If you find yourself nodding along to the below Jesse Kelly thread, here are some points you should consider.

(Hello my favorite reply guys, this thread is my new year’s gift for you!) 1/
As Kelly makes clear below, he’s not concerned with state-sanctioned communism (of which there is very little left, world-wide, and none that shouldn’t be rigorously challenged on claims that it is communist). 2/

If it’s not state-dictated forms of communism, then what he’s taking about is citizens developing and endorsing communist thought, saying it out loud, organizing themselves around those ideas, and campaigning for it. 3/
Or, in other words, making use of their freedoms of speech and association.

Hold onto that thought! 4/
Any other citizen or citizens‘ association can oppose that, argue against that, try to limit its effects. You can even form a party around your and others‘ desire to limit the effects of communist thought. 5/
Jesse here, he thinks that’s not enough. He thinks he’s studied the issue and can declare it’s not going to work.

He also uses some colorful language to express his fear: fester, spread, infection. 6/

The only thing that has worked, pronounces Jesse, is handing the reigns to a fascist dictator. 7/

Now, what would you like to call that position? Jesse himself says it’s not conservative, as conservatism is just not brutal enough to do the job.

The job: take away, through dictatorial power, the freedom of speech & association of those who entertain communist thought. 8/
What shall we call that?

I have an idea.

Let’s call it fascist. 9/
PS: I didn't even mention the ridiculous conflation of "leftism" and "communism" that happens in Jesse Kelly's little thread. 10/

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