A Short History of Leftist Violence
“observing radicals in action, I was repeatedly reminded of the storm troopers that marched through my childhood in Europe”.
It wasn’t just these Leftist marches that reminded him of the Nazis, he also said that Leftism (in the 1960s) formed a “constellation that strikingly resembles the common core of Italian and German fascism”.
And even in terms of argumentation and rhetoric, the red and brown fascists seemed to merge into one another. Berger wrote:
“There is a near identity between the arguments of [Leftists]…. And Mussolini’s polemics for action against theory, against program.”
The Nazi Brownshirts and the Italian fascist squadristi (of the 1920s and early 1930s) were a bunch of street thugs who liked nothing better than a scrap. They also liked terrorising what they called the ‘bourgeoisie’ by breaking their windows and beating them up. Large chunks of the Left did similar things in the 1960s and 1970s.
Take the Weathermen, the violent