Antifa: A Look at the Anti-Fascist Movement Confronting White Supremacists in the Streets

Democracy Now has a very important two part piece. Antifa: A Look at the Anti-Fascist Movement Confronting White Supremacists in the Streets and Part 2 || Antifa: A Look at the Anti-Fascist Movement Confronting White Supremacists in the Streets.

President Trump is facing widespread criticism for his latest comments on the deadly white supremacist protest in Charlottesville, Virginia. Speaking at Trump Tower on Tuesday, Trump said the violence was in part caused by what he called the “alt-left.” President Trump’s comment were widely decried. Former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney wrote on Twitter, “No, not the same. One side is racist, bigoted, Nazi. The other opposes racism and bigotry. Morally different universes.” We look at one of the groups who confronted the white supremacists in the streets: the anti-fascists known as antifa. We speak to Mark Bray, author of the new book, “Antifa: The Anti-Fascist Handbook.”

Until the events in Charlottesville, the group Antifa was barely on my radar. Even I fell for some of the corporate press and Trump insinuations about the organization. There is nothing like hearing it explained by an authority on the subject.

When I posted the first part of the interview on my Facebook page, I made the following introduction:

This is the kind of discussion of Anti-Fa that we need to hear. The only part I disagree with is the need to use any tactic that is needed to stop fascism. I still hope that tactics that comport with our Constitution will be enough. We should stick to protecting civil liberties as long as we possibly can.

Remember that the First Amendment simply says “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

It protects the right “peaceably to assemble”. It does not protect the right to violently assemble. There is a vast difference between these two.

After listening to the second part, I am not nearly so sure of myself. I think it requires a deeper analysis than I have given before I can support or disparage any of their tactics. Perhaps we all need to read the new book, “Antifa: The Anti-Fascist Handbook.” According to Amazon, the book will be shipped only after September 12, 2017. You can pre-order the Kindle version or the physical book now.

August 17, 2017 12:25 AM

I have been receiving push back from some quarters about Antifa. The claim is that there are numerous YouTube video that show what Antifa means by approving “use any tactic that is needed to stop fascism”. The claim is that if I see some of what they have done, I won’t approve of some of those actions.

I haven’t found a suitable example video yet, so I cannot form an opinion yet on whether or not I approve of actions that Antifa has taken in the USA. I’ll have to do more research, but I did want to acknowledge that I heard the feedback and did not dismiss it out of hand.

August 17, 2017 6:12 PM

I was told to do a Google search on “Tim Pool Antifa” to see videos of some of the things that have been reported about Antifa. I can’t decide which video to show on this blog, so I’ll let you look at the search results (at the previous link) and decide for yourself. It’s not looking too good for Antifa.

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