On Saturday, the 15th of April 2017, a group of people assembled in a park in Berkeley, CA, to protest for free speech. Police had cordoned off the area using orange plastics ‘rigging’ (?). Antifa, a group of left wing, communist protesters showed up and proceeded to taunt and assault the free speech protesters.
The police had searched anyone that entered the park to ensure no weapons such as sticks, protective shields, pepper spray or the like were in the protesters’ possession. However, the Antifa protesters simply stayed out of the park, and were thus not searched. As such, they had all of the aforementioned, as well as explosives and smoke bombs on their persons. The Antifa protesters circled the park until the police withdrew from the vicinity, and then moved in and began their attacks.
The free speech protesters eventually retaliated, and the entire situation broke down into brawls. Time and again Antifa members would pull individuals from their opposition into their crowd and proceed to beat them up in groups, even going as far as to kick them when they had collapsed to the ground. However, each time the free speech protesters moved in and broke the groups up.
This continued until the free speech protesters rallied and attacked Antifa as a group. The latter scattered and were chased and harried through the streets of Berkeley until they had completely dispersed. The free speech protesters then went on a victory march back to the park where the entire ordeal had started.
During all of this, the police were standing by not far away, leaning against lamp posts, and sitting in their cars, watching the entire scene unfold. Upon being questioned as to why they were not acting to protect the people being beaten up right in front of them, one officer answered, “That would be a good question for the Chief of Police.”
Another responded, “I would defer you to our public information officer.”
After the fight was over, and as the free speech protesters were reassembling, the officers proceeded to arrest several of their members.
Why this is important
People are different, they disagree on many things. In a population of a reasonable size, several tens of thousands or more, most definitely on the scale of countries, you will not find more than maybe a dozen people who are in complete accord on all matters.
In order to create a functioning society, it is necessary for people who disagree to be able to discuss their problems and come to some solution to their differences. There are two ways of doing this, the first is to speak to one another.
It is from this that we get the movement of free speech, to allow people to air their views and discuss them with others. In this process people can discover their differences and disagreements, talk about them, and come to a solution. This typically manifests in one of three ways.
- One party notices their mistake, and either steps down in deference to the other, or changes their views.
- Both parties come to some compromise that preserves each’s positions, ideas, or opinions, whilst allowing society to continue to function.
- The parties discover and correct mistakes on both sides, thus coming to a new consensus.
This process, however, has been undermined by the progressive left, feminists, the Democrat establishment in the US, and various other political parties in South Africa, and Europe. They had not sought dialogue, but instead sought to silence any opinion that dissents from their ideological narrative.
I suggest watching some of Dr. Jordan Peterson’s interviews, discussions, and lectures on the matter. He explains it very well, and discusses the ideological principles underpinning this behaviour.
In the absence of dialogue, however, people turn to the second of the two options available to them: violence. Antifa, and their ilk, have long pursued this tactic. Unfortunately, it has now backfired, as so many have warned and predicted.
People like these free speech protesters have remained silent and taken the beating for several years now, and Berkeley was their breaking point. They are fed up with staying silent, with taking the insults and violence from those like Antifa, and have started fighting back. It is hard to be the first to do something, to be the first to break a taboo, but once it’s done, it is very easy to do it a second and a third time.
We will no doubt see countless other such incidents cropping up with ever-increasing frequency from here on out.
What this means for the future
This can from here on out play out in one of two ways.
On the one hand, those who have been using violence for some time now, those like Antifa, could be jolted awake. They could realise that their tactics will no longer work, and mend their ways, being forced back to the table for discussion and dialogue.
This, however, is unfortunately not likely to happen. those indoctrinated in their ideology to the extent that those who form Antifa are, and in an ideology that directly opposes dialogue no less, will more likely simply double down on their tactics, and even escalate it further.
The other side, however, has already reached their saturation point, and are not likely to stand down either. This will lead to a see-saw escalation that will end up somewhere where no one wants it to. The natural conclusion of such a continuous escalation, is civil war. If each side simply continues to escalate their violence, and increase the scope of their retaliation, it is only a matter of time before hot weapons begin to make appearances, and the government loses all ability to control the situation. (Though it seems they are abdicating it of their own accord.)
Civil war is not where anyone wants this to end up. And it is most certainly not the way those of the convictions that Antifa have, want this to play out. They are a very vocal minority. At this point in time they can still kind of match up to their opposition because most of them are not taking an active part in the confrontation. But once this escalates beyond a certain point, the rest of the passive majority will be galvanised into action, and they will annihilate Antifa and their ilk by the sheer weight of their numbers.
This is not a war that Antifa, the left wing, or any of the various groups that stand on their side of the confrontation, can win, even if they stand together. And this will only cause needless damage and suffering to people on both sides, and everyone standing in between.