Interesting footage of the Berkeley riot. Worth watching to see what so called “student protesters” are really all about.
I’d like to point out one thing about this video. A brief clip of Cenk Uygur at the 4:55 mark. Kudos to Uygur for condemning the riots. However, I have to call bullshit on this specific remark: “a true progressive doesn’t do violence by definition.”
I guess the following people were not true progressives despite being identified as such: Theodore Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, Bill Ayers, Franklin Roosevelt, Barack Obama. These men were certainly willing to “do violence” in an attempt to achieve their supposedly progressive ends.
The entire progressive philosophy has, since its inception, been predicated on violence. Even when not rioting (which by the way they do a lot), progressives want to force people to behave in a way that conforms to their worldview. That’s the whole point. And they want to use government violence to achieve this if they are unable get their way through mere intimidation.
An example of progressivism in action is drug prohibition. Progressives in the early twentieth century insisted on the regulation and eventual outlawing of the possession or sale of substances they didn’t like. This even included alcohol for a period of time. Failure to follow these rules meant being locked up in a government dungeon as punishment. Interestingly, decades later when the political Left changed their minds and decided drugs were great they turned around and blamed conservatives for what their forbears had instituted. Conservatives had begun to agree with them on this issue so of course their attitudes shifted. (It should be noted that conservatives have no problem using government violence either. They are, however, less inventive in coming up with new rules to enforce.)
Income tax is another progressive era invention. Does anyone really believe that millions of Americans would voluntarily hand over a third of their income to the State if the IRS wasn’t prepared to use violence to enforce payment?
Today we see equally disturbing policies that seek to upend cultural norms under threat of force. Don’t want to bake a cake for a gay wedding? Don’t want to let men identifying as women use the ladies’ restroom? Don’t want to hire a certain percentage of minorities or women to work at your company? In some rare cases progressives may show up and smash your windows or beat you up. But of much greater concern is that In certain arbitrary circumstances, making any of these decisions can result in your business being taken away from you. You may also be forced to pay thousands of dollars to someone who was offended by your actions even though no actual physical harm was inflicted on that person. Government guns are the enforcement mechanism for all of this even if most progressives choose to ignore that aspect of their ideology.
Sorry Cenk, progressivism equals violence. It always has. It always will. It cannot exist without violence.