Washington Post: ‘Why the American left gave up on political violence”

(And why the right increasingly embraced it.)

But since the 1960s, left-wing movements in the United States (and in the West writ large) have gradually turned away from violence. There are three main reasons for this.

…The third and most important reason for giving up violence can be found in the new makeup of the American left. Emerging out of the rubble of the 1960s, the modern left, which coalesced around George McGovern’s quixotic 1972 presidential run, effectively represented a gathering of fugitives. African Americans, Hispanics, women, gay men and lesbians, Native Americans, and workers: These long-ostracized groups, which came to replace the New Deal coalition anchored by the white working class, were the very peoples against whom violence had been done for so long. Their painful histories made them instinctively averse to, and intolerant of, political violence. Those who had survived lynchings, beatings, bombings, sexual violence, forced removals and economic exploitation were least disposed to employ them in return. In 1972, those groups were often on the far left, but they eventually became the spine of Barack Obama’s electoral coalition.

…Antifa is mostly anarchist in nature; its members are suspicious and dismissive of the left’s embrace of government institutions. More important, it is loosely banded, disorganized and low scale. Brawling on campuses, throwing rocks or vandalizing property is reprehensible and illegal. But it is incomparable to the scope and breadth of organized violence demonstrated by the extreme right.

…members of the extreme right say they have been devastated by the economic effects of globalization, disempowered by multiculturalism and disenfranchised by the election of the nation’s first African American president. (Who says this? – Ed.) This sentiment has led to the rise of militia culture and violent resistance on unprecedented scales since the 1990s; it sparked the deadly standoff in Ruby Ridge, Idaho, 25 years ago, climaxed in the Oklahoma City bombing and has persisted, more recently, with the massacre of African American worshipers at a Charleston, S.C., church. (So Antifa and BLM are just a bunch of crazy kids, but unaffiliated nut Dylann Roof is a cultural trend. – Ed.)

  • DavidinNorthBurnaby

    What a steaming pile of bovine excrement.

  • bargogx1

    What a load of crap. The Left and their media shills just cannot stop lying. It’s like breathing to them.

  • Clausewitz

    Bull Shit beyond belief. The left have wholly embraced violence because that’s all they have left.

  • terrence22

    waddya expect from the Washington COMpost? Anything but crap?

  • mobuyus

    What a load of horse shit. I can’t wait until they try their violence on me.

  • Surele Surele

    What hump? Brilliant!

  • BillyHW

    I wonder how much homosexual faggot shit you have to have in your mouth to write a headline like that.

    • Drunk by Noon ✓

      Doug Feaver is The Washington Post’s reader representative. He would know. Contact him at: readers@washpost.com

  • Man that is bizarre. What world do they live in?

  • J. C.

    WaPo is full of shit!

  • Oracle9

    That’s why it’s known as the Washington Compost.

  • WalterBannon

    ‘Why The American Left Gave Up On Political Violence”?????

    Who are they trying to kid with that big lie?

    What a bunch of douches the left are

  • simus1

    Never read WaPo. Causes reflux.

  • DMB

    The Washington Compost!