Thugs indulge their Weimar dreams and become the totalitarians they claim to hate

Source: Reason
by JD Tuccille

“Last week, anti-fascist protesters showed up in Berkeley, California, to courageously battle the Nazi supporters of alt-right figure Milo Yiannopoulos. Soon after, they likewise put it all on the line to tussle with the right-wing mob supporting radical demagogue Gavin McInnes. Well, that’s how they imagine it in their fever dreams, anyway. In reality, the Nazis didn’t show up and the protesters themselves were the only totalitarians in sight. … Curiously, each major target of violent anti-fascist ire has actually been further and further from an actual Nazi, from Spencer, to Yiannopoulos, to McInnes. This suggests that the threshold allegedly justifying physical assault is movable, making anybody at the outer edge of the shifting acceptable realm for speech eligible for a punch. If it’s Nazis all the way down, ultimately, only two black-clad douchebags will be left standing in a basement somewhere, fists clenched, glaring at each other with each wondering about the other’s anti-Nazi bona fides.” (02/07/16)

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