I wasn’t really familiar with Arthur Fletcher, who goes by the name Fleccas on You Tube, until I saw this video he made in Berkeley this week. Fletcher’s approach is pretty simple. He has a microphone and a small digital recorder (taped to a wooden spoon as a handle) and he walks around and talks to protesters. What he finds, surprisingly often, is that protesters who are very agitated don’t have a firm grasp on why they are so upset. Most people have a line of argument that is about an inch deep. Asked one question about details or presented with contrary information, they seem stunned. Some just slink away from the microphone with nothing else to say.
So the setup for this clip is that Fletcher is in Berkeley where people turned up to protest despite the fact that “Free Speech Week” was canceled. The highlight here is when Fletcher approaches a throng of white protesters chanting “Nazi scum” at someone. He asks who the crowd is directing the chant toward and no one answers. The target turns out to be a Trump supporter of Indian descent. “Are you a Nazi?” Fletcher asks. “No, I’m not,” the man replies, bewildered. He adds that he has also been labeled a “white supremacist” apparently because of his Trump hat.
I’m sure in a crowd of a few hundred students at an elite school like Berkeley there are several people that could put together a coherent, detailed argument to oppose a certain speaker or the President himself. But you definitely get the impression a lot of people out there are just coasting on simple slogans, careless hyperbole, and unfocused anger.
Again, I wasn’t familiar with Fletcher but he has been on Tucker Carlson’s show doing the same thing you see above. In this interview, Carlson asks him to estimate what percentage of the crowd can actually explain why they are protesting coherently and Fletcher estimates 5-10 percent.