The Unite the Right defendants lost a civil case before a Charlottesville jury. Nationalist groups which decided four or five years ago for their own reasons that holding volatile public rallies in progressive college towns was a tactical error will now be deterred from holding similar events.
“The jury verdict on Tuesday holding a dozen white supremacists liable for the violence at the 2017 “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Va., was a victory for those who have long inveighed against far-right extremists and a rare example of hate group leaders being held responsible not only for the language they use, but also for the bloodshed they are accused of causing.
But even though the planners of the rally lost their civil trial and now confront the prospect of $25 million in damages, their legacy lives on. …
This ideology’s shift from the margins toward the center was one of the leitmotifs of the nearly monthlong trial. Its spread suggests why it was crucial to have brought legal action against the defendants in the first place, according to those who helped to plan the case. “Precisely because their ideas have become more mainstream, it underscores why it is so important to hold these extremists accountable,” said Amy Spitalnick, executive director of Integrity First for America, a civil rights group that underwrote the suit. …
Still, their once-fringe belief that white people are under attack in America has now moved closer to the conservative mainstream. …”
We lost a court case.
We’re winning the argument though outside of deep blue progressive enclaves like Charlottesville. In rural areas, small towns and working class suburbs, our ideas and message is gaining traction. I won’t bother to cite all the polls because I have been covering this shift in public opinion all year.
These people are their own worst enemy. It is not us, but them, who are persuading our target audience. The embrace of systematic racism and “white supremacy” rhetoric by the political establishment during the George Floyd riots last summer was a major turning point. It is strengthening White racial consciousness. White people who are not progressives feel like they are under siege now and this shift in mood from complacency to anxiety has made them much more receptive to our messaging.
Now that the Great Replacement, White identity and secession are starting to break through, the next idea that we need to start pushing is the need to stop believing in and defending liberal norms. The Left has given up on liberal norms. The Left believes in using violence, lawfare and censorship to suppress its opposition. The Left has weaponized the “intelligence community” and bureaucracy to suppress its opposition. The idea that “pluralism” exists in our universities or in the media is a joke.
Why should we travel across the country to defend liberal norms like we did in Charlottesville? No one had any inhibitions about blacklisting us from employment, censoring us, canceling us, ordering the national security state to jail people like us, impeaching the president, engaging in violence against our side, using the courts as a weapon to seize our property. Every horrible thing that “authoritarians” could potentially do to suppress the Left are things which they are already currently doing now against us.
Vengeance is what the Left should expect next time the pendulum swings and our side comes to power. Why shouldn’t they be censored? Why shouldn’t they be blacklisted from employment? Why shouldn’t they be canceled and criminalized? Can you think of a good reason?
Authoritarianism is self defense against these people.