Burbank, California Mayor Konstantine Anthony recently shared his radical views on policing and capitalism, indicating his support for Marxism, societal revolution, abolishing the police, and eliminating the prison system. Known for his recent controversial appearance at a Democratic fundraiser where he was spanked by a drag queen, Anthony is now running for Los Angeles County Supervisor, a position in which he would advocate for significant changes to the current system of law enforcement.
Anthony stated, “Yes, I’m a full abolitionist,” when asked if he supports abolishing the police. He believes that police have no effect on crime, attributing criminal behavior instead to factors like poverty, mental health, economic issues, drug addiction, and familial or environmental circumstances.
His vision extends to a future without not only police but also prisons, criticizing the current system’s approach to crime and punishment as fundamentally flawed. He linked the criminal justice system with slavery, asserting, “We need to end the carceral state. We need to end the police state. Because they have become the arm of slavery.”
In addition to his abolitionist stance, Anthony identifies as a Marxist, arguing that many people unknowingly align with Marxist values. He suggests that the American dream of becoming one’s own boss is a goal shared by Democratic Socialists. “Most people don’t understand that the American dream that they’re chasing is something that Democratic Socialists have been fighting for 100 years,” Anthony stated. He believes that Marxism already forms part of America’s social fabric.
When asked about the potential for a democratic Marxist revolution to address societal problems, Anthony responded affirmatively. He envisions a future society marked by wealth redistribution, the end of capitalism, and the absence of a police state, a vision he believes could only be realized through a “revolution.”
In response to concerns that such revolutions have historically led to totalitarianism, as seen in China, Cuba, and Russia, Anthony argued that these outcomes were due to the lack of a constitution, implying that a similar revolution could potentially be successful in the United States with its constitutional safeguards.
While Anthony’s controversial views have attracted attention, he remains committed to his ideology. “We need to fundamentally change our understanding of not just government, but of society. We live now in a world where the greatest thing you could possibly do is be rich or famous,” he concluded.
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Jack McPherrin ([email protected]) is a managing editor of StoppingSocialism.com, research editor for The Heartland Institute, and a research fellow for Heartland's Socialism Research Center. He holds an MA in International Affairs from Loyola University-Chicago, and a dual BA in Economics and History from Boston College.