I thought this article in Time magazine might be of interest because of its focus on parallels in US history with the current event. As you well know by now, I believe that an understanding of our history is critical to making informed decisions today. In my class on the evolution of intelligence and its impact on our national security, we focus last night on the anarchist movement from the late 1800s to its present form, Antifa. We also looked at “active measures” conducted by the Soviets during the Cold War and by Russia today. I chose to look at these issues to give students and a better understanding of the cycles of history and that we have been able to navigate those challenges.
In my experience, it is important to understand that we are not seeing things for the first time today, that the violence of the 1960s and 70s is similar to the riots, property destruction, and plots to kidnap governors we’ve seen in the last 6 months. And perhaps most importantly, that the US made it through the 1850s and 60s, the 1960s and 70s, and our democracy and Constitution survived.A Plot Against an Embattled Governor. Militias Disrupting Elections. It Happened in the 1850s