The Washington Post actually had an honest headline: “Black-clad antifa attack peaceful right wing demonstrators in Berkeley.” They have made it perfectly clear that the antifa are the violent aggressors, while their victims the “right wing demonstrators” are peaceful. So finally the mainstream media are being less propagandistic and more accurate. I hope it continues.
The Post notes: “A pepper-spray wielding Trump supporter was smacked to the ground with homemade shields. Another was attacked by five black-clad antifas, each windmilling kicks and punches into a man desperately trying to protect himself. A conservative group leader retreated for safety behind a line of riot police as marchers chucked water bottles, shot off pepper spray and screamed ‘fascist go home!'”
The Post continues: “antifa protesters — armed with sticks and shields, and clad in shin pads and gloves — largely routed the security checks and by 1:30 p.m. police reportedly left the security line at the Center Street and Milvaia Street entrance to the park. Berkeley police chief Andrew Greenwood told the AP the decision was strategic — a confrontation was sure to spark more violence between the protesters and police.”
Robert Wenzel summarizes what has been going on (or not going on, because of cancellations) in San Francisco and Berkeley.
Wenzel features tweets by San Francisco Chronicle reporter Lizzie Johnson, such as, “The #Berkeley police have stood down. A sea of black masks as far as I can see. This is what WAS NOT supposed to happen.” And, “‘Take his camera, take his phone,’ they are shouting at a journalist.”
It is obvious that some of the activists on the Left are not genuinely anti-fascist, anti-racist, or anti-white supremacist but are just punks and hoodlums who want to exploit some of the societal conflicts going on now, and so they go out and beat people up and get away with it while their comrades in the city governments such as mayors and police chiefs unlawfully order the police to stand down (and act as aiders and abettors to thuggish violence perpetrated against peaceful innocent people).
Economics professor Thomas DiLorenzo has an article today, an open letter to incoming freshmen at colleges on the subject of fascism. DiLorenzo points out:
The truth is that fascism – named “national socialism” by the German socialists of the early twentieth century known as the “Nazis” – was always a form of socialism. Benito Mussolini, the founder of Italian fascism, was an “international socialist” before he started calling himself a national socialist. Nationalist socialism was content to allow private business to exist – unlike the international socialists in the Soviet Union – as long as it was directed, controlled, and micromanaged by politicians with all kinds of regulations, controls, subsidies, bailouts, and taxes.
Very few, if any, of you will run across a professor who will assign or encourage you to read the famous book, The Road to Serfdom, by Nobel prize-winning Austrian School economist F. A. Hayek, but you should make yourself a college-years bucket list and include reading this book on the list. One of the things you would learn in the 2007 University of Chicago Press edition is that Hayek recognized that the economic policy positions of the Nazis were “full of ideas resembling those of the early socialists.” The “dominant feature” of fascism, he wrote, was a fierce hatred and denunciation of anything capitalistic –“individual profit seeking, large-scale enterprise, banks, joint-stock companies, department stores, international finance and [private] loan capital, the system of ‘interest slavery’ in general . . .” The Nazi economic program, wrote Hayek, was nothing less than “a violent anti-capitalistic attack.” One of the slogans of the Nazis was in fact “the end of capitalism.” All of the “leading men” of German and Italian fascism “from Mussolini on downward . . . began as socialists” said Hayek.
In my view, a lot of the activists on the Left who say they are panicked and triggered by this “race” and “white supremacy” stuff (which barely exists now in America) are really just using such neuroses to exploit in the name of their economic envy, resentment and covetousness. They hate “capitalism” even though they have no idea what it really is.
But really the drive is not to have a free and prosperous society for all, with respect for voluntary exchange and private property (they will be the first to complain if someone steals their stuff, their iPhone!). Really their motive is to take away from others, to bring others down, not to bring themselves up.
All the economic policies from those on the Left are examples of violence, plunder, exploitation and theft. The income tax forces workers to involuntarily have to do extra labor to serve the government. Redistributionism schemes like government grants for university parasites, Social Security and Medicare take wealth from the workers and give them to others by force. The minimum wage causes employers to cut entry-level jobs because they can’t afford the artificially higher wages, and thus minimum wage causes more unemployment. The activists’ minimum wage literally steals opportunities away from those at the bottom of the economic ladder, and mainly this affects minorities in the cities.
See my 2013 post on capitalism. I pointed out that under free-market capitalism you own yourself, your labor, and you have the freedom to voluntarily work for employers. And if you don’t like an employer or your weekly paychecks then you have the freedom to leave. Under socialism, however, the government owns the industries and property, the government owns the means of production which includes the people. Under socialism the government, not you, owns your life, your labor and the rewards of your labor. The gubmint hands out to you what the bureaucrats believe you need or are worthy of having.
Also under socialism there is no political or personal freedom. That is why most of those early Americans who insisted on a “Bill of Rights” — which recognized freedom of speech, freedom of assembly and the right to petition the government for redress of grievances, the right to protest, freedom of religion, freedom from religion, the right to self-defense, the right to keep and bear arms, the right to due process and presumption of innocence, the right to be free of invasions of property and searches without probable cause and suspicion — those same early Americans were also believers in the free market and voluntary exchange. Socialism involves involuntary impositions. That is what America has been for over a century especially with the income tax, New Deal and other enslavements.
So, in order for the government to enforce the government-imposed tax-thefts, strangling regulations and restrictions on opportunities that those on the Left constantly cry out for, there is the strengthened enforcement wing of the government: the police. So those on the Left are really for a police state. No wonder they act out their drive for violence against others in such immediate ways as we’re seeing at these riots. The “race” stuff is just a cover for all that.