People like Milo Yiannopoulos, the gay, ethnically Jewish Catholic immigrant who enjoys engaging in sexual congress with black men. He’s been on a “Dangerous Faggot Tour,” the last stop of which was to be held in Berkeley, which has a reputation as “the birthplace of the free-speech movement.” Milo enjoys using hyperbole in his rhetoric, and he does occasionally (IMHO!) go too far. I’m not a big fan of his verbal attacks against overweight people, for example.
But he does not engage in violent acts, nor does he encourage violence against others. Nevertheless, a group of violent protesters successfully shut down Milo’s UC-Berkeley talk, forcing his evacuation. Property was destroyed, people were beaten unconscious, women were maced. It was a dangerous, pathetic, counterproductive, destructive, hateful, and stupid attack on everyone’s First Amendment freedoms.
Shoe0nHead, not to be confused with Whimsical Doctor Shoe, made some excellent points about this.
One of the great ironies of the modern leftist movement is its smug self-assurance that they’re on “the right side of history.” As if we can predict future attitudes, and those attitudes will always be “enlightened.” Or that they’re trying to prevent the rebirth of a historically bad ideological movement—and as long as they have these “pure” motives, they can use any tactics, including physical violence:
TMW when you become the very thing you're allegedly fighting against.
Do you see the problem here? Study history.
Socialists have caused the deaths of tens of millions of people throughout history. Punch socialists. Riot when your college invites a socialist.
Communists have caused the deaths of tens of millions of people throughout history. Punch communists. Riot when your college invites a communist.
Anarchists have caused the deaths of tens of millions of people throughout history. Punch anarchists. Riot when your college invites an anarchist.
Atheists have caused the deaths of tens of millions of people throughout history. Punch atheists. Riot when your college invites an atheist.
Christians have caused the deaths of tens of millions of people throughout history. Punch Christians. Riot when your college invites a Christian.
Muslims have caused the deaths of tens of millions of people throughout history. Punch Muslims. Riot when your college invites a Muslim.
And so on.
And if it’s okay to punch “nazis” at some public forum— if they’re so dangerous that they must be met with violence to prevent the spread of their “violent” ideas— is it then okay to attack them in their own homes? Can you firebomb their home, or invade their home? What about those who live with “nazis”? What about family members of “nazis”? Friends of “nazis”? Grocers who sell food to “nazis”?
Dave Rubin recently made similar points on Beauty and the Beta (starting about 11:30 in).
And who gets to define the term “nazi”? Is it the #FakeNews perpetrators CNN? Is it the “journalists” exposed by WikiLeaks as collaborators with the Democrat party?
Meet bad ideas with better ideas. Physically assaulting someone, attempting to murder them, because you don’t like their speech, is cult behavior. Dehumanizing and othering people who challenge your own worldview is cult behavior. The “antifas,” in their black shirts and black masks who destroyed the Berkley campus, are cultists. The leftists on twitter encouraging others to “punch nazis” (often from behind the walls of their gated community!) are cultists. And in another seriously disturbing irony, they are engaging in fascist behavior to fight what they claim is fascism.
This is scary stuff: