Some time ago, conservatives seized on the shooting of Republican Rep. Steve Scalise and three others as an example of what they saw as rising political violence from the Left. It’s now largely been forgotten, but Fox New’s Sean Hannity accused Democrats of “dehumanizing” Republicans, and the right-leaning Washington Times ran an editorial by a Tea Party activist that called leftist protests “the first skirmishes of the second American civil war.” Much of the conservative’s anger has been aimed at ‘Antifa’ — short for ‘anti-fascist’. Antifa are loosely affiliated groups of mostly young people, mainly on the West Coast but spreading around the country, albeit usually in urban areas where our culture has been rotted by modernity.
They dress in black and wear masks when they confront right-wing groups; for some time now there have been clashes or confrontations in Berkeley, California; Portland, Oregon; Charlottesville, Virginia and as well on the campus of Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington. Antifa rarely talk to reporters and rarely give their names, at least not while wearing masks. Antifa, who are openly communist and radically anti-white, point to what they regard as the racism and white supremacist ideology of the other side as their reasons for open violence. They say groups such as the Alternative Right only pretend to be interested in peaceful political protest and would attack minorities or leftists, given the chance.
The idea that some on the Far Left are openly condoning violence is a red flag and possibly a trend that further violence will increase in scope and dimension. This is a dangerous game; people are going to get hurt. It’s just a matter of time before the Left and Right extremes commit to open violence and reprisal attacks on each other. So-called white “supremacists” and absurd neo-Nazis (such as the brain-cell deprived AtomWaffen) are widely condemned — and deservedly — for their violent tendencies, even among the Dissident Right. But, Antifa gets a pass on their violence because they oppose so-called white supremacists. In most cases, these are regular traditional Americans that get maced, jumped and bloodied. It could be conjectured that the reason that left wing violence is not covered more by main stream media is that the media itself supports these extremists on the Left and their communist agenda.
Antifa are not new. They are a latter-day version of the anarchists and ‘black bloc’ groups who, over the years, have often challenged police and broken windows during May Day protests in Seattle and Portland. Their membership is hard to track, but it appears to be expanding beyond the West Coast and urban areas. They are also embracing other leftist causes beyond just fighting who they accuse, falsely many times, of white supremacy. The Far Left is very active in the United States, but it hasn’t been particularly violent since the 1970’s. This has changed in recent times. Antifa’s willingness to be openly violent towards peaceful protesters has been proven over and over again.
You have to go back to the 1970s to find the last big cycle of Far Left extremism in the U.S. (Weathermen Underground, Black Panthers, etc.). But Far Right extremists did commit violence in the 1990’s — the abortion clinic bombings and Oklahoma City, for example. And, more recently, racially motivated attacks such as the one at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin and the mass shooting at a black church in Charleston, South Carolina. The trends toward extremist activity among the far left and far right are on the rise. This is a warning sign. In this highly polarized and divided society, more people who have stances that fall within the mainstream, on the left and right alike, may consider political violence. Domestic terrorism experts say that concern is only heightened by the fact that the line between what is considered mainstream and what is considered fringe is becoming increasingly blurred.
Antifa has shown a propensity towards violence. The fiasco at Berkeley and Charlottesville and other events prove that local governments are covering for Antifa’s activities. Time will only tell, but most likely these events will increase in frequency and level of violence. With the election of Donald Trump and the unhinged Left becoming more reactionary and radical, events of the level of Berkeley and Charlottesville will spread. As it stands now, it seems that the U.S. government is unwilling or unable to confront this problem – likely because the Deep State is heavily focused on undermining the President and rooting out non existent nefarious Russian hackers.
Many within the liberty minded populace fear that if the government does react to these trends on the Left that the police state will finally come out from the shadows. Time will tell, but what we all can be certain of is this trend towards fanaticism will continue and may prove deadly for ordinary people just trying to go about making their daily bread.
-By Séarlas MacDhúghaill