In The State and Revolution, V. I. Lenin elaborates on Marx's demonic ravings about a violent revolution to create a state of "armed workers" that will itself "begin to wither away." Madness. Beginning with the first Bolshevik regime in the Soviet Union under Lenin, all such revolutions have only created monstrous dictatorships, which, far from withering away, have slaughtered millions and millions of their own and other peoples all over Planet Earth.
Did five more die in Dallas last night?
Lenin saw police as the front line of the enemy -- the enemy, of course, being existing society, which had to be destroyed.
...at a certain stage in the development of democracy, it first welds together the class that wages a revolutionary struggle against capitalism -- the proletariat -- and enables it to crush, smash to smithereens, wipe off the face of the earth the bourgeois, even the republican-bourgeois, state machine -- the standing army, the police and the bureaucracy -- and to substitute for it a more democratic state machine, but a state machine nevertheless, in the shape of the armed masses of workers who develop into a militia in which the entire population takes part.
In "What Is To Be Done?" Lenin set forth the strategy:
...the Social-Democrat’s [Communist's] ideal should not be the trade union secretary, but the tribune of the people, who is able to react to every manifestation of tyranny and oppression, no matter where it appears, no matter what stratum or class of the people it affects; who is able to generalise all these manifestations and produce a single picture of police violence and capitalist exploitation; who is able to take advantage of every event, however small, in order to set forth before all his socialist convictions and his democratic demands, in order to clarify for all and everyone the world-historic significance of the struggle for the emancipation of the proletariat.
A tribune of the people who is able to generalize all these manifestations and produce a single picture of police violence .... Sounds like the Black Panthers back in the 1960s, and the Communist Party USA in the Daily Worker, The People's World, and the like. Today, it sounds like Black Lives Matter. It also sounds like President Obama, who, from the very start of his administration, has reacted and "taken advantage of every event," as Lenin put it, to "generalize ... and produce a single picture of police violence." This has created revolutionary pressures inside Obama's Justice Department. Last night, revolutionary violence on the streets of Dallas took the lives of five police officers.
Little wonder, too, following Obama's initial statement on two fatal police shootings this week, one in Lousiana and one in Minnesota, which subsequently led BLM organizers to stage street protests in cities including Dallas, where local police took heavy fire and casualties both. (Obama's statement prompted a sharp and angry response from former Secret Service and NYPD officer Dan Bongino here). In that initial statement on Facebook, Obama set forth in writing his depiction of the shootings as being, in the paraphrase of The Atlantic, "emblematic of a systemic problem" before any investigations had taken place.
This is political equivalent of shoot first, ask questions later.
In his own words:
But regardless of the outcome of such investigations, what's clear is that these fatal shootings are not isolated incidents. They are symptomatic of the broader challenges within our criminal justice system, the racial disparities that appear across the system year after year, and the resulting lack of trust that exists between law enforcement and too many of the communities they serve.
But regardless of the outcome of such investigations -- ?
In other words, no matter what caused these officers to use lethal force against individuals (whose records and apparent gang affiliations remain opaque to the MSM), Obama must lay down the generalizing narrative that produces "a single picture of police violence" -- even if it is a false scent, which has already become a bloody trail.
Lenin would be very pleased.