Charlottesville, Sacramento, Berkeley — we’re watching a microcosmic re-enactment of Weimar Republic brownshirt-vs.-reds violence in real-time, complete with the same flags being flown. Just as then, some leadership condemning the evil of alt-right white supremacy, the viciousness of hard-left Marxism, and the violence anyone commits in violation of basic rights should be unceasing and thunderous. Ben Shapiro
Public demonstrations, now as always, are theater. They are by their very nature, no matter how violent they become, complicit with the perimeters of the unwritten laws of revolution. One doesn't unite for the sake of uniting, but as a signal of power; a potlatch of shamelessness and guiltlessness directly dependent on the antagonism of their counterparts. The Alt-Right and Antifa might represent extreme limits of what it is possible for paranoia to conjure up; in order to manifest paranoia itself as a culture.
And what is the Alt-Right if not a culture of paranoia? its own enthusiasm for the perennial volk age a daemonic, libidinal rush for a unilateral justification for all of history? Antifa, on the other hand, is a paranoid antibody that doesn't believe in culture, or in any distinctions of any kind, for that matter.
If the fight were even, I'd say I'd welcome the idea of more events like this. Let violence meet violence on its own terms; keep it theater. But unfortunately, Antifa, by quite a big leap, outnumbers the Alt-Right, and oddly, ever have the establishment in their favor even when unintended. But as long as Antifa remains a force mobilized precisely in the manner of all theater, one knows where to find them. It seems that the Alt-Right, too, will go where they know they can participate in this theater. Ben Shapiro makes the mistake of trying to remain even-handed in this situation by criticizing both sides equally, as do many other liberals and conservatives. However, they fail to realize just how meta-democratic this situation is by nature. The antagonism of competing discourse eventually reveals the impotence of debate, thus enunciating just what the issue has been all along no matter what the actual ideas are; it is and always has been about power.
The conclusion can only be reached when the final myth of mediation is cast aside altogether and each side is left only with the bare, open wound where their 'free speech' and their 'ideas' used to be. Perhaps it is not for us to wag our fingers at the barbarians for implementing that which they have promised one another from the beginning.