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Alright. So. This probably won't be read by many. It is a bit of a rant. This kind of response that the generic cat character is providing here, is a kind of response that I have been getting more often as of late.

It is exceedingly frustrating. I will start off by saying this, openly and clearly: I oppose all of the violence, and strongly believe it to be the wrong course of action.

Violence should only be used in self defence and competition, not to attack those without provocation to whom you have a different political view. That is dangerous, and morally horrible.

Now that that has been said, the rest of the content can come forwards. So, here is what is going on. I have talked about how I am unhappy with the current situation and political climate that we find ourselves in now. That for the last year, the far left has gotten more and more violent, the fractured ideological based groups have gotten extremely violent, even to the point of killing and attempting to kill people purely for ideological reasons.

As a part of this there is also antifa, who have been active, violent and utterly horrid. They have assaulted countless innocent and non-violent individuals, destroyed private and public property, all the while the police are no-where to really be seen. And, as a cherry on top, during this escalation of violence, the media was putting forward a positive view of them, and the other far left extremist groups.

Finally, recently, the far right has escalated as well, and one crazy person ran their car through a crowd. This is horrible. This whole situation is horrible, the violence that was normalised by the far left groups, and then the environment that continually increased the escalation of violence to then lead to this.

Each time I have talked about this though. Each time I have talked about the far left violence, the normalisation of violence, the escalation of violence and that now, finally the far right is matching the far left. People have come up and said that I am, somehow, advocating for violence. Or justifying the violence of the far right by mentioning that the conditions were set by the far left.

I do not understand where the disconnect from reality is. When you can read this. Just a description of events, from someone who does not support violence at all. And then suddenly, magically, read into it that I somehow support violence but only against one side, or support the violence of one side.

It is... frustrating and confusing. Hence the creation of this piece.

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Published: 1 year, 5 months ago
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1 year, 5 months ago
I have been getting that sort of thing a lot from certain folk.  Also this weird thing where people say they oppose all violence and don't make excuses for any side...but when you ask does that include a certain incident they immediately excuse it by blaming the other side.

Interestingly it is going on for lots of issues, including some of the excesses of the Australian GLBT postal-survey / vague-poll that is going on and the issues with the alt-right in the SA (particularly since Charlottesville).

It seems some people invest in one side, much like they would with a sports team, and blind themselves to any wrong it does.  And then there's the strange cognitive dissonance where they will deny and excuse violence (or other wrongs) from 'their team' but not realize that's what they are doing.  I have seen people not even realize that that is exactly and literally what they are doing, even when you quote their exact words at them where they have just done it.
1 year, 5 months ago
Very much agreed yes.
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