Following the fascist riot on Capitol Hill, progressives and liberals began to imitate the calls for “public order” of their conservative counterparts, even going so far as to threaten to extend the “war on terror”. While this may be well-intentioned, it fits perfectly in the trajectory of attacks on civil liberties over the past two decades. A Biden administration with a 50-50 Senate will seek unity and compromise wherever it can find it, and oppressing political dissidents will be the glue of Biden’s ability to govern.
A wide range of actors in the United States government have long predicted and started to prepare for a new era of protests and political instability. In 2008, the Pentagon launched the Minerva Initiative, a research program aimed at understanding mass movements and their spread. It included at least one project that confused peaceful activists with “supporters of political violence” and felt they were worth it …
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