On the same day we’re all talking about Nazis and White Supremacists, a group of folks pulled down a confederate statue in Durham.
Well, it turns out they’re associated with the Workers World Party, a communist party associated with the Socialist Workers Party, an older organization funded by the Soviet Union in the 1960’s.
And remember: Communists and the Socialists associated with the Soviet Union made the Nazis look like a bunch of Kiwanis Club weenies, especially when it came to death tolls: 11 million dead in the Holocaust is just a warmup compared to the nearly 150 million who died under various Communist regimes.
And let’s be clear. The counter-protesters who showed up at Charlottesville, and showed up with baseball bats and black masks looking to kick some “fascist ass”, were not just random folks who wanted to show their support for equality.
They were sent by the Workers World Party.
First, anyone who says Trump is an asshole for observing that there was violence perpetrated by both sides really needs a reality check. Because the Antifa folks and the WWP guys showed up ready to play, complete with shields, batons and baseball bats.
The hard left met the alt-right–and the police deliberately allowed them to mix it up, so they could have an excuse to shut it down.
It is the responsibility of law enforcement to ensure safety of both protesters and counter-protesters. The policing on Saturday was not effective in preventing violence. I was there and brought concerns directly to the secretary of public safety and the head of the Virginia State Police about the way that the barricades in the park limiting access by the arriving demonstrators and the lack of any physical separation of the protesters and counter-protesters on the street were contributing to the potential of violence. They did not respond. In fact, law enforcement was standing passively by, seeming to be waiting for violence to take place, so that they would have grounds to declare an emergency, declare an ‘unlawful assembly’ and clear the area.
So yeah, the Nazis and the White Supremacists are obvious villains here. But we’ve successfully had neo-Nazi marches and KKK marches and White Supremacist group marches without them descending into violence–the police keep the counter-protesters separate, and makes sure no-one gets injured. And this is the right strategy–if no-one cares, then why march to raise awareness?
The violence in Charlottesville will simply increase the number of people who seek to join these groups itching for a fight.
No, not a single group: the protesters, the counter-protesters or the City of Charlottesville, have clean hands here.
Second, I have to note that when a group like the Workers World Party, or White Supremacists or the AntiFa groups suddenly explode on the scene without a lot of warning–this is not a spontaneous uprising. This does not represent the bulk of the people of the United States. The White Supremacists and “Alt-Right” folks in Charlottesville no more represent the overall conservative movement or the Republican party than do the violent AntiFa protesters (who look a lot more like Hitler’s Stoßtruppen or Storm Troopers than they do protesters) represent liberals or the Democratic Party.
Instead, this represents a top-down drive by an outside organization which is funding these groups.
I mean, do any of these people have day jobs? Do any of these people work for a living?
And in a very real way, this represents a replay of the extremists of Germany fighting Russia–and has little to do with American politics as such. It’s not to say that there aren’t some ugly moments in American history. But the sort of pitched battles we’re now seeing in places like Charlottesville (which was entirely preventable by the police there) represent more an outside influence rather than an out-of-control Trump Administration.
Of course if I were to suggest that Russia was behind funding a number of these organizations and that it resembles a play out of the playbook used in places like Greece or Albania, I’d be called a conspiracy theorist.
And called that by the same people who think Russia was behind Trump’s election.