Ever since the days of the French Revolution, in the National Assembly, where the Jacobins sat on the left-hand side of the meeting room, the terms “Left” and “Right” have been used to broadly describe where on the political spectrum any given statement, organization, or person rests. The Jacobins, of course, were the most iconoclastic towards the old European social, political, and religious institutions; they were responsible for the Reign of Terror, which effectively ended the Enlightenment period. The Enlightenment was not supposed to end was something so grotesque as the Reign of Terror, but it did.
In the same way, in the minds of secular reformers at least, the sexual revolution of the 1960s was supposed to bring about a new, more tolerant, more fair society. But instead, as recent news of Planned Parenthood’s harvesting and selling fetal tissue from aborted children shows us, secular liberation movements inevitably produce more of these grotesqueries, also called ugra-karma.
So, there has been for some time now a culture war within the West between the Left and Right, and lately what has been interesting about that war is that the Right has been catching up to the Left in three ways: it’s adoption of tactics more traditionally associated with the Left, its willingness to break the law to achieve its objectives, and a more sophisticated utilization of technology.
That’s something conveyed in this article from The Hill:
Anti-abortion hackers have apparently hit Planned Parenthood, potentially leaking the reproductive healthcare organization’s internal data and employee information.
The hackers are also threatening to release the nonprofit group’s internal emails, according to The Daily Dot, which first reported the possible intrusion.
“Trying to mold an atrocious monstrosity into socially acceptable behaviors is repulsive,” one of the hackers, who goes by the name of “E,” told The Daily Dot. “Obviously what [Planned Parenthood] does is a very ominous practice. It’ll be interesting to see what surfaces when [Planned Parenthood] is stripped naked and exposed to the public.”
Planned Parenthood said it is investigating the incident, but hadn’t yet confirmed an actual breach.
Cory Bennet “Anti-abortion hackers claim to have breached Planned Parenthood”, 27 Jul 2015, The Hill, 27 Jul 2015 < http://thehill.com/policy/cybersecurity/249246-anti-abortion-hackers-claim-to-have-hit-planned-parenthood >
For a long time in America, the Right has been the dominant cultural and political force. But their willingness to break the law is showing that those on the right more and more feel that the Law is simply not going to work for them. So, like the Left before, those on the Right are more and more taking extra-legal measures in their advocacy. Yes, right-wing activists in the past have set off bombs or protested outside of abortion clinics, but these were fringe elements quickly disavowed by the mainstream Right. Not any more. This suggests that a shift of power in America has taken place, from Right to Left, and that means things from now on are going to be different in the United States. Moreover, “right-wing hackers” is a new thing, showing that the Western Right is made up of young people, so the culture war is bound to go on for a long time.
What will be interesting to see in the coming years how American Hare Krishnas, who disproportionately have prior histories of Left-leaning values and sentiments, reconcile their politics with their religion. Will they be a part of the new Right-ward counter-culture, or will they be a part of the Left-ward status quo?