The Left Embraces Political Violence

Counter-protestors pepper spray a Trump supporter during a rally in Berkeley, Calif., April 15, 2017. (Reuters photo: Stephen Lam)

by Kevin D. Williamson June 15, 2017 4:00 AM

The Alexandria shooting is the continuation of the riots in Berkeley and Middlebury.
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This is why the standard liberal motto — that violence is never legitimate, even though it may sometimes be necessary to resort to it — is insufficient. From a radical emancipatory perspective, this formula should be reversed: for the oppressed, violence is always legitimate (since their very status is the result of the violence they are exposed to), but never necessary (it will always be a matter of strategy whether or not use violence against the enemy).
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Slavoj Žižek, On Violence and Democracy
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It did not take very long to get from “Punch a Nazi!” to “assassinate a congressman.”

A great deal of spittle has been deployed in the debate over whether or to what extent the Left’s recent indulgence of its penchant for violent rhetoric can be linked to the shooting of Representative Steve Scalise and other members of a Republican congressional baseball team by an angry Democratic activist and Bernie Sanders partisan. But the relevant question here is not violent rhetoric but violence itself. The violence at Berkeley and Middlebury did not lead to the shooting in Alexandria — they are part of the same phenomenon: The American Left has embraced political violence.

More precisely, the Left has embraced “anarcho-tyranny.” (Yes, I know what kind of man Sam Francis became; his phrase remains useful.) The anarcho part: Progressives including mainstream Democrats have embraced the sort of violence that has been directed against the likes of Charles Murray as an instrument of liberationist politics. Representative Val Demings, a Democratic congressman from Florida, shared her view that the riots greeting Milo Yiannopoulos at Berkeley were “a beautiful sight.” After a physical attack on white nationalist Richard Spencer, Jeremy Binckes of Salon wrote: “Maybe the question shouldn’t be, ‘Is it okay to punch a Nazi?’ but, ‘If you don’t want to be punched in the face, maybe you shouldn’t preach Nazi values to the public?’” A lively debate about the ethics of using violence to suppress certain political views ensued. Short version: Free speech did not experience a runaway victory. Read more at: nationalreview.com.

2 responses to “The Left Embraces Political Violence”

  1. Joe Z says:

    The cowardly lefty punks wear sunglasses, hoodies and face masks to hide their appearance. If it comes to a Civil War the lefty punks will be taken down like wet weeds. However, before it gets to that, Trump needs to put Soros, Crooked Hillary and many of the lefty media agitators in the slammer. Rachel Madcow would look great in an orange jumpsuit cleaning trash off highway swales.

  2. Tom says:

    Looks like the civil war is slowly going hot. I wonder which side the police and sheriffs will end up on. So far it has been clear which side the campus police represent. That’s the agitators = leftist, socialist, marxist, communist punks.

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