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27 January 2011 @ 12:08 pm
Extremists  
There is a very real and legitimate reason why, in the current political climate, reasonable people have much greater reason to fear groups far to the political right than the political left.  In contemporary American political rhetoric, there are no sizable, nation-wide left wing organizations sincerely advocating violence against either the US government or population.  However, there exist certain fringe groups on the right that both advocate and occasionally carry out such violence.  Members of one such group murdered a 9-year old and her father in their Arizona home over a year before the recent Tuscon shootings.
 
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1) Note that this monopoly of violence by the right has not always been the case throughout history (see Russia 1917, etc).  However, it is currently a very real dichotomy in the US.
 
2) Even if one could successfully argue that the people who actually carry out such violence (Timothy McVeigh, Shawna Forde, etc) are mentally unstable and should not be taken as representative of the far right as a whole, in the case where such a mentally unstable person cite as their motivation the violent rhetoric of a political subgroup, all members of that political subgroup bear some responsibility for inciting said unstable individual.
 
 
 
Elasaitelasait on January 28th, 2011 04:30 am (UTC)
I don't disagree with your conclusions. But if the man involved in those murders is actually a serial killer in the true sense--that's a different beastie altogether. They aren't "incited" by anything but their own psychopathology. They may use convenient societal items as rationales...but those really have nothing to do with their crimes.
the beemaiabee8 on January 28th, 2011 01:48 pm (UTC)
When you say 'political sub-group' I feel it important to define the term as including co-religionists, ethnic groups, nations, etc. not just political factions. I also think that there is a false distinction between 'violent rhetoric' and violence enacted.