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We All Should Agree: Violent Riots Are Bad

Publisher's Note: This post appears here courtesy of the John Locke Foundation. The author of this post is Mitch Kokai.

    Robert VerBruggen of National Review Online explores a disturbing response to last week's mob attack at the U.S. Capitol.

  • This is not the most important observation that one might make after what happened last week, but it's one that stands out to me: A lot of people seem very keen on litigating whether the attack on the Capitol was worse than last summer's rioting. That says something depressing about political polarization in this country.
  • Both of these events were horrific, with consequences that will last for years. Must we really assign points to see which side "wins"?
  • In one corner you have riots — connected to protests against police violence, especially the appalling death of George Floyd and the more complicated shooting of Jacob Blake — that destroyed businesses in cities across the country. This caused upwards of a billion dollars in damage, and if past is precedent, the places that suffered the riots will take years to recover economically. Somewhere around 20 people died. In response, some media outlets ran stories about how effective rioting is, and a liberal data analyst lost his job for tweeting a study finding that riots are actually politically counterproductive. ...
  • ... In the other corner, you have a storming of the nation's legislature, which interrupted the counting of Electoral College votes, on the false grounds that the election was stolen. Five people died, including a police officer, and the building was ransacked. And things could have gotten much worse: Two explosive devices were found nearby, and some rioters had zip ties. ...
  • ... Sure, you can have a scintillating late-night dorm-room discussion about how to weigh the rioters' purported political motivations, the damage they did, the respective police responses, and the behavior of elites who should have known better. But in the end, these were both failures at all levels, and our first priority should be to make sure neither happens again, rather than to score partisan points.

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