If a beating is meant to punish or deter racists, then we’re giving the authority of judge, jury, and executioner to whoever sees themselves fit to exact justice on whomever they find criminal.
At every level, the beliefs and goals of the white supremacist, alt-right, Nazi movement directly oppose conservatism.
Their claims to Western culture—an essentially multi-racial, multi-ethnic legacy—are fake. The alt-right is attacking, not protecting, this culture.
This type of equivocation isn’t a new feature of the White House. And recognizing that can help both the Left and Right see each other’s concerns.
The police could have moved the white supremacists to the back of the park and loaded them on buses. Instead, the Klan was pushed out onto E. Market Street, where Antifa was waiting.
‘When you look at the fact that public monuments are supported by public funds, you’re asking me to subsidize the insult to my family.’
We must move beyond gated communities of thought and ‘us vs. them’ dichotomies, and instead pursue peace and reconciliation.
The kind of political violence we saw in Charlottesville this weekend is designed to force Americans to sort themselves into warring camps over two sets of losers.
The conflict between anti-fascists and fascists has been simmering for decades as they’ve been firing shots at each other and gathering recruits.
Identity politics of any stripe is not conservatism. Both fascists and communists oppose the core principles of the political right.
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