Tuesday, July 02, 2019

Jesse Singal: The Insane "Debate" Over Whether It's Acceptable To Assault Journalists

There sure seems to be a lot of rationalization, excuse-making, and yes-butting  by the left and the media (but I repeat myself) over the fascist "Anti"-fascist (Fantifa?) assault on Andy Ngo in Portland.
I'm trying to keep the news at arm's length for a couple of days, but wanted to point to this Singal piece. It's in his email newsletter Singal-Minded, and I'm on mobile and also not sure how to link to it. But maybe here
The only things I have to add right now are all pretty obvious .
First, extremists tend to favor political violence
Second, the left has generally become more extreme. It now has and defends its own Blackshirts just for one thing.
Third, there are also violent right-wing psychos--but that's not the topic right now.
Fourth, attacking journalists isn't clearly any worse than attacking ordinary citizens. Which Fantifa does routinely--its their reason for existence. (Of course they say it's to stop fascism...but the left thinks everything to its right is fascist.)
Fifth, the same left that argues that even questioning "trans" mythology constitutes  impermissible violence also argues that assaulting people for their political views is permissible violence.
Finally, the crazy right is also a danger, obviously. But it's the remnant of a losing ideology; it's been left behind. Insane antiliberal leftism is an emerging threat. It's a proposed ideal, a vision of a near-future progressive Utopia...which is, in fact, an illiberal dystopia. In that sense, it constitutes a more important threat.
Really finally, if you don't care about any of that, you might care that this is largely what has reenergized the crazy right--which has the capacity to snap...and has a whole lot of guns... But if that's what it takes to get you to care about this, then you need to take a step back and think hard about where you've ended up.


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