Eddie sees himself as a badass lib:
- Eddie doxxes people
- Eddie gets people censored and deplatformed on social media
- Eddie gets people publicly shamed in ProPublica documentaries
- Eddie gets people fired from their jobs
- Eddie vandalizes our monuments
- Eddie supports lawfare
These are the tactics which he sincerely believes are going to defeat “fascism.”
“For me then, the outcomes were clear. Either we would win, and fade into obscurity, Unite the Right just another distant memory remembered only by a small handful of obsessive journalists and activists, or we would lose, the alt-right gaining a key tactical victory in their political ascent.
Looking back, I don’t know why I didn’t foresee that we would win the battle and lose the war. I knew that Donald Trump was a fascist, but I was surprised to hear his “both sides” comments. I knew that the FBI sides with Nazis almost every time, but I was still shocked to see them leave easy PR victories on the table. I never predicted that Charlottesville would be reduced to a single point. …
We won the Battle for Charlottesville, but we’re losing the war. I ask myself, was our stand too little, was our stand too late? …”
Five years later, people like Eddie are still doing victory laps around the likes of Baked Alaska, Christopher Cantwell and Jason Kessler. They missed the forest for the trees
Antifa was always focused on punishing evildoers. We were always focused on trying to change the culture. Social movements aren’t defeated by making life harder for individuals.
If we had gotten the chance to speak that day in Lee Park, the speeches would have been about topics which were edgy then but which are largely accepted now like secession or the Great Replacement. The last five years have shown that we never needed to be physically present in that park in Charlottesville or even to be on Twitter in order to get our points across and persuade our target audience.
Thuggishness didn’t help our cause. It certainly didn’t help Antifa who are loathed today by millions of people who didn’t know who they were in 2017.