It’s time to worry about leftist fundamentalism, too

Much of my recent career has been spent analyzing and resisting right-wing politics, often mixed with religion.

But today I say that there is plenty to worry about on the left, too. There is left-wing politics and religion (or anti-religion), that also should be alarming to thoughtful people.

Here are a few of the most recent examples:

James Hodgkinson, the man who shot up the congressional Republican baseball practice, was clearly a disturbed and angry individual whose life had already done desperate harm to others before the shootings. But he found an outlet for some of that anger in liberal politics and strongly anti-Republican social media groups. Hodgkinson’s online presence is a case study in the echo chamber of angry social media. His targeting of the Republican baseball practice can only be described as political violence, indeed, as attempted political assassination. This marks a very disturbing new descent in recent American politics.

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