The principalities and politics of revolution

A Princeton study aimed at showing that the vast majority of protests across America are peaceful actually confirmed that 96% of major urban areas experienced violence and rioting. The report concludes: “Peaceful protests are reported in over 2,400 distinct locations around the country. Violent demonstrations, meanwhile, have been limited to fewer than 220 locations ​— under 10% of the areas that experienced peaceful protests.” The report downplays the violence and insinuates President Trump, politics and mischaracterization by the media as reasons Americans believe the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement is violent. It also characterizes the government response as both “violent” and “militarized.”

The Princeton study, however, says that actors not associated with the BLM movement such as Antifa and the Ku Klux Klan, are becoming more involved in violent “protests.” The study, while extremely biased against Trump, relies on media outlets such as the Washington Post, New York Times, Al Jazeera, Atlantic, Vox, CNN, USA Today, and Bloomberg for its documentation. The report indicates, however, that 48 of the 50 major US cities suffered riots during the May-August time period. It places blame for the violence predominantly on the government and non-state actors, primarily hate groups associated with supporting Trump. The report essentially gives a pass to the Black Lives Matter Organization and Antifa.

Antifa reportedly unofficially and with plausible deniability works in collaboration with the ex-“president’s” Organizing for Action, which in 2017 boasted a following of protesters some 30,000 strong with 250 offices across the country. OFA, now “rebranded” as an anti-gerrymandering organization called All on the Line, was set up as the ex “president’s” non-profit to signal protests across the country. On June 3, the San Diego Union Tribune reported that the “ex-president,” while participating in an online round-table event from his Washington, DC home, said, “For those who have been talking about protest, just remember that this country was founded on protest — it is called the American Revolution.”

A week after these remarks, Antifa moved on Seattle and took control of an area called the Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone (CHAZ). Breitbart and Fox News reported the armed takeover, while CNN and the New York Times refuted the reports, siding with the Mayor and City Council, calling the takeover “part street festival, part commune.” These reports were propaganda. Violence has been focused on cities run by Democratic Mayors who support defunding the police, ordering them to stand down, and refusing federal assistance to calm the violence. This all appears to confirm the 2017 reports of protest readiness facilitated by the Democratic Party as signaled by the former president, and the role of Antifa. As Christ says in Matthew 24:4, “Take heed that no man deceive you.” The principalities and politics of revolution are in full swing.

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Bill Wilson