Juan Cadavid alias Sterling Abrade(s) alias Dorian Navidson alias Johnny Benitez, a suspected alt-right agent provocateur residing in Orange County, California, collaborated with Brian Enright, a member of so-called “patriot” movement outfit the 3 Percenters to organize “Burning Degeneracy,” an event scheduled for August 19, 2017 to take place at Huntington State Beach at which literature deemed offensive to the
fascist lunatic fringe, ahem, alt-right would be incinerated in a massive bonfire.
A social media posting for the event read:
“Time for the American people to purge their homes, State, and Country of degenerate literature. This includes literature of Marxism, Communism, Bolshevism, literature with liberal, democratic tendencies/attitudes, and writings supporting the decline of Western Culture. Books on sexuality and sexual education which serves to indoctrinate the children into a life of degeneracy, such as Cosmo and Teen Vogue should be brought to the fire as well. We will also burn the Koran, publications such as Karl Marx, and more. We must create a future without degeneracy for our Children.”
The event would have gone off without a hitch but was swiftly undermined through the power of social media. Word spread quickly throughout Los Angeles and Orange Counties, the Facebook event page was besieged by furious opponents who were absolutely having none of it, and before long, “Burning Degeneracy” fizzled out like a dud match before the first spark could be ignited. One commenter posted:
“Real Americans have fought nazis on beaches before. Piece of cake.”
Of course, what kind of reaction did Juan Cadavid or whatever the f*ck his name is or Brian Enright expect in 2017? How did they not see that coming?
Shortly after shutting down the event, Enright posted:
“Public Statement regarding “Burning Degeneracy” event. (sic) I do not want to go into a long explanation at this time. The event was in no way intended to eradicate these publications, more a symbolic way of showing that we do not approve of what is being taught to our children and maybe that should have been made clearer, I do not endorse the censorship of literature or personal political views in any way. Due to credible threats of violence from the left this event will be canceled. Free speech in America is under attack and as much as I do not want to shut this event down due to strong personal convictions regarding free speech, I cannot be responsible for injury or death due to intolerance from the violent Socialists.”
Ironically, despite claiming in his rather unlettered missive to have strong personal convictions regarding free speech, Brian Enright’s idea of free speech is predicated on suppressing the free speech of people he has unnecessarily cast as enemies. In fact, he used the same methods employed in Nazi Germany to censor literature that was written by Jewish authors or otherwise deemed anathema to the National Socialist Party.
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