Following the murder of female counter-protester Heather Heyer at the hands of a white supremacist, President Trump caught flack for saying there is violence on both sides. While the timing of the statement may be distasteful to some, it has no bearing on its accuracy. The same weekend of white supremacist violence in Charlottesville, Antifa protesters were rioting in the streets of Seattle.
Antifa fancies themselves as anti-fascists. If you know the definition of the term fascism, this should be ironic. The dictionary definition of fascism is an authoritarian and nationalistic right-wing system of government and social organization. The root of fascistic evil is authoritarianism, a forcing of strict obedience to authority. So who is more authoritarian: the people holding free speech rallies or these people? If you answered the group of people who want everyone to bow down to their ideas or face violence then you are correct, and this is Antifa.
Antifa and the Alt-Right play off each other; support for the Alt-Right grew after riots shut down Milo Yiannopoulis and Ann Coulter at Berkeley while Antifa support grew after the death of Heather Heyer in Charlottesville. The two groups would like to pit people against each other so they must choose a side. The Alt-Right is accurately labelled a white nationalist movement, but what is Antifa if not anti-fascist?
This is, of course, the great irony; how can you say you’re against “anti-fascists” without being a fascist yourself? The knee-jerk reaction of any questioned Antifa protester is to say you are a racist/fascist just for the fact you voted for Trump, are a police horse, or question them to begin with. To avoid this, let them expose themselves. It’s not hard to see they’re the instigators in most rallies-turned-riots that they attend. Take a look at the Matt Labash article A Beating in Berkeley or the undercover video done by Louder with Crowder.
Unfortunately, both the media and politicians look to demonize conservative event coordinators calling them Alt-Right and white supremacists without reason; this even when Patriot Prayer creator Joey Gibson went out of his way to denounce white supremacists and political violence. Until recently, swarming Antifa protesters hurling bottles of urine at police and swinging bike locks at unsuspecting rally-goers were being compared to soldiers storming Normandy during WWII. I’m not making that up; the people who wear masks and yell at and assault veterans and shout at people for wearing American and Israeli flags are being compared to the men who risked their lives to free Europe from actual Nazis.
I don’t recommend violence against Antifa, even in self-defense. At a Berkeley free speech rally in April, the attendees were not allowed anything that could be used as a weapon or even protection. When Antifa arrived and violence ensued, those people who may have been fighting in self-defense were still labelled as the agitators. Cracks are beginning to form in the media-manufactured façade, however. They are now being forced to acknowledge Antifa as nothing but a bunch of thugs and hoodlums. The radicalization from discourse to violence is anathema to progress. Disregarding an opinion you don’t like as fascist does nothing to prove it is fascist or challenge its premise. The swaying of opinions is not done by swinging bike locks, but exchanging ideas and putting them into practice. So don’t be an idiot. Don’t be Antifa.