I expect we’ll hear that young Rittenhouse is a racist, at least structurally so since a) he is white, b) he was armed, and c) he was guarding a capitalist petro-chemical facility. Or, if none of that, then the Kenosha protests that night were “largely peaceful” until white supremacists from out of town infiltrated them, inciting arson, looting and teeth-gnashing among the godly idealists.
But I see Rittenhouse as emblematic. In terms of the Fourth Turning hypothesis he represents that part of his generation that will preserve society through the crisis. He belongs to the “hero generation” which at last will confront the consequences wrought by the artist, prophet and nomad generations that preceded it.
He saw a job that needed to be done, and went to do it. Surely that much is clear, whatever we make of it.