In the past, I’ve opined on the violent history of the Left; and postulated that the root lies in its core beliefs.
Andrew Klavan has elucidated this point brilliantly in the following essay, found over at PJ Media:
The true test of a philosophy is not what it promises to make of the world but what it makes, in fact, of its adherents…
Leftism is bad for people. It makes them awful. The unwashed, ill-mannered, anti-Semitic, entitled, and now violent mobs littering various parts of the nation under the banner “Occupy” believe their ideas will lead to a better society — but they actually are the society their ideas lead to. Their behavior when compared to the polite, law-abiding, non-racist demonstrations of so-called tea partiers tells you everything you need to know about the end results of statism on the one hand and constitutional liberty on the other.
This is not, of course, to say that every left-winger is a miscreant but rather that the natural, indeed inevitable, result of statism is to produce nations of miscreants.
Read full essay here.