Posted on | February 7, 2017 | 1 Comment
Last week, anti-fascist protesters showed up in Berkeley, California, to courageously battle the Nazi supporters of alt-right figure Milo Yiannopoulos. Soon after, they likewise put it all on the line to tussle with the right-wing mob supporting radical demagogue Gavin McInnes.
Well, that’s how they imagine it in their fever dreams, anyway. In reality, the Nazis didn’t show up and the protesters themselves were the only totalitarians in sight. The Black Bloc thugs — “about 150 masked agitators who came onto campus and interrupted an otherwise non-violent protest,” says UC-Berkeley — seem to imagine themselves as stars of a Weimar Germany reenactment. . . .
But the anti-fascists couldn’t find any Nazis at Berkeley. So instead “[t]hey shattered the glass of our Amazon Pickup Center, one of the few places Berkeley students can receive packages without fear of them getting stolen. They created a bonfire of trash in the center of the chaos, picked up barricades to drive through the building’s glass walls, set off fireworks, and left a trail of rage-filled destruction in their wake as they stormed the very streets we call home,” in the words of a student who saw a peaceful anti-Trump protest hijacked by visitors from 1930.
Meanwhile, Lauren Cooley writes at Campus Reform:
The “Knights for Socialism” group at the University of Central Florida (UCF) held a workshop Sunday to teach left-wing students how to “BASH THE FASH” with a “Leftist Fight Club” open to everyone but Republicans.
“In response to the record number of hate crimes against Latinxs, Immigrants, Muslims, Women, the LGBTQIA+ community, Jews, African Americans and other minorities since the rise of Donald Trump and other Alt-Right Neo-Nazis, Knights for Socialism has decided to host a series of self-defense clinics for anyone that wants to learn how to BASH THE FASH,” asserts the Facebook event page for “Leftist Fight Club: The Rumbles at Lake Claire.”
“This event is open to everyone and anyone, EXCEPT REPUBLICANS.”
The description explains that a local amateur boxer was on hand to teach basic hand-to-hand combat techniques at the self-defense clinic, in order to help the socialist students better protect themselves from potential hate crimes performed by those sympathetic to “Donald Trump and other Alt-Right Neo-Nazis.”
Students pursuing fantasies of heroic “anti-fascist” violence are victims of a failing education system, I explained in my column Monday:
The idea that Republicans are Nazis from whom students need protection is widespread in academia, where the vast majority of professors are Democrats, and administrators impose “safe spaces” and “trigger warnings” to stifle dissent against the prevailing left-wing orthodoxy. (See “The Cult of Social Justice,” Dec. 21, 2015.) Hillary Clinton’s defeat last November was a profound shock to many inside the campus bubble. Yale University canceled exams for students “traumatized” by the election. The University of Massachusetts offered “grief counseling” to students, with one official saying those with “marginalized identities” had suffered most from the campaign. At Virginia Tech the morning after the election, officials sent an email to students “waking up with fear, anxiety, concern, questions, and confusion among many other emotions,” directing them to campus services offering “support.” Did any universities offer counseling and support to Republican students after Mitt Romney lost in 2012? Of course not.
On the 21st-century campus, it’s conservatives who are truly “marginalized,” but nobody offers a “trigger warning” before discussing Keynesian economics in class, and there are no “safe spaces” for, say, a Christian student who wishes to defend Bible-based morality. . . .