A lot has been going around the web about the riot, not-so-affectionately nicknamed the “Battle of Berkeley”. The short summary is that over the weekend, left wing extremists showed up at a free speech rally held by mostly right wingers with the intent of shutting them down. In doing so would have been the third time in three months going back to the UC Berkeley riots in January. This time, the right wingers got fed up and fought back. What does this mean for politics and life as a whole though, not only in Berkeley, but the rest of the country as well.
The Initial Effects
So initially, a lot on the right seem fairly elated. It seems like the feeling of “finally we fought back”. Sure, the right struck back at extremism. On the surface, how could that be bad? Well at face value, the fact that one feels the need to disrupt a rally focused on free speech should be troubling to most. The fact that there is a group in America focused on dismantling free speech is absolutely terrifying. The fact that they’re able to organize in such numbers is even worse.
The secondary effect of the Battle of Berkeley (yes, we’re running with it) is that there’s a large enough counter-group to organize resistance. Again, sounds great on the surface but what does that mean for discourse in America from here on out? Is this the beginning of politics through violence? Who ever has the biggest, angriest crowd gets their point across? I don’t know about you, but that seems like a recipe for disaster to me.
The short answer to “what are the initial effects to this?” Simple, people got hospitalized for holding a differing opinions. Despite who was right and who was wrong, do we really want to go down that road? To be brutally honest, the left came in looking for a fight and got one for the first time in a long time. But this a nasty precedent we’re setting here.
The Long Lasting Effects
The long lasting effects are simple, the Battle of Berkeley has set a new precedent, the ball is in motion. This isn’t a one off event and there’s a few ways it can go. The left can back down, which isn’t very unlikely. The right can back down and pursue discourse instead of violence, but also an unlikely option.
The most likely outcome is that the left comes back with bigger sticks and an angrier crowd. This is likely going to spill over to the national stage as well and we’re likely to see these kinds of confrontations perforate from here as the issue escalates.
At this point, the right found it’s muscles, the left had already found their muscles when they shut down events through sheer presence. From here there’s very little hope of deescalating things. We may very well be too far down that path.
Unless leaders from both sides put a LOT of effort into condemning this kind of behavior and reel in their supporters, we’re in for a bumpy road. Couple that with the fact that the left really has no solid leadership, that’s unlikely to happen.
Why Is This On a Prepper Website?
Simple, refer back to the point on this not being restricted to the Battle of Berkeley, or likely even the state of California! Preppers need to be cautious, especially if a political rally of just about any kind is being held near your residence. Make sure to stay up to date in your locality about these events and take some added precaution. Don’t be part of the problem. The problem isn’t the right beating up the left. It’s not even the left beating up the right. The problem is that they’re beating up each other. The problem is that this is now seemingly okay.
I know us preppers like to arm up and test our abilities, but don’t go out there and get arrested. You can’t protect your home or your family from jail or a hospital bed. Stay at home, communicate with family members, avoid any potential “hot” areas. And be prepared to protect your property and family.
The best way to be prepared in this situation is to let it work it self out and stay out of it. Only get involved if you, a love one or your property is at risk. Honestly, this is the best advice a prepper can get in this situation.