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The opposition to physical violence is so much more important and complex than these terms.
I am sick of people on the Left twisting MLK Jr's compassion for rioters into saying physical violence is ever morally justified or effective. He made it so clear that, along with the establishment for causing suffering, riots also deserve condemnation.
People who suggest MLK would have supported the punching of Richard Spencer, or the streetfighting to protest far-right speakers, are not simply misreading his words. They are deliberately twisting history to justify their naive desire for symptomatic healing: terrorising the opposition.
This is about people displaying peaceful obstructive protesting, like people blocking traffic and so on. This isn't about Nazi punching.
By the way, I am going to repeat what I said awhile ago, never forget that the left's path was paid in blood and destruction against the right. Human rights, civil rights, labor rights, women's rights, freedom of speech, and even democracy itself are leftist ideas that we had to kill and destroy for. That's not me justifying violence, that's me reminding people to not forget their history and to understand that, yes, sometimes it's necessary.
Does the current situation in the western civilization make it necessary now? No, not yet, but we're starting to see the seeds of fascism and oppression being planted and they are starting to sprout a little. Right now, it's best to keep protesting and screaming on the top of your lungs that we will not accept this, and also to be vigilant. These are trying times right now.