Horseshoe My Ass

OK, now stay with me, because this may seem complicated, but it’s not.

I want you to compare these two quotes:

Like the Tea Party, the alt-left … has been co-opted by radical figures who call themselves progressive, yet refuse to 1.) organize in any viable way and 2.) support the actual base of the party they are attempting to revolutionize.

Now, read this:

I see both the social justice warrior alt-left and the white supremacist alt-right as two sides of the same coin. Both would punish others for wrongthink. Both see the other side not as opponents, but as evil that can justifiably be silenced.

Now — who wrote which piece, or were both these quotes from the same person? The answer might just surprise you .

The first quote is from this article, written by Remy Anne, who claims to be a Democrat and a Liberal. The second quote was written by none other than Erick Erickson, the right wing neofascist and self-described “conservative”.

And most interestingly, the second article, Erickson’s little screed, was published as an Op-Ed in none other than the New York Times.

When not providing opinion pieces for the Times, Ericksen hosts a right-wing talk show (of course) and his home-base publication is a modest little right wing website called The Resurgent. As the name implies, this website covers the resurgence of crypto-fascistic nativist extremism in Amerian society and politics.

So this is where it gets tricky: in claiming that the Alt-Left is essentially equal to the Alt-Right, people like Remy Anne (and Joy Reid, Neera Tanden, Joan Walsh, Clara Jeffery, Peter Daou, etc.) are actually aligning themselves with the GOP and the Conservative movement, and with people like Erickson.

Watch any MSM broadcast and you will find similar pairings of Democrats and Republicans coming together to condemn what they love to call “extremists on both sides”.

To put it another way, these Establishment hacks are saying that those who want to kill people of color are just as bad as those who want to give them free healthcare.

Even President Trump has insisted on equivalency, claiming that the violence in Charlottesville was due as much to the “Alt-Left” as it was to the “Alt-Right.”

So congrats, Remy Anne & Co., for giving Trump and Bannon another false equivalency to use in their thinly veiled appeal to, and defense of, Nazis and White Supremacists.

This proves once again that when it comes to the Big Issues, America really only has one party, and that is the party of the Establishment — the Party for perpetual war, neoliberal economics, massive wealth and income inequality, and kicking the poor to the curb. The bullshit argument about “horseshoes” and dangers from the extremes is one that Establishment Democrats and Republicans both embrace, because in the end, they are the ones that are on the same side: the side of power, wealth and privilege.

UPDATE: 15 AUG: Ms. Anne’s point about the trouble with Single Payer has received some important support from none other than the National Review. Isn’t nice to see “both sides of the same coin” be in such sync?

She must be so chuffed right now.

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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