New Greens Leader Adam Bandt speaks to media in Canberra, Australia, on Feb. 4, 2020. Tracey Nearmy/Getty Images

Adam Bandt, the newly elected Marxist leader of the Australian Greens, has committed his party to an Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez style “Green New Deal.”

On Feb. 4 this year, Bandt, a long-time co-leader of the party, was elected unopposed to the party leadership. The same day, he used his very first press conference to advertise the Australian Greens brand new Green New Deal-themed website and commit the party to the new program.

The Green New Deal concept has been around in some form or another for many years, but the latest version is a very new creation.

The Green New Deal document was written over a single December 2018 weekend by the staff of New York Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and three far-left groups, described by the New Yorker as: “the Sunrise Movement, a grassroots climate organization; the Justice Democrats, which recruits and supports leftist candidates; and an upstart policy shop called the New Consensus.”

The Green New Deal wasn’t written on the back of a restaurant napkin—but it was almost as amateurish.

Just about everyone involved was new to lawmaking.

“We spent the weekend learning how to put laws together,” Ocasio-Cortez’s chief of staff, Saikat Chakrabarti, told New Yorker journalist Benjamin Wallace-Wells. “We looked up how to write resolutions.”

The Green New Deal is basically a plan to completely centralize economic planning in the name of tackling “climate change.”

The draft text called for a congressional committee, which would be “fully funded and empowered to draft legislation … to map out a ‘detailed national, industrial, economic mobilization plan’ capable of making the U.S. economy ‘carbon neutral’ while promoting ‘economic and environmental justice and equality,’” according to The Intercept.

In other words, socialism.

Ocasio-Cortez is a member of the 55,000-member strong Marxist group Democratic Socialists of America (DSA). With strong backing from the DSA and the Communist Party USA, the Green New Deal soon became ubiquitous in the Democratic Party’s dominant left-wing and is now endorsed by nearly 100 U.S. congress members and several Democratic presidential candidates.

Bandt fully understands the origins and intent of the Green New Deal that he’s now promoting.

In an article in the DSA-aligned magazine Jacobin, published just days before assuming the Australian Greens leadership, Bandt laid out his vision for an Australian Green New Deal:

“We need government intervention on the scale of the Apollo program. We need a Green New Deal for Australia, a transformative plan to get us out of the overlapping crises of climate emergency and economic inequality.

“With a Green New Deal, we can break free from the false dichotomy that we must choose between tackling the climate crisis and delivering better outcomes for workers. …

“Taking the urgent action we need to transform our society is an opportunity for equality and justice. This is our chance to shift Australia to a clean, renewable economy while building a more caring and equal society.”

In March 2018, SEARCH Foundation hosted Bhaskar Sunkara, a DSA comrade, Green New Deal advocate, and Jacobin editor, at Sydney Trades Hall for a talk entitled “Corbyn, Sanders and the next left.” The Sydney-based SEARCH Foundation, which works closely with the Australian Greens, is the continuation of the now-defunct “moderate” wing of the Communist Party of Australia (CPA).

Former Australian Greens Sen. Lee Rhiannon, once a high-ranking pro-Soviet communist, is a close ally of Bandt and is also a SEARCH Foundation committee member.

Sunkara also addressed a major Marxism conference in Melbourne the same month.

Writing in the Guardian, Bandt made it clear that he sees the Green New Deal as a vehicle for putting his personal values into action:

“The two elements of a Green New Deal – government taking the lead to create new jobs and industries, and universal services to ensure no one is left behind – are the values I have been fighting for my whole adult life.”

And those values are undoubtedly socialist.

In 2010, Bandt became the first Australian Greens member to be elected to the Australian parliament—the House of Representatives—in a federal election.

Bandt had started out in politics as a teenage member of the Australian Labor Party but moved to the far-left while studying law at Perth’s Murdoch University in the early 1990s.

At Murdoch, Bandt was a leader of the Left Alliance. Active in several Australian universities for more than a decade, the Left Alliance was a coalition of the Socialist Youth League, the youth wing of the CPA, and Resistance, the youth wing of the Democratic Socialist Party (DSP), a grouping with Trotskyist roots.

By the time Bandt became a leader of Left Alliance, Resistance had left the organization after a proposed CPA–DSP merger had foundered. In 1991, the CPA dissolved and re-formed as the short-lived New Left Party. In 1992, the Australian Greens were formed out of several smaller state-based Green parties.

In 1995, while he was a student, Bandt described the newly founded Greens as a “bourgeois” party, writing in a memo on a Marxist student website that “Communists can’t fetishize alternative political parties, but should always make some kind of materially based assessment about the effectiveness of any given strategy come election time,” according to The Australian.

In other words, the Greens could be a useful way to promote socialism.

In 2008, Bandt completed a Ph.D. at Monash University in Melbourne with his thesis titled “Work to Rule: Rethinking Marx, Pashukanis and Law.” His supervisor, Andrew Milner, was a former member of the British Socialist Workers Party turned Australian Greens supporter.

In December 2010, the first “Union and Community Summer School” was held in Melbourne.

Called “Winning Our Rights,” the school bought together “experienced labor activists from different generations and most left political traditions, to discuss the way forward for the union movement,” according to Green Left Weekly.

Union activists from the Australian Greens, the DSP-initiated Socialist Alliance, the re-founded CPA, the pro-China Communist Party of Australia (Marxist-Leninist), and SEARCH Foundation took part.

A public meeting themed “Reviving the union movement under the Gillard government” opened the school. Speakers included brand new Australian Greens Member of Parliament Adam Bandt.

Discussion on the second day focused on “unions’ role in the climate action movement and building the union fightback.”

The Australian Greens are a minor political party, holding only a few seats in Australia’s two federal chambers of government. However, they sometimes hold the balance of power between the larger Labor and Liberal parties. This can give the tiny party a disproportionate influence on Australia’s political direction.

Under the much further left Bandt leadership, the Australian Greens will be much more aggressive in promoting their socialist agenda. We may hear much more about the Green New Deal from “downunda” in the next months and years.

Trevor Loudon is an author, filmmaker, and public speaker from New Zealand. For more than 30 years, he has researched radical left, Marxist, and terrorist movements and their covert influence on mainstream politics. He is the author of a soon-to-be-published book “White House Red: Communist, Socialists, and Security Risks Running for U.S. President, 2020.”

02/21/20

Weekly Profile – Katjoesja Buissink

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Katjoesja Buissink

Katjoesja Buissink is a WellingtonNew Zealand activist.

He is General Secretary at Aotearoa Community Union and Chair of New Communist Party of Aotearoa (NCPA)- New Zealand’s recently formed “mainstream” communist party.

November 21-22 2019, the NCPA held its inaugural congress. The congress marked the end of the “25-year absence of Marxism-Leninism in New Zealand”. Held in Wellington, the congress included representatives from the Communist Party of Australia (CPA), the Embassy of Cuba, and the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS).

In a speech to the conference, Buissink stressed the importance of party unity by welcoming “all Marxist-Leninists into the New Communist Party and said the new group would “seek to resolve all differences through internal, comradely debate. Small differences, particularly those centering on international issues, should not create splits, and we must always prioritize unity in the domestic situation.”

In July 2019 Katjoesja Buissink  helped celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Cuban communist Revolution at the Cuban embassy in Wellington.

Katjoesja Buissink center with Cuban and Australian delegates

Previously Buissink was active in another Marxist group Organise Aotearoa. In January that group got big press in Brazil when they occupied the Brazilian embassy in Wellington to protest the new anti-communist Brazilian government of Jair Bolsonaro.

Katjoesja Buissink was the Organise Aotearoa spokesman for the occupation.

In August 2018 hundreds rallied in Auckland against the proposed visit of Canadian speakers Lauren Southern and Stefan Molyneux.

Ten Auckland-based activist groups banded together for the ‘Rally Against Racism’, which organizer and Auckland University student Katjoesja Buissink described as “the most organized protest I’ve ever seen”.

Buissink said he opposed the Canadian pair speaking in Auckland due to the way they have “spoken about minorities” in the past.

Katjoesja Buissink third from right

“I think the thing to remember is hate speech is not free speech and what they’re doing is hate speech.” The New Zealand government of socialist Prime Minister Jacinda Adern canceled the Canadian pair’s visas.

Katjoesja Buissink center

When  UK politician Nigel Farage was due to speak in New Zealand in September 2018. Tamaki Anti-Fascist Action spokesperson Katjoesja Buissink said: “We are taking action because Farage’s anti-Semitic, Islamophobic and misogynist views are repugnant and indefensible. His scapegoating of vulnerable communities is reprehensible.

“The real problems rest with the vast and grotesque levels of global inequality caused by capitalist exploitation, ongoing colonialism and endless wars of aggression. He doesn’t want to do anything about those things, instead, he uses ‘divide and rule’ tactics to stir up hatred and fear among the white working and middle class.”

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02/18/20

Pete Buttigieg and the South Bend Socialists

By: Trevor Loudon | The Epoch Times

Democratic presidential candidate former South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg participates in a forum at University of Nevada in Las Vegas, Nev., on Feb. 16, 2020. Alex Wong/Getty Images

Roger L. Simon has written about presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg’s Marxist scholar father, the late Joseph Buttigieg, for The Epoch Times. Grove City College professor Paul Kengor has exposed young Pete Buttigieg’s admiration for his “socialist” hero Bernie Sanders for the American Spectator.

But no one yet has written about Mayor Pete’s close involvement with socialists and Marxists in his hometown of South Bend, Indiana, and beyond.

Like any Midwestern town with both an industrial base and institutions of higher education, South Bend, Indiana, has long had an active socialist presence. And Mayor Pete seemed to go out of his way to find them.

Many of the South Bend socialists gathered in the local branch of Jobs with Justice (JwJ), a radical “community organizing” group closely affiliated with the labor movement.

JwJ’s branches nationwide tend to reflect the composition of the local activist base. San Francisco JwJ, for instance, tends to be dominated by the Freedom Road Socialist Organization. In Washington, D.C., JwJ is more Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) heavy. Dallas JwJ has a greater Communist Party USA presence.

In South Bend, JwJ was led by personalities such as Tony Flora and Paul Mishler from the DSA and Lee Gloster, who came from a Communist Party USA and DSA background.

Sanctuary City

JwJ promotes the labor and social policies of the U.S. socialist movement—illegal immigration amnesty, the end of “right to work,” $15 per hour minimum wage, etc. JwJ is what used to be called a “communist front.”

Buttigieg began working with the local JwJ at least as early as October 2014. In April 2015, Mayor Pete served on a panel at St. Joseph County Public Library entitled “Five Myths about immigration and why we need deferred action for the parents of Americans.”

Other panelists included Sam Centellas (of JwJ and director of La Casa de Amistad), Tony Flora (of JwJ and vice president of Indiana AFL-CIO), and Fred Everett (of the Diocese of Fort Wayne/South Bend). Joseph Carbone of the St. Joseph Valley Project JwJ moderated the Q&A portion.

Buttigieg later developed strong ties to Centellas and his “immigrant” support group, La Casa de Amistad. Buttigieg worked closely with La Casa de Amistad from at least early 2015 until well after he hit the presidential campaign trail in 2019.

Wherever it can, the left works to introduce ID cards for illegal aliens so that they can access government services, obtain driver’s licenses, and, most importantly, vote for Democrats.

According to the La Casa de Amistad website:

“We are working with South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, South Bend Common Council, and local businesses as partners in providing support to vulnerable populations that have difficulty obtaining photo identification. We are still looking for local businesses who will accept the SB ID as photo identification.

“In the fall of 2014 the Social Justice committee from the St. Adalbert’s parish started working on ideas to address concerns from parishioners who had difficulty obtaining identification. In the early 2015 the committee approached community leaders, Mayor Pete Buttigieg and common council members about the idea of a city ID program.

“With the support of Karen White from Common Council, and Mayor Pete and his staff plans began for a local identification program. Through the work of the committee, the Common Council and the Office of the Mayor, it was decided to launch an ID program through La Casa de Amistad using SF Global for verification.”

Mayor Buttigieg threw his complete weight behind this program, which effectively turned South Bend into a “sanctuary city.”

According to the Associated Press, in April 2019, Buttigieg told a New Hampshire town hall meeting that he didn’t know if he ran a “sanctuary city,” but he did know that “the police force doesn’t enforce federal immigration laws.”

“I regard us as a welcoming city. Some conservative talk show hosts may say that makes us a sanctuary city. I don’t know,” he said at the meeting.

“He said South Bend welcomed all people regardless of whether they are in the country legally,” AP reported. “The president thinks America is full. We’re not,” Buttigieg said, adding that “he supported a path to citizenship for the roughly 11 million illegal immigrants living in the US.”

Honeywell Strike

Mayor Buttigieg also worked closely with his friend from JwJ and the local AFL-CIO, Tony Flora.

In February 2017, on the back of the Bernie Sanders movement, many of South Bend’s leftist activists coalesced into a new DSA branch—in which Flora played a leading role.

From May 2016 until February 2017, more than 300 workers at the Honeywell International Aerospace plant in South Bend were “locked out” after rejecting the company’s proposed contract.

Labor activists and socialists from all over the Midwest came to South Bend to support the locked-out workers—including Chicago-based Communist Party labor commission leader Scott Marshall.

JwJ played a role in strike support by providing some relief for the financially struggling workers. Flora was also heavily involved in the campaign, both in his capacity as the local AFL-CIO boss and presumably as a DSA comrade.

As the lockout dragged on for months, Mayor Buttigieg sided with the strikers—even sending representatives from his office to man the picket lines. When Joe Carbone of JwJ organized a picnic with area union representatives as a way to support Honeywell workers who weren’t taking home paychecks, Mayor Buttigieg turned up to fraternize with the workers.

“Part of what helps the American middle class is stability, and workers need confidence that their benefits are secure,” Buttigieg said, according to the South Bend Tribune.

In July 2018, even though the lock-out was long over (the workers caved), Mayor Pete turned up to a rally outside the Honeywell offices with Carbone and Flora to attack the company.

Tweeted Buttigieg:

“I stand … in support of Honeywell workers stripped of the health benefits they earned. If there’s enough cash for stock buybacks, then there is more than enough to keep this company’s promises to its retirees.”

Palestine and Israel

In April 2019, Buttigieg formally announced his run for the presidency in front of 4,000 people gathered in a re-purposed South Bend Studebaker plant. Outside the rally, Paul Mishler from JwJ and Northern Indiana DSA and a handful of others stood on a corner with a sign that read “Open your hearts to Palestine and Golan.”

According to the South Bend Tribune, “Mishler said the group of peace activists wanted to push the mayor-turned-presidential-candidate to toughen his stance on Israeli–Palestinian policy, with a stronger focus on helping Palestinians.”

“He’s a kind person and has been a good mayor,” Mishler said. “I don’t agree with him on everything, but we’re out here because we want to kind of push him on foreign policy.”

Mishler was no doubt gratified when in October 2019 presidential candidate Buttigieg addressed the J Street convention in Washington, D.C. At the conference, Buttigieg openly supported J Street’s main goal, the partition of Israel to create an independent Palestinian state—the so-called “two-state solution.”

J Street claims to be pro-Israel but is, in fact, a far-left anti-Israel organization committed to the creation of a Palestinian state—which would almost guarantee the destruction of Israel.

Unsurprisingly, J Street has been heavily infiltrated by leftists and socialists including former and current advisory board members Stanley SheinbaumAlan Snitow, and Michael Walzer—all at one time prominent DSA members.

Bus Drivers’ Strike

While Buttigieg has worked closely with the DSA and the South Bend left, neither party has been keen to publicly embrace the other on the presidential campaign trail.

Buttigieg is running for president as a moderate progressive. He’s all on board with leftist talking points on social issues, but he’s trying to appear more moderate on fiscal issues. For instance, he has yet to embrace either the Green New Deal or Medicare for All, though both are DSA creations.

Every now and then, though, he has to touch base with his far-left roots.

Buttigieg made a campaign stop on Cape Cod on July 6, 2019, to meet with striking bus drivers before a fundraising event at the Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School.

According to the Vineyard Gazette:

“On Saturday, Mr. Buttigieg framed his understanding of the drivers’ strike within the American narrative of using organized labor to combat wage stagnation.

‘One of the reasons everyone is following your story closely right now,’ Mr. Buttigieg … told the roomful of drivers, ‘is that we have a case where at least as I understand it, there’s been a real resistance to making it possible to organize. So I’m here to hear a little bit more about what you’re up against … and to also let you know that I’m supportive, and make sure that I can understand your story so that I can share it.’”

Buttigieg posed with the strikers and promised he would share the drivers’ story on the campaign trail.

“‘I’m going to be keeping in touch, and I’m going to be looking for good news from Martha’s Vineyard and please let us know how I can be supportive,’ he said. ‘But also know that I’ll be letting others know about your story, because I think it can inspire a lot of other people in other places … hang in there’”

The eventually successful strike against the Vineyard Transit Authority was fully supported by the DSA.

According to former Massachusetts labor leader Jack Clark, writing in DSA’s Democratic Left journal:

“When bus drivers on Martha’s Vineyard struck at the height of the tourist season, solidarity from longtime residents, including some DSA activists, helped them win. …

“Founding DSA member and union-side labor attorney Jules Bernstein, along with DSA member Virginia Diamond and other progressive residents, helped lead the solidarity effort among residents An op-ed by Bernstein in the July 10 Martha’s Vineyard Times, under the headline ‘Union-busting lands on Martha’s Vineyard shores’ laid out a strong case for supporting the striking drivers. Management, he pointed out, seemed determined to break the strike and the union to reassert total control over working conditions.”

It’s almost inconceivable that Buttigieg didn’t know that this was a DSA-supported strike. DSA members were very much in evidence through the action, manning the picket lines and packing out the rallies. Buttigieg happily posed with leading strike supporter and DSA comrade Virginia Diamond, who also serves as president of the Northern Virginia AFL-CIO.

Liberal Democrat?

Is Buttigieg really just a well-meaning Liberal Democrat who just wants the best for America? Or is he his father’s son? Is he actually a “stealth socialist” who has honed the art of appearing to be whatever he needs to be to further his cause in any given situation?

Buttigieg is running to secure Joe Biden’s support base, not Bernie Sanders’. Buttigieg knows that if he can win over the moderate Democrats the hard left will have little choice but to fall in line. No sense, therefore, in scaring the moderate voters by telling them what you actually believe.

Trevor Loudon is an author, filmmaker, and public speaker from New Zealand. For more than 30 years, he has researched radical left, Marxist, and terrorist movements and their covert influence on mainstream politics. He is the author of a soon-to-be-published book “White House Reds: Communists, Socialists, and Security Risks Running for U.S. President, 2020.”

02/18/20

Amy Klobuchar’s Early Socialist Mentors

By: Trevor Loudon | The Epoch Times

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) speaks during a stop at the Corner Sundry in Indianola, Iowa, on Dec. 6, 2019. (Charlie Neibergall/AP Photo)

In a recent interview with CBS News political correspondent Ed O’Keefe, Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota explained why she’s concerned that Sen. Bernie Sanders may be the Democratic opponent to President Donald Trump: “I am troubled by having a socialist lead our ticket.”

Klobuchar has positioned herself as the “moderate” in the Democratic presidential field. It’s looking increasingly like she will take Joe Biden’s place in the party’s moderate lane. Yet, she herself has a lifelong pattern of radical socialist affiliations. However, unlike Sanders, Klobuchar seems unwilling to tell the voting public about her far-left connections.

Klobuchar grew up with left-leaning parents, but her real political education began in college in the early 1980s.

In her 2015 book “The Senator Next Door,” Klobuchar writes of her political awaking while studying at Yale:

“My interest in politics and policy really blossomed in college. I was particularly inspired by Yale political science professor Robert Dahl. … Professor Dahl was sometimes described as the dean of American political scientists and his theories about how American politics worked opened a whole new world of ideas for me.”

Dahl was a Marxist and a longtime member of the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA). He was known for essays such as “On The Theory of Democratic Socialism” (1940); “Workers’ Control of Industry and the British Labor Party” (1947); and “Marxism and Free Parties” (1948), a “nuanced critique of Marxist thinking about political parties written on the occasion of the centennial of The Communist Manifesto,” according to a tribute to Dahl by the DSA.

Klobuchar also wrote of her admiration for another teacher, professor Charles Lindblom. It turns out that Lindblom was a founding sponsor of the left-wing magazine “The American Prospect” and a fan of the “political economy” of Yugoslavia’s communist dictator Josip Broz Tito. For this poor judgment, Lindblom was labeled a “closet communist” and a “creeping socialist”’ by some Western critics.

Another Klobuchar favorite at Yale was the equally leftist professor Theodore (Ted) Marmor, a national authority on Medicare.

As she wrote in “A Senator Next Door”:

“The last Yale professor who played a major role in my life was Ted Marmor. I took Ted’s class the “The Politics of Medicare” as a junior. … The following year, Ted took my friend Matt Hamel … and me under his wing. On Sunday evenings, Ted conducted weekly tutorial sessions with just the two of us.”

Marmor was the head of Yale’s Center for Health Services, a member of President Jimmy Carter’s Commission on the National Agenda for the 1980s, and a senior social policy adviser to Walter Mondale in the presidential campaign of 1984.

In February 2001, Marmor appeared on a panel at the Next Agenda conference in Washington.

His co-panelists included The American Prospect co-founder and DSA-aligned socialist Robert Kuttner, DSA-affiliated U.S. Sen. Paul Wellstone, and Cathy Hurwit from the DSA-led Midwest Academy—an Alinsky-inspired “community organizer” training school based in Chicago.

Marmor was also a long-time collaborator with health care activist Sid Socolar. In 1953, Socolar was accused of being a communist and a potential “national security risk” by the Senate Judiciary Committee, in a report entitled “Interlocking Subversion in Government Departments.”

Circa April 1991, the New York City DSA’s School for Democratic Socialism “explored the health care crisis and socialist alternatives” with Socolar and Linnea Capps of the NYC DSA Health Task Force.

In April 2009, Marmor appeared on a panel, “Defeating the Persistent Assaults on Social Insurance,” with Socolar at the DSA-organized Left Forum conference in New York.

After leaving college and establishing her legal career in Minneapolis, Klobuchar turned her attention to local politics.

She became close to local political identity Donald (Don) M. Fraser—who served as both a Democratic-Farmer-Labor (DFL) Party member of Congress and as mayor of Minneapolis.

Around 1990, Klobuchar became president of the DFL Education Foundation—a “think tank” that ran independently of the Minnesota DFL—the state affiliate of the Democratic Party.

The organization’s goal was to promote “more citizen involvement in politics.” Mondale chaired the Education Foundation’s board while, according to Klobuchar, Fraser and his wife, Arvonne, were the “heart and soul” of the group.

Fraser was undoubtedly a socialist.

In 1973, Lawrence Birns, from the New School for Social Research and a DSA supporter, DSA founder Michael Harrington, and Rep. Fraser of the House Foreign Relations Committee circulated a petition attacking the anti-communist military government of Chile.

In June 1977, Fraser attended the Second Bureau Meeting of the Socialist International in Rome.

On Oct. 9, 2004, Fraser addressed the DSA Mid-West regional conference in Minneapolis. The event was initiated by the DSA International Commission and the DSA FUND and was co-sponsored by Fraser and Klobuchar’s DFL Education Foundation.

Professor Don Ostrom, president of the DFL Education Foundation, welcomed the panel and the audience on behalf of “Minnesota’s progressive community.”

Fraser used his speaking slot firstly to roundly criticize President Bush’s foreign policy.

According to the DSA’s Democratic Left publication:

“Fraser went on to argue that the United States needed to emulate European social programs, especially national health care. He called for a new social compact with expanded job and educational opportunities. He also cited the need for the Democrats to create strong institutions to educate the electorate.”

Klobuchar has described Fraser as her “political mentor.”

When Klobuchar decided to run for Hennepin County (Minnesota) Attorney in 1993, Fraser was there for her.

When Fraser died in June 2019, Klobuchar wrote on Twitter to mark the occasion:

“In my first run for office, Don was a campaign co-chair and took to the podium to introduce me. He was a great public servant but also a mentor to the next generation. He got that his public service didn’t end with him.”

Klobuchar also issued a public statement honoring the life of her friend and mentor:

“The State of Minnesota has lost a true champion for good. Don and Arvonne Fraser were neighbors and friends. Don Fraser was always ahead of his time. As a congressman, he fought for the environment and human rights and exposed human rights abuses around the world. … My first job in Democratic politics was as the volunteer executive director of the DFL Education Foundation, a group Don Fraser founded. His mission? Ideas matter in politics. He lived that.”

And clearly those ideas were socialist.

All of Klobuchar’s early political mentors were leftists and socialists. And that pattern would continue.

Trevor Loudon is an author, filmmaker, and public speaker from New Zealand. For more than 30 years, he has researched radical left, Marxist, and terrorist movements and their covert influence on mainstream politics. His next book is “White House Reds: Communists, Socialists & Security Risks Running for US President, 2020,” to be released on March 1.

02/7/20

Two Covert Socialists Run for Congress in Georgia

By: Trevor Loudon | The Epoch Times

Nabilah Islam (L) and Michael Owens are seen in an endorsement material by Metro Atlanta Democratic Socialists of America (MADSA) (Screenshot)

Two covert socialists are running for the U.S. House of Representatives from Georgia.

Both are active in the Democratic Party but have sought the endorsement and support of the several-hundred-strong Metro Atlanta Democratic Socialists of America (MADSA). However, neither is willing to publicly identify themselves to the voters as a “democratic socialist.”

7th District

Nabilah Islam is running for Georgia’s 7th Congressional District, located just to the north of Atlanta. The good people of North Central Georgia could soon be represented by a militant socialist in the mold of New York’s Rep. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez (D-N.Y.).

Several local news outlets and even the Washington Post have described Islam as “Atlanta’s AOC.” There’s one important difference, however. Possibly because Georgia is generally more conservative than AOC’s New York, Islam is not prepared to be quite as open about her socialism.

In February 2019, Republican Rep. Rob Woodall, who was first elected in 2010, announced he would not seek re-election in 2020. This has led to a crowded primary in which eight Republicans and seven Democrats, including 2018 candidate Carolyn Bourdeaux, have entered the race for the open seat.

Bourdeaux was supported in 2018 by gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams’ New Georgia Project. She lost to Woodall by less than 400 votes, so ordinarily, she would be considered the frontrunner for this year’s Democratic nomination. However, Islam’s solid Democratic Party record and DSA backing combined with Muslim support could well see her win the May 19 primary. If that happens, the DSA and Muslim groups will likely pour in lots of out-of-state money and support to help her flip the very marginal “minority/majority” 7th District to the Democratic column.

A Georgia State University marketing graduate, Islam has an impressive record in Georgia Democratic Party politics. According to her 2016 Young Democrats of Atlanta bio:

“Nabilah ‘Billie’ Islam has deep political roots in Georgia where she has helped candidates up and down the ballot in multiple capacities. Billie is a Georgia native and currently serves as the Southern States Finance Associate for Hillary Clinton’s presidential Campaign, she has been on the campaign since May 2015 coordinating finance events for 7 states. During her time on the Finance Team for Jason Carter’s gubernatorial bid in 2014 Billie helped raise more than 10 million dollars in nine months.

“Billie’s first paid position on a campaign was in 2013 when she served as Campaign Coordinator for the successful city-wide campaign to elect Andre Dickens to the Atlanta City Council. It was in this position that she learned what it meant to be an underdog candidate and how much elbow grease it takes to win.

“Billie is a Democracy for America-trained operative, a graduate of VIP United Way and a graduate of the Gwinnett Neighborhood Leadership Institute. She has also served on the Board of the Red Clay Democrats. Committed to advancing Democratic causes in her home town, in 2013 she re-charted the Gwinnett County Young Democrats and served as President.”

Islam is running on a platform of socialized health care (Medicare for All), the Green New Deal, “economic justice,” and illegal immigrant amnesty. She has been endorsed by former President Jimmy Carter’s grandson Jason Carter, far-left California Congressman Ro Khanna, and the equally radical Occupy Democrats.

Despite this leftist support, Islam is not willing to publicly come clean as a “democratic socialist.”

In her Metro Atlanta DSA (MADSA) endorsement questionnaire, Islam was asked:

“If elected will you publicly identify yourself as a Democratic Socialist and MADSA member?”

Islam’s brief reply:

“MADSA member yes. Dem socialist no.”

So while Congresswoman Islam might be willing to admit her DSA membership, if pressed, it appears unlikely she’ll be as upfront about her “democratic socialism” as Ocasio Cortez or Michigan’s Rep. Rashida Tlaib.

13th District

MADSA is also endorsing Michael A. Owens for Georgia’s 13th Congressional District, which is located in the Atlanta Metropolitan area.

A former Cobb County Democratic Party chairman, Owens, a Marine Corps veteran, unsuccessfully challenged incumbent Democrat David Scott in 2014. Scott is generally regarded as a moderate Democrat. Whoever wins the Democratic Party primary in this heavily Democratic district will almost certainly be elected to Congress.

Owens is even less willing than Islam to publicly adopt the “democratic socialist” label.

When MADSA questioned him if he would publicly identify as a MADSA member and as a “Democratic Socialist,” Owens simply replied “no.” MADSA endorsed him anyway.

As the Republican Party struggles to take back the House in 2020 and the Democrats put major resources into flipping Southern states, Georgia’s 7th may become a very hotly contested and widely watched race.

Owens will have a harder job in the 13th to defeat moderate Democrat Scott — but with enough DSA support, it could be done.

If both Republicans and moderate Democrats are bold enough to expose Islam and Owens’ covert socialism, they might just save their seats.

Trevor Loudon is an author, filmmaker, and public speaker from New Zealand. For more than 30 years, he has researched radical left, Marxist, and terrorist movements and their covert influence on mainstream politics.

01/30/20

American Communists Watch as Russians Award Venezuela’s President Maduro ‘Order of Lenin’

By: Trevor Loudon | The Epoch Times

Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) is about to shake hands with Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro during their meeting at the Kremlin in Moscow on Sept. 25, 2019. (Sergei Chirikov/AFP via Getty Images)

On the final day of the World Anti Imperialist Congress on Jan. 24 in Caracas, Venezuela, American communists watched as President Nicolas Maduro was awarded the Order of Lenin.

The “prestigious” award was bestowed by a group of Russians led by Yaroslav Listov—head of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Russian Federation on youth policy.

“We all have Lenin in our hearts. This is a commitment. A revolutionary commitment to build socialism in the 21st century,” said the Russian comrades as they handed the medal to President Maduro, according to U.S. Maoist publication FightBack! News.

The Order of Lenin was established in 1930 as the highest Soviet civilian honor. Most domestic recipients have been Communist Party leaders, heroes of labor, or sporting figures. Past foreign recipients of the medal have included Ramon Mercader, a Spanish Soviet intelligence agent and assassin of Leon Trotsky; Cuban dictator Fidel Castro; Luis Corvalan, the secretary-general of the Communist Party of Chile; Armand Hammer, an American businessman and sponsor of U.S. Sen. Albert Gore, Sr.; Kim Il-sung, the president of North Korea; and the infamous Kim Philby, a British/Soviet double agent.

Maduro’s award of the Order of Lenin at this time, when Venezuela is under huge pressure from the Trump administration, was a show of both international communist solidarity and Russian government support. The Communist Party of the Russian Federation is the number two party in the Russian parliament after the United Russia Party and generally supports President Vladimir Putin’s foreign policy.

It was also validation of U.S. Special Representative for Venezuela Elliott Abrams’ early January statement to reporters:

“We underestimated the importance of the Cuban and Russian support of the regime, which has proved, I think, to be the two most important pillars of support for the regime and without which it wouldn’t be there, it wouldn’t be in power.”

FightBack! News also reported on Maduro’s defiant address to the gathering:

“With a Syrian professor and member of Ba’ath Party at his side, Maduro began with a story of a visit he had alongside Hugo Chavez to Syria when thousands of Syrians surrounded his vehicle in Damascus and lifted the car in celebration of a brave anti-imperialist leader. Maduro followed this with a declaration of solidarity to the Syrians for surviving an imperialist intervention.

“After a brief comment on the vicious brutality of the capitalist system, Maduro stated: ‘It is here that we are the vanguard of a model of socialism, of anti-imperialism that will transform the world for humanity.’ He followed with a quote in reference to the decline of U.S. Imperialism: ‘Mao Zedong called U.S. Imperialism a paper tiger.’ And that ‘we will build the new world that is coming.’”

Between 800 and 1,500 delegates from over 50 countries attended the event hosted by Maduro’s ruling United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV).

Diosdado Cabello, PSUV’s first vice president, opened the conference highlighting the importance of “solidarity among the countries resisting U.S. hegemony and also among the peoples resisting neoliberalism,” according to the Orinoco Tribune. Cabello criticized the recent U.S. killing of Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani, “which was followed by a standing ovation by more than 250 delegates from 51 countries.”

U.S. Maoist grouping Freedom Road Socialist Organization (FRSO) sent three comrades to the event—“peace” activist Sarah Martin, and “immigrant rights” activist Brad Sigal, both from Minneapolis, plus Jim Byrne, an Arizona-based Tucson Education Association activist.

Martin, Sigal, and Byrne have all been active in the anti-Trump protest movement in their respective cities.

This was the fifth FRSO delegation to visit Venezuela since April 2019.

The FRSO delegation talked with several local and national Venezuelan socialist leaders from the PSUV. This included an interview with Gladys Requena, vice president of Venezuela’s National Constituent Assembly and the vice president of the Women’s Commission of the PSUV.

The FRSO delegation visited the Bolivarian University of Venezuela on Jan. 20, speaking to political science classes.

Said Sigal: “Students asked about the movements for change in our country. They definitely had the impression people are protesting Trump, and movements are growing stronger. They are excited that socialist ideas are becoming popular in the U.S.”

The FRSO delegates also visited a free medical clinic at the Bolivarian University of Venezuela where they met some of the many Cuban doctors working in the country, as well as “anti-imperialist delegates from a range of Latin American countries.”

At the end of the Congress, the “working groups of delegates presented their resolutions containing many statements of solidarity and their plans of international collaboration against imperialism,” according to FightBack! News.

International communist activity, backed by Russia, China, and Cuba, is approaching Cold War levels. Much of this activity is now focused on protecting Venezuela, as it was directed at defending communist North Vietnam in the 1960s and 1970s. The fact that American communists are openly supporting the Russian-allied Maduro regime should be of major concern to U.S. authorities.

Trevor Loudon is an author, filmmaker, and public speaker from New Zealand. For more than 30 years, he has researched radical left, Marxist, and terrorist movements and their covert influence on mainstream politics.

01/29/20

It’s Official! New Zealand Has a New ‘Mainstream’ Communist Party

By: Trevor Loudon | The Epoch Times

Dark clouds sit over Wellington City, New Zealand, on May 15, 2015. Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images)

After a decade of inactivity, New Zealand now has an official “mainstream” communist party again.

While New Zealand has a multitude of Trotskyist sects and Stalinist micro-parties, the country has lacked an internationally connected traditional communist party since the late-2000s demise of the Socialist Party of Aotearoa.

With the November 2019 founding of the New Communist Party of Aotearoa (NCPA), New Zealand revolutionaries are again integrated into the resurgent international communist movement.

The original Communist Party of New Zealand (CPNZ) was founded in 1921 and was for 40 years the dominant Marxist-Leninist group in the country. The CPNZ maintained close ties to the Soviet Union, the People’s Republic of China, and other socialist countries.

After the Sino-Soviet split of the early 1960s, New Zealand’s communist movement split into a tiny pro-China CPNZ and a much larger labor union-based Socialist Unity Party (SUP). While likely never more than 500 members strong, the SUP, working through the labor movement, became extremely powerful.

In 1984, at the behest of the Soviet Union, the SUP was even able to coerce and cajole the ruling New Zealand Labour Party into banning U.S. nuclear warships from New Zealand ports—destroying the Australia New Zealand United States (ANZUS) military alliance in the process.

By the late 1980s, the SUP’s closeness to the Labour Party and its tolerance for the free-market economic policies of Labour finance minister Roger Douglas led to tensions in the communist movement. In 1990, most of the Auckland branch of the SUP broke away to form the more orthodox communist Socialist Party of Aotearoa (SPA).

The alternative name for New Zealand, “Aotearoa,” is a contrived translation of the native Maori term for “land of the long white cloud.” It’s widely used by the New Zealand left (Socialist Aotearoa, Radical Society of Aotearoa, Peace Council of Aotearoa/NZ, Green Party of Aotearoa/NZ, Campaign Against Foreign Control of Aotearoa) and was popularized in the 1890s by then New Zealand Minister of Education William Pember Reeves—later a member of the British socialist Fabian Society in London.

For a time there were two “mainstream” communist parties in New Zealand. By the late 1990s, the SUP had collapsed. The SPA held on until at least around 2009 before apparently fading away.

The NCPA was founded in the capital Wellington on Nov. 21–22, 2019. Guests at the inaugural congress included representatives from the Communist Party of Australia (CPA), the Cuban Embassy, and the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS).

International greetings to the event came from the Communist Party of the Workers of Spain, Communists of Catalonia, Communist Party (Switzerland), Communist Party of China, Portuguese Communist Party, Cuban Institute for Friendship of Peoples, and the Communist Party of Cuba.

The NCPA’s leadership is composed of mainly very young Marxist-Leninists with few ties to New Zealand’s former communist parties.

Katjoesja Buissink, chair of the NCPA Central Committee, is in his 20s. He’s a former Auckland student activist who in 2018 helped organize Auckland rallies against proposed New Zealand tours by Canadian libertarian speakers Lauren Southern and Stefan Molyneux and British former UK Independence Party leader Nigel Farage.

Jamie Morgan, also in his 20s and studying at a Wellington-based university, is Deputy Secretary of the NCPA Central Committee. Comrade Morgan represented the NCPA at the Anti-Imperialist Meeting of Solidarity for Democracy and against Neoliberalism held from Nov. 1 to 3, 2019, in Havana, Cuba.

Most other members also appear to be in their 20s or 30s, though it’s possible some older SPA members who have wished the new venture well may be drawn into the NCPA.

So far NCPA has two branches in Wellington, one in Auckland, and a small presence in Palmerston North. An early Dunedin branch has already imploded, and so far little has happened in Christchurch and Hamilton.

Almost all of the NCPA’s mass work, rallies, etc. to date has been confined to Wellington.

The NCPA “strives to build and strengthen two types of unions: labour unions and a new type of union—the revolutionary community union,” according to a report on their website.

To this end, the party is working to establish the Hospo Workers Union for hospitality workers and a Wellington-based Aotearoa Community Union (ACU).

The ACU is “inspired by tenants’ unions that exist in the United States and the United Kingdom, such as ACORN UK.”

Overall, without foreign help, prospects for the NCPA look dim. The extreme youth and lack of experience of the leadership and lack of an industrial base and a labor union revenue stream will make growth very difficult

If the NCPA survives and prospers it will only be with the help of Chinese and Cuban “diplomats” and the more established Australian communist movement.

Trevor Loudon is an author, filmmaker, and public speaker from New Zealand. For more than 30 years, he has researched radical left, Marxist, and terrorist movements and their covert influence on mainstream politics.

01/26/20

Meet the Socialist World Series Winning Pitcher Who Snubbed President Trump

By: Trevor Loudon | The Epoch Times

Washington Nationals pitcher Sean Doolittle looks on during batting practice prior to Game Five of the 2019 World Series against the Houston Astros at Nationals Park in Washington on Oct. 27, 2019. (Will Newton/Getty Images)

After the Washington Nationals baseball team won the prestigious World Series on Oct. 31, 2019, the victorious team paid the traditional visit to the White House to be congratulated by President Donald Trump—except for one team member.

Pitcher Sean Doolittle declined to meet with the president. And he got political about it—which is not surprising because Doolittle is a bona fide socialist.

Doolittle told the Washington Post:

“There’s a lot of things, policies that I disagree with, but at the end of the day, it has more to do with the divisive rhetoric and the enabling of conspiracy theories and widening the divide in this country. … At the end of the day, as much as I wanted to be there with my teammates and share that experience with my teammates, I can’t do it … I just can’t do it.”

I can’t condemn Doolittle for standing by his principles—as much as I disagree with them—but I can fault the many media outlets who gleefully reported the snub—without giving the public the full background.

No major media outlet, as far as I know, was willing to reveal that Doolittle is a card-carrying socialist. He is a member of the United States’ largest Marxist organization, the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA).

This is an extremist organization. The DSA advocates the abolition of police, prisons, and borders. The DSA is more extreme than the Communist Party USA, though the two groups work closely together and have some overlapping membership.

The DSA defends Iran, North Korea, Cuba, and Venezuela. The DSA also wants to completely boycott Israel, one of the United States’ most valuable allies.

Given these positions, it’s not surprising that neither the DSA nor Doolittle are friends of the president. It’s understandable that Doolittle would not want to shake hands with President Trump. But the voting public, including the millions of sports fans out there who idolize people like Doolittle, need to know who the extremist was here—and it wasn’t President Trump.

Doolittle earned about $6 million in 2019 playing for a privately owned franchise.

Though they won’t often publicly admit it, the DSA is very much opposed to private business.

Detroit DSA chair David Green laid it out in a 2007 article in the DSA’s Democratic Left magazine.

“What distinguishes socialists from other progressives is the theory of surplus value. According to Marx, the secret of surplus value is that workers are a source of more value than they receive in wages. The capitalist is able to capture surplus value through his ownership of the means of production, his right to purchase labor as a commodity, his control over the production process, and his ownership of the final product. Surplus value is the measure of capital’s exploitation of labor. …

“Our goal as socialists is to abolish private ownership of the means of production.”

I wonder if Doolittle would still pull in several million a year if the federal government owned baseball? Communist Cuba has a state-subsidized professional baseball league. Why doesn’t Doolittle get transferred there? I’m sure he would take a salary hit, but as an elite athlete, I’m sure the communist authorities would give him all the rice and beans and maybe even chicken he could eat.

Green also wrote about the role of socialists in the labor movement:

“Our immediate task is to limit the capitalist class’s prerogatives in the workplace. …

“In the short run we must at least minimize the degree of exploitation of workers by capitalists. … We can accomplish this by promoting full employment policies, passing local living wage laws, but most of all by increasing the union movement’s power.”

Well, Doolittle certainly is a union guy.

On the night Doolittle helped his team win the World Series, the DSA sent their comrade a congratulatory tweet:

“Congratulations to Nationals pitcher Sean Doolittle @WhatWouldDOODo on your World Series victory! We thank DSA members Sean and his wife @EireannDolan for their work with the MLB players union and for supporting unionized New Era factory workers’ rights.”

Doolittle’s wife, Eireann Dolan, is also a DSA comrade. She’s a member of the Washington, D.C. branch when the couple live in the Capital for the baseball season.

The couple donates a lot of money to charities, such as Operation Finally Home, a nonprofit dedicated to “providing housing for U.S. military veterans and their families.”

Some of their giving has been a little more ideologically driven.

In June 2015, when the Oakland Athletics Pride Night received backlash from some fans for the team’s support of the far-left LGBT agenda, Doolittle and then-girlfriend Dolan bought hundreds of game tickets, which they donated to local LGBT organizations, and then raised an additional $40,000 in donations and chipped in $3,000 themselves.

Later that year, Doolittle and Dolan hosted a Thanksgiving dinner in her hometown of Chicago for 21 Syrian refugee families.

Doolittle, of course, has been a strong critic of President Trump’s attempts to limit unvetted refugee re-settlement from terror-prone countries.

After President Trump was elected, Doolittle told Time:

“The new government is relying on stereotypes and Islamophobia, using false information to support its immigration reforms. The facts tell a different story: Crime rates are lower for refugees and immigrants than for American citizens, and net illegal immigration from Mexico is thought to be at or less than zero.”

To be fair, Doolittle made that statement before the border-crossing surge of 2017 to 2019.

But then again, most socialists are not known for putting U.S. citizens’ safety and security first.

Doolittle belongs to a small “c” communist organization. That doesn’t mean he’s necessarily a communist himself, but it does make him well out of the American mainstream.

Perhaps a responsible media would have highlighted more of Doolittle’s extremist background when reporting on his snubbing of the president.

Doesn’t the public have the right to know all the facts?

Trevor Loudon is an author, filmmaker, and public speaker from New Zealand. For more than 30 years, he has researched radical left, Marxist, and terrorist movements and their covert influence on mainstream politics.

01/9/20

‘White House Reds’: Pre-order Trevor Loudon’s New Book

By: Trevor Loudon | New Zeal

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01/5/20

Socialists Infiltrate Texas Judiciary

By: Trevor Loudon | The Epoch Times

The Harris County Courthouse in Houston, Texas, on April 1, 2017. (Patrick Feller via Wikimedia Commons)

American Marxists are seriously targeting judicial positions in key states—Texas among them.

The Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) has already elected some comrades to key positions in the Lone Star State and is targeting several more positions in upcoming races.

The Marxists understand that it’s not always who makes the laws but who interprets the laws that counts. Influencing the legal process in favor of the left is a revolutionary act.

So far Houston DSA has elected two comrades to local judgeships.

DSA member Franklin Bynum won his bid for judge in Houston in November 2018 with an endorsement and electoral support from Houston DSA.

His platform “includes plans to stop jailing those who can’t pay bail, an end to ‘plea mill’ practices that coerce guilty pleas from defendants in exchange for freedom, support for diversion programs to reduce arrest, an end excessive to court appearances, and providing more police oversight in the courtroom,” according to Jacobin magazine.

He believes “capitalism drives the horrors of this [justice] system.”

At the same election DaSean Jones, a self-described “criminal justice reformer,” was elected as a judge for the 180th criminal court in Houston. He’s also a member of the Houston DSA.

On Jan. 31, 2019, Bynum, Jones, and Tarsha Jackson of the Communist Party-influenced Texas Organizing Project participated in a Houston forum “The end of policing: putting abolition into practice” — ”a conversation” with anti-police activist Alex Vitale.

A former Houston DSA member, Vitale is a professor of sociology and coordinator of the Policing and Social Justice Project at Brooklyn College. “He has spent the last 25 years writing about policing and consults both police departments and human rights organizations internationally,” according to People’s World. “He also serves on the New York State Advisory Committee of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.”

Vitale is a personal friend of Bynum and is active in the “close Rykers Island” and the “End Gang Database” campaigns in New York.

Comrade Vitale has also advised Bernie Sanders’ 2020 campaign concerning the candidate’s “Justice and Safety for All” proposal—so you can guess how “just” and “safe” these proposals may be.

In November 2019, Vitale gave a similar presentation at the Niebyl-Proctor Marxist Library in Berkeley, California—sponsored by the Northern California Communist Party,

According to the People’s World account of the event:

“In his recent work, ‘The End of Policing,’ Vitale gives a scathing critique of police reformism and presents realistic alternatives to policing, such as restorative justice and harm reduction programs implemented in various departments around the world. The book attempts to spark a public discourse by telling the racist and anti-labor origins of modern policing as a tool of social control, in which police authority is inconsistent with community empowerment, social justice, and public safety.

“Vitale says, ‘The origins and function of the police are intimately tied to the management of inequalities of race and class. The suppression of workers and the tight surveillance and micromanagement of black and brown lives have always been at the center of policing. Any police reform strategy that does not address this reality is doomed to fail.’

“An example is the reformist idea of ‘community policing,’ which focuses on police accountability, diversity, training, and community relations which so far do not produce positive results, either alone or in combination. ‘The problem,’ Vitale says, ‘is not police training, police diversity, or police methods. The problem is the dramatic and unprecedented expansion and intensity of policing in the last 40 years, a fundamental shift in the role of police in society. The problem is policing itself.’”

Imagine a prosecutor trying to bring a case before a judge imbued with this type of judicial philosophy?

Recently, Houston DSA endorsed Audia Jones (wife of DaSean Jones) in her bid for Harris County District Attorney—that’s Houston’s top prosecutor.

According to her campaign website, while working in the Harris County DA’s office, Audia Jones noticed:

“… courts disproportionately filled with the poor, people of color, intellectually disabled, and people suffering with addiction standing accused of non-violent offenses. It became clear that the criminal justice system was sorely broken and was not working for the benefit of our largest and most vulnerable communities.”

Unsurprisingly, Audia Jones has also secured the endorsement of socialist and Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Cullors.

A couple of hours away in the state capital Austin, the 1,000-comrade-strong Austin DSA chapter is also endorsing and backing two socialists for high judicial office in Travis County.

According to Austin DSA’s Facebook page:

“Austin DSA is proud to endorse Dominic Selvera for Travis County Attorney and Jose Garza for DA. Our criminal justice system needs to change. People in Travis County deserve real reform, champions who will end mass incarceration and the war on drugs, eliminate wealth-based detention, protect immigrants, fight racism, and restore integrity to the way victims are treated. If Jose and Dominic win, things are going to change. And we will be the ones changing them.”

How would you like to be a property owner or businessperson in Austin with people like this running the legal system?

The DSA’s infiltration of the Texas judicial system has nothing to do with justice in the traditional American sense. This is a quest for revolutionary justice. It’s an attempt to seize the power of the courts to weaken the “capitalist” system and private property rights to pave the way for worker’s revolution.

This is not justice. It’s subversion. The Justice Department should be investigating and countering the DSA’s penetration of the judiciary before it becomes even more entrenched

Trevor Loudon is an author, filmmaker, and public speaker from New Zealand. For more than 30 years, he has researched radical left, Marxist, and terrorist movements and their covert influence on mainstream politics.