The Morning Jolt

Politics & Policy

Put ‘Em in the Hoosegow

This is the last day of a very long work week, maybe one of major consequence as the multiculturalists seek to radically alter public debate and the nature of our democracy, while Islamofascists murder innocent people in Spain in their campaign against freedom and Western civilization. Let’s hope the weekend will allow us to catch a breather.

Down to the business of the Morning Jolt. Here are four NRO pieces I hope you might consider this Friday. Please read them and share them.

1. I’ll give away the punchline of Michael Brendan Dougherty’s impressive essay, The Fascists Were Using Antifa against Conservatives, atop NRO this morning.

Most of the debate about Confederate monuments after Charlottesville has been a distraction. The rally organizers came prepared for violence, and they wanted it. They wanted footage of themselves getting punched and maced so that they could use conservative antipathy to Antifa to erode conservative antipathy to ActualFascists. Don’t fall for it.

2. David French sees a disturbing pattern at violent rallies and says it is time for the Men and Women in Blue to step up. From his piece:

While the police can’t be everywhere, and they’re certainly not omnipotent, this pattern of abdicating control of the streets to the violent mob is extraordinarily dangerous. Police passivity threatens individual liberty.

3. Related: Jim Talent says law, order, and jail are necessary responses to madness in the streets, as so many violent demonstrators go unpunished.

The problem has grown so great that nothing less than incarceration will be sufficient to stop it. The message must be that if you are involved in a protest and you break the law, you will go to jail, and not just overnight. You will cool your heels in the county jail for a minimum of a month or two until you learn to respect the rights of other people.

4. Jonathan Carl wrote an important essay earlier in the week, How to Break Silicon Valley’s Anti-Free-Speech Monopoly. He follows that today with a very important Corner post today, which reports on how

big Internet companies began undertaking an orgy of censorship far beyond that even described in my article — kicking dozens of sites from Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, PayPal, and numerous hosting providers.

I’ve been on the web for a long time — When I started using the web, there were about one hundred web sites in the entire world. Even in those early days, the Internet’s greatest strength has always been freedom – It’s a place you can promote, great ideas, terrible ideas, silly ideas, or just display your collection of thousands of vintage beer cans to the world. But right now that freedom is under threat like never before.

I’m spent. Jim is back next week, not soon enough. Pray for our country and for our liberties, and for those in Spain touched this week by the evil hand of Islamofascism.

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