This question is often asked, especially in liberal circles. Is violence always wrong? Isn’t it wrong to stop people from organizing and gathering, no matter how noxious and awful their views are? I would say that this is completely false.
Violence in of itself is not wrong but the way it is applied matters. When the capitalist state ensures that the masses are forced to work or starve, that many are lacking the basic necessities of life, that many are starving and destitute, that is an act of violence. When the police acting as the militarized arm of the capitalist state protects reactionary and fascist elements and smashes any threats to capitalism and performs its primary task as defenders of class society and authoritarian, plutocratic, oligarchical capitalism, that is an act of violence.
The difference between these and acts of revolutionary self-defense against the oppressors and fascists and acts of revolution against the capitalist state as witnessed in the Great October Socialist Revolution of 1917 is that violence against the masses and the downtrodden is legitimized and deemed acceptable by the capitalist state. Ultimately, it is impossible to act peacefully against an enemy that is both willing and able to use unlimited violence.
And what do you mean we can’t prevent others from gathering and organizing? Should fascists, reactionaries and Neo-Nazis have free reign to gather and organize their forces? Should they be allowed to roam freely and intimidate and bully those who oppose fascism, reactionary politics, xenophobia, racism, misogyny and other forms of bigotry? No! Fascism is not to be debated, but to be smashes. As holocaust survivor Franz Frison so succinctly put it, “If fascism could be defeated in debate, I assure you that it would never have happened, neither in Germany, nor in Italy, nor anywhere else”.
Death to fascism and reactionary thought, freedom to the people!