So I’m sure at this point that most people are aware of the recent rioting that occurred on the UC Berkeley campus. And I do want to make it quite clear that these were riots, not “peaceful protests”, no matter what narrative, delusional people suffering from severe cognitive dissonance might try and spin instead.
Smashing windows. Starting fires. Brutally beating and attempting to silence people, whose political opinions they don’t approve of. These are not peaceful protests.
It’s difficult for me to really find the words to explain how I’m feeling right now. I can barely even comprehend the reality of what is actually going on, that’s just how nonsensical everything is. Nevertheless, I’ll try my best.
So let’s begin with what exactly these people were so upset about. Breitbart writer, and professional internet troll, Milo Yiannopoulos was set to give a talk at the university (something which he has done in numerous universities already). Typically, he tends to talk about topics that are not welcomed by the so called “liberals”: his opposition to feminism, his opposition to Muslim immigration to the West, his opposition to political correctness, his support for Donald Trump, etc. These opinions have resulted in many people (naive left leaning college students in particular), thinking that he’s some kind of Neo-Nazi, white supremacist. There’s just three major flaws with this assessment.
- Milo is gay (and a very flamboyant one at that).
- He has a Jewish grandmother (not enough to be a full Jew, but enough for actual Neo-Nazis, like those on the Daily Stormer to reject him.
- He has a particular affinity for sleeping with black men, and never shuts up about it.
The whole narrative makes absolutely no sense whatsoever, except when you realise that a lot of the people who are protesting against him, don’t even know who he is, and have never actually listened to anything that he has said. They’re going on second hand information, and are protesting against a racist, sexist (and even hilariously enough, homophobic) caricature that has been built up for them to oppose, without ever having researched him themselves.
“This man is a bigot”, says the guy who wants to shut down the speech of someone he knows nothing about. I don’t think that word means what you think it does…
In fact, Milo isn’t a bigot at all. Crude, maybe. Controversial, definitely. Bigoted? Absolutely not. He tends to just make his speeches citing whatever facts or statistics he feels are necessary to back up his claims, and when he’s done, takes questions from the audience and if necessary, will debate them openly, without the need to try and silence and censor them. Just look at this video for example.
The idiot student accuses him of being a white supremacist and of course, Milo brings up the same points I mentioned already: his love of black men’s penises, the fact that actual white supremacists like those of the Daily Stormer, hate him, etc. Eventually, the student, realising that he hadn’t really thought things through (and visibly annoyed and dumbfounded at this point) settles with the lame argument of “You’re a white supremacists because you support Trump”. Yep, this is the kind of circular argument they’ll use.
Q: “Why am I a white supremacist?”
A: “Because you support Trump.”
Q: “But why does supporting Trump make me a white supremacist?”
A: “Because only white supremacists support Trump.”
Q: “But how can you be sure they’re white supremacists?”
A: “Because they support Trump.”
Q: “But why does supporting Trump make them white supremacists?”
A: “Because only white supremacists support Trump.”
And this circular argument repeats until you lose patience, give up, and they declare victory in their own mind. The point of posting the video above is to illustrate that these people haven’t really thought about the logic behind their belief systems, and when they actually attempt to do so, they’re quite simply incapable of winning the debate based on the merit of their arguments. So this is why they use violence and intimidation instead to try and shut talks like these down. Why engage in a fair and reasoned debate with your ideological opponents, when you know that you’ll lose? Shutting people down is their go to tactic instead because they know it’s the only one that has any chance of working.
So anyway, lets get back to the main point of this post, rather than continuing to get sidetracked talking about Milo. The riots seem to be pretty big news right now, but the reality is, these Antifa/Anarchist/Marxist scum are nothing new. They’ve been doing this sort of thing in both America and Europe for decades now. Even here in Ireland, where we’ve been relatively sheltered from what’s been happening in the rest of the world, we still occasionally see their thuggish behaviour occurring.
How dare he start a political party to represent the interests of the Irish people… in Ireland?
Their standard tactic is to dress in black, and to cover their faces using scarves and hoods, or masks, and to to attack people in groups of 5-10 against one. They do this while claiming to be “anti-fascists”, who are just trying to prevent fascism from gaining strength. The problem is, that their definition of “Fascism” seems to be “anyone who has political opinions that we don’t approve of” and more often than not, the victims of their violence are just normal people, no different than you or I, who are simply supporting policies that they feel are best for themselves and their loved ones.
Meanwhile, when these “Anti-fascists” encounter actual fascists…
…they turn into a bunch of spineless cowards, who are about ready to wet themselves, even despite holding a significant numerical advantage.
The thing that bothers me the most about these Antifa scum is that the majority of them are a part of my own generation. It saddens me to see that so many of my generational peers are this angry and consumed with such powerful hatred, and are so brainwashed, that they’re lashing out violently at people who don’t even deserve it. I hate to beat a dead horse, but I really cannot help but think of Orwell’s 1984, when I look at the current situation. In the novel, we have a “Ministry of Love” which inflicts pain on people, we have a “Ministry of Truth”, which lies to the people, and we have contradictory slogans such as “War is Peace”, “Freedom is Slavery”, and “Ignorance is Strength”. In the real world right now, we have violent “protesters” yelling slogans like “Love Trumps Hate”, while they brutally beat people, a lying mainstream media which is decrying the spread of truth (or “Fake News” as they call it), and we hear the often repeated motto of “Diversity is our greatest strength”, when it’s clear to see that diversity by it’s very definition, leads to division, and a divided people is anything but strong. How can diversity possibly be a strength, when in times past, when there was unity rather than diversity, we weren’t seeing social cohesion collapse like this?
I really feel as if we’re looking at history repeating itself. We’re all at least somewhat familiar with the rise of Fascism in Europe in the 1920s and 30s, but what is often neglected from the information we hear, is the circumstances that led up to it. In Germany for example, there were a lot of problems with Communists using violence against political opponents, and even attempting to overthrow the government, such as in 1918, and in 1923. Obviously, the German people, having heard about what the Communists in the Soviet Union had done to people (such as the Red Terror and the Holodomor), didn’t want something similar to happen to them, and in turn, became more extreme in their resistance to a potential Communist takeover. And of course, who were the strongest and most outspoken anti-Communists in Germany at the time, and were seen as the best option for a frightened and fed up people to turn to, to protect them from Communist violence?
I don’t think these so called “Antifa” have any idea of what they’re doing. Their use of violence and intimidation against ordinary people (whom they refer to as Nazis), isn’t going to win them any support. They aren’t offering people a vision of a world that anyone would want to live in. What they’re offering, is the same kind of nightmarish dystopia that the German people, ironically enough, tried to avoid, by supporting the Nazis. This kind of behaviour isn’t going to convince them that they were wrong to vote for Trump, or that they’re wrong to listen to Milo’s speeches or whatever else they’re supposedly wrong about. It’s just going to cause them to double-down in their beliefs, and lead to greater division.
We’ve heard a lot of hysterical rumblings about the possibility of a second American civil war. That possibility becomes more and more realistic in my mind, when I see things like this happening. In fact, I’m not sure they aren’t already in one at this point, that’s how bad it’s getting.