Wednesday, July 03, 2019

"All Out DC": Community meeting in advance of July 4 weekend demonstrations make some pretty graphic accusations



All Out DC”, characterized as a DC Antifa group, held a session at a restaurant in Adams Morgan in Washington DC July 2.  Ford Fischer of News2Share (a company he and Trey Yingst started while journalism undergraduates at American University in Washington DC) was invited to film the raw footage of their planning session. The group's meme is "It's going down". 


The meeting embeds a short film about the various components of the alt-right, who will hold a “Free Speech” rally in Washington July 6.  This group will have a counter-presence. The short film is followed by slides characterizing various persons commonly believed to be part of the alt-right and sometimes called “white supremacists” or “neo-Nazis”.

In presenting the video as an embed, I want to remind viewers that this is a one-sided presentation. 

The facts claimed about various individuals may not all be actually true. Generally, when I go to the writings or videos of these individuals, I don’t find these extreme statements.  (Milo’s book is quite a reasonable read.)  But if I go to Wikipedia, generally the articles support most of what they say. From the legal viewpoint of sticking to truth (to avoid defamation), finding the truth is difficult.  It gets to be whose side you are on.

The supposed connection of OANN anchor Jack Posobiec to Pizzagate as presented is disturbing. OANN is a small, conservative news site but its content is entirely within the norms of acceptable news articles. What seems to happen is that statements made by various persons named here in the protest sound just like normal (if hyperbolic) “conservative” speech to people of my generation and are pretty much ignored or taken at face value – we have become desensitized or immune and don’t feel provoked when we hear the speech.  Unstable people take them stochastically and might feel incited into unpredictable violent behavior, as with the Comet PingPong incident in December 2016.

The speakers definitely see everything through identarianism and intersectionality, and they identify as group members (PoC, etc) as much as they identify themselves as individuals. I generally don’t process themselves that way.

There is also a moral question for individuals, like in my situation, of accountability for unearned “privilege”.  Inherited wealth may imply privilege, but it usually comes with strings attached.  As Mitch McConnell said in front of the Senate, not a person alive today is responsible for what slaveowners did before the Civil War.

News2Share lost monetization from YouTube on June 5.  YouTube’s sudden demonetization of most independently produced videos dealing with political conflict (brand safe) seems to be related to the claims that YouTube is making money off of radicalization (particularly on the extreme Right). Tim Pool and David Pakman  (as well as Ford) have both discussed this problem extensively.

I'll take up the situation of Andy Ngo, a journalist badly injured when caught in a brawl in Portland OR recently, soon on another blog. 
  
If you want to watch some good “Left wing” stuff, try the NonCompete channel with American Johnson. It’s actually interesting.

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