Here’s the thing:
Some decades ago, some (primarily Leftist) pseudo-intellectuals decided that the subjective emotional state of any particular individual trumped fact.
This (more than any time prior) was the point where the mere utterance of some variant of the phrase “I’m/We’re OFFENDED!” became the most fundamental form of “virtue signaling” – both for the “offended” victim, and for various third-parties who could – and did – feign outraged concern over the amount of (purportedly) “offensive” words/books/images/”content” in general.
For example: the PMRC (“Parents’ music research Center”):
Now, predictably, this almost immediately led to something which could be misunderstood as a “backlash”. Actually, it was nothing of the kind (since people had been becoming “offended” – and mistakenly believing that anybody else actually gave a shit, for decades/centuries).
What happened was: a deliberate and concentrated effort among a certain subculture, to fuck with the “politically correct” types, either on principle (freedom of speech, etc.), or for the “shock” value, orsuchlike.
This is (somewhat) analogous to how some segments of the punk-rock scene used Nazi/Communist iconography, and repurposed BDSM-gear and such:
Now, here’s the thing:
When something like that happens, people typically don’t put any thought into how to differentiate between those who actually believe/practice such ideologies, and the pathetic poseurs who dabble in it for “shock” value, or as a form of what would now be called “cosplay”, or whatever.
So, how do you tell the difference?
After all, the existence of such poseurs could (superficially) make it appear that the particular “movement” whose aesthetics they’re (mis)using is much larger, or better organized than it actually is.
A great example of this is the so-called “militia” movement.
Quite frankly, even when I first became aware of the various sorts of “militia” groups (and the ideological variants among them), I was aware that the vast majority of it constituted a sort of elaborate “play-acting”, geared to (comparatively) well-off folks, inhabiting a (comparatively) stable social/political/economic “system” – which was far enough away both anything resembling “collapse”, let alone serious, long-term disruption, so as to allow for a great deal of fantasizing among its adherents.
The vast majority were essentially passive, “consumers” of the specific media and products associated with that subculture (short-wave radio shows, books, videotapes, “survival” foods, fire-arms they most likely barely used, etc.)
A small subset were actually involved in creating/marketing the media and products.
The rest? Those between the passive “consumerist” periphery and the “content-creators”, themselves?
Mostly disorganized “whackers”:
The term “whacker” has a very specific meaning among certain subcultures:
Whackers are basically image-based “tryhards”, who still manage to be both utterly unconvincing, and laughably inept.
Regrettably, there’s a certain level of overlap between “whacker-dom”, and the Emergency communications aspects of Amateur (“Ham”) radio:
At any rate, let’s just stipulate that most organized activities of any kind tend to become infested with abysmally stupid, “image”-conscious poseurs, who actively degrade the quality of whatever “scenethey happen to be infesting, by their sheer stupidity and poseur-dom.
So, where does that leave the “Neo-Nazi” vs. “Antifa” thing?
NOBODY has ever genuinely wanted a “peaceful” protest, or demonstration.
There are exactly TWO purposes to any such ‘demonstration” (NEITHER of which involve “assembling to peacefully petition the government”, or any such notion:
- An attempt at INTIMIDATION against whoever you consider your “opponents” to be.
- An attempt to create “martyrs” (either “partial” or “total”) -for your specific “movement”
Think about it:
ONE yahoo standing around with a sign is – ludicrous, at best (even if his or her grievance HAPPENS to be legitimate).
Quite frankly, anyone attending one of these “demonstrations” was (implicitly) looking for an opportunity to scuffle.
So, Boston may have been “peaceful” (in the sense that there were no scuffles significant enough to yield either side a “money-shot” like the car ramming the crowd in Charlottesville) – but you can bet there were at least a few “minor” scuffles of various sorts.
That’s one reason why I don’t bother to go to “demonstrations” or “marches”.
Then again, I also don’t go to Mardi Gras, to watch random drunk women flash their tits for beads.
Piss PantsFull didn’t give two pairs of brown-streaked underwear about “Confederate heritage” or “history” or any of that shit: he was (and is) nothing but a publicity-hound, who turned into a whimpering little bitch when shit got REAL..