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KLAVAN: The Left’s White Nationalist Panic Is A Secret Assault On Free Speech

The left’s recent grandstanding about the supposedly rising tide of White Nationalism is a scam. It’s an attempt to further censor mainstream conservative voices on social media.

Like Leftism, White Nationalism is a low and stupid idea. Like Leftism, White Nationalism assumes there is something inherently “white” about Western Civilization. Like Leftists, White Nationalists feel this whiteness is somehow under attack by “the browning of America.” The only difference between the Left and the White Nationalists is which side of this imaginary race struggle they’re on.

To me, these narratives of the Left and the White Nationalists are tales told by idiots, signifying nothing. Western Civilization is a matter of culture and ideas. That these are somehow the property of some skin color or a set of genes strikes me as simplistic nonsense. If a black man discovered fire, should white people sit in the dark? If a white man framed the self-evident truths of the American founding, should every other race give up on life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness?

It seems a lot smarter to say a hearty thank you to whoever came up with the best notion and take it on as your own. Good ideas belong to all mankind, no matter where they come from. What the Left calls Cultural Appropriation I call the blessings of civilization. Keep them coming.

So yes, Leftists and White Nationalists are all a bunch of knuckleheads, but it does seem that, nowadays, here in the U.S., the latter are more prone to violence than the former. Is that violence on the rise?

Very doubtful. Although the FBI reported a 17 percent rise in hate crimes in 2017, the actual number of such crimes in America — 7,175 up from 6,121, with around 3,000 of those being crimes against property — is still low. Part of the rise is accounted for by the fact that more police departments reported in. And, of course, not every hate crime is connected to a movement or philosophy like White Nationalism. Some are just the work of hateful shmucks.

In a well-researched piece in the Wall Street Journal by Jo Craven McGinty, Michael Jensen of the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism at the University of Maryland, says this: “There has been a steady rate of far-right extreme crimes since at least 1970, when we started collecting data. What has changed is the emphasis on reporting far-right extremism. It produces the perception that there is a new increase. It’s not true.”

Around the world, as Seth Baron reports in City Journal: “Almost all the world’s extremist violence is concentrated in a handful of regions, where very few white people live. In areas where whites do live… white nationalists do indeed perpetrate a significant proportion of the relatively uncommon acts of extremist violence. Again, this is unsurprising, because whites make up the overwhelming majority of the population there.”

Barack Obama once complained that America’s fear of terrorism is overblown since we’re more likely to fall in the bathtub than fall victim to terrorist violence. So why are the Democrats — and their mouthpieces at the New York Times, CNN, the Washington Post and elsewhere — suddenly so upset about White Nationalism?

The answer seems obvious. A pointed recent headline in the Times declares: “Attacks by White Extremists Are Growing. So Are Their Connections.” This was followed by a CNN Interview with Jonathan Greenblatt of the Leftist Anti-Defamation League, who said of White Nationalism, “Social media has created a sort of connective tissue.” And then — in what I guess you could call a coordinated attack — the Democrat-led House Judiciary Committee staged a hearing on White Nationalism and social media this week.

Much of this rhetoric in the Democrat-Media complex has been pointed toward attacking Donald Trump and his attempt to secure the border, as if that were somehow a White Nationalist act. The Charlottesville Hoax Quote in which Trump is wrongly said to have praised fine people among the bad guys has been overworked. So has his attack on the savage MS-13 gang as “animals,” which has likewise been jerryrigged and misrepresented.

Clearly, in this non-emergency, what the Crats are moving toward is more and more policing and censoring of social media to shut down Trump, Trump supporters, and anyone whose conservative remarks can be misconstrued to support White Nationalism.

The Democrats want to destroy the Electoral College because they lost the election. They want to destroy the Supreme Court because they’ve lost the majority. And now they want to destroy free speech because they’ve lost the argument.

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