I don’t think anyone counter-protesting that day, including the girl who was run over, had the systematic mass extermination of people in mind.
To me, what you’re describing is the “American attitude” at its worst. Americans (and I’m one, I just have lived all of the world and have an immigrant husband and had a chance to gain multiple perspectives) tend to look at ideologies like going to a Chinese buffet — they can pick what they like and leave the rest. There is an ongoing lack of comprehension of that fact that ideologies are *integrated entities* whose pieces interlock with one another.
Communism and Socialism lead inexorably to totalitarianism. You simply cannot implement that sort of state without it. Marx understood it completely, as did Lenin; the people would never accept these concepts without (Marx) reeducation of the populace starting with the children, and/or (Lenin) a gun pointed in their faces.
So, put another way…. if the counter-protestors did not have the systemic mass extermination of people in mind, the reason is that they simply haven’t thought through how what they are supporting would have to be implemented.
So, when some (excuse my unladylike language) fucking idiot starts spouting off about the evils of capitalism (hello, Progressives and Antifa) my first question is “well, what do you want to replace it with”? Usually, in the past, the response has been some sort of sane, thoughtful, yet naive response having to do with Denmark. But now, more often, you start to actually get answers that deify socialism and (shockingly to anyone who spend a good part of their adulthood watching what communism did to Russia and Eastern Europe) even communism.
So, when somebody shows up with a flag with a swastika or a hammer and sickle…..I really don’t care. They are two peas in a pod. The fact that Nazis will kill nonconformists AND minorities instead of just nonconformists (as the communists will) does not make me feel warm and fuzzy about the communists.
Not to digress, but if people on the left really knew what they were talking about economically, they’re realize that they don’t have a problem with capitalism, they have a problem with corporatism. There’s a difference, you know.