Lecturing about ‘Violence’ as’the weapon of the stupid’ is the stance of the respectable bourgeois intellectual, out of touch with the desperation/nihilism of the have not’s!
The American Political Class: corrupt Neo-Liberals could not pass a $600 a week lifeline, to millions of unemployed! Garnished by a one time bribe of $1200. The persistent notion that these payments will encourage the ‘malingering’ lower orders : a holdover of the Corporate owned Nixon/Reagan Republicans & New Democrats: e.g. Clinton/Larry Summers, Gramm-Leach-Bliley a monument to political mendacity.
Proud Boys/Boogaloo Bois infiltrate as ‘demonstrators’ as Antifa & BLM and loot/pillage at will.
For ‘stupidity’ look to American Foreign Policy from 1823’s Monroe Doctrine.
Mr. Bregman don’t spend your political capital on this! ‘We’ rely on you, and a host of others: Yanis Varoufakis, David Harvey, Richard D. Wolff, Mark Blyth, Thomas Piketty etc., etc.