EA CO AS wrote:
I'd argue that the "otherwise good people" in today's instance ARE the Antifa folks; they're so determined to stifle independent thought and speech that doesn't conform to what they believe that they're willing to engage in mob tactics and violence. It's not the right that's going fascist - it's the left.
Seriously, you don't see that? At all?
No, I don't.
What I see is that a small group of people who may or may not be any kind of actual organization show up to things like the Unite the Right Rally in which Right-wing demonstrators killed an innocent civilian and beat several others into the hospital, and somehow, it's the smaller group of people wearing masks showing up to counter demonstrate that are in the wrong in your eyes.
The right, of course, has the tactic of state violence on its side. One of those gentleman who was beaten into the hospital was later arrested because one of his attackers went to a magristrate and made that happen. The charges were later dropped and some of his attackers were indeed tracked down and arrested - not because the authorities wanted to, but because they were forced to through public pressure.
Then there's right wing politicians openly encouraging people to mow down protestors with cars, and even going so far as to draft legal protections in some states for people who hit protestors with cars. I'm sure you want not responsibility for that, Mr. "Party of personal responsibility."
This "Freedom of Speech" argument is typically used to defend the worst kind of speech - that of the Alt-Right, who unlike Antifa are an actual real movement who really have killed actual people. But you know, your guy says it's all the same, right, and there are good people on both sides.
I have yet to see a "good" neo nazi.
But you know, when you have a quote from St. Reagan, who began his 1980 campaign with dogwhistling in the very place where civil rights activists were murdered by the 1960s version of the alt-right, as a daily reminder of how little you value your society, I guess you have a different perspective on things.
You may not think of yourself as being Racist or supporting Fascism, but you're certainly okay with co-signing these things if it gets you lower taxes, which makes you basically okay with them.