Marxists Seek to Leverage Riots to Subvert American Society: Philosopher

By Hannah Ng
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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. He focuses on expert interviews and news commentary on China affairs, especially issues regarding the U.S.–China relationship.
June 20, 2022 Updated: June 20, 2022

Marxists seek to advocate and facilitate riots, such as the 2020 unrest in the aftermath of the death of George Floyd, in a bid to subvert American society and pave the way for a socialist takeover, according to professor of philosophy and author Douglas R. Groothuis.

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

The ideological basis of the 2020 riots demanding racial justice after Floyd’s death is the Marxist-rooted critical race theory, he noted.

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

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

“On the far left and critical race theory, the idea is that America is systemically and intrinsically racist. And so they went to the streets basically saying, ‘We want to tear it all down,’” he added.

The expert called this “a very radical and dangerous kind of movement,” that had been facilitated by a lack of awareness of many Americans, as well as the inaction of others.

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

“A lot 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 this point, Groothuis accused the mainstream media of giving a free pass to the rioting in 2020 by diminishing the level of violence involved in its coverage and insisting the demonstrations were “mostly peaceful.”

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

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

“Those are really … just code words for socialism, for the state taking over the economy, the state taking over business, and getting rid of these founding American ideals that have been so successful for our country,” he said.

The Epoch Times has reached out to the White House for comment.

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

The leaking of the Supreme Court’s draft opinion in May was for the purpose of mobilizing the pro-abortion camp to take action, he said.

“There’ve been demonstrations at the homes of judges,” he said. “This is actually illegal [but] nothing was done about it.”

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

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

Hannah Ng
Reporter
Hannah Ng is a reporter covering U.S. and China news.
David Zhang
David Zhang is the host of China Insider on EpochTV. He is currently based in New York and Washington DC covering China-related news. He focuses on expert interviews and news commentary on China affairs, especially issues regarding the U.S.–China relationship.