All Americans of good faith were horrified by the events in Charlottesville over the weekend. To see that sort of political violence on U.S. soil is nothing short of horrifying.

Ostensibly the Unite the Right rally was aimed at protesting the removal of local Confederate monuments, but let’s not kid ourselves. The protest and counter-protest from the left-wing antifa movement and its fellow travelers were using the fight over the monuments as a proxy for a much fight over identity.

For participants on both sides of the violence, identity is paramount. Whether it’s the social justice warriors of the self styled anti-fascist movement, whose flavor of “social justice” resembles fascism to an ironic degree, or the white nationalists in the alt-right movement.

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