“This War Can’t Be Civil”: Berkeley Columnist Calls For “Violent Resistance”

Stop the charade.  The Regressives have made it clear, we are in a Civil War and violence is part of the effort.  Either to make people fearfully of opposing the violence or silent in accepting it as government collapses around us.  Not one is safe in Oakland, San Fran, Chicago, Philly, Atlanta, Seattle or Portland.  The gangs control those cities and the government has collapsed.  Police are fleeing and businesses are forced to permanently close.  Tax revenues are taking and unemployment is shooting up high.

“The August 12th column calls for violent resistance and denounced notions of civility in the public debate over racial and economic justice. In his column entitled “This War Can’t Be Civil,” Alqahtani mocks those who seek non-violent change and while “quoting Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr. about peaceful protest and resistance.”

He declared “‘Radical love’ my ass. It disgusts me that the oppressors’ emotions and well-being (in all contexts, from institutions to individuals) are the first to be considered and accommodated whenever people question the validity of armed or violent resistance.”Alqahtani is willing to accept a role for peaceful protests but insists that people need to give violence a chance: “I’m not dismissing the power or impact of peaceful resistance. You may want to lead a silent march instead of setting a police station on fire. Sometimes, that may work best. What I’m criticizing is the constant rejection of violent resistance on grounds of respectability.”As will hardly come as a surprise to many on this blog, I believe that Alqahtani should have a protected right to espouse such obnoxious views.”

A staff writer for the UC Berkeley Californian is advocating for violence.  In these days it does not take much to advocate for violence—Antifa and the Marxist BLM are promoting it as a weapon to over turn legitimate government in this nation.  Where is the mainstream media in denouncing this?  We seem to be entering an era where violence is now acceptable.  Is that what you want?

(Photo by Ted Soqui)

“This War Can’t Be Civil”: Berkeley Columnist Calls For “Violent Resistance”

Jonathan Turley, Blog,  8/18/20   

testified in the Senate about the erosion of free speech and rise of violence on our campuses and in our streets. Antifa and related groups have succeeded in advancing anti-free-speech agendas as students and faculty justify attacks on those with opposing views. An example of the growing intolerance can be found in an editorial at the Daily California by staff writer Khaled Alqahtani. The August 12th column calls for violent resistance and denounced notions of civility in the public debate over racial and economic justice. In his column entitled “This War Can’t Be Civil,” Alqahtani mocks those who seek non-violent change and while “quoting Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr. about peaceful protest and resistance.”

He declared “‘Radical love’ my ass. It disgusts me that the oppressors’ emotions and well-being (in all contexts, from institutions to individuals) are the first to be considered and accommodated whenever people question the validity of armed or violent resistance.”Alqahtani is willing to accept a role for peaceful protests but insists that people need to give violence a chance: “I’m not dismissing the power or impact of peaceful resistance. You may want to lead a silent march instead of setting a police station on fire. Sometimes, that may work best. What I’m criticizing is the constant rejection of violent resistance on grounds of respectability.”As will hardly come as a surprise to many on this blog, I believe that Alqahtani should have a protected right to espouse such obnoxious views. Of course, I strongly disagree with him and violent groups like Antifa who seek to intimidate or silence those with opposing views.  I have previously stated, including in my recent testimony, that I believe students or faculty who engage in violence should be expelled or fired. Yet, free speech often means defending those who least deserve it but most need it. Alqahtani is one of those people.

It is important to note however that conservative students have been punished for language viewed as threatening by others. We recently discussed a Stockton student who was charged after simply using a Trump background for a Zoom class and a comment left by a third party on his Facebook site.  In this case, a student columnist directly called for violence but it was treated as protected speech. I agree with the decision here but the greater concern is sense of a double standard applied to conservative, libertarian or contrarian students. Universities have shown strikingly different levels of tolerance for controversial statements or images from the left as opposed to the right.

Alqahtani embodies the rising intolerance for opposing views and embracing of violence as a form a political expression. Tellingly, the Antifa Handbook starts with the following quote from Buenaventura Durruti: “fascism is not to be debated, it is to be destroyed.” These extremists simply define fascism in encompassing an ever-expanding range of views from capitalism to patriarchy to police.

We defeat hateful and violent views like Alqahtani by maintaining the principles that define us — and distinguish us from those who would embrace mob rule.

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Comments

  1. James Coles says

    The presumably young Mr Alqahtani should be careful about what he wishes for.
    He just might get it — and it is unlikely he & his cohort will like the outcome.
    As usual, Mr Turley is spot-on…the traditional American notion of free & protected speech must include even the most reprehensible of speech so.long as that speech doesn’t inspire criminal and, or violent behavior … and free speech must be both ways — protect the lawful words of proponent & opponent equally.
    The forces that oppose America “as written” clearly abuse both precepts of free speech: they use their words to incite criminal/violent action while suppressing voices opposing their agenda.
    Mr Alqahtani & associates — to get a preview of where your call for civil violence will lead, take a peek at Roman history — see The Social War of 91-88 BC …

  2. The majority of Democrats will not openly state to riot, loot, injure/kill people is not acceptable in this nation.

    It is no longer about a clash of ideas The criminal elements and the Revolution Marxists that have now claimed the Democrat Party have stated repeatedly this is perfectly acceptable.

    There you go. Of course these are the same people who stated the Treason of giving Communists in the Soviet Union the atomic secrets that led to their atomic bomb. Once they had that they then moved forward with the take over of nations and the concentration camps of the gologs.

    Look in the mirror. Did you vote Democrat because the looters did not hit your community? There you go… You are the problem.

  3. Richard Wahl says

    So this 1% minority bunch of wing nuts want violence. Clearly, they have no idea of the whirlwind waiting for them. There are supposedly 400 million civilian owned weapons in America. The local police across the country have approximately 1 million and the military 4.5 million.

    The current mess can be stopped by leaders who have backbones. The militias across the country can also easily stop the mess, if necessary. They are ready, willing and able.

    • William Hicks says

      The only thing keeping them from being extinguished is the concept of civil discord. Once that evaporates, it’s a matter of “Might Makes Right.”

  4. William Hicks says

    That leaves the civilized world with no other choice but to face violence with violence.

  5. John Steele says

    Make the armchair commie go first be the first his cause.. !!!

  6. Wayne C Grantham says

    Every criminal who attacks an individual, or his property should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law. Catch and release should not be the rule here. Some five- and ten-year sentences and some four- and five-figure fines should be the rule for these thugs, whenever they are convicted.

  7. Otis Needleman says

    I remember the quotation, “If you want a war, let it begin here.”

  8. The a_______ are at the gate. Didn’t this country already have one civil war?

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