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The End of Germany: G20 Violence | Lauren Southern and Stefan Molyneux
Stefan Molyneux 
Published on Jul 8, 2017

Over 200 police officers have been injured and 114 protesters have been arrested as leftist violence swept Hamburg, Germany, as as protests erupted in opposition to the G20 meeting of world leaders. Lauren Southern joins Stefan Molyneux to discuss her personal on the ground perspective, being targeted for being a non-leftist journalist, the dismal state of freedom in Germany and what the future holds for the formerly great country. 
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The Rise of Violent Left-Wing Extremism Across the Globe
Alt-Right Press
Published on Jan 27, 2017
As mainstream media focuses on things like the Alt-Right, violent brews of left-wing extremist violence has been spreading around the world.
From RT: "A gang of anti-fascists beat-up a woman in Spain - allegedly for wearing a bracelet with her national flag on it - we take a look at the rise of global left-wing extremism across the globe."

Leftopaths, The Cycle Of Violence Continues
Part 1
Steven Neill
Jun 30, 2017
There is nothing new under the sun: Ecclesiastes 1
While the above phrase was written over 2,000 years ago, the author of Ecclesiastes composed one of the most profound truisms in history. There really is nothing new under the sun when it comes to human beings and that predictability has often been used by unscrupulous scoundrels   to manipulate people. Such is the case in today’s democrats/leftists who are playing into the hands of Leftopathic leaders intent on creating the chaos needed to bring about a new world order.
From their exalted positions in field’s ranging from entertainment, politics, business, and news media, malevolent puppet-masters like Arianna Huffington, Beyonce, Whoopi Goldberg, Loretta Lynch, George Soros and Rachel Maddow bang the drums of war and hate to their base turning many of them into useful idiots willing to commit acts of violence, civil disobedience, intimidation, and worse.
Political violence is nothing new to the Democratic Party. For instance, in 1856, democratic Congressman Preston Brooks (1) nearly beat republican Senator Charles Sumner to death in the Capitol Building over the slavery issue; the Opelousas, Louisiana, Massacre (2) in 1868 in which white democrats killed some 300 blacks and another 35-50 whites; the Wilmington, North Carolina (3) insurrection of 1898 in which white Democratic Party insurgents overthrew the legitimately elected local government, killing between 15-60 people and destroyed large sections of black owned businesses/houses; Democrat George Wallace (4) and the Selma March in 1963. The current rounds of violence and anarchy are simply the external workings of the same old Democratic Party that has replaced the support of slavery with the anarchistic methods of Alinsky’s “Rules for Radicals” and combined them with Antonio Francesco Gramsci’s “Prison Notebook” amongst others to create a democratic “no quarter” policy. Thus the “leaders” of the Leftopaths are simply using the longtime Democratic Party’s favorite tactics of violence and intimidation.
After the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln by the southern democrat John Wilkes Booth, Lincoln’s successor to the Presidency, democrat Andrew Johnson started a political war between himself and the republican controlled Congress over the reconstruction of the south and the fate of the recently freed slaves.
President Johnson sought to reunite the country as quickly as possible while keeping the white southern democrats in office. Under his liberal plan, Southern states needed only to agree to end slavery and pledge loyalty to the union, so they could once again send representatives to Congress.
Johnson’s plan outraged Congressman Thaddeus Stevens (5) and the rest of the republican Congress who insisted that black suffrage be included as a precondition for the readmission to the union by the former Confederate States. Thaddeus Stevens, a forgotten giant of the fight for black equality, predicted that “every rebel state will send rebels to Congress.” He could not have been more accurate as in a mere eight months after Lee had surrendered to Grant; the Southern representatives arrived to take their place in Congress. The delegates were voted for by whites-only in the newly restored governments of the south. These members included the former Confederate vice president, (6) six members of the Confederate Cabinet, four Confederate generals and 58 Confederate congressmen. Appalled, Congress refused to seat the Southern delegations.
Those returning southern states, for the most part, simply modified their existing “slave codes” and turned them into “Black Codes” which essentially turned the newly freed blacks back into nearly slave status by restricting their rights to vote, own property, travel, and forcing many of them to return to their former owners as laborers. These codes were enforced by the former Confederate veterans who made up the all-white police, judicial system and “patrollers.”
The democrats committing these acts soon joined together under the guidance of former Confederate general, Nathan Bedford Forrest to create the Ku Klux Klan (KKK) in 1866. This organization spread like a disease throughout the south to counter the growing power of the Republican Party and former slaves that voted for it.
“I shook hands with Bob before they hanged him an’ I helped bury him too” Former slave Ben Johnson (7)
By 1868 the KKK became very open about its purpose to restore democratic rule in the south by threatening, assailing, and/or murdering southern Republicans, whether they were white, black, native southerners or transplanted Yankees.  The republican majorities in most southern states required the votes of the newly freed blacks to stay in power and those vote were crucial to the upcoming Presidential elections. The election pitted former Union General Ulysses S. Grant, a republican, against former democratic New York governor Horatio Seymour (who had supported the New York draft riots of 1863 which lasted several days, destroyed millions of dollars of property, injured over two thousand people and killed some one hundred twenty others).
The 1868 Democratic Convention (8) welcomed Nathan Bedford Forrest as a speaker and supporter as well as another KKK founder, Confederate General John B. Gordon. Both worked for democratic candidates in the upcoming election. Since Grant was determined to continue to work towards keeping the democratic Klan from power, the Klan in turn stepped up its attacks on republicans throughout the south. In Louisiana, some one thousand blacks were murdered by the democrats. In Kansas, they committed over two thousand murders and unimaginable number of beatings, raping’s and a savage campaign of property destruction and in Georgia, it was even worse. Using these brutal tactics, the democrats were able to “win” all three southern states, but they did lose to the Republicans in the national races as Republicans took commanding leads in both Houses of Congress as well as Grant becoming President. This republican majority pushed through the 14th and 15th Amendments (9) to the US Constitution which gave the former slaves the rights of citizenship and the right to vote.
During the 1870’s the KKK slowly disbanded as other, more politically involved and open groups such as the Knights of the White Camelia, the Red Shirts and the White League came to the forefront. Primarily composed of former Confederate soldiers, these paramilitary groups were open about their being the paramilitary arm of the Democratic Party and their intention of overthrowing the Republican Reconstructionist governments of the south. They terrorized the freedmen to keep them from the polls and in 1873, white paramilitary democrats in Colfax, Louisiana (10) attacked and slaughtered some 150 recently freed black republicans in what is considered the most bloody racist attack in US history. By the 1874 election, the republicans had lost the south and the democrats once again ruled it with an iron grip.
“If the colored people made a mistake in voting for me, they ought to correct it.” Woodrow Wilson (11)
The Klan had a revival in 1915 with DW Griffith’s movie, “The Birth of a Nation.” The film was a fictional account of the Klan saving the south from being dominated by former slaves. It was extremely controversial at the time it was released, with the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) publicly boycotting it and no Protestant church endorsing. It was however, endorsed by Democratic liberal progressive President Woodrow Wilson after he was given a private screening of the movie at the White House.
According to some accounts, Wilson enjoyed the movie and stated afterwards “It’s like writing history with lightning, and my only regret is that it is all terribly true.” The author of the book and screenplay, Thomas Dixon Jr, a personal friend of Wilson’s, showed Wilson the movie to lend respectability to it. Dixon told Wilson that the purpose of private screening was to “show him the birth of the mightiest new art engine for molding public opinion in the history of the world.” However, Dixon later confessed the true purpose of the movie was to: “revolutionize Northern sentiments by a presentation of history that would transform every man in my audience into a good Democrat!”
But whatever the truth is about the Wilson/Birth of a Nation (12) controversy, the film brought the Klan back from obscurity into a multimillion dollar cash cow for some and influenced several major democratic governor and Congressional races. It was democrats that halted the passage of the Dyer Anti Lynching Bill in 1922 which would have made lynching a federal crime.
In 1924, the Democratic Convention was affectionately called a “Klanbake” (13) because of the presence of so many Klansmen in their white robes and long hoods who came to support former Woodrow Wilson Cabinet member William G. McAdoo. McAdoo was barely defeated on the 103rd ballot. Between the McAdoo loss and the famous murder trial of David C. Stephenson, the Klan membership fell from 3-4million to around thirty thousand by the end of the 1920’s.
“I’ll have those n*ggers voting Democratic for 200 years’” Lyndon B. Johnson (38)
The third and final rise of the Klan (14) was in the 1950’s and 60’s. Although it only numbered between 30,000 and 50,000 people, it was extremely violent with numerous lynching’s, bombings assaults and other acts of racial intimidation that swept the south in vain attempts to keep the Jim Crow laws (15) in place. Democratic President Lyndon Johnson realized that the issue of race was being replaced by economics and the fear of communism as the top political issues of the day, signed the Republican crafted Civil Rights Acts of 1964 over violent and determined democrat opposition.
Coinciding with the fall of segregationist democrats and the slow decline of unions, the fruits of decades of Cultural Marxist influence had begun to bear its unholy fruits in American Universities as the words of Cultural Marxist academic, political revolutionary and psychological theorist Herbert Marcuse became the marching orders for the ‘New Left.’   His essay entitled ‘Repressive Tolerance’ (16) argued that a tolerance for all viewpoints in Western society contributed to social oppression. He believed that unconscious assumptions and biases gave greater weight to messages presented by powerful entities to such a degree that they would be universally accepted. So his answer to this dilemma became the marching orders of the Leftopaths ever since: “A pervasive network of assumptions and biases implicitly privileges the viewpoint of the powerful, so that seemingly “equal” presentations of opposite opinions actually end up benefiting the viewpoint of the powerful. Liberating tolerance, then, would mean intolerance against movements from the Right and toleration of movements from the Left. As to the scope of this tolerance and intolerance: … it would extend to the stage of action as well as of discussion and propaganda, of deed as well as of word.”
Under the guidance of the Cultural Marxists, (17) Antonio Gramsci, (18) Saul Alinsky, (19) and the Cloward-Piven Strategy, (20) the 1960’s saw the beginnings of attacks on every institution of the US. The church (21) was oppressive and outdated; education (22) was turned into indoctrination; the environment (23) was being destroyed; and marriage (24) was repressive; so the New Left began a multipronged attack on these institutions as well as others. On the military side were radical groups like The Black Panthers, (24) Symbionese Liberation Army, (25) the Weathermen, (26) the Black Liberation Army (BLA), (27) Students for a Democratic Society (SDS), The Weathermen, (28) and the Youth International Party, (Yippies) (29) started a campaign of killings, bombings, kidnappings and violent protests that shook the US to its core. It also created a new class of heroes for today’s democrats to emulate. 
On the political front it was people like Bill and Hillary Clinton, (30), John Kerry, (31) Al Gore Jr, (32) Gloria Steinem, (34) and late-comer Barack Obama (35) who were smart enough to infiltrate the system to look respectable on the outside and evil enough to push others into violence to further their goals.
Since the 2009 shooting of Oscar Grant in Oakland, the floodgates of riots, rampages and rhetoric has opened on a scale unseen since the Days of Rage (36) in 1969 with few voices of reason anywhere in the mix. One of the more ironic twists to this tale of escalating thuggery is that a historically outspoken supporter of violence has now publically called for calming the rhetoric down before there is no turning back. Musician and advocate of “hateful rhetoric” Ted Nugent, (37) came out publically against hate speech the day after the ballpark shooting of Republican Congressman Steve Scalise. He is calling for civility in this dangerous escalation of rhetoric. Whether or not he is sincere remains to be seen, but one thing is for sure, only one side in the country will win if this cycle is not broken and it is not the people, left or right, but rather the puppet masters like Soros, Koch, Gates, Clinton and Kissinger.
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Fact Check: Is Left-Wing Violence Rising?
Martin Kaste & Kirk Siegler
June 16, 2017
Some conservatives have seized on Wednesday's shooting of Republican Rep. Steve Scalise and three others as the latest example of what they see as rising political violence from the left. Fox News' Sean Hannity accused Democrats of "dehumanizing" Republicans, and the right-leaning Washington Times ran an editorial by a Tea Party activist that called leftist protests "the first skirmishes of the second American civil war."
But those who track extremism say that while there are a few far-left groups that raise red flags, their numbers remain small.
Much of the conservatives' anger has been aimed at "Antifa" — short for "anti-fascists." Antifa are loosely affiliated groups of mostly young people, mainly on the West Coast but spreading around the country.
They dress in black and wear masks when they confront right-wing groups; in the past few months there have been clashes or confrontations in Berkeley, Calif.; Portland, Ore.; and, just this week, on the campus of Evergreen State College, in Olympia, Wash.
"The moment we got here, they started throwing rocks," says Joe Allen, one of the right-wing protesters who descended on the college Thursday to challenge what they see as its leftist ideology. They were met by a large number of the masked, black-clad counterprotesters. Allen says the Antifa have been harassing Trump supporters since Election Day.
"That night we went to downtown Portland to see what everything was like, and we got stuck on the bridge because [the Antifa were] stopping all traffic, hitting cars, jumping on cars, asking people, 'Who did you vote for?' "
(Portland police officers show a steel crowbar and pipes — weapons they seized from the Antifa-controlled zone during counterprotests in Portland, Ore., earlier this month. Martin Kaste/NPR )
A heavy presence of police in riot gear kept the confrontation at Evergreen State from escalating. The leader of the conservative protesters and the "Patriot Prayer" movement, Joey Gibson, was slightly injured — he said someone threw a can at his head. He later found his tires slashed. Witnesses say masked counterprotesters did it.
Antifa rarely talk to reporters and rarely give their names, at least not while wearing masks. But in online discussions they say the far-right activists are being disingenuous. They point to what they regard as the racism and white supremacist ideology of the other side. They say groups such as Gibson's only pretend to be interested in peaceful political protest and would attack minorities or leftists, given the chance.
"People are desperate," says one masked counterprotester, a student at Evergreen State who gave his name as Felix. "They see the government turning back to regressive Reaganomics and racist undertones and rhetoric, so once they start kicking 25 million people off health care, then you're going to start seeing riots."
The idea that some on the far left are openly condoning violence is a red flag for extremist group monitors.
"This is a dangerous game; people are going to die. No one's died yet, but it's just a matter of time," says J.J. McNabb, an expert on political extremism at George Washington University.
McNabb says white supremacists and neo-Nazis are widely condemned — and deservedly — for their violent tendencies. But she says the Antifa shouldn't get a pass on their violence just because they oppose white supremacists.
"These guys are odious, [but] attack them with words. Don't come in with sticks and nails in them," she says.
Antifa are not new. They're a latter-day version of the anarchists and "black bloc" groups who, over the years, have often challenged police and broken windows during May Day protests in Seattle and Portland. Their membership is hard to track, but it appears to be expanding beyond the West Coast. They are also embracing other leftist causes beyond just fighting white supremacists.
Still, their numbers are tiny in relation to the mainstream political left. And, say experts, it's misleading for right-wing groups to suggest that the Antifa are more violent than right-wing extremists.
"The far left is very active in the United States, but it hasn't been particularly violent for some time," says Mark Pitcavage, a senior research fellow at the Anti-Defamation League's Center on Extremism.
He says the numbers between the groups don't compare.
"In the past 10 years when you look at murders committed by domestic extremists in the United States of all types, right-wing extremists are responsible for about 74 percent of those murders," Pitcavage says.
You have to go back to the 1970s to find the last big cycle of far-left extremism in the U.S. Both Pitcavage and McNabb say we have been in a predominantly far-right extremist cycle since the 1990s — the abortion clinic bombings and Oklahoma City, for example. And, more recently, racially motivated attacks such as the one at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin, the mass shooting at a black church in Charleston, S.C., and last month's stabbings on a commuter train in Portland.
Still, Pitcavage says Wednesday's shooting attack on Republican members of Congress is a warning sign. He is especially concerned because the shooter apparently was not particularly extreme in his political ideas; his views were seemingly in the mainstream left.
"One act does not a trend make," Pitcavage wrote after the shooting attack. "But I am concerned that, in this highly polarized and divided society, more people who have stances that fall within the mainstream, on the left and right alike, may consider political violence an attractive option."
Domestic terrorism experts say that concern is only heightened by the fact that the line between what's considered mainstream and what's considered fringe is becoming increasingly blurred.
Extremism experts are starting to worry about the left
By Joshua Hersh
Jun 15, 2017
WASHINGTON — In the spring of 2016, Brian Levin found himself in an uncomfortable position: trying to save the life of a Ku Klux Klan member.
Levin, a former New York City cop who studies domestic extremism as the director of the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University, was documenting a Klan rally in Anaheim, California, when a counterprotest suddenly took a violent swing — forcing Levin to physically place himself between a Klansman and a furious, anti-fascist mob that seemed ready to kill.
It made Levin wonder if in his focus on the obvious subject — the white supremacists — he’d overlooked a growing source of extremism: the far left. “At that point, I said we have something coalescing on the hard left,” Levin told VICE News.
Wednesday morning’s shooting of Republican lawmakers at a baseball practice in Virginia seemed to raise the question again. The shooter, James T. Hodgkinson, was a Bernie Sanders-supporting man from Illinois with a record of anti-Trump rantings on social media. His politics have quickly become a talking point among some conservative pundits seeking a quick political score: proof of a looming leftist campaign against the government.
Experts in homegrown extremism say it’s not so simple — Hodgkinson had no known association to any left-wing extremist group. But they also say that the past few months have seen enough of a rise in politically motivated violence from the far left that monitors of right-wing extremism have begun shifting their focus, and sounding the alarm. They see indications that the uptick in extremist rhetoric and anti-government activism that characterized the early years of the Obama presidency are beginning to manifest on the far left in the early days of Trump’s, and that the two sides are increasingly headed for confrontation.
“I think we’re in a time when we can’t ignore the extremism from the Left,” said Oren Segal, the director of the Center on Extremism, an arm of the Anti-Defamation League. Over the past few months, the ADL, which hosts regular seminars on homegrown extremism for law enforcement officials, has begun warning of the rising threat posed by far-left groups, most recently at a seminar just this past Sunday. “When we have anti-fascist counterprotests — not that they are the same as white supremacists — that can ratchet up the violence at these events, and it means we can see people who are violent on their own be attracted to that,” Segal said. “I hate to say it, but it feels inevitable.”
The evidence is so far largely anecdotal. Levin says that since December 2015, he’s documented nearly two-dozen episodes in California where political events turned violent because of agitation on both sides, something he says he hardly ever saw before. Now, there are violent clashes on college campuses involving groups like Antifa, the anti-fascist group, taking on the alt-right; and aggressive anti-Trump rallies attended by members of the Redneck Revolt, a new pro-minority, anti-supremacist group that encourages its members to train with rifles. Online, hard leftists increasingly discuss politics in dire terms, and rationalize violence as a necessity— even the true inheritor of traditional progressive activism. (Or, in the case of the “Punch a Nazi” meme, a fun game.)
Left-wing extremism, of course, is nothing new. Groups like the Weather Underground and the Black Panthers have deep roots, and in the years after 9/11, Segal says, the largest source of extremist violence was from the Left: eco-terrorists and animal rights activists. But those later organizations mostly targeted institutions; in the modern era, politically motivated violence perpetrated by angry lone-wolf attackers bearing automatic rifles, of the sort carried out in Wednesday’s attack, has until now largely been a modus operandi of the far right.
In a recent interview with VICE News Tonight, a chapter leader of one newly formed anti-fascist group called Redneck Revolt said the group has taken up guns only in self-defense. “We are a response to a rise in politically motivated violence and intimidation against vulnerable communities,” said the chapter leader, who asked to be identified only by a first name, Mitch. “That doesn’t mean that we’re, like, looking for a fight. We’re just trying to defend ourselves.”
Redneck Revolt doesn’t self-identify as “left,” but its ideals tend to fall along the liberal side of the spectrum: pro-Muslim, pro-immigrant, pro-LGBT, anti–economic inequality. But Mitch said that as the group has reached out to other organizations, like the local Three Percenter Militia, a largely right-wing, anti-Obama group, they found unlikely sources of commonality, particularly in their focus on local sovereignty, and general concerns about the direction of the country. Some former members of Three Percenters have even become involved in their activities — after “extensive vetting,” Mitch said.
Chris Hamilton, an expert on American extremist movements at Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas, says anti-authoritarian sentiment may be blurring what once seemed to be clear ideological lines. “If you think about it, leftists never joined the National Rifle Association — unless they were radicals, they never thought about stockpiling weapons,” he said. “Ok. Well, maybe we’re entering a period where leftists will start thinking about things in that way, like the eco-radicals did in the ’70s.”
Hamilton says that as he browses far-left websites and listens to left-wing talk radio, he hears some of the same sentiments he’s been hearing for years on the right. “These days, that kind of sentiment is popping up in the middle and on the left; it’s not just in the sovereign citizen movement,” he said. “I’m really worried about rising civil strife in the U.S.”
Levin is worried about it too: The embrace by the far left of tactics that were previously the purview of the far right means the level of political tension in the country can only go up. “I’ve been going up and down the state of California meeting with law enforcement officials about this. I’m very concerned about it,” he said. “What we’re seeing is the democratization of extremism and the tactics of radicalism. I’ve been warning about this, and nobody gave a shit.”
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Germany Faces Extremism From The Left, Yet The Media Has Hardly Noticed
By Dr. Hugo Müller-Vogg
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Extremist violence is bad, whether it’s extremism on the right or on the left. But why does it seem so difficult for the media to treat these two forms of extremism equally?
Extremism On The Rise
The uncontrolled and unsupervised flow of refugees has, over the past year, unleashed more than just an exceptionally great willingness to help among the general population. These days it’s also spurring baser instincts: hate speech leveled at foreigners along with dehumanizing violations and attacks.
This is evident in the Annual Report on the Protection of the Constitution for 2015 that was released in recent weeks. The report cites an “exorbitant increase in right-wing extremist violence” and “unrestrained hate speech on the Internet.”
So far, so bad.
The media’s echo chamber responded in kind. “More radical, more ready for violence: the right-wing extremist scene is growing,” wrote the Frankfurter Rundschau. The newspaper continued: “It’s going pretty well for the right-wing extremist scene. The previous year has provided the Republic’s Neonazis and xenophobes a new issue.”
Right-wing extremists continue to use the refugee crisis for their own purposes, for vociferous agitation against asylum seekers and as an excuse to level hate speech against foreigners in general. They’ve succeeded in gaining more followers and sympathizers, as well as crafting a new sense of confidence. The scene is growing, and more than ever prone to violence. This is one of many disquieting findings in the latest report.
On German news websites and headlines were in agreement: “Annual Report on the Protection of the Constitution: The right-wing scene is growing and tending towards violence.”
The Frankfurter Allgemeine reported under the headline “Drastic increase in acts of right-wing extremist violence.” The newspaper continued:
Politically-motivated extremist violence has increased massively in Germany in the past year and attained new dimensions on the Internet. The Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution, in its report for 2015, speaks primarily of a “drastic increase” in violence motivated by right-wing extremism — it has increased by more than 42 percent, to 1,408 incidents.
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A rise in right-wing extremism in Germany has not gone unnoticed in the media.
But There’s More To The Story
Right-wing extremists are drawing new allies and are growing more violent by the day. That’s the sad truth — but not the whole truth. Because during the same period over the past year the willingness of the radical left to use violence has also dramatically increased. But that was only evident to those who read the relevant article all the way to the end, and even then it was only presented in piecemeal.
The increase in acts of right-wing extremism is evidently seen by many publication’s editorial staff as more dangerous and worthy of condemnation than the growing violence from the left. And this approach more or less suppresses the fact that at the far end of the political left spectrum there is more politically-motivated violence than at the far right end. For example The Frankfurter Allgemeine, in their article about the Annual Report, devoted only one sentence to violence by left-wing extremists.
Anyone who takes a closer look at the Annual Report will discover facts that have barely come across in most of the coverage from German media. Like the fact that while violence motivated by right-wing extremism grew in 2015 from 990 to 1,408 incidents 
(a growth of 42 percent), violence motivated by left-wing extremism saw an even more dramatic growth from 995 to 1,608 incidents (an increase of 62 percent).
In the case of “potentially available individuals for right-wing extremism” there was an increase from 
22,150 to 23,850. Yet, the fact that the Office For the Protection of the Constitution puts the number of potentially violent left-wingers at 26,700 was notably absent in most media responses to the report.
While the media was justifiably bemoaning violent right-wing extremism, the following facts about left-wing extremism went largely unnoticed:

  • In 2015 there were more instances of left-wing extremist violence than right-wing extremist violence, specifically 1,608 incidents vs. 1,408.
  • The increase in politically motivated acts of violence was markedly higher on the left (62 percent) than on the right (42 percent).
  • There are in more potentially violent left-wing extremists than right-wing extremists (26,700 vs 22,600).
We Must Condemn All Extremism
All this is as clear as it was absent from what we read, saw, and heard from the majority of German media. Such an absence can only be explained by the one-sided perspective of many journalists, whose logic can be paraphrased as such: Acts of violence by right-wing extremists are terrible, left-wing extremism by contrast is tolerable due to its generally more noble motives.
Nonetheless it’s very clear: Anyone whose political motivations cause them to insult other people, do physical harm to others, or threaten others with death is a criminal, regardless of whether those acts are rooted in populism and racism or a glorified sense of struggle against oppression. Every crime of this sort is one too many.
Why does it seem so difficult for large swathes of the German media to treat these crimes equally?
This post first appeared on HuffPost Germany. It has been translated into English and edited for clarity.