There is No “Good” Violence in a Democracy
Last summer, Right-wing mobs took to the streets of London to attack public property and symbols they associated with progressive politics. At the same time across the Atlantic, Right-wing protestors sealed off several blocks of a major city in the American South, declaring it sovereign territory. To the horror of the press, the city’s Republican Mayor recognised the “legitimate grievances” of the demonstrators. In response, the countering extremism field kicked into gear. New funding was announced, conferences, roundtables and counter-narrative campaigns ensued.
Except, that’s not what happened.