Now, by my mother’s son, and that’s myself,
It shall be moon, or star, or what I list,
Or ere I journey to your father’s house.
Go on, and fetch our horses back again.
Evermore cross’d and cross’d; nothing but cross’d!
The Taming of the Shrew Act 4 Scene 5
If there is one thing that I am constantly accused of by people who know me it’s being a sucker.
Like my father before me I find it very difficult to believe the worst of individuals or to presume less than noble motives to the actions of people I encounter. In many ways this is a positive thing and a Christian act, for example to be guilty of moral sin once must, in addition to acting deliberately on a grave matter, have full understanding of the sinful nature of the deeds involved.
As the gathered crowd got more agitated, masked ‘black bloc’ activists began hurling projectiles including bricks, lit fireworks and rocks at the building and police. Some used police barriers as battering rams to attack the doors of the venue, breaching at least one of the doors and entering the venue on the first floor.”
Now what do we call it when people in black uniforms and face masks storm a speaking venue, assault attendees, light fires and throw bricks at police with the express purpose of shutting down a speech? Would “fascist” work for you? In this context, and remembering it is a university campus where this outrage was perpetrated, I think fascist will serve quite nicely.
Murphy notes that the actions of these folk are objectively fascist but thanks sheer ignorance of inexperienced youth who can say things like this with a straight face:
One pureblood nitwit at the event whined that it wasn’t Milo’s talk, per se, that triggered her, but that she feared that in some future class she might unwittingly be sitting next to someone who had attended it.
Thus the cowardly fear of, dare I saw association, expressed by a phrase which could have easily been uttered a century ago in the Jim Crow South, suddenly makes joining what was essentially a lynch mob unable to reach it’s target an act of courage.
Now one might forgive such ignorance among college who aren’t familiar with the “Sturmabteilung” and don’t know it when they see it, particularly in the mirror, but as Stacy McCain notes one can’t extend that same ignorance to someone like the spokesman for the Sierra Club claiming their efforts supporting Planned Parenthood & Abortion are about population sustainability given basic facts:
The total fertility rate in the United States is already substantially below the so-called “replacement” level (2.1 average lifetime births per woman), so why is “the number of people we have” such a problem for the Sierra Club? Isn’t the real problem that the Sierra Club is a Democrat Party lobbying group, which is trying to reduce the number of Americans who vote Republican?
The Sierra Club’s annual budget is about $100 million. How much of that money are they spending in Somalia and Malawi? None, I’ll bet.
No, the Sierra Club spends its money from liberal donors to elect Democrat politicians whom it then lobbies to enact liberal policies. Whether these policies are actually helping the environment is less important to liberal donors than whether they’re helping the Democrat Party.
Thus we see, as in many a Shakespearean Play, a disguise of environmentalism to fool the simple, but there are those who like Katherine play along with this deception for the sake of their political goal thus pretending this pattern doesn’t exist:
So, what’s the pattern? How do fascists take power? First, they are angry with election results or how the country is being run. Then fascists use militant tactics to force the population into supporting, or acquiescing in, their cause, even though most citizens don’t actually support the fascist agenda.
Today, some persons who claim to oppose fascism have started using fascist techniques, such as blockading roads and other modes of transit into the city, perpetrating violence against those who disagree with them politically, and using fear to suppress those who have different political views. But using fascist techniques is never right, and if you just removed “we will fight the fascists” from the Occupy Oakland tweet, it could be easily mistaken for a quote from Benito Mussolini, Francisco Franco, or Adolf Hitler.
And having sat quietly in media pools listening to reporters speak freely to each other confident that all agreed when I see headlines like this:
Correction: Trump remarks "they're not behaving" after press pool asks question on Iran https://t.co/7USNhGvdX2
— The Boston Globe (@BostonGlobe) February 3, 2017
I’m afraid experience precludes my normal assumptions of the good will of those involved and conclude that the goal of advancing the political goal, the defeat of Trump and conservatism, defeats the need for accuracy or even propriety which is why a venerable name like Newsweek can look at violence and rioting and say…
— Pacific Standard (@PacificStand) February 2, 2017
and do so with a straight face mimicing virtue,their Hollywood allies would be proud, but I suspect that while this post calls it a Shakespearean revival it will likely finish more like a Greek Tragedy in the end.
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