Marxists seek to leverage riots to overthrow American society: philosopher

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Marxists seek to advocate and facilitate riots, like the 2020 unrest over the death of George Floyd, with the aim of subverting American society and clearing the way for a socialist takeover, the professor says of philosophy and author Douglas R. Groothuis.

“The goal is to destabilize America and threaten the opposition,” Groothuis recently told Epoch TV’s China Insider.

The ideological basis for the 2020 riots demanding racial justice after Floyd’s death is critical race theory rooted in Marxism, he noted.

“It’s a kind of new Marxism or cultural Marxism, which expands the categories of oppressor and oppression to include racial minorities,” Groothius said.

Those involved in the violence “do not believe in founding American ideals”, he added. “They don’t believe in freedom of speech, freedom of religion…limited government…intrinsic human rights.

“On far left and critical race theory, the idea is that America is systemically and inherently racist. And so they took to the streets saying, ‘We want to destroy everything,'” he said. -he adds.

The expert called it a “very radical and dangerous type of movement,” which was facilitated by the lack of awareness of many Americans, as well as the inaction of others.

“If you have a generation that doesn’t know how bad communism is and how dangerous it is to freedom, to life, to all that is good, to faith, to religious freedom, and if people who believe in the American vision are sleepy, or are dying, then I think America is in trouble,” Groothius said.

“Many of our institutions have been corrupted by far-left thinking and by socialist thinking,” he said, citing universities, mainstream media, public schools and Hollywood as examples.

To illustrate the point, Groothuis accused the mainstream media of giving the 2020 riots a free pass by decreasing the level of violence involved in his coverage and insisting that the protests were “mostly peaceful.” .

“We saw with these riots in 2020, that people on the left did not condemn the riots. It may have taken them a few months to think, “Well, it’s a better idea not to do that,” he said.

According to Groothuis, advocacy for critical race theory and other ideas such as diversity, equity and inclusion has intensified under the Biden administration.

“These are really…just code words for socialism, for the state taking over the economy, the state taking over business and shedding those founding American ideals that have been so successful in our country,” he said.

The Epoch Times has contacted the White House for comment.

As the United States awaits the Supreme Court’s final decision on whether Roe v. Wade’s 1973 decision that found a constitutional right to abortion will be overturned, the expert raised concerns that “very strong proponents of abortion will take to the streets”. if it is knocked down.

The leak of the Supreme Court’s draft opinion in May was intended to mobilize the pro-abortion camp into action, he said.

“There were protests at the judges’ homes,” he said. “It’s actually illegal [but] nothing has been done about it.

To counter these Marxist-like movements, the expert urged Americans to return to the country’s founding principles.

“Don’t let the zeitgeist drown out the spirit of truth you find in the Bible. And don’t let the spirit of the times drown out the good principles of civil government that we have in the Declaration and the Constitution,” he said.

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Hannah Ng is a journalist covering news from the United States and China.

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David Zhang is the host of China Insider on EpochTV. He is currently based in New York and Washington DC covering China-related news. It focuses on expert interviews and commentary on Chinese affairs, particularly on issues concerning US-China relations.

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