February 4, 2017 by gregrabidoux2013
Anarchism, the distorted step-child of peaceful, passionate protests has itself become big business. Profitable, sophisticated, dangerous and inherently insidious.
A senior business editor at Forbes recently opined that protesting, and even “calculated anarchism” has become big business. A multi-billion dollar business on both far sides of the political spectrum.
Make no mistake about it, what we recently saw at UC-Berkeley and NYU was at least in part, the big business of anarchism at work. The violence, brawls, assaults with weapons, burning fires, vandalism, damage to campus buildings, intimidation, attacks on security police and NYU and NYPD police, even looting, were all supposedly in response to the outrage, yes, the outrage against Breitbart senior editor Milo Yiannopulis and conservative comedian Gavin McInnes speaking at “their” campuses. But it was no mere spontaneous eruption of leftist sensibilities being inflamed beyond impulse control.
It, violent and massive protests from the extreme left, are becoming something else altogether. And while truly sincere, well-meaning liberals who simply abhor President Trump and everything he stands for and against can’t or won’t see it, they along with many of their fellow liberals who still pine for the return of Barack Obama are being swept up into a destabilizing and dangerous movement.
Certainly you have sincere students. Some NYU students interviewed said they came to show that they were “bigger and better” than any hate speech but had no idea so many other groups would show up with seemingly nothing but violence and destruction on their mind. Ditto at UC-Berkeley.
But you also have anarchist organizations claiming “victory” for these violent events and supposedly peaceful counter-movement organizations like “RefuseFascisim” blaming “hate speech” for “causing” the violent mayhem all the while they foment violence. And the money trace continues to land at the door step of big money financiers. Well, there is something very calculating and harmful going on and it’s not just the sting of pepper spray.
The hard Right of course is brandishing its own form of knee-jerk reactionism. They are simply asserting that “the Left” has lost its collective mind and is practicing intolerance, hate and coercion in the name of hippie-style peace and love. Many of the usual conservative suspects are simply concluding that we are just witnessing a “millennial meltdown” because their savior, Barack Obama has left the (White) House.
Meanwhile, Clinton-era soothsayers like Robert Reich accuse the Breitbart organization of orchestrating all the protests to de-legitimize liberals.
Nonsense, and a pox to both your houses.
After watching several interviews with actual UC-Berkeley students whose intent seemed sincere in peacefully protesting Milo Y’s campus speech but not condoning the violence nor the damage that broke out, I am left with a question-
Did you really not think that other well-funded, well-trained and even well-armed groups whose sole aim is to disrupt, de-stabilize and silence any opposing conservative views wouldn’t and didn’t seize this chance to control the outcome?
Yes, I saw video of what surely looked like actual students involved in brawls and some stomping a supposed Breitbart supporter and those are simply criminal acts and should be punished. But I also saw many black-masked anarchists setting fire to parts of the campus and later shouting that this was just the first of many steps to “armed revolution.”
And to both UC-Berkeley and NYU students who stated that “they” and only “they” get to say who “visits” and speaks at their campus, I ask you all a question-
Isn’t diversity and tolerance supposed to be strong enough and secure enough in its foundations to at least allow for diversity of thought, ideas and speech?
Even when that “speech” is highly offensive and in Milos’ instance meant to be provocative to sell more of his books?
Here’s an idea: If you truly abhor a “guest” or a speaker then simply turn your back on him or her, reject their ideas, generate and promulgate your own ideas to show how utterly wrong, false, or illegitimate “they” are and move on (so to speak).
Isn’t the flame of hatred like what Milos spreads only burnished by violence and utterly dissipated by tolerant and peaceful opposition?
Should any university only ever bring speakers to its campus that are pre-approved by an overwhelming consensus or is an exchange of ideas and philosophies not what we should be supporting on our campuses these days?
One seemingly informed and reasonable NYU student actually said “I did not pay tuition to be forced to listen to views I don’t support.”
Maybe this is all moot as though as the “big business de-stabilizing genie” may already be out of its bottle with no intention of ever returning.
Years ago, the Tea Party learned rather quickly that intimidation, coercion, even violence can make opposing views cower, or at the very least become scarce even silent.
Bullying and violent intimidation it seems works.
And when we traced the Tea Party money it landed us on the doorsteps of large financiers like the Koch brothers who support and subsidize a plethora of both open and shadowy organizations globally. Their clear aim was and is to de-legitimize and vanquish liberal movements that sought and seek a more globalized and borderless world.
And here we are now, a mere 15 days or so into the Trump Administration and the far Left it would now seem has learned the lessons of de-stabilization and even bullying well.
Groups like Move.On want to do anything but move on. They have publicly stated “resistance” against intolerance and the Fascists Trump supporters and have vowed to do “whatever it takes” to resist. They are heavily funded by George Soros and have at least tacitly joined forces with a number of groups that describe themselves as anarchistic revolutionaries.
So, to all the well-meaning, sincere folks out there that are anti-Trump, and wish Hillary had won and not the evil Trump, go ahead and protest and picket and keep on making it loud and clear why he and all he stands for is wrong. And if you get the chance go ahead and share a better way to fight terrorism, to secure our nation, to build our economy, to make our city streets and schools safer for people of any, all or no color.
But please don’t be blind to the fact that there are other forces here, very well-funded and trained forces at play. And they may not share your “peace and love” message but want something far more insidious and are far more ruthless than you might believe, conceive or accept.
And to those on the far Right, please stop being blind to your own bullying, intolerant and arrogant ways. Hatred and intolerance is never the answer. And can you once and for ever get over the fact that not everyone has the same sexual orientation as you?
And could both the far left and right please stop making stuff up?
Because honestly the facts especially these days really are stranger and more compelling than fiction.