The COMMENTARY podcast discusses the weekend of unrest that followed the one-year anniversary of white nationalist-instigated violence in Charlottesville, Virginia. Despite vastly outnumbering the white nationalists who showed up to commemorate the heinous anniversary, many of the anti-racist demonstrators were not content to be peaceful. The podcast explores what animates these violent movements. Also, the podcast unpacks the increasingly serious row between the U.S. and Turkey.

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  1. Daniel Sterman Inactive

    When Sohrab started to talk about people in the 60’s saying, “I don’t agree with it, but I understand the anger”, he segued into talking about how that attitude is present on the Left today.

    I thought he was going to go in a completely different direction. It’s not unique to the left – does anybody else remember Cruz, Rubio, and Bush saying pretty much that exact sentence throughout the early debates, in a transparent and futile attempt to try to lure Trump voters?

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    • August 13, 2018, at 2:58 PM PDT
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  2. Jeff Hawkins Coolidge

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    • August 13, 2018, at 4:10 PM PDT
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  3. filmklassik Member

    Best Commentary podcast ever, guys. And that’s saying something. Too many wonderful insights to count, but here’s a sampling:

    — Noah pointing out that the MSM’s decision to ignore the identitarian violence on the Left coincided with the NY Post & Fox News being denounced by Bill DeBlasio for “exacerbating racial tensions.”

    — Abe observing that “fringe” is a relative concept and that as radical ideas move closer to the center, “fringe” groups grow “fringier” and more dangerous.

    — Sorab comparing mainstream Lefties who defended (or at least minimized) the actions of their violent offspring in 1968 with a media that now runs interference for Antifa 50 years later. Brilliant. (“Their heart is in the right place.” Good lord …)

    — John: “The danger that identitarians did not perceive is that white people were eventually going to develop white consciousness.”

    — John: “That which is not violence is condemned as violence, and that which is violence is excused as some legitimate form of expression.”

    And on and on. Just terrific. You are now an important part of my week, guys. Because while making sense of the madness on the cultural stage is hardly a cure for it, it is a necessary first step.

    And at times like these, a good first step in the general direction of sanity feels like all the difference in the world.

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    • August 13, 2018, at 9:07 PM PDT