The authoritarian left is getting bolder

The authoritarian left is getting bolder, by Paul Mirengoff.

The authoritarian left isn’t content just to block speech it disagrees with. It also wants to force people into making leftist utterances and gestures.

Today, at various restaurants in Washington, D.C, BLM protesters demanded that diners eating outdoors raise their fists in support. Most diners did — this is Washington — but a few did not. Those who did not were berated.

The mob chanted “white silence is violence” at them. The statement is stupid and obviously false. If the BLM mob wants, nonetheless, to chant it, that’s fine. But not in the faces of people who are simply trying to eat dinner. …

From US colleges to the rest of US society:

Years ago at Dartmouth, a mob of black protesters rampaged through the library demanding aggressively that students who were preparing for final exams join them outside at a rally. The fledgling brown shirts received no meaningful punishment from the college.

Colleges have become training grounds for brown shirts. Graduates have taken the authoritarian lessons learned there to the streets and sidewalks of America. The chickens have come home to roost.

The normals have no answer:

Unfortunately, there is no obvious remedy for the kind of mob behavior that occurred today in D.C. Nor will law enforcement become involved. I’m told that officers stood by passively as diners were harassed. Naturally. If they aren’t going to lift a finger to prevent looting and arson, we can’t expect them to prevent harassment at restaurants.

These are tactics honed by feminists decades ago: “Do as we say, or unpleasantness will ensue.” Like dogs rounding up sheep, the activists herd the normals who don’t want a fuss and move them to where the woke want them to go.

You have to fight. Bullies back down when faced with determined resistance and the prospect of pain.