Thoughts from Maharrey Head #79: The Rise of the Brownshirts

“10 Minutes Closer to Freedom”


In this episode of Thoughts from Maharrey Head, I talk about the rise of the Brownshirts and political violence.

Protests surrounding a recent scheduled speaking engagement by controversial “alt-right” figure Milo Yiannopoulos at U.C. Berkeley turned violent, forcing cancellation of the event. The perpetrators of the violence call themselves “antifa,” short for anti-fascist. In fact, they are the same collection of communists and socialists that have stirred up violence at protests for years.

If you look back in history, you will find some interesting  – and disturbing – parallels between the political dynamics in the U.S. today and those present in the Weimer Republic as the Nazi Party was rising to power in Germany.  The battles between nationalists and communists that broke out in Germany in the 1920s and 30s look eerily similar to some of today’s protests. Red antagonism of Nazis, and socialist/communist attempts to disrupt their political meetings, led to the rise of the infamous Brownshirts.

Could left-wing antagonism lead Trump supporters to resist violence with violence? Could the Trump administration use police-state tactics to quell leftist violence?

In this week’s episode of Thoughts from Maharrey Head, I talk about the rise of the Brownshirts in Nazi Germany, and what violent actions on both the left and right today could lead to.

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SHOW NOTES AND LINKS

Milo Yiannopoulos’ website

A Meeting Hall Battle in Hamburg

Condemning Violence; Cheering the Results

Free E-Book – “The Power of No!”

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