There is so much that is outstanding in this thread - your description of the decline and self-destruction of the left and the long-term positive trends. I have the same views
At the same time, I strongly disagree with the references to 'devolution' and 'clandestine military operation'. In that, I agree with @WorkTooMuch
Several other points are well stated.
Those who label words as violence do so with the sole purpose of justifying violence against words.