Alt Right demonstrators walk into the entrance of Lee Park surrounded by counter demonstrators in Charlottesville, Va., Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Actual and Legitimate Equivalence: Antifa and the White Supremacists

“From my vantage point, the left spends far less time calling out Antifa than those of us on the right do calling out the alt-right and white supremacists.”

There has been much moral preening from the left in the last forty-eight hours over what has happened in Charlottesville. While it is true that the events would not have happened but for white supremacists and it is true that the focus should be on the white supremacists, we do not need to give Antifa and the radical left a complete pass.

Up until yesterday, no one had been killed in a protest of these sorts, but there had been plenty of threats of harm and molotov cocktails thrown by Antifa. Lest we forget, parades in Oregon had to be cancelled because of Antifa threatened violence. Plenty of small businesses have seen their store fronts shattered and destroyed by Antifa backed mobs.

Around the country, Antifa thinks of itself as standing up to fascists, but is filled up with anarchists and others who are as fascistic as the supposed fascists they are beating. The left gives them a level of moral right to do it because of who their opponents are. In reality, Antifa and the white supremacists are two sides of a common coin.

The country seems headed down a path between right wing authoritarianism and leftwing totalitarianism. Those of us who want nothing to do with either should be willing to call out both sides. From my vantage point, the left spends far less time calling out Antifa than those of us on the right do calling out the alt-right and white supremacists. In fact, more often than not I find myself getting yelled at by liberals for daring to draw equivalence between the two when they claim there is none.

This is actually going to make the situation worse. As the left calls out the white supremacists with gusto and defends groups like Antifa, it only emboldens sympathizers of the white supremacists and increases the odds of conservative opponents of the white supremacists being silent.

The left needs to recognize it has its own problems and they too are violent. The people dead in Charlottesville died because of one neo-Nazi, but there were dozen of people left bleeding in the streets because of Antifa.

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Erick Erickson

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