(Screenshot: International Women’s Day website)
The ability of the communist left to consistently dupe an ever-wider group of suckers never ceases to amaze.
It’s practically another constant of the universe.
I wrote a few weeks ago
about the now-infamous Women’s March, a
parade of perversity and vulgarity that erupted after the Trump inaugural in January, where none other than Angela Davis
America’s longtime leading female Marxist revolutionary was honorary co-chair and featured speaker. Comrade Angela fired up the
female faithful as they donned ridiculous pink hats and cheered her revolution. Now, this week, the female front was enlisted
again, this time going not pink but red figuratively and literally.
Yesterday was International Women’s Day. If you know
little to nothing of the history of this event, then you probably know more than the vast majority of young ladies and oblivious
corporate sponsors tapped as dutiful foot soldiers.
The fact is that the origins of International Women’s Day are
communist-socialist. That reality is so unavoidably obvious that the “About” section at the official International Women’s Day website candidly
lays out the origins in touting this glorious “collective day of global celebration” and “calls on the masses” to “help forge a better working world.” Take a look at
this surprisingly honest historical timeline provided at the website:
International Women’s Day timeline
In accordance with a declaration by the Socialist Party of America, the first National
Woman’s Day (NWD) was observed across the United States on 28 February. […]
In 1910 a second
International Conference of Working Women was held in Copenhagen. A woman named Clara Zetkin (Leader of the ‘Women’s Office’ for
the Social Democratic Party in Germany) tabled the idea of an International Women’s Day. She proposed that every year in every
country there should be a celebration on the same day a Women’s Day to press for their demands. The conference of over 100
women from 17 countries, representing unions, socialist parties, working women’s clubs and including the first three women
elected to the Finnish parliament greeted Zetkin’s suggestion with unanimous approval and thus International Women’s Day was the
On the eve of World War I campaigning for peace, Russian women observed their
first International Women’s Day on the last Sunday in February 1913. In 1913 following discussions, International Women’s Day was
transferred to 8 March and this day has remained the global date for International Women’s Day ever since.
On the last Sunday of February, Russian women began a strike for “bread and peace” in
response to the death of over 2 million Russian soldiers in World War 1. Opposed by political leaders, the women continued to
strike until four days later the Czar was forced to abdicate and the provisional Government granted women the right to vote. The
date the women’s strike commenced was Sunday 23 February on the Julian calendar then in use in Russia. This day on the Gregorian
calendar in use elsewhere was 8 March.
I must concede kudos to the International Women’s Day website developers
for sharing this accurate history. This is spot on.
Readers will, of course, recognize many of these dates and names,
especially the Russian ones. They may not identify names like Clara Zetkin. Old Clara was a big-time German commie or, as
leftists will prefer to call her, a socialist or “social democrat.” In fact, Lenin and Trotsky and pioneering cultural Marxists
like Herbert Marcuse were also social democrats. Clara was a cheerleader for Lenin. I have clips from Working Woman
magazine, the January 30, 1934 edition, which I copied from the Soviet Comintern files on Communist Party USA. This particular
edition included a preview of the coming International Women’s Day of March 8, 1934. It featured a glowing review of Clara’s
lovely book Reminiscences of Lenin,
including praise for the late despot’s “warm smile,” “keen joy” for workers, “clear thinking,” and “masterly eloquence.” This was
Clara’s valentine to Vladimir the killer in January 1924, at his death, amid her “hour of grief” and “deepest personal sorrow” at
the “irreparable loss” of this “great man.”
Perhaps passages of
this blast-from-the-past could be posted in the “About” section of the International Women’s Day website?
But there was much
more to this year’s International Women’s Day. Its call for a better “gender world” was a distinctly and fittingly red one.
Indeed, this is almost too delicious, but the January Women’s March organizers, who just happened to spearhead this year’s
International Women’s Day, literally urged women everywhere to wear red yesterday. Yes, red, and to do so in “solidarity”
with the “masses.” That call is issued without apology or irony at the Women’s
March website, along with two other eye-opening exhortations:
Anyone, anywhere, can join by making March 8th
A Day Without a Woman, in one or all of the following ways:
- Women take the day off, from paid and unpaid
- Avoid shopping for one day (with exceptions for small, women- and minority-owned businesses).
- Wear RED in
solidarity with A Day Without A Woman
What a perfect color for this year’s International Women’s Day:
red. The color of the revolution.
But the ironies don’t stop there. Consider the parade of duped organizations that this
year’s comradely organizers managed to hook into their cause. No, I’m not talking about the usual suspects, such as those
People’s World, which I quote: “Backers include the National Domestic Workers
Alliance (NDWA), Jobs With Justice, the American Federation of
Teachers (AFT), National Nurses United (NNU), Restaurant Opportunities Center United (ROC United) and the National
Organization for Women (NOW).”
Those are just a smattering of the same-old-same-old; basically, the regular cabal of
leftist grievance-mongers that rallied behind the classy Pussy Hats in Washington in January. No, look at this group of unexpected
allies: The banner sponsors for this International Women’s Day included a select list of 10 prominent corporate partners that served up themselves as this year’s cast of
useful idiots. The list includes Caterpillar, BP, MetLife, PepsiCo, and Western Union.
Wow, what a group of
Do the folks at the PR office at Caterpillar have any concept of what they lent their name to? Maybe they do.
Perhaps Caterpillar has simply gone radical left. I’m wondering if the women who work at Caterpillar got the day off yesterday. If
not, hopefully they didn’t get in trouble if they simply “took the day off.” And did the boys at Caterpillar don red on the
assembly line in solidarity with their repressed sisters?
Hey, Caterpillar, here’s a follow-up idea for you, given that you
appear to be on this communist-socialist kick: Clara Zetkin’s birthday is coming up on July 5. How about making this July 5 Clara
Zetkin Day at Caterpillar? And don’t forget about this October. Gee whiz, that will be the centennial of the glorious Bolshevik
Revolution! Ask yourselves: What would Clara do?
Vladimir Lenin is fortunate to get credit for devising the term “useful
idiots.” It’s a shrewd label. And this International Women’s Day seems to have smoked them out nicely.
[This essay originally appeared on the American Spectator site and is reprinted here by kind permission of the author.]