Earlier this year, Senate Majority Leader, Harry Reid pointed out the similarities between the Tea Party movement, and the classic Anarchist movement, those who sought to bring down the government in the early part of the 20th century. He did so on the floor of the Senate, as you can hear for yourself here:
Some balked at the comparison then, but he continued to defend his viewpoint that the Tea Party were spiritually linked to the anarchist movement:
We have a situation where this country has been driven by the Tea Party for the last number of years. When I was in school, I studied government and I learned about the anarchists. Now, they were different than the Tea Party because they were violent. But they were anarchists because they did not believe in government in any level and they acknowledged it. The Tea Party kind of hides that.
They don’t say they’re against government, but that is what it all amounts to. They’re not doing physically destructive things to buildings and people, directly, but they are doing everything they can to throw a monkey-wrench into every form of government, whether it’s local, state or federal. That’s what it’s all about. And so, anything they can do to through a monkey-wrench in the wheels of government, they’re happy doing that. And I’m sorry to say that my friend from Oklahoma is helping them. Maybe not directly, but indirectly, and that’s wrong. Government is not inherently bad; government is inherently good. That’s why we have a Constitution and that’s what we direct the activities of this government based upon.
Fast forward to last week, and he is continuing to stir the pot:
Now he upped the ante, by comparing the Tea Party to the anarchists who started World War I. For those who failed to pass history class, a brief lesson of the origin of World War I.
Senator Harry Reid made a mistake; World War I was not started by Anarchists. The assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand was carried out by an organization called Unification or Death, a military group operated by the kingdom of Serbia who were dedicated to unify the various Balkan nations under a Serbian banner.
Instead, the anarchist movements, in particular the rise of individualist anarchism, were tied heavily to the Bolshevik revolution in Russia, particularly the “Revolutionary Insurrectionary Army of Ukraine.” Once the Communists were in power, they turned on the anarchists, resulting in the Kronstadt rebellion. After being removed from power in the east, the anarchist movement found itself all but stamped out by the rise of Fascism across Europe.
What were the individualist anarchists? They were believers in individual sovereignty, that there was no power greater than the individual. No government power, no government authority. Sounds like the Tea Party in a nutshell. Instead of acts of overt violence, they attempt to subvert from within, seeking the dismantling and eventual destruction of the United States.
After all, remember what Grover Norquist wished for:
My goal is to cut government in half in twenty-five years, to get it down to the size where we can drown it in the bathtub.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has it right on the money. Perhaps we should listen to him. After all, why would you elect people who hate the government to the government?