I make no such claim as to the dominant beliefs of either side. I simply say that such beliefs do exist. I am one of those who believe the old maxim: “not every Republican is a racist, but every racist is a Republican”. I believe this because it has been true ever since the GOP perfected their odious “Southern Strategy”.

Likewise, when we see what happened to Deandre Harris we may safely assume that his attackers did not wish him well. And the man who drove his car into the counter-protesters also knew what he was doing. In both cases, human life was given little regard. It is not unreasonable to say that in both cases, killing was indeed a recognised potential — if not desired — outcome of the actions in which those “Alt-Right” agents engaged.

As for the “Alt-Left”, this is a made up term, but is generally used now to define those who support Medicare for All as an alternative to Obamacare. They are being roundly attacked and concemned on all sides for this one particular tenet — more so than any other. Single Payer healthcare has become the one defining policy that has galvanised activists on the Left, and it is the major policy issue around which “progresseives” have coalesced.

For those like Erickson and Anne, who see the Alt-Left and the Alt-Right as two sides to the same coin, there is no parsing or nuance in their “analysis”. They do not use qualifiers. I felt justified in framing my critique in similar fashion.

Joe is a US Ex-Pat with dual US-EU citizenship, who travels Europe extensively, commenting on trends, attitudes, politics and more.

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