Jun 30, 2022
America’s culture war has turned violent. The violence has always been there of course, just below the surface, but lately it has erupted into full, frightening view.
I’m not speaking just now of mass killings like the massacres in Uvalde and Buffalo. Those atrocities are not culture war blips but monstrous acts of premeditated evil performed by apparently deranged individuals on a scale that places them in a category best described as demonic.
What I mean here, though, are comparatively mundane gestures of semi-rational, hate-filled viciousness springing from ideological roots—things like the firebombing of pregnancy centers and prolife offices and the desecration of churches, carried out, it appears, by culture warriors of the left furious at finding themselves no longer as dominant as they once considered themselves.
A bizarre manifesto issued by a group calling itself Jane’s Revenge expresses this mentality. Threatening to destroy “the infrastructure of the enslavers” and declaring it “easy and fun…to attack,” this weird screed announces, “We answer to no one but ourselves.” Maybe Jane’s Revenge doesn’t. But it is easy to see here a world view that cuts across issues and institutional lines and infects a number of groups and individuals at both ends of the ideological spectrum.