Joe Hildebrand writes:
But it is staggering that far-left activists are still so stupid that they consistently and enthusiastically give the far-right exactly what they want.
And it is even more staggering that the far-right and those who report on it explicitly say this
and yet still the far-left plays entirely into its hands.
I stressed this exact same point when Milo Yiannopoulos came to Australia. And lest the left-wing conspiracy theorists think this is a hate media trick, it was emphatically supported by none other than the august body that is the ABC’s Media Watch.
But as usual nobody listens to me or Paul Barry and so here we go again.
Many on the left think that the answer to right-wing extremism is left-wing extremism. That if fascists have a demonstration then socialists need to meet it with a counter-demonstration, that if the alt-right has an event then the alt-left has to shut it down. …
When it comes to these alt-right speaking tours, the left’s tactics are even more stupid and also unwittingly sinister. By attempting to shut these events down and deny the speakers the opportunity to even talk, they attract not only the ire of the alt-right but of anyone who believes in free speech — and there are a lot more of the latter than there are of the former. And of course it suddenly makes the so-called provocateur the victim.
And so the idiocy is threefold: You give priceless free publicity to the speech you’re trying to silence, you make a whole bunch of otherwise disengaged people suddenly disagree with you and you instantly turn the object of your hatred into a sympathetic figure.
That is a veritable hat-trick of own goals.
Let’s hope Valerie Morse never catches on. We really should give her a medal or something.