A Brief History of Radical Left-Wing Violence in America

Pundits eager to dismiss modern far left's roots in extreme tactics, rhetoric of the past

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Not only is the history of the American left often speckled with violence, but that violent past is often actively celebrated. Only this month, Oscar López Rivera, one of the leaders of FALN, was the guest of honor at the Puerto Rican Day Parade in New York City.

Assata Shakur is considered some kind of patron saint among social justice activists, frequently referenced by Black Lives Matter founder Alicia Garza, and leftists across the country proudly wear the face of a mass killer — Che Guevara — on their T-shirts.

It’s no surprise, then, that the American Left’s violent tendencies continue to this day. In 2012, two Occupy Wall Street activists, Morgan Gliedman and Aaron Greene, were arrested after police found explosives in their apartment.

Violent Antifa agitators are increasingly prone to attacking conservatives and moderates at political rallies and on college campuses across the country.

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And of course this is just in America. Kohn’s claims are even more absurd when one considers world history, which illustrates clearly that violence has been an inherent and fundamental part of the Left since its very beginnings.

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The French Revolution, the first identifiable expression of modern Leftism, saw over 40,000 people murdered during the Reign of Terror. The Bolshevik leaders of the Russian revolution praised terror and violence. “The ‘fundamental feature’ of the concept of dictatorship of the proletariat is revolutionary violence,” wrote Lenin. Trotsky authored an entire book titled “Defense of Terrorism.”

From the 1920s through the 1980s, communists and socialists in the Soviet Union, Southeast Asia, Africa, and Central and South America wrought a level of death and destruction nearly unprecedented in human history, murdering nearly 100 million human beings — all in the name of social justice.[lz_pagination]

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