Thomas Sowell asks, has the left gone past the point of no return

m.knox

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Could be. I don't see the left returning to anything close to "normal".

The Point of No Return​


https://townhall.com/columnists/thomassowell/2022/08/03/the-point-of-no-return-n2611153

This is an election year. But the issues this year are not about Democrats and Republicans. The big issue is whether this nation has degenerated to a point of no return -- a point where we risk destroying ourselves, before our enemies can destroy us.


If there is one moment that symbolized our degeneration, it was when an enraged mob gathered in front of the Supreme Court and a leader of the United States Senate shouted threats against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, saying "You won't know what hit you!"

There have always been irresponsible demagogues. But there was once a time when anyone who shouted threats to a Supreme Court Justice would see the end of his own political career, and could not show his face in decent society again.

You either believe in laws or you believe in mob rule. It doesn't matter whether you agree with the law or agree with the mob on some particular issue. If threats of violence against judges -- and publishing where a judge's children go to school -- is the way to settle issues, then there is not much point in having elections or laws.

There is also not much point in expecting to have freedom. Threats and violence were the way the Nazis came to power in Germany. Freedom is not free. If you can't be bothered to vote against storm-trooper tactics -- regardless of who engages in them, or over what issue -- then you can forfeit your freedom.
 

The Spin Meister

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Could be. I don't see the left returning to anything close to "normal".

The Point of No Return​


https://townhall.com/columnists/thomassowell/2022/08/03/the-point-of-no-return-n2611153

This is an election year. But the issues this year are not about Democrats and Republicans. The big issue is whether this nation has degenerated to a point of no return -- a point where we risk destroying ourselves, before our enemies can destroy us.


If there is one moment that symbolized our degeneration, it was when an enraged mob gathered in front of the Supreme Court and a leader of the United States Senate shouted threats against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, saying "You won't know what hit you!"

There have always been irresponsible demagogues. But there was once a time when anyone who shouted threats to a Supreme Court Justice would see the end of his own political career, and could not show his face in decent society again.

You either believe in laws or you believe in mob rule. It doesn't matter whether you agree with the law or agree with the mob on some particular issue. If threats of violence against judges -- and publishing where a judge's children go to school -- is the way to settle issues, then there is not much point in having elections or laws.


There is also not much point in expecting to have freedom. Threats and violence were the way the Nazis came to power in Germany. Freedom is not free. If you can't be bothered to vote against storm-trooper tactics -- regardless of who engages in them, or over what issue -- then you can forfeit your freedom.
The year 2020 was the progressive equivalent to Kristallnacht. Except that their rampage lasted over six months. They are the modern fascists.
 

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It’s also mob violence. When they are alone little will come of it. In a group even the most pencil neck lib will want to fight you.
 
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