Fascism uses two arms of violence to gain power; direct physical violence against its' enemies and bureaucratic violence of the state by taking control of government power.
On July 23rd, a Proud Fascist Boy Joseph Collins drove from Alsip, Illinois to terrorize innocent people and destroy the UpRising Bakery in Lake-in-the-Hills. After his attack, Colins was apprehended and now faces two felonies including a federal hate crime charge.
This is not the first time Proud Boys have been emboldened to attack and terrorize innocent people. It's become an increasing phenomenon. Last month at The Mojo Lounge in Woodland California, as Police stood passively by and watched, the fascists encroach further and further, eventually attempting to storm the business until a brave person inside the pepper sprayed the Proud Boy gang.Now, after this incident in Lake-in-the-Hills officials at the Village Hall decided to conduct a bureaucratic attack on the business and Owner Corrina Sac under the guise of improper zoning for entertainment at her location after receiving unverified complaints from other people. Lake-in-the-Hills officials claimed, the activity at the center of the controversy “received strong negative criticism” after it was advertised and forced the village to respond. Criticism from whom? Awake Illinois fascists? God bothering anti-LGBTQ bigots? Lake-in-the-Hills employees with an axe to grind against UpRising Bakery?
While this Village has a proud history of supporting our local business community, we also have a responsibility to ensure the safety of all our residents. As such, the Village provided the resources necessary to protect the business, as well as those planning to participate in protests and counter-protests of the event. Access was restricted to the Cedar Ridge Plaza parking lot, portions of Oakleaf Drive were closed and communications were sent to both the adjacent businesses and neighboring residents. The resources utilized were substantial and involved support from regional agencies.
Sorry Corrina Sac and others, but unnamed persons don't like your existence and protecting your freedom of speech, assembly, and right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness cost us too much money so we're gonna have to do the Proud Boys work for them.
All of this, the growing direct violence from fascist mobs, the mushy lack of response from official, is in-keeping with standard modus operandi of Fascism, as detailed by L. Trotsky in his work Fascism: what it is and how to fight it. The Village was forced to side with the Proud Boys after the direct physical violence with bureaucratic violence.
This direct violence is going to ramp up because the entire Republican Party encourages it and conservatives in government subvert prosecution of it. Now certainly, individual actors such as Joseph Collins can be and will be sacrificed by the rightwing mob to allay suspicion from the norms that Fascism isn't coming. But, throughout American history rightwing domestic terrorism has been coddled and encouraged and since the Reagan Revolution, the GOP has cultivated through word & deed paramilitary terror squads which were 100% certain in 2020 they would be the Tip of the Spear in a counter-revolutionary push to undo all the wrongs that have been done to the White Man since the 1960's.
Once women have been shackled, LGBTQ shamed into silence and suicide, and minorities returned to their second class status (or worse) ah then America Will be Great Again...