In addition to Anne Coulter, Milo Yiannopoulos has now announced an intention to head back to Berkeley. He intends to hold a “Free Speech Week.”
The right is itching for a fight now.
In the meantime, the hackers at 4Chan and elsewhere on the net have been taking up the challenge of identifying some of the masked Antifa brawlers at the last Battle of Berkeley. The guy who was filmed reaching an arm out from behind a woman to hit someone on the head with a bicycle lock turns out to be a college professor. A woman next to him is a public school teacher. It turns out the mayor of Berkeley follows her Trotskyite Facebook group. A woman who was punched in the forehead is a nude model.
These are not members of the proletariat. These are often people who have their hands on the levers of power. They are all upper or upper middle class.
It is staggering arrogance and cluelessness on their part to nevertheless try to take it all to the streets and use mob force. It seems almost deliberately suicidal.
Now, inevitably, discussion on the Reddit anarchist forum is that Antifa needs to get guns and a strong leader.
“A shocking number of our comrades went in there with absolute no combat training. We need to set up seminars or something of the sort.”
“what is our opinion on a ‘leader’ someone to rally our troops, direct the flow and keep everything organized?”
“Having a leader could immensely improve tactical organization and can prevent the amount of disorganization that happened today. Having someone to help with the commandeering of resources could help us greatly.”
You may have heard of this notion before. It is the Fuhrer principle.
“we need more than flags and bats. We need to take notes from the John Brown Gun Club and get firearms and training.”
Great. Armed battles in the streets. It has worked so well for Syria.
At this point, and given that the local authorities are in on the fight, it seems to me that the only chance to avert civil chaos, not to say civil war, is for Trump to send in the National Guard.