On Violent and Nonviolent Activism, the Media, Philando, and the G20 (and Charlottesville!)

Do we play into the hands of those who are moving us toward a totalitarian state by succumbing to the temptation to use violence in the streets like the neo-Nazi alt-right?

Rise Up Times

Editor’s Note, September 2, 2017: Some of this article may apply to Charlottesville and to the future of dissent and protests, especially in the U.S. Do we play into the hands of those who are moving us toward a totalitarian state by succumbing to the temptation to use violence in the streets like the neo-Nazi alt-right? Do we succumb to cutting off their free speech and First Amendment rights without endangering our own in the future? Chomsky and Hedges, who have firmly stated their support of nonviolence and First Amendment rights around free speech, see a larger picture of what is at stake than just one demonstration, or a few demonstrations. One place the struggle to save our democracy and stop the move to a totalitarian state is playing out is on the streets and that is what Charlottesville has shown us. But it is also playing out in the…

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