Far-right conservatives don’t protest far-left institutions the way leftists protest even center-left institutions.
Witness liberals’ uproar over the NATO summit held in Chicago earlier this week, at which protester turnout was augmented by Occupy Chicago sympathizers seeking to recapture the rancid magic of last fall’s anti-Wall Street movement.
What’s puzzling about the left’s agitation over the summit is that the North Atlantic Treaty Organization is not exactly the John Birch Society. The topics on the agenda this year included: removing international troops from Afghanistan by 2013, not intervening militarily in Syria, and rolling back austerity measures in France—all stances you’d think the protestors would be in love with. Yet leftists marched and rioted and looted all weekend as though Mitt Romney had established Mormonism as the state religion of Illinois.
What is it about leftists and protesting?
Conservatives certainly protest a thing or two, now and then; witness the vigorous and effective Tea Party movement of the past three years. But note the differences in how conservatives and leftists make their views known: read more »