Your comment on the "PC Culture" thread reminded me that I'd been meaning to ask if you've ever read "Revolution in the Air" by Max Elbaum? If you're not familiar, it's a sympathetically critical account of the American New Left from the SDS through to the start of the Reagan era. It's interesting stuff, even if it did make me sympathise with Maoists without my consent.
For sure they do deserve some legal protections, just not all the same protections as people. What was striking is like I said, a dude who wrote the 14th am. actually lied to SCOTUS in a case, then the court clerk put in a straight up falsehood in the case summary that subsequent SCOTUS's have used in their judgements. It's atrocious