Since last we met, the revolution foretold this time last year in these pages (see “Revolutionism redux” in The New Criterion of September 2019) has reached its kinetic phase, as everyone except the media can plainly see. Actually, the media can see it too, but, acting on the time-honored Marxist-Leninist principle that “truth” is whatever serves the revolution, they find it expedient to deny that the active revolutionaries in the streets of several major cities are anything but “mostly peaceful” protesters. Who are you going to believe, them or your lying eyes? “Violent protests are not the story. Police violence is,” insisted Vox at the end of May, at the beginning of what we were not to call rioting, originally inspired by the death of George Floyd under the knee of the then-policeman Derek Chauvin in Minneapolis on...


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