On this episode of The Federalist Radio Hour, Lee Edwards joined Culture Editor Emily Jashinsky and Senior Editor Christopher Bedford to compare the modern upheaval of the far-left to that of the 1960s. Edwards is a Distinguished Fellow in Conservative Thought at The Heritage Foundation and has been involved in center-right politics since the 1960s, when he co-founded the Young Americans for Freedom Foundation. He also served as the communications director for Barry Goldwater, authored dozens of books, and has been called the “voice of the silent majority” by The New York Times.
Edwards said the behavioral differences are that far-left protesters in the late 1960s aimed to work within the constitutional order. Their legal goals were achieved through debate and discussion rather than an uncompromising, unproductive destruction of founding principles and physical representations of those principles.
“Whereas people as I say worked within a sort of institutional order in the 1960s, today they’re trying to tear it down,” Edwards said. “They’re trying to blow it up. They’re trying to topple it literally with their defacing to my mind the horrible, terrible irony of defacing the Lincoln memorial. How can someone who says ‘black lives matter’ do that?”