Yeah, it might die off on its own, but that’s a big gamble.
The number of people who are overtly racist in the nation is pathetically low and falling; probably no higher than 12% at this point, and reasonable guesses can be made as to their age demographic.
Why not deal with it rather than hoping it will go away or risking dealing with it down the road, when perhaps we won’t be able to.
Because I think extending Spencer’s 15 mins of fame is riskier than ignoring him.
And I don’t know that it’s “absurdly tiny.”
We’re now getting down to how you define “racism”. Nationalism and racism are two entirely different things. We actually have professional surveys which are done by reputable polling organizations which attempt to gauge racist attitudes, and we need to stick to them. Hits on Breitbart and the opinions of a left-wing activist group like the SPLC are not good barometers.
I think Bannon is a white nationalist, but it’s not just Bannon. Stephen Miller, Sebastian Gorka and others in the White House have been linked to white nationalism and white supremacy. How many does it take?
See above. Bannon is an economic nationalist who happens to be white. I don’t know of any credible evidence that shows that any of them are racists. ISTM the game here from the left is to try and connote economic nationalism (America First) with racism. That’s simply not true.
I’m not advocating bullying, and much as I hate to admit, and as much as Spencer et al are bullies themselves, some of what has gone down at some of the antifa protests amounts to bullying.
but I’m not sure how effective arguing it would be — it would probably be easy to counter.
Yes, largely because people, at this point, are not protesting anything that has happened, really, but what they think might happen. That isn’t a formula for a successful protest. Part of that belief is being driven by counterfactual reporting. Trump is a blowhard, granted, but if your expectation about what he will DO is driven by his campaign promises posted on his website, it’s pretty garden variety conservative stuff; so are his appointments, and so are his EO’s.
In my view, the hyperventilation comes from the observation that the US left has bifurcated into two groups: actual liberals, and leftists. The leftists are way too Marxist for my tastes. As I’ve said before, the solution to right-wing authoritarianism is not left-wing authoritarianism, and the anti-trumper protesters have an authoritarian scent to them.