(Note: this is a long post on a highly sensitive subject. If you don’t have the time (or inclination) to carefully read and consider it all, please don’t read it AT all.)
Since Saturday, I’ve been trying to find the words to express how I believe we arrived at the tragic violence in Charlottesville, Virginia. I have no sympathy for idiots who see Nazi paraphernalia as a statement. History clearly shows where that road leads.
And yet, with all the focus on the swastikas why is it we never have criticism of the Hammer and Sickle often unfurled at various Leftist demonstrations? Of the Che Guevara T-shirts worn by people who still think socialism or communism is a good idea? History also shows multiple examples of where THAT road leads. Many of the gatherings of these supposedly “anti-fascist” groups are also violent — in the way that Hitler’s Brown Shirts were violent. In fact, I think the wisest comment on Charlottesville is that is was a result of two groups descending on the city, looking for a fight. It did not help matters that the police stood back and allowed the fists on both sides to start flying. I wonder if anyone will be held to account for that…
We’re rapidly approaching 1930s Weimar Germany all over again – two brands of social collectivist thuggary duking it out for control.
There is more to this, however. With higher academia firmly under Gramscian control, it’s easy to understand why many young people have a romanticized view of communism’s “liberation” movements and fail to realize “there’s no such thing as a free lunch.” But what trend could be luring other young people towards neo-Nazism or the white supremacy ideas of decades past?
I think much of it’s a belated (though misdirected) defensive response. Rod Dreher hits the nail on the head: it does no good for the Right to disavow the identity politics of neo-Nazism or George Wallace’s segregationism while the Left continues to make identity politics the center of everything: