The secret inner-workings of the swamp are found in the history of the revolutionary left. It is a history of treachery and greed, larceny and murder. The first secret of the swamp is hard for some to grasp; but here it is: the humanitarianism of the leftist revolutionary is a pose. His real creed is lust for power and wealth.
The first American revolutionary communist leader, Louis C. Fraina, received $386,000 from the Comintern to start a revolution in Mexico. What did he do? He spent the money on himself. The Comintern did not kill him for his bad faith, most likely because he had blackmailed other leading communists regarding their own improprieties and frauds.
American journalist John Reed was said to be a “great-souled” communist — honest and incorruptible. It is also said he died of a broken heart in Moscow because he finally realized that communism was a movement of thieves and murderers. His wife, Louise Bryant, wrote: “Jack died because of great personal disillusionment.” She explained in greater detail in a letter to Benjamin Gitlow:
Jack noticed how power and the lust for power affected the Bolshevik leaders…. He was terribly afraid of having made a serious mistake in his interpretation of an historical event for which he would be held accountable…. He blamed himself….
Reed was inconsolable. When illness gripped him, he had no desire to recover. His wife wrote, “I pleaded with him, for his own sake, not to give up. He didn’t respond.” Reed was sent to a Moscow hospital — where the care was indifferent at best. Louise wrote to Benjamin Gitlow:
I spent horrible days and nights with him, days and nights I can never forget. He raved and he cried. He spoke constantly of being caught in a trap. They were terrifying words coming from Jack. You know the rest. He died three days later….
John Reed died on 17 September 1920. His story is a tragedy of idealism gone wrong. It reminds us that insincerity in politics is no small thing. Insincerity indicates weakness of character, a predilection for deceptive practices, which should only be reserved for enemies. What are we to think, then, of an all-encompassing fraudulence? — of a dishonesty which has no real regard for its own constituents? Here is a universal malevolence. Here is a politics that destroys the foundations of polity.
When we see the present machinations of the left in Washington, many are perplexed by the insincerity of its spokesmen. But actually, this is what we ought to expect. This is who they are. Honesty was not part of their training. Revolution has an altogether different ethic.
When Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez asks Bernie Sanders’ supporters if they are “ready for revolution,” she is talking about creating a new system of power, a reconfiguration of haves and have-nots. She is not proposing poverty and suffering for her own party and faction. She is championing Socialist Revolution as a means of self-enrichment, with the false promise of benefits to her listeners. But in that revolution some must be despoiled of their wealth. Some must be robbed. The capitalist system brought general prosperity to America because it is based on the protection of private property. This also coincides with the preservation of liberty; for in truth, there are no rights worth protecting if property is not protected. And there can be no basis of trust for real economic growth without property rights. This tells us, up front, that the socialist revolutionary is not about economic growth or general prosperity. The whole thing is about plunder and the enrichment of a faction.
This is another secret of the swamp. Plundering the commonwealth is what all true socialist states are about. And everyone, except those attached to the ruling clique, will be impoverished at the end of the process.
The true motivations of the socialist and communist leaders is a fascinating question. In his book, The Whole of Their Lives, Ben Gitlow described the Communist movement as a devilish machine for transforming idealists into criminals.
In revolutionary politics the personal ambitions of leaders play an important role. The altruistic souls motivated by high ideals and principles are common in the rank-and-file and rare in the leadership. The struggle for power in the communist organization proceeds as bitterly as it does at royal courts.
The revolutionary demands political power to be concentrated in his or her hands. And what do the avatars of this new power do with it? The more power they have, the more they want. There is no end to their depredations. The more cynical their lies, the greater their greed, the more ready they are to destroy those who stand in their way, and steal from those who are disempowered.
They claim to be righteous, after all. They are champions of the downtrodden. All the evil they do is necessary for the sainted ends of socialism. Here is the justification for a political instrumentalism animated by zealotry; an evil admixture that can break the back of civilization and suffocate the human soul with the soft pillow of false humanitarianism. “We are saving the planet,” they shout.
No. They will wreck the planet and demoralize mankind.
The corruption that accompanies socialist idealism stems from combining the naive socialist true-believer with the psychopathic socialist leader who sees socialism as the perfect vehicle for exploiting altruistic “useful idiots.” Here is the secret formula for Hell on Earth.
The swamp is the vanguard of this Hell. Self-righteousness and corruption are its telltales. As the political battle in Washington unfolds, we can use these understandings to interpret what we are seeing, to form a clearer picture of the players.
Once you learn the secrets of the swamp, the motivation of the left comes into sharper focus. The reader need not take my word for it. The proof is in the pudding; — and what a pudding they are making of it!