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Unless you have been living under a rock for the past forty-eight hours, you probably have heard about a mob of protestors storming the Capitol in Washington D.C. Since this incident transpired a multitude of commentators has expressed their thoughts on this event. Universally, the actions of the violent protestors (similar to the BLM protests not all the demonstrators were violent) have been condemned. Most pundits have been fixated with how objectionable this display of political discord was but ignoring the irony of the situation. The breach of the Capitol on Wednesday mirrors the events on inauguration day nearly four years ago. Sure we could argue that the magnitude of the violent demonstrations was larger on Wednesday than the riots of ANTIFA four years prior. It should also be noted that ANTIFA primarily targeted private businesses whereas QAnon has primarily gone after government institutions. Both occurrences mirror each other, almost in an oddly formed reciprocal loop.

The arc of this political drama being Donald Trump losing reelection. On inauguration day in 2017, the extreme socialists opposing his presidency resorted to destroying private property to express their indignation. A presidential term later, Trump’s most extreme supports ended up using similar violent tactics to express their angst regarding the purported mishandling of the 2020 election. This shift in vicissitudes for Trump supporters is dripping with irony. Trump supporters are making all the same accusations about the 2020 election that the Democrats did back in 2016 when Trump was elected. Nothing is more fitting than seeing the right-wing equivalent of ANTIFA have a meltdown, a tantrum, over the election results. All of Trump’s most extreme supporters are equally triggered as all the socialists were when he assumed office. It is perplexing that no one else seems to be assumed by this irony. An irony that anyone with a dog in the fight is too obtuse to recognize. Due to the fact they either have an invested interest in backing or tearing down Trump.

From a superficial standpoint, this appears to give some credence to the notion of the Horseshoe Theory of Politics. Succinctly it can be described as the far-right and the far-left qualitatively have more in commonalities than differences. For example, both have a proclivity toward authoritarianism. This theory provides some insights into why Trump assuming office and leaving office has elicited such reactionary responses. Austrian economist Ludwig Von Mises implies the veracity of the Horseshoe Theory through his conception of Polylogism. Polylogism is essentially the assumption that people from different categorical groups reason differently (p.75). Left-wing socialists tend to base their assumption of all people of the same social class possessing the same mentality. Making it easier to condemn the rich as immoral. Right-wing social (Fascism) similarly divides people. Except by ethnicity instead of socio-economic status. It would be sloppy to suggest that QAnon is overtly a fascist organization. It does seem like it is merely the inverted version of ANTIFA with a right-wing ethos. Surprise, surprise… if this group is nothing more than the conservative version of ANTIFA why would we expect them to be peaceful (not that the violence was justified, it is only permissible in self-defense)?

This is truly irksome that these parallels are lost on the general public. Most people are too fixated on either the atrocity of the protest gone awry or attempting to distance themselves from being associated with the violent protestors. ANIFTA and QAnon are two sides of the same coin.

4 thoughts on “The Storming of the Capitol

  1. Hear, hear! What disgusts me is the double-standard of so many Trump-apologists (Tucker Carlson, Laura Ingraham, Sean Hannity). Burning down a Wendy’s on the outskirts of Atlanta was wrong; breaking into a joint session of the Congress os orders of magnitude worse!!!

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    1. I hear you about the double standard. However, I can guarantee you, that really sucks to be the franchisee who lost their store.

      I suppose technically everyone owns the congressional quarters as we all pay taxes. Technically, we all had our property damaged. As much as the idea of communal property makes me uneasy as a libertarian. That is the reality for the the time being.

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  2. I agree on the horseshoe theory. The extremists on both sides use similar rhetoric, make comparable claims, are equivalent in their willingness to impose their view on the rest of us, by force if necessary. They are equally wrong.
    It’s time for the Great Moderate Revolution! (A post I’ve been meaning to write for a year now.)
    My posts lean liberal, but I actually put effort into finding a centrist viewpoint in most posts. (Okay, that one wasn’t centrist at all.)

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    1. I can certainly agree that a prominent centrist-leaning third party could potentially balance out some of the more bombastic political rhetoric.

      Considering how polarized political discourse has become, I don’t know how feasible it would be to go back to an actual center. We currently live in an environment where who ever screams the loudest gets heard. With such an incentive structure for social currency seems to reward extremism. Making people would veer into the political fringes do so. Then again merely conjecture on my end.

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