Charlottesville and the face of the Alt-Right

Everybody, no matter how reprehensible their opinions, has a right in the United States to express them peacefully, provided that they don’t engage in violence or advocate violence.

The VICE News video above shows Alt-Right protesters in Charlottesville, Va., last week, and it is plain that their purpose was to show their strength and intimidate their enemies.

I believe in freedom of speech and freedom of assembly for all, even those I despise.  I don’t believe in the right to act like a thug, even by those I agree with.

This goes for the club-wielding “Antifa” (anti-fascist) protestors, who believe in fighting fire with fire.  I don’t say they are equivalent to Nazis and KKK members.  I do say that the best way to fight fire is with water.

When American political issues are decided by street fighting, the Nazis and KKK are the ones who will have the advantage, and there won’t be any turning back.

LINKS

Chaos in Charlottesville: Nobody Gave Peace a Chance, including the Police by Carl Herman for Washington’s Blog.  Says it all.

Trump Is More in Touch Than You Think by Rod Dreher for The American Conservative.   Analysis of a public opinion polls on Charlottesville.

 

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