On Berkeley
Zoé S.

Antifa (anti-fascism), a coalescence of left politics in resistance to fascist creepings, is not violence because this kind of community self-defense cannot be violent.

That is one of the most deeply disturbing things I’ve read recently, and I’ve been arguing with white supremacists for weeks.

I am no pacifist. I also have zero love for white supremacists. This, however, is very thing that Nietzsche-ian warning about those who hunt monsters not becoming monsters spoke to us about. This is the same sentiment that allows atrocity to occur when the oppressed push back, their acts seen as a justification of every vile notion of the oppressor; to see this expressed in opposition to oppression is no less chilling than to see it in support of it.

I’ve defended the Antifa movement but when I saw people on the sidewalk being beaten for apparently nothing, when I saw people trying to take someone’s camera and phone, I was as chilled as I was by many (though definitely not as much as I was by the worst) of similar scenes coming out of Charlottesville prior. I had to rewind the video and check the symbols on the shields to make sure that it was not White Supremacists I saw beating people.

This was not right.

I can’t express how much I disagree with the quoted statement.

The just are always at a disadvantage. We can’t erase that disadvantage by throwing the first punch, because if we do, 9/10 we become the unjust.

Violence has a single valid use: to protect the innocent. I can’t say anything I saw from Berkeley this weekend meets that bar.

This is not the way.

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