WASHINGTON, January 23, 2017 — Since President Trump took the oath of office, American anarchists are in full meltdown.
When gay, alt-right icon, Breitbart editor, and Donald Trump supporter Milo Yiannopoulos, spoke at the University of Washington last Friday, an anti-hate speech—that is, anti-free speech—demonstration erupted into violence.
In the melee that followed, a protesting anarchist was assaulted by a fellow anarchist bearing an anti-Nazi tattoo.
The victim only saw the swastika, assumed the man assailing him was a dangerous neo-Nazi, pulled a handgun and fired.
It was a clear case of mistaken identity. Both men were protesting Yiannopoulos. Both feared his “hate speech” would lead to the creation of a violent fascist state in America.
The shooter, who turned himself in to Seattle police, was later released from custody without charge in what authorities believed was a justifiable act of self-defense.
But someone forgot to tell the disorganized anarchist protest organizers. A posting on the Puget Sound Anarchist website reads:
“Guns are here and the risk of gun violence—or stabbing—from white supremacists is real … we see guns and specialized violence leading to marginalization and increased vulnerability to attacks by fascists and police alike.”
It turns out the greatest threat to anarchists comes from confused, gun-wielding anarchists and not from neo-Nazis, the alt-right or right-wing provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos.
Anarchy leads to confusion. Confusion sometimes leads to violence. Violence leads to panic. Panic inspires rash decision-making.
From 1901 to 1933, the insurrectionist anarchist movement set off bombs in New York City churches, police stations and courthouses.
Early anarchist thinker Alexander Berkman (1870-1936) wrote,
“Anarchy … is not bombs, disorder or chaos. It is not robbery and murder. It is not a war of each against all. It is not a return to barbarism or to the wild state of man. Anarchism is the very opposite of all that.”
But in 1892, Berkman attempted to assassinate Henry Clay Frick, business partner of American industrialist Andrew Carnegie. Entering Frick’s Pittsburg office, Berkman shot Frick twice in the neck and stabbed him four times. Frick, along with Carnegie Steel Vice President John Leishman, leapt upon Berkman and subdued him.
Frick returned to the busy work of union-busting one short week after he was attacked, firing 2,500 men from his steel mill and cutting the wages of those that remained by half.
Anarchist Berkman was tried, convicted and served 14 years in federal prison for attempted murder.
In 1933, while President-elect Franklin Delano Roosevelt delivered a speech in Miami’s Bayfront Park just 17 days before his inauguration, unemployed brick layer Giuseppe Zagara fired five gunshots in his direction from 33 feet away.
Zagara missed the president-elect but managed to wound three and kill one, visiting Chicago Mayor Anton Cermak.
“I have the gun in my hand,” anarchist Zagara later told authorities, “I kill kings and presidents first and next all capitalists.”
In last Saturday’s anarchic Women’s March on Washington, musical relic Madonna aimed her mouth at the crowd and shot, “I have thought an awful lot about blowing up the White House.”
Based on the spotty success of deranged anarchists of the past, today’s pink-hatted feminists would do well to stand clear of the “Material Girl” should she attempt to build an explosive device to plant at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
She’s likely to end up like Carlo Valdinoci.
He’s the anarchist who in 1919 brought a bomb to the Washington residence of U.S. Attorney General A. Mitchell Palmer.
When Vadinoci reached the porch, it’s believed he tripped on a step and dropped the bomb. The explosion that followed took out Palmer’s front porch and shattered his windows. It also pulverized Vadinoci.
Anarchists should remember that in light of Madonna’s mishap at the 2015 Brit Awards, when the 56-year-old entertainer stumbled down a set of stairs in mid performance.
Now, what if she had been holding a bomb?