Munson, we do not deny that there are violent crimes committed by people on the far-left and we agree that such acts are abhorrent regardless of who commits them. What we're saying is that the violent crimes committed by people on far-right in the recent past (since the early 80s) vastly outnumbers
the violent crimes committed by people on the far-left.
Statistics support the fact that the far left extremists haven't been nearly as violent as the far right extremists since the 1970s. Also, besides the disparity between the number of violent attacks committed by each side, the other thing that differentiates the two is that the Alt-right is guilty of looking to incite violence in the left and also in the general populace, while for the most part the only thing the left is guilty of is taking the bait. The proof here can be seen simply by looking at the rallies/demonstrations planned by both sides.
Antifa doesn't hold any rallies or demonstrations that are unprovoked by a group on the extreme right, the things antifa and anarchist groups do go largely unplanned until they have something to coalesce around. The alt-right and right-wing extremists on the other hand hold a lot of rallies and demonstrations that are not done in response to Antifa or extreme left rally. The alt-right needs no provocation and instead takes it upon themselves to plan and do most of (if not all) the provoking. The alt-right holds rallies for purpose of trying to incite violence so that they can reap the publicity that comes from acting as if they were the victim, which they then try to use to jusitfy their hateful and downright evil opinions on religion, race, gender and sexual orientation.
Here's one of the best summaries I've come across:
[The alt-right] Announce an event that’s going to piss everyone who has common sense off, something so outrageous it’s going to piss 99 percent of the population off, then when someone gets on Twitter [and threatens them], [the alt-right] sends out a press release saying, “we can’t practice our free speech rights because of leftist violence.” Then [the alt-right] show up anyway. They [the alt-right] have canceled so many rallies that they showed up at anyway and still rallied. The “threat of leftist violence” means they need to wear body armor and bring weapons. If it’s an open carry state they’ll have [firearms]. If it’s not an open carry state they’ll bring firecrackers and sticks.
And then when someone… pushes them or spits on them, they’ll use that as an excuse to strike out. Then the leftists will strike out, and the media won’t know who’s who.
The important distinction is that the leftists aren’t organizing the protests. They’re just responding to them.
You know [the alt-right] is guiltiest when they say, “look at them, we’re not the only ones.” They’re not arguing whether the [car attack] was actually committed, they’re just trying to bring everyone down in the muck with them. This is like a bottom feeding monster trying to convince the world that dolphins are ugly creatures
In short, everyone here knows about and denounces the violence being committed by both sides, but we are not about to agree that both sides are equally to blame because doing so would be perpetuating a false equivalency
. Another term for a false equivalency is False balance which is "...a media bias in which journalists present an issue as being more balanced between opposing viewpoints than the evidence supports. Journalists may present evidence and arguments out of proportion to the actual evidence for each side, or may omit information that would establish one side's claims as baseless." source
What we are saying here is that the evidence of the recent past 30 or so years shows that the extreme right is guilty of way more violent crimes and also way more guilty of trying to incite violence than the extreme left. The last time the extreme left could regularly be called to be equally as violent as the extreme right is in the 70s and this attack on a Colorado man doesn't even come close to evening things out, not by a long shot
. In America today as well as most of western civilization the extreme right is still way more dangerous than the extreme left, both in the number of violent crimes committed and in the hateful, exclusionary ideology it spouts.Edited by Tim K - 8/20/17 at 11:33pm