The Antifa movement is a conglomeration of left-wing autonomous militant anti-fascist groups in the United States. The principle feature of antifa groups is their use of direct action, with conflicts occurring both online and in real life. They engage in varied protest tactics, which include digital activism, property damage, physical violence, and harassment against those whom they identify as fascist, racist, or on the far-right. Activist involved in the movement tend to be anti-capitalist and subscribe to a range of ideologies, typically on the left. They include anarchists, socialist, and communists along with some liberals and social democrats. Their stated focus is on fighting far-right and white supremacist ideologies directly, rather than through electoral means.
Although various antifascist movements have existed in the United States since the beginning of fascism in the 1930s, the word fascism, adopted from German usage, only came into prominence as an umbrella term in English in 2017. The Anti-Defamation League makes a point that the label “antifa” should be limited to “those who proactively seek physical confrontations with their perceived fascist adversaries,” and not be misapplied to include all counter-protesters.
Many Americans first became aware of Antifa only in 2017, when some of its followers descended on Washington, D.C. to protest President Donald Trump’s inauguration. They broke store windows, set fire to a limousine, and caused more than $100,000 in property damage. But Antifa is much older and broader than a mere reactionary movement opposed to President Trump’s administration. It has grown in numbers and strength for decades, united only by its adherents’ commitment to shutting down anyone they disagree with by any means. Purporting to fight fascism – hence the name Antifa, short for “anti-fascism – the group broadly labels anyone it disagrees with as a fascist. Justified by this zeal, Antifa unleashes the violence we’ve seen rock communities, including Berkeley, Calif., and Portland Ore. and now recently, cities all across the nation, with the senseless death of George Floyd. This behavior is an unacceptable way to express disagreement, and we should not tolerate it in our communities.
One of the biggest challenges to containing the cancer that is Antifa is its amorphous, disconnected nature. Antifa is not a traditional organization. Antifa doesn’t stand for anything, only against whatever it decides to define as fascist. It does not have meetings, official members, or even leaders. It is made up of dozens, if not hundreds, of left-wing organizations, both at the local and national levels. Each group has its own goals and aspirations – some advocate for animal rights, environmental rights, and socialism. The groups come together behind a unifying black mask whenever there is a call to action, spread through word-of-mouth or social media. At that point, the groups abandon their ethos and become part of the mob-like collective that is Antifa. Antifa has two goals: Destroy political opposition, and silence dissenters in any way possible. Given their nebulous structure, curtailing Antifa is undoubtedly a challenge for authorities – but designating the group as a domestic terrorist organization, as President Trump has suggested, would be a good start that offers many benefits.
The name “Antifa” sounds good and the goal of “fighting fascism” is undoubtedly a draw to many well-intentioned, idealistic people, both young and old. However, it is an inherently anti-American movement and, as Americans, we cannot allow its fascist doctrine to continue to undermine our republic.
The Deplorable Infidel (Source: The Hill and Wikipedia)
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The anti-American fascist have taken over six blocks of Seattle and Mayor Moron of Seattle calls it a festival zone.
AN OPINION FROM THE DEPLORABLE INFIDEL
People are asking: “If they do away with the police, who would I call if someone broke into my house in the middle of the night?” In my case it would be the coroner.
A SIMPLE TRUTH FOR TODAY
“Every statue and street building has been renamed, every date has been altered. And the process is continuing day by day and minute by minute. History has stopped. Nothing exists except an endless present in which the Party is always right.”
George Orwell – ‘1984’