“The biggest topic in British political circles on Monday . . . was milkshakes,” writes Mike Ford in The New Republic, “or, rather, one milkshake in
Milkshake, you ask?
The shake in question “was lobbed by a bystander in Newcastle at Nigel Farage, a Brexit Party candidate in the European Parliament elections later this week.” And Mr. Ford goes on to note that infamous Internet figures Tommy Robinson and Carl “Sargon of Akkad” Benjamin (the latter inaccurately dubbed “alt-right”) have received multiple hits of thrown cold, frothy confections.
It is “a thing.” A meme — a replicable operation.
Burger King has even encouraged the fad, if in a bizarrely mercenary way.
“Throwing a milkshake at someone is rude at worst,” Ford asserts. “It may also qualify as assault in some jurisdictions, especially in the United States.” That second sentence contradicts the first. It is assault “at worst.”
Ford’s op-ed, entitled “Why Milkshaking Works,” has a tagline: “The far right fears nothing more than public humiliation.”
Really? Look, no one wants the inconvenience of these stupid attacks, but it is the unhingedness of the left that shines through, here — a threatening, punching, shouting-down, spilling-upon movement that I suspect mainly grows the ranks of the anti-left.*
The New Republic has long been a progressive rag: the “new” in the title referred to the magazine’s support for progressivism.
Fitting, then, to see it cheer on, this week, the idiotic, unkind extremism of current progressive culture.
This is Common Sense. I’m Paul Jacob.
* Of course, to some on the left all non-leftists are “far right.” This is called the phenomenon of “the left pole.”