finessa 6 points (+6|-0) 18 hours ago
Also of the same spirit as the Red Guard during the cultural revolution in Maoist China. Smug, angry leftist mobs,mainly young people, eager for violence and intimidation, with an air of moral superiority. Happy to put on show trials and public humiliations for enemies of the revolution.
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[–] johnjohn 5 points (+5|-0) 17 hours ago
What's with conservatives always likening these radical leftist to fascists and nazis of old when they're much more akin to the commies of the past? They even wear the damn symbols and speak the same language of the commies and often will outright admit their affinity towards communism and it's figureheads.
I guess the simple answer would be people still mostly only know fascists and nazis as evil when the commies were much worse in many ways.
I would liken this new violent emergence on the left to Mao's Red Guards https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red_Guards
Mao made use of the group as propaganda and to accomplish goals such as destroying symbols of China's pre-communist past, including ancient artifacts and gravesites of notable Chinese figures. However, the government was very permissive of the Red Guards, who were even allowed to inflict bodily harm on people viewed as dissidents.