Cities Burn, but None Dare Call It Communist Insurrection

A check-cashing business burns Friday, May 29, 2020, in Minneapolis. Protests continued following the death of George Floyd, who died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers on Memorial Day. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Source: Epoch Times, By Trevor Loudon, June 3, 2020


In the past few days, several cities have seen chaotic rioting. Cars and buildings have been torched, looting is rampant and even the Third Police Precinct in Minneapolis was burned as officers abandoned the building. More is to come.

The protests ostensibly began because of the death of George Floyd during an arrest. Systemic racism and police brutality, leftist pundits argue, is to blame.

Some leftists are claiming, as they did during the Occupy Wall Street movement, that the protests have been hijacked by a violent element intent on discrediting the movement.


Conservative commentators, on the other hand, speak of frustration and rage, of a reaction to the claustrophobia of weeks on end lockdown.

They all miss the mark.

The violence since the police-involved death of George Floyd in Minneapolis is a communist-inspired insurrection—nothing more, nothing less.

Democratic Socialists of America

In Minneapolis, the 600-comrade strong Twin Cities local of this country’s largest Marxist organization, the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA), has been actively supporting rioters and participating in protests.

The DSA, which works closely with Antifa-aligned groups, supported a resolution at its national convention in August to form a “National Working Group to help drive collaboration and resource sharing to support our antifascist organizing.” They say it bluntly: “One foot in the institutions, one foot in the streets.”

On May 27, Twin Cities DSA issued a call on social media for help to comrades for “supplies” at the same intersection where an Auto Zone burnt to the ground later that evening. “Want to help out your comrades protesting the 3rd Precinct at Lake and Minnehaha?” the Marxists posted on Facebook. “Here’s a list of needed supplies from folks on the ground.”

An attached list included medical supplies along with “ply wood for shields,” “anything else useful for shielding from cops,” “tennis rackets” and “hockey sticks.” Private cars were also requested: “It sounds like another big need is people able to give rides to people who need to leave the fray.” Is this a call for private ambulances—or getaway cars?

The Twin Cities DSA ecosocialist working group on Twitter wrote to comrades, “Support the ongoing mass working-class uprising!”

Twin Cities DSA also wrote, “Please also give to the TCDSA solidarity fund, because people will need help in the days and weeks ahead!” That means bail money and lawyers fees.

On May 28, the DSA National Political Committee issued an emotionally charged and extremely biased statement in support of the rioters:

“We, the National Political Committee of the Democratic Socialists of America, condemn the public execution of George Floyd at the hands of the Minneapolis police. His murder falls into the deeply entrenched pattern of violence, anti-Blackness, and oppression upheld by policing in this country. … This is white supremacy. …

“Racist police violence is not incidental to the capitalist system, it is necessary to maintain its operation. We recognize that as we fight for a better world, it will be the police who threaten our protests, the police who will break up our picket lines, the police who selectively wield their monopoly on violence against Black people and working-class people to protect those with power and privilege. …

“We stand with and share the rage of all those who are making themselves heard on the streets after years of being suffocated by policing and poverty, after years of being looted by corporations, landlords, and billionaires.”

Metro Atlanta DSA was similarly involved in the chaos in Atlanta.

Seattle DSA is also involved. DSA branches in Memphis and Los Angeles held events and are raising funds for “George Floyd Uprisings Nationwide.”

Workers World Party

The Stalinist–Trotskyist Workers World Party (WWP), which supports North Korea, Russia, China, Cuba, and Iran and has chapters in about 15 cities across America, is all over the protests.

WWP’s Monica Moorehead wrote an article May 28 titled, “Against police violence and capitalism, to rebel is justified”:

“Workers World salutes all the brave protesters in Minneapolis, currently ground zero against police terror. We also salute those activists in Los Angeles, Memphis and other cities who are organizing protests and braving the pandemic to be in the streets or in car caravans to show solidarity with the demand: Justice for George Floyd and all victims of police violence.”

Moorehead goes on to quote WWP founder Sam Marcy’s defense of the 1992 Los Angeles riots—in which 63 people died:

“In times when the bourgeoisie is up against the wall, when the masses have risen suddenly and unexpectedly, the bourgeoisie gets most lyrical in abjuring violence. It conjures up all sorts of lies and deceits about the unruliness of a few among the masses as against the orderly law-abiding many.

“Marxism here again cuts through it all. The Marxist view of violence distinguishes between the violence of the oppressors as against the responsive violence of the masses. Just to be able to formulate it that way is a giant step forward, away from disgusting bourgeois praise for nonviolence. It never occurs to any of them to show that the masses have never made any real leap forward with the theory of nonviolence. Timidity never made it in history.”

Revolutionary Communist Party

The Maoist-leaning Revolutionary Communist Party is using the death of George Floyd to call for “a movement for an actual revolution.” They issued communique No. 6 titled, “Police murder after murder after murder… To YOU who are sick and tired of the madness, and ready to be part of a movement for an ACTUAL REVOLUTION”:

“If you’re sick of watching video after video of these murders by police … you need to … join with a movement for an actual revolution, to prepare for a time when it will be possible to lead millions to bring this system down, and replace it with a new society based on the Constitution for the New Socialist Republic in North America.”

Party for Socialism and Liberation

The Marxist-Leninist pro-China, Iran, North Korea, Cuba, Venezuela, and Russia Party for Socialism and Liberation has chapters in about 30 states. They also seek to exploit the death of George Floyd, referring to this time in history as an “absolutely critical period” to impose their vision of a communist revolution:

“The police will always fulfill their role of being shock troops for white supremacy and capitalism as long as it exists in this racist state.

“In this absolutely critical period, we sharpen our resolve to build organizations capable of waging militant class struggle against the racist state and their ruling class. … Amidst the deep crisis, the racist killings of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery in Brunswick, Georgia, Breonna Taylor in Louisville, Ky. and Sean Reed in Indianapolis, Ind., make it clear that the protests and fight back must continue and intensify.”

Long, Hot Summer

Despite overwhelming and abundant evidence that communists are heavily involved in these protests and riots, very few journalists have been willing to expose the truth.

One notable exception is Antifa expert Andy Ngo:

On May 30, Ngo wrote on Twitter:

“We are witnessing glimpses of the full insurrection the far-left has been working on for decades. Within hours, militant antifa cells across the country mobilized to aid BLM [Black Lives Matter] rioters. The first broken window is the blood in the water for looters to move in. The fires come next.”

Ngo later added:

“Media, politicians, public—all of us—have underestimated the training, purpose & capability of left-wing extremists. Every part of the rioting has a purpose. Fires destroy economy. Riots can overwhelm police & even military. All of it leads to a destabilized state if maintained.”

The DSA now has 66,000 members nationwide and locals in almost every state. Other communist groups such as Communist Party USA, Liberation Road, Socialist Alternative, Workers World Party, Party for Socialism and Liberation, Socialist Unity Party, and Revolutionary Communist Party and their allies in Black Lives Matter and Antifa can mobilize tens of thousands of militants and organizing cadre on short notice.

During the Ferguson riots of 2014, the pro-China Freedom Road Socialist Organization (now Liberation Road) and its allies claim to have brought nearly 10,000 activists into St. Louis, Missouri, to swell the ranks of the rioters.

Without the communists, there would still be occasional racially charged incidents. However, all the major city-burning race riots of the 1960s (Newark, Detroit, Chicago, Watts, and many others) and every single one since have been fanned into something bigger by communist forces.

The U.S. left now has the power to start race riots in nearly every major U.S. city.

Unless forcefully countered, these current riots and protests will go on all summer up until the elections. The twin goals are to stall the U.S. economic recovery and destroy President Donald Trump. In truth, these riots have nothing to do with race and everything to do with regime change and revolution.

Unless resolute action is taken, Americans are in for a long, hot summer. Revolution may be coming to a city near you. [emphasis added]

Trevor Loudon is an author, filmmaker, and public speaker from New Zealand. For more than 30 years, he has researched radical left, Marxist, and terrorist movements and their covert influence on mainstream politics. He is best known for his book “Enemies Within: Communists, Socialists and Progressives in the U.S. Congress,” and his similarly themed documentary film “Enemies Within.” His latest book is “White House Reds: Communists, Socialists & Security Risks Running for U.S. President, 2020.”