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A phenomenon is taking place in America today, with the focus on “changing reality” in order to foster a new Marxist revolution, according to Mike Gonzalez, an author of two books on this matter.
Marxist theory holds that, “reality is just put together by our conceptual framework,“ Gonzalez stated on EpochTV’s “Crossroads” program.
“So what we see with Black Lives Matter, what we see with the 1619 Project … is to replace the American narrative, to replace the idea of America from: all men are created equal, we’re all free … with this idea that we’re an awful country, that our history is hideous, that our system is racist itself—that the system must be changed.”
The most common belief in one’s life is that one cannot change the condition of the world because one believes in an ultimate and fundamental reality, natural law, or God; however, the Marxists do not believe in any of these things, Gonzalez stated.
Gonzalez said that Black Lives Matter (BLM) took advantage of the death of George Floyd as a pretext to change society, “to dismantle the organizing principle of society” – as BLM co-founder Alicia Garza stated.
It was Gonzalez who proclaimed that the concept of Black Lives Matter was “unimpeachable.”
“Seven billion people on earth matter. And we’re all children of God. But I think it’s important—given our history—to affirm that the lives of our black co-citizens, compatriots, matter because we know the history.”
Moreover, BLM Global Network Foundation (BLMGNF) is also a part of Black Lives Matter, said Gonzalez, a senior fellow at the Heritage Foundation.
According to the expert, BLM founders were trained Marxists.
According to Patricia Cullors, a co-founder of Black Lives Matter, in an interview with Real News Network in 2015, “We actually do have an ideological frame. Myself and Alicia [Garza] in particular are trained organizers. We are trained Marxists.”
“Cullors trained for a decade as a radical organizer in the Labor/Community Strategy Center, established and run by Eric Mann, a former member of the Weather Underground, the 1960s radical faction identified by the FBI as a domestic terrorist organization,” Gonzalez recently wrote for the Heritage Foundation.
The group, originally known as the Weathermen, stated their aims in its founding declaration of 1969, namely the “destruction of U.S. imperialism and the achievement of a classless world: world communism.”
The school of unity and liberation (SOUL), an institution founded by anthropologist Harmony Goldberg, Ph. D., is where Garza received her training as a co-founder of Black Lives Matter, Gonzalez told CNN.
As a Marxist intellectual, Goldberg is also an expert on Antonio Gramsci, the founder of Italy’s communist party in the 1920s. Gonzales said she understands Gramsci’s theory of the war of position, the concept of recruiting people, organizing them, training them, and persuading them to replace one culture with another culture.
The words of Gramsci were cited by González, who said that in the West, in societies with strong civic societies, there must be a war of positions.
Bradley Thomas, a libertarian activist, and writer for the Foundation for Economic Education (FEE), compared political “warfare” to war of position, where the long-term struggle is like “a rapid military attack,” as opposed to the warfare of position as “a long-term struggle that is long and hard.” Gramsci compared political “warfare” to war of position, a war for establishing a position and gaining territory.).
“In other words, you have to take the worker, infiltrate them, indoctrinate them, teach them that the family was a form of oppression, teach them that the nation-state was a form of oppression, teaching that private property led to war and more oppression. And that is what we have today, except here in America, we practice it through the lens of the race with critical race theory,” Gonzales stated.
According to Gonzalez, Marx thought all of these aspects of society had to be abolished, including families, nation-states, private property, God, and religion. The workers of that era disagreed with all of this, he said.
Gonzalez continued that during these 70 or so years from the mid-1800s through 1917 when the first Marxist revolution was successful, workers liked the nation-state, were patriotic, loyal to God, and valued private property.
In Gonzalez’s opinion, the Marxist revolution failed miserably in Europe, even though Marx predicted that it would be successful.
“These communist thinkers in Italy and Germany came up with the idea that Marx had been right on the strategy on getting rid of the nation, state, and private property but his tactic needed to be upgraded.”
“Marx’s tactic was that it was going to be the material forces of society, economics was going to determine everything,” but these communist intellectuals in the 1920s in Europe realized that it was culture—not economy—which accounts for how man behaves, Gonzalez said. “The Marxism we see in America today—it’s that type of Marxism.”
“The communists who trained the founders of BLM organizations … took their cues from these cultural Marxists of the 1920s from Europe.”
At a gathering of Maine progressives in 2019, Garza said: “America itself was founded on violence, steeped in white supremacy and predicated on theft and genocide.
“When we talk about fighting white nationalism, fighting white supremacy, we’re not talking about fighting white people. We’re talking about changing how we’ve organized this country so that we actually can achieve the justice that we are fighting for. I believe we all have work to do to keep dismantling the organizing principle of this society, which creates inequities for everyone, even white people,” Garza said according to Maine Beacon.
“In 2020, we had months of de-stabilization. And … with critical race theory, there’s been a real attempt at changing our culture from within,” Gonzalez said.
According to the U.S. Crisis Monitor, in 2020 after the death of George Floyd, 633 riots took place, Gonzalez said. The Insurance Information Institute said that these riots were the costliest civil unrest in U.S. history with insured losses estimated at over $2 billion.
BLM activists were involved in 95 percent of the 633 riots for which the identity of the perpetrators was known, according to Gonzalez.
“I take that seriously. … That’s why I wrote my book: BLM: The Making of a New Marxist Revolution,” Gonzalez said.
The Epoch Times reached out to Black Lives Matter for comment.
The results of the riots have been felt until today, the expert noted.
“The jump in the murder rate in 2020 was astronomical. It was 30 percent,” Gonzalez said. “It was the highest increase in the homicide rate in history,” he added. “We know from statistics that over 50 percent of people murdered are African Americans.
“So this is a lot of additional black lives that were lost. Don’t they matter?” Gonzalez asked rhetorically.
BLM had a plan when it carried out protests and riots in 2020, Gonzalez continued.
The organization proposed federal legislation in July 2020 called the BREATHE Act. The bill, sponsored by Reps. Rashida Tlaib (D- Mich.) and Ayanna Pressley (D- Mass.), called for defunding the police and replacing them with a new approach to community safety. Cullors, the BLM Executive Director described this approach as a “new, non-punitive, and non-carceral approaches to community safety that would incentivize states to shrink their criminal-legal systems and center the protection of Black lives,” according to a BLM report.
BLM also partnered with the musical Hamilton and Sprite soda brand to increase the voter turnout in the 2020 election, the report said. The organization has been spreading its curriculum that promotes critical race theory in the country’s 14,000 school districts, Gonzalez wrote in his book.
The organization has millions in financial resources obtained through fundraising. “Across our entities and partners, we have raised just over $90 million in one year, 2020” with the average donation of $30.64, the BLM report said, while their expenses such as staffing, operating and administrative expenses, civic engagement, programs, and field expenses, rapid response, and crisis intervention, and its “get out the vote” campaign amounted to $8.4 million.
BLM sent out 127 million emails related to their activities in 2020 which resulted in 1.2 million actions taken, according to its report.
In addition to the book about BLM, Gonzalez also wrote earlier the book, “The Plot to Change America: How Identity Politics Is Dividing the Land of the Free.”
The author explained why he penned these books that expose the Marxist infiltration in America.
“The fact that I spent the first 12 years of my life in a communist country in Cuba has made me recognize them right away. … I know how culture was destroyed. I know how a country was destroyed. America is my country. I don’t want to see happen to America [what has happened] to the country of my birth.”