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Top Extremism Researchers Warn About Danger Of Overlooking Left’s Violence

The director of the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University, Brian Levin, believes that the far left has been overlooked in terms of extremism.

According to VICE, Levin, who is a former NYC police officer, was documenting a Ku Klux Klan rally in 2016 at Anaheim, California.

A counter-protest at the rally became violent and Levin found himself in between the counter protestors and a Klansman.

The event made Levin wonder if groups other than the extreme right had been overlooked. “At that point, I said we have something coalescing on the hard left,” he told VICE.

Mr. Levin

The question of leftist extremism was raised again on Wednesday when a Bernie Sanders supporter shot at Republican lawmakers at a charity baseball game practice. The shooter had a record of anti-Trump rants on social media.

Although the shooter, James T. Hodgkinson, had no ties with any extremist group or movement, experts in homegrown extremism say that over the past few months there has been a rise in politically motivated violence from the left. This has led experts to shift their focus from one particular side of political extremism and start to focus on another.

VICE goes on to quote Oren Segal, the director of the Center on Extremism, an arm of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), who said, “we’re in a time when we can’t ignore the extremism from the left.”

“When we have anti-fascist counter-protests — not that they are the same as white supremacists — that can ratchet up the violence at these events, and it means we can see people who are violent on their own be attracted to that,” said Segal. “I hate to say it, but it feels inevitable.”

One expert of American extremist movements at Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas, Chris Hamilton, reportedly told VICE that ideological lines are becoming blurred as anti-authoritarian sentiments become more common.

“If you think about it, leftists never joined the National Rifle Association — unless they were radicals, they never thought about stockpiling weapons,” said Hamilton. “Ok. Well, maybe we’re entering a period where leftists will start thinking about things in that way like the eco-radicals did in the ’70s.”

Hamilton is worried that what he has seen in terms of ideological solutions for years on the far right, is now amalgamating on the left.

“These days, that kind of sentiment is popping up in the middle and on the left; it’s not just in the sovereign citizen movement,” he said while discussing the messages left-wing talk radio and far left websites exhibit. “I’m really worried about rising civil strife in the U.S.”

Levin also sees the left embracing such tactics as an issue, which will only result in political tension increasing. “I’ve been going up and down the state of California meeting with law enforcement officials about this. I’m very concerned about it,” he said. “What we’re seeing is the democratization of extremism and the tactics of radicalism. I’ve been warning about this, and nobody gave a shit.”

Source:
VICE News

8 Comments

8 Comments

  1. James Lipton

    June 18, 2017 at 1:08 pm

    And this is why we need the media and public figures to denounce violence. They can preach about love and hugs all day long but it means nothing if they don’t condemn one of their own for turning to violence. When these events happen, they never condemn it. They never come down on their own for being violent. In fact, they come done harder on dissenters vs the extremists.

  2. Timothy K. Ready

    June 18, 2017 at 1:39 pm

    Forget about the media reporting stuff like this. The narrative is fixed. There is ZERO mention in the media of the fact that ANTIFA is part of an umbrella organziation that includes NAMBLA, or that Leftists have been the ones committing the atrocities, murders, violence, anti-speech vandalism, etc…EXCLUSIVELY, for some time now. Just ignore the mainstream media, get your news from alternative sources, spread the word best as you can, and…IGNORE LIBERALS…who cares if you get called an “Islamophobe” by some glue-sniffing Dreadlocked loser who thinks its gender is “mayonnaise”?????

  3. David Watts

    June 18, 2017 at 2:27 pm

    Now that the “Russia!” narrative seems to be dissolving (predictably), the new tactic for #resist seems to be… extreme violence. And as James L. points out, the media says nothing against it.

  4. Ruth Gauthier

    June 18, 2017 at 2:59 pm

    The KKK was started and ran by Democrats so now they are fighting each other and too stupid to know.
    Gotta love the left, Totally brainwashed bunch of tools.

  5. Arnold Layne

    June 18, 2017 at 7:12 pm

    The KKK is a leftist organization. The KKK’s beliefs and ideology does not line up with Republican or Conservative ideology. We must put a stop to this lie that is being spread that the KKK is the extreme right. Republicans have spent over 150 years removing race and sex from government, and libtards have spent everyday trying to put it back.

    • Valar Morghulis

      June 18, 2017 at 8:09 pm

      150 + years of Democrat history with the KKK.

  6. Raymond Cist

    June 18, 2017 at 8:52 pm

    Honestly, the klan hasn’t been linked to violence since 1981..who would you rather run into on the street, pointy hoods carrying signs or masked liberals armed with bike locks?

  7. Ed Hines

    June 19, 2017 at 1:04 pm

    His last words are the cause: No one gives a shit.

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