One depressing, yet, at the same time, amusing, part of being old is watching each successive generation of young 'uns reinvent the wheel. That is why I have a perspective on this weekend's Antifa versus Alt-Right event over at the People's Republic of Berkeley which fundamentally differs that of from people I highly respect and like such as Jordan Owen and Wooly Bumblebee, a superb artist in her own right who honchoes Anti-Intellectuals and is also promoting this rad new site AkkadianTimes.com. For Mr. Owen and the Bumblebees, this event constitutes a big indaba. Pat Buchanan, who was around in 1968 (I was but a wean), sees 2017's events as, well, 1968-lite. Here is his specific comparison.
There are differences. In bombings, killings, beatings, arrests, arson, injuries and destruction of property, we are nowhere near 1968.
The above excerpt is how those of us who either were around in 1968 or for who 1968 can be categorised as "within living memory" tend to look at things like this weekend's event at Berkeley. For those born decades after 1968, 1968 is as distant as Methuselah, which is why this weekend's event at the People's Republic of Berkeley seems like a supernova/extinction-level type event. For those in the latter category, consider the following video. The grooming standards, suits, video quality and spoken English (as in two New Yorkers who, unlike today's Donald Trump, Shoe0nhead, Leah Remini and Vince Russo, understood that one could be from/live in New York WITHOUT SOUNDING like an Edward G. Robinson or George Raft hoodlum each and every time the piehole was in a position best described as "other than shut") could very well be alien to most for who 1968 is more of a concept than a first or second-hand experience. However, if one can force one's self to look beyond these archeological artefacts, one would almost think that the two New Yorkers are fiercely debating what happened in Berkeley last weekend.
Some today think that Antifa are special because they get into fisticuffs. From PBS, not exactly a bastion of arch-conservatism and certainly in no danger of being mistaken for Breitbart's, on the Students for a Democratic Society/Weather Underground of the 1960's and 1970's.
1965: Berkeley Free Speech Movement spurs massive student protests against the Vietnam War. The first SDS anti-war march in Washington attracts 15,000 people.[emphases mine]
March: Three Weathermen are killed when bomb manufacturing goes awry. The organization becomes the Weather Underground as key players including Bernardine Dohrn, Bill Ayers and Kathy Boudin go into hiding.
June: New York City police headquarters are bombed and the Weathermen take credit, issuing a communiqué from underground.
July: Thirteen Weathermen are indicted by a federal grand jury on charges of conspiring to engage in acts of terrorism. A New York bank is bombed in retaliation.
September: Timothy Leary issues a statement from the underground after escaping from prison with the help of the Weathermen.
1977: Weathermen Mark Rudd and Cathy Wilkerson emerge from years of hiding and surrender to the police, receiving two years of probation and three years in prison, respectively.
1980: Bernardine Dohrn and Bill Ayers resurface from the underground, pleading guilty to bail-jumping charges from a 1969 anti-war protest. Dohrn is fined $1,500 and given three years’ probation.
Note the date and my emphases on the first entry in the above excerpt. That is precisely why Berkeley has had the sobriquet "the People's Republic of Berkeley"...for over half a century now. But, more on this in a bit. For now, more details from the again, assuredly NON-Breitbart's PBS, this time concerning one Abbie Hoffman.
Hoffman's personal specialty is revolution-via-the ridiculous.
On August 24, '67, he leads a group of activists into the gallery of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE). In protest of capitalism, the Vietnam War and assorted other crimes of the establishment, they throw fistfuls of dollars (mostly fake) down toward the trading floor, tricking the traders into a pathetic scramble for cash. The NYSE installs barriers in the gallery to prevent such interference in the future. A couple of months later, during the October March on Washington, Hoffman is in charge of a group trying to levitate the Pentagon.
But Hoffman is also a key figure in some of the most important political trials of the century. In 1968, Hoffman is one of the Chicago Seven activists accused of inciting riots at the Democratic National Convention. Later that year, Hoffman is arrested on a desecration charge-for wearing a shirt resembling the U.S. flag.
And for those still convinced that last weekend's event at Berkeley was an extinction-level event, consider this story, from 1970.
Despite the fact that McLaren is a British team and the alma mater of Britons Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button, Sargon, his recent professions of "preferring [his]own countrymen" notwithstanding, showed no interest in the team's failure to finish the GP. Noooooo, Sargon was far too busy hosting some unknown tabloid journalist who inserted himself into the Berkeley event and was "Shocked! Shocked, I tell you, to find that there is gambling in this establishment!" ["Here are your winnings, Sir!" "Oh, thank you very much!"]
There is so much amateurism in the above vid that I feel like a horndog who just scarfed down a New Panamax-full load of Cialis/Viagra before being let loose at the Reeperbahn or the Bunny Ranch.
First of, as I said, Berkeley has been known as "the People's Republic of Berkeley" for nearly half a century now. You go there, you know what to expect, at least if you are quasi-intelligent and/or have read a book or two. Going there wearing full Alt-Right colours, or being a Sargon-style "objective, non-mainstream media journalist," is akin to going to Florida or Michigan wearing Red&White or, conversely, going to New York, California or Connecticut wearing Black&White. If these nuances are too subtle, what I am saying is that going to the People's Republic of Berkeley openly as a member of the Alt-Right or a Sargon-type provocateur is an entirely non-common-sensical thing to do, a thing which is tantamount to begging for an ass-whipping. If it is actually an ass-whipping one wants, I would suggest a professional domme. They will give you your ass-whipping while also leaving your ass and other body parts functional enough come Monday. If it is NOT an ass-whipping you want, but rather to make a point, expect an ass-whipping as part of the bonus plan, you lucky slob.
Then, Sargon and the tabloid guy started on about "the mainstream liberal media is biased and won't cover the real story..." as if this somehow constitutes "news." It is not. It might, however, be most interesting news to Sargon's alt-right fanboys that he is regurgitating, practically word-for-word, what was said about the mainstream media nearly three decades ago by...none other than Noam Chomsky (hardly an icon of the alt-right.)
Okay, little indulgence in delicious, chocolatey Schadenfreude over (tee-hee!), what Sargon and company think is their "bright new discovery that the media does not tell the whole truth" is actually them not bothering to visit the Patent and Trademark Office before turning on the mike. If they had, you see, they might have come across the name John Newman Edwards who, if Sargon applied the same standards he uses on those who he opposes to those he agrees with, Sargon would denounce as "the mainstream media," and "fake news." John Newman Edwards was a Missouri newspaperman who wrote hagiographies of Jesse James as the defender of Southern honour from the rapacious Yankees, when James was a thug who, although perhaps robbing "in the name" of the South, kept most of the proceeds for "operating expenses." John Newman Edwards being a defender of the Southern Lost Cause, however, makes him a sympathetic figure to today's alt-right race realist manosphere, which means that, no matter the blatancy of Edwards' bravo sierra regarding the James-Younger Gang, Sargon is never going to make a video calling Edwards dishonest since that would cost Sargon a sizeable chunk of his following.
There is also the fact that Edwards put out much of his bravo sierra from the late 1860's to the 1880's, about a century before Sargon was born, which makes Sargon's claim of "discovering that the media lies"...well...about a hundred years at least after the fact.
As well, there is the fact of William Randolph Hearst--who was MR. Mainstream Media of his day--saying that Spain sank the USS Maine...only to have this claim debunked as fake news (before "fake news" was even a term) by Admiral Hyman Rickover. I also doubt Sargon will make a video debunking Heart's fake news...not because Sargon has any vested interest in the outcome of the ensuing Spanish-American War, but rather because acknowledging the fact that William Randolph Hearts engaged in the mass manufacture of fake news in the late 1890's would take the shine and gloss out of Sargon's 2017 "discovery" that the CNN and others "report fake news." So would Sargon making a video about"Valley of Death" a CNN "fake news" story that attacked US special duties troops...in 1998.
So, yeah, the media lies. It always has. Sargon did not discover anything new. Sargon and his obscure tabloid guest also make like they and the YouTubes are the only alternative to CNN "fake news." They are not. Soldier of Fortune, which was part of the campaign that hounded CNN over their "Valley of Death" fake news story, has been around since 1975 (i.e. B.C. or "Before Carl.") The National Interest has been around since 1985, and The American Conservative has been around since 2003. Now, if Sargon and his tabloid guest were genuinely interested in combating the mainstream liberal media, they would plug SOF, TNI and TAC. They do not. They do not because they know that the folks over at SOF, TNI and TAC a) have been around decades longer than they have and b) TNI and TAC do not use the "f" word, and SOF does not use the "f" word with even a fraction of the frequency that Sargon does. If you are a Manhattan street hustler selling knock-off watches, would you tell your marks "Check out the Hublot shoppe on 5th Avenue and the Tag Heuer shoppe on Canal Street?" Of course not. You would make like what you are peddling is kosher, the real deal and avoid at all costs mention of where customers can purchase genuinely kosher items. And, compared to SOF, TNI and TAC, that is exactly what Sargon and his tabloid guest are, Manhattan street hustlers trying to con you into believing that the piece of junk they are trying to push on you is genuine, 100% authentic Prada or Dolce&Gabbana.
Here is another indicator that Sargon and his tabloid guest are street hustlers hiding behind the Intar-Webs, specifically the YouTubes, to make themselves look like...not street hustlers. They zero in on Antifa, which, as far I know, have detonated fewer bombs than Students for a Democratic Society/The Weathermen, while basically simply acknowledging that the alt-right are no choirboys. This reminds me of a character from roundabouts two decades back named Francis Boucher. Francis Boucher was what we would call today an alt-right race realist. More to the point, he was also the son of a prominent figure who was photographed in the regalia of a prominent, highly active international association that had a reputation for efficiency and professionalism. Now, this prominent, highly active international association was certainly not a glee club or a bridge club. Nevertheless, this prominent, highly active international organisation, viewed Francis Boucher's politics to be so toxic that even they, who were and are not big on interviews, felt compelled to issue a press release saying that they had nothing to do with Francis Boucher's politics and that they believed in a free and open society. This prominent, highly active international association is still around today, with chapters in almost every continent. They know a thing or two about survival, especially long-term survival. One of these things or two is "Do not allow yourself to be publicly linked to extremist ideologies."
Sargon and his tabloid guest obviously have not picked up on said thing or two. That is why they are amateurs at best and hucksters at worst.