If you wrap your politics in Nazi trivia, you deserve to be marginalized. And if you drive your car into a bunch of protesters (who are not a current threat to you), you pretty much deserve to spend a couple of decades in prison.
With that out of the way, let’s get down to business.
The Original Anti-AntiFa: After the 1932 German parliamentary elections, the Reichstag established what become known as “The Hitler Cabinet”, to try to establish some of the political stability the German people craved.
In what seems counterintuitive to people who understand neither German history nor the world of extremist politics, the idea of the Hitler Cabinet it had the support of the Communists, with whom the Nazis had been fighting in the streets for nearly a decade and a half. The Communists supported the Nazi-led cabinet – they figured, not without justification, that more Nazi thugs patrolling the streets would drive more of the undecideds in the middle toward the hard left.
They figured they were playing the long game. They miscalculated, only because they underestimated the speed with which the new cabinet would assimilate and co-opt the power of the state and the Army.
The larger lesson is this; Extremists love a world of white hats and black hats.
And as we saw in Charlottesville over the wekeend, they’re slowly getting it.
Steam: In Tom Wolfe’s Bonfire of the Vanities, the character of Reverend Bacon – a race-baiting hustler who was clearly a composite of Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton – had a memorable metaphor about activism; it was about channeling “steam”. Steam – anger – always tries to expand, finding any place it can to push outward to equalize the pressure. The goal of at community activist is to channel that “Steam” in the desired direction. Which the Reverend Bacon, of course, does. Read the book. It may be more valuable today than it was when it was publsihed.
In 2009 and 2010, the Tea Party tried to channel a lot of conservative, libertarian, originalist “steam” the right way. We were civil, we were utterly inclusive, we left our protest sites cleaner than we found them, and not only was there *zero* violence (except for leftists who came to start fights), but nearly every time someone showed up with a racist sign, the blogswarm found out they were ringers from the left (when I keynoted a rally in 2010, we made it widely known that all signs would be photographed and published; for *some* reason, everyone was above board. Go figure). We CRUSHED Obama in 2010.
And the media worked overtime to smear, slander and demonize us – with the active connivance of the Beltway GOP establishment.
At the same time, Obama’s Homeland Security department was passing around lists of “right wing hate groups” that included pretty *every* conservative grassroots organization; pro-life, 2nd Amendment, tax reform, land rights, court reform groups all got labeled “Terrorists”.
If you tell 160 million people – half the country – who assemble peacefully to redress their grievances that they are all racist extremist white supremacists who are a bigger threat than radical islam, eventually some of them going to figure that whole civility thing is a crock, and can never work.
Voila: Of course, that was the goal, Marty. To create more extremists. Because Big Left needs a right-wing extremist boogeyman to rally against. And after nearly a decade of trying, now they got one.
Yep. I condemn Nazis. But then that’s not the point, is it?