Abandoning Radical Tactics to Accomplish Radical Objectives
Challenging the notion put forth by leftist apologists that the 9/11 Truther Jones is no longer a communist, Harper writes:
And just to be clear, Van Jones’ “market-based ideas” consist of convincing California business and developers to include eco-friendly job-training to Oakland’s economically underprivileged citizens and to prisoners reentering society. However, even in a communist nation there would still be a need for construction. It’s not likely, but some of it might even be eco-friendly. However, that doesn’t necessarily mean that the project was guided by Adam Smith’s invisible freakin’ hand. And it doesn’t make Jones a capitalist.
No, Jones’ political beliefs don’t appear to have changed much since his days as “a leading member of Standing Together to Organize a Revolutionary Movement (STORM), a Bay Area Marxist-Maoist collective that was staffed by members of various local nonprofits, a number of whom had ties to the Ella Baker Center.” The only thing that has changed is Jones’ tactics.
Back in 2000, Jones realized that ordinary Americans are turned-off by radical ideas and that as long as he looked and sounded like a radical (what Jones called “the radical pose”), Jones’ far-left agenda had no hope of mainstream acceptance. He understood that if he wanted to further his agenda, he would need to maintain the semblance of a moderate, to whom ordinary Americans would be responsive.