Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Fact check on alt-left and alt-right violence

Dump is right that there was some so-called alt-left violence at Charlottesville. But the case that those on the left are equally to blame is patently false. The alt-right came there armed, locked and loaded and ready to be violent. The alt-left came there to confront racism and prevent the alt-right from getting out of control. Plus there are of course facts on the proportion of violence of the two sides. That is, if you accept facts, which show that both sides are not equally responsible. For example:

"White nationalists; militia movements; anti-Muslim attackers; I.R.S. building and abortion clinic bombers; and other right-wing groups were responsible for 12 times as many fatalities and 36 times as many injuries as communists; socialists; animal rights and environmental activists; anti-white- and Black Lives Matter-inspired attackers; and other left-wing groups."

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