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Andrew Lawton: It’s fair to call out violence on the left and right — but make sure to do both



...There is a clarity to the goals of the Unite the Right protesters — terrible people standing up for terrible things, and thus easy to condemn. The groups opposing them have more shades of grey. Many, perhaps most, showed up to unite against racism and white supremacy — but many didn’t.

Antifa in particular, with its network of bandana-clad agitators, has a history of violent and hateful rhetoric and actions, from shutting down disagreeable speakers to shattering store windows to dousing people with urine.

Former dictator Benito Mussolini saw the rejection of individual identity and liberty as a hallmark of fascism, rendering Antifa, which seeks a singular worldview, the very portrait of what it claims to oppose.

These protesters, who often shroud themselves in Communist regalia and symbols, are at odds with history, the rule of law and free speech itself.

There is no moral high ground for Antifa’s pursuit of silencing dissidents and creating chaos.

How are they at all superior to the alt-right types seeking a white ethnostate?

They’re fascists, yet are rarely criticized as such by the mainstream left or media..

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