When Molotov Met Ribbentrop

The riots that took place during the Michigan right-to-work vote were well documented—if you knew where to look.

But not so well as this:

This is further documentation of the violent acts committed on behalf of union members in Lansing, MI. A police report has been filed. Please follow @scrowder on twitter for up-to-minute updates on the story.

I’m not so much interested in what Crowder was doing. Sure, he was stirring up a hornet’s nest—if that’s what you call peaceful protest—but people are not hornets. They are able to make rational decisions, which is why we have laws to hold them responsible for those decisions.

What struck me about this raw footage—and it is very raw indeed—is that the behavior of the union thugs is indistinguishable from the behavior of the management thugs of yesteryear: the strikebreakers and Pinkerton goons who fomented trouble and busted heads in the early days of organizing. Joe Hill has become Henry Hill.

And the departments of government that exploited the class divisions in the old days are the model for today. Obama didn’t spill this outpouring of thuggery—just as he didn’t usher in the Arab Spring—but his influence, and his blessing, are upon both.

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