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AntiFa's Moral Superiority and the Potential for Left-Wing Unity

Litvin, Yoav
http://www.counterpunch.org/2017/08/30/antifas-moral-superiority-and-the-potential-for-left-wing-unity/

Publisher:  CounterPunch
Date Written:  30/08/2017
Year Published:  2017  
Resource Type:  Article

On the tragedy at Charlottesville and its aftermath.

Abstract: 
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Excerpt:

Following the tragedy at Charlottesville, Virginia, in which Heather Heyer was murdered by a White nationalist terrorist, President Donald Trump revealed his true self.

In his words:

"We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides. On many sides. It's been going on for a long time in our country. Not Donald Trump. Not Barack Obama. It's been going on for a long, long time… What is vital now is a swift restoration of law and order and the protection of innocent lives…"

"Many sides", "not Donald Trump", "law and order."

False moral equivalency, no accountability, neofascism.

Coming from the leader of any country, not to mention the only global super power, these words are a recipe for disaster.

Many Sides

Donald Trump's condemnation of violence on "many sides" is the quintessential false moral equivalency. It is a fallacy that is used to polarize groups and endorse the violence that is likely to follow.

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