I recently discovered that the term “new KKK” has been applied to Black Lives Matter. That’s a valid jibe against an organization which has instigated riots, but the term could more aptly apply to Anti-Fascist Action and the other violent protesters of recent weeks. After all, Antifa goes around wearing black clothing and masks. How would they look if they wore white instead? Perhaps a change of color would help the Democratic party understand the viciousness and illegitimacy of Anti-Fascist Action–despite its noble sounding name. (Sort of like how all the most oppressive countries refer to themselves as “Democratic People’s Republics.”)
One has not heard more than a peep from liberals condemning the protests at UC Berkeley. (That peep comes from Peter Beinart of The Atlantic.) One cannot help but be reminded of the silence and denials of Southern Democrats concerning the KKK during Reconstruction. Antifa deserves to be called “the Invisible Empire” every bit as much as the KKK. Worse, we’ve experienced riots and violent protests from the left frequently over the past three years; yet the Democratic hierarchy and their Leftist media are more than willing to justify groups like Black Lives Matter and Anti-Fascism Action and to place the blame on the Alt-Right or conservatives for expressing their opinions. After a similar length of time, the hierarchy of the Old South had become disturbed with the KKK and been convinced that it was a liability. And so, Nathan Bedford Forrest disbanded the KKK in Tennessee (the organization’s birthplace) during the fall of 1869 with other states following suit over the next several years. It would not rise again until Woodrow Wilson’s administration, and this time in a more prejudiced and sinister form.
Other than the article by Peter Beinart, where do we see folks on the other side of the isle opposing violent organizations? Do we not rather see justifications which encourage violent groups to continue to do as they are doing? Am I wrong to dub this a program of political terrorism? Political correctness has failed, and conservatives are growing more emboldened to speak the truth due to speakers like Milo Yiannopoulos. We are sick of remaining silent when exposed to obvious falsehoods like how a person can change their sex at will or that the union of two men or two women counts as a marriage.
With the failure of political correctness–the failure of getting people to “call good evil and evil good” and to “put darkness for light and light for darkness,” the Left has turned to violent agitators. They are protected by a complicit media more than willing to place the blame for Antifa’s violence on the Alt-Right and conservatives even as they have blamed Christians for the crimes of a Muslim. Without a vigilant and fair press, how shall the tide of Marxist radicalism be stemmed? Yes, Marxist, for that is the ruling philosophy of our Progressive friends. They are becoming every bit as violent as the October Revolutionaries, whose 100th anniversary of their uprising in Russia will come about on October 25th this year.
Violence begets violence. If violent terrorism represses people’s ability to voice their ideals and concerns, then I foresee a time when furor arma ministrat. But, let the Progressives exert their influence against the rioters instead of on their behalf, and we might just see peaceful and reasonable politics return.