Friday, January 28, 2022

Yes, There Is a Counter-Revolution - Abe Greenwald, Commentary Magazine

It is a noteworthy fact that human beings can sense acceleration but not constant speed. Think of your experience on an airplane. During takeoff, you might grip your armrest as you feel your body pressed to the seat. But once the plane is tearing across the sky at a steady 500 mph, it’s as if everything is perfectly still. And yet, you’re moving faster than at any other point in your life.

It’s a paradox worth keeping in mind as we check in on the current condition of the anti-American revolution that took off in the summer of 2020. In late May of that year, millions of Americans came out to protest the murder of George Floyd by Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin. Isolated and dispirited by the COVID pandemic and successive lockdowns, citizens found a new sense of purpose and unity in social-justice activism. Pushed by radicals in Black Lives Matter and Antifa, and by other assorted leftists, the movement soon grew into a mass revolution to remake an irredeemably racist United States of America into a grievance paradise. The police were to be defunded, rent was to be cancelled, statues were to be toppled, and “whiteness” was to be remedied. 

The revolution’s early methods were violence and intimidation. Riots consumed major American cities, with frequently deadly consequences. Armed anarchists took over swaths of land in Seattle and Portland. Both public figures and nobodies were forced to endure Maoist-like struggle sessions and confess their anti-revolutionary thoughts before being driven from polite society. The country’s elites, scared of losing their status overnight, embraced it all. A slew of re-education policies, governmental and corporate, was proposed to fight back the scourge of white privilege. The media applauded both the rioters and their aims. Liberal politicians adopted revolutionary language and imagery. Congressional Democrats donning Ghanaian kente cloths—let us never forget this moment—took to their knees in Emancipation Hall and observed a moment of silence to honor the memory of George Floyd. 

And the entire upheaval was born in a lie—a sinister and easily debunked lie about the police’s general treatment of black Americans. Derek Chauvin did indeed murder George Floyd (and was convicted and sentenced appropriately). But there is simply no campaign of black genocide in American law enforcement. In 2020, that year of cataclysm and chaos, police officers shot and killed 17 unarmed black men nationwide. There are more than 40 million black people in the United States.


This is a really good piece, and you should read it. But you need a subscription.

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"Derek Chauvin did indeed murder George Floyd (and was convicted and sentenced appropriately)."

No he didn't and wasn't-- This throws this dudes thinking into the garbage where it belongs. Sheesh - intellectuals, what can't they get wrong.

Posted by: Stu Buchalter | Jan 28, 2022 9:45:23 AM

"Derek Chauvin did indeed murder George Floyd": I thought so when I saw the YouTube. But when I'd heard some of the evidence I changed my mind. Chauvin may well have committed a crime, and maybe a serious one, but I doubt it was murder most foul.

Posted by: dearieme | Jan 28, 2022 11:56:53 AM

"But you need a subscription." Not necessarily, Mr Bond.

But it is awfully long. I'll keep it for a sleepless night.

Posted by: dearieme | Jan 28, 2022 11:59:17 AM