Antifa: What Americans Need to Know about the Alt-Left
a book by WND Special Report
(our site's book review)
The Amazon blurb says that "Antifa" dominates today's headlines, from swarming conservative speakers on college campuses to attacking Trump supporters attending the president’s rallies. Yet, though these masked, violent radicals are more numerous and prominent than ever, they are poorly understood. Claiming to oppose "racism" and "fascism," they are widely excused by the news media, and even by some Republicans, as extremists pursuing a good cause.
The reality is far different – and now, for the first time, Americans can find out the truth. WND presents an exclusive report on the formation, history, ideology, tactics and future of the leftwing extremists who call themselves Antifa:
You’ll learn how, historically, the movement started as the street fighters of the German Communist Party – and how Antifa today still uses the same symbols and slogans as their communist forebears.
You’ll go inside the writings of Antifa itself, and see the unlimited, outrageous claims to power and violence these masked thugs openly declare for themselves.
You’ll get an in-depth examination of Antifa's major factions, as well as the tactics it employs.
Most importantly, you’ll understand why Antifa isn't just a threat to conservatives and Trump supporters, but to all Americans who value the right of free speech and other essential constitutional freedoms.
This report is a tour de force of little-known Western political history as well as a penetrating look at one of the most dangerous forces to emerge in American politics. And while liberal reporters, leftist politicians and anti-American academics openly align themselves with, and run interference for, Antifa, no conservative, libertarian or responsible American can afford to remain ignorant about this group – or what it plans to do to anyone who disagrees with it.
However, some people tried to get them declared to be terrorists: In August 2017, a petition requesting that "AntiFa" be classified by the Pentagon as a terrorist organization was launched on the White House petitioning system We the People. It gathered more than 100,000 signatures in three days and therefore under policy set by the Obama administration would have received an official review and response from the White House (at over 300,000 signatures, by late August it was the third most-signed submission posted). . . . The White House responded to the petition, stating "Although Federal law provides a mechanism to designate and sanction foreign terrorist organizations and foreign state sponsors of terrorism, there is currently no analogous mechanism for formally designating domestic terrorist organizations."
Nonetheless, law enforcement has many tools at its disposal to address violent individuals and groups. . . . The Department of Homeland Security was said to have classified their [Antifa's] activities as domestic terrorism. Politico interviewed law enforcement officials who noted a rise in activity since the beginning of the Trump administration, particularly a rise in recruitment (and on the part of the far right as well) since the Charlottesville Unite the Right rally [see photo above]. Politico stated that one internal assessment acknowledged an inability to penetrate the groups' "diffuse and decentralized organizational structure". Politico also reported that the agencies were (as of April 2016) monitoring "conduct deemed potentially suspicious and indicative of terrorist activity".
Antifa terrorists have assaulted both KKK members and Nazis in the U.S. and Europe since 2010
In the 2010s, self-described antifa groups have become increasingly active in Western Europe and North America. These loose collectives first arose in the early 2010s in response to growing nationalism in countries including the United States, United Kingdom, Denmark, Germany, and France. In the US, anti-fascist groups had existed since at least 1988 in the form of the Anti-Racist Action, but an American movement using the same name has become increasingly active since 2016, often affiliated with anarchism, and have become known for their clashes with far-right and alt-right groups. US anti-fascist activities have included violent disruptions and demonstrations which have drawn criticism from both the political right and political left.
It should not have taken the murder of Heather Heyer for so many of us, especially white people, to take seriously the threat of white power that has plagued communities of color for generations. The history of anti-fascist demands that we take seriously the violence of white supremacists. The days of “just ignoring them” are over. (Source: Who are the antifa?, Mark Bray, Washington Post)
Implicit in antifa writings about fascism is a lurking fear that if we give fascism the slightest opportunity, all is lost and fascistic stormtroopers will soon be goosestepping their way to our door
"If passed, Bill HR 6054 would punish anyone wearing a mask or disguise who "injures, oppresses, threatens, or intimidates" someone else exercising a right guaranteed under the Constitution. . . . "This is another draconian measure to actually criminalize dissent in the United States," said Scott Crow, a former Antifa organizer and author. . . . Two groups go to Charlottesville. A big group chants racist filth, wields semi-automatic assault rifles, fires a gun into a crowd & murders a woman with a car," he wrote. "A small group wears masks. It's the small group these Congressmen want to lock up for 15 years. Authoritarianism rises." (Source: A new bill aims to send masked Antifa activists to jail for 15 years, Dakin Andone, CNN)
"And so here we stand: On the one side, a racist, identity-politics Left dedicated to the proposition that white people are innate beneficiaries of privilege and therefore must be excised from political power; on the other side, a reactionary, racist, identity-politics alt-right dedicated to the proposition that white people are innate victims of the social-justice class and therefore must regain political power through race-group solidarity. . . . And so here we are. The mainstream Left has been increasingly suckered into walking hand-in-hand with the SJWs while ignoring the most egregious activities of Antifa; the mainstream Right has been increasingly seduced into footsie with alt-right associates while feigning ignorance at the alt-right itself." (Source: Antifa and the Alt-Right, Growing in Opposition to One Another, Ben Shapiro, National Review)
Kevin D. Williamson says: "Here’s a thought for the self-proclaimed antifa: You’re a bunch of idiot children, obviously. But you’re also a bunch of aspiring street-fighters who glorify political violence and dismiss liberal notions of free speech and property rights as so much outmoded bourgeois window-dressing standing in the way of what promises to be a glorious future."
Antifa is "short for militant leftists, or occasionally far leftists and radical leftists, often used as a generalization of people who commit to acts of violence against those on the Right side of the political spectrum" and those who are against Antifa call it "The purest form of contradiction, hypocrisy, and accidental irony; [Antifa] are the modern day equivalent of nazis." "Hey I'm Antifa, I'll pepper spray you for not conforming to my socialist/communist/anarchist ideology"— skankhunt81
"Sean Hannity and other, fringier monsters of the far-right media ecosystem have been, for at least a year now, pushing the idea of the 'alt-left' as some sort of answer to the charge that the 'alt-right,' a very real political entity, has hijacked and poisoned the Republican party. . . . But there is an actual active and growing group that Trump refers to. However, it’s incorrect to name-check it as the alt-left and it’s downright wrong to morally equivocate it with the neo-Nazi and white supremacist scum that stormed Charlottesville. But it does exist. Only it’s called 'antifa,' short for anti-fascist, and it far predates Donald Trump. . . . These forerunners to what Trump and Hannity call the alt-left were so successful at banishing white supremacists back into the shadows of society that, without a rallying cause, they dissipated in most places themselves. . . . James Anderson . . . told me in an interview last spring that the rise in far right violence seen under Trump 'has forced a lot of people on the left to actually look at anti-fascism and take it seriously.'" (Source: Antifa and the ‘Alt-Left’: Everything You Need to Know, Shawn McCreesh, Rolling Stone)
Antifa are postmodern fanatics: bullies who violate liberal principles by shutting up speakers they dislike, revealing their own fascism—they even hit faces with pies
". . . when I see antifa showing up at places like UC Berkeley and setting fire to cars and throwing rocks through windows in order to prevent someone like Milo Yiannopoulos from speaking, I think they’ve gone way too far. Milo isn’t a Nazi, and he isn’t an actual threat. He’s a traveling clown looking to offend social justice warriors." (Source: “They have no allegiance to liberal democracy”: an expert on antifa explains the group, Sean Illing, VOX)
". . . postmodern fanatics: bullies who violate liberal principles by shutting up speakers they dislike; brats who riot in Berkeley, Portland, Oakland and elsewhere when they don’t get their way; hypocrites who denounce their opponents’ unreason and violence yet can’t see their own; and brutes who whip each other into vulgar frenzies on the Internet. The “alt-left” is populated by ideologues who reject the American value of compromise. They see a world of conspiracy theories, imagined enemies and exaggerated slights. Ironically, they echo their far right rivals by demonizing Wall Street, the Big Banks, the Mainstream Media — and, frequently, Jews or Zionists. Both far right and far left radicals represent a politics of backlash and lashing out, not consensus-building or reaching out." (Source: Why the 'Alt-Left' Is a Problem, Gil Troy, Time)
White supremacist David Duke thanked Trump for condemning the 'leftist terrorists in Black Lives Matter/Antifa'
" . . . white supremacist David Duke thanked Trump for condemning the 'leftist terrorists in BLM/Antifa.' The 'BLM' he’s referring to is the well-known Black Lives Matter movement. But 'Antifa' is less well-known, and white supremacists who were at Charlottesville have blamed them for the violence. . . . UC Berkeley blamed $100,000 of damage on '150 masked agitators.' . . . CNN reported that 'antifascist' protesters were seen at protests during Trump’s inauguration. They were seen breaking windows and bus stops. Six police officers were injured and 217 protesters were arrested during the inauguration in Washington." (Source: What Is the Alt-Left? 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know, Daniel S. Levine, Heavy)
"Experts tell us that statistically, historically, and in terms of philosophy the alt-right poses a bigger threat and greater evil, but the violence at political demonstrations has been ratcheting up in recent months. Brian Levin, criminal justice professor at California State University at San Bernardino who is an expert on hate groups, said ideology aside, street violence is generally increasing at political demonstrations, as extremist groups are egged on by each other’s words and actions. . . . Over the past decade, extremists of every stripe have killed 372 Americans. 74 percent of those killings were committed by right wing extremists. Only 2 percent of those deaths were at the hands of left wing extremists." (Source: Are ‘Antifa’ and the Alt-Right Equally Violent?, Bethania Palma, Snopes)
"In Portland, where the Rose City Antifa has been active for a decade, members focus on outing people they believe are neo-Nazis, even trying to get them fired and evicted from their homes. 'We've done mass mailings. We've even gone door to door before in communities,' said the group's leader, who spoke on condition of anonymity. 'We've gone out to areas that we know that a lot of Nazis live with, like, 'wanted' posters, like, 'Do you have any information on this person?' and put them up in the area, and we usually get a flurry of tips like, 'Yeah, this person works here,' and so on and so on.' But like other Antifa groups across the country, the Portland sect gets the most attention when violence explodes at its rallies. And for that, its members don't apologize. 'You have to put your body in the way,' the group's leader said, 'and you have to make it speak in the language that they understand. And sometimes that is violence.'" (Source: Unmasking the Leftist Antifa Movement, Sara Ganim and Chris Welch, CNN)
To protest 'unfair wealth distribution' violently, antifa undermine the Occupy Wall Street movement so that is looks like both they and antifa are thugs, not citizens with a fair point being made (which it is)
The problem antifa protesters will encounter if they continue to destroy property to protest "unfair wealth distribution" is that is puts the alt-right and cops on one side and antifa on the other. They need to quickly realize that mixing issues like this will make them enemies of the people, the government, the law, the store-owners, and the citizens. To protest "unfair wealth distribution" violently, they undermine the Occupy Wall Street movement so that is looks like they are thugs, not citizens with a fair point being made.
Antifa seems like it is torn between acting like out-of-control thugs—no different than rampaging big city gangs—and defenders of those being victimized by the alt-right radicals. This is the problem of no leadership in a loose organization. It encourages stray thugs to join in the action just for the thrill of violence. It also encourages law enforcement to see them as criminals to target rather than vigilantes out to right wrongs or protect the targets of alt-right radicals.
Trump-is-fascist protest placards are in sinc with antifa thought
"'Antifa combines radical left-wing and anarchist politics, revulsion at racists, sexists, homophobes, anti-Semites, and Islamophobes, with the international anti-fascist culture of taking the streets and physically confronting the brownshirts of white supremacy, whoever they may be.' As with fascisms, not all anti-fascisms are the same, but the essential feature is that anti-fascism does not tolerate fascism; it would give it no platform for debate. . . . The failure of early-20th-century fighters to keep fascist regimes at bay speaks more to the paucity of numbers than the problem of their direct confrontational tactics. . . . the Southern Poverty Law Center released a report documenting nearly 900 separate incidents of bias and violence against immigrants, Latinos, African Americans, women, LGBT people, Muslims and Jews in the ten days that followed Trump’s win. " (Source: Anti-Fascists Will Fight Trump’s Fascism in the Streets: In stark contrast with many liberals, antifa activists refuse any dialogue with Trumpism., Natasha Lennard, the Nation)
Antifa believe that whatever crimes Antifa commit are not crimes, and their victims are not victims—however, if you believe such nonsense, you need a shrink or a deprogrammer
"On February 1, Antifa set fires and stormed buildings at the University of California–Berkeley to prevent an appearance by Breitbart provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos. (They succeeded.) In April, they threatened violence if Ann Coulter spoke on the campus; when the university and local law enforcement refused to find a secure location for her to speak, she withdrew, saying the situation was too dangerous. . . . What George Orwell called 'Newspeak' in his novel 1984 'occurs whenever the main purpose of language — which is to describe reality — is replaced by the rival purpose of asserting power over it.' The latter is the purpose of 'anti-fascism.' Who and what are you? A fascist. Who and what am I? An anti-fascist. Them and us, tidily distinguished. . . . Under the aegis of 'anti-fascism,' leftist thugs have appointed themselves adjudicators of the fates of Richard Spencer, Heather Mac Donald, the limo owner or Trump voter — anyone they 'don’t like' — and in this lawless realm, whatever crimes Antifa commit are not crimes, and their victims are not victims. . . . The Antifa ideology can produce only enemies." (Source: The Roots of Left-Wing Violence, Ian Tuttle, National Review)
Social Justice Warriors like Antifa are inclined to act like thought-police, speech-police, and even race-police toward everyone around them and will try to marginalize, discredit, smear, and destroy anyone who fails to conform to their thought-policing with sufficient obedience and enthusiasm
"Antifa's fascist goal is to shut down their political opponents."—David Horowitz
Conservative talk show host and Fox News contributor Laura Ingraham suggested labeling antifa as a terrorist organization. Jesse Arreguin, the mayor of Berkeley, suggested classifying the city's antifa as a gang. In August 2017, a petition requesting that "AntiFa" be classified by the Pentagon as a terrorist organization was launched on the White House petitioning system We the People. As of October 2017, the petition has over 350,000 signatures.
Fascist tactics to prevent speakers speaking is what Hitler and other fascists have done, historically—if one becomes a fascist to stop a fascist, one has merely replaced one fascist with another
What does antifa hope to gain by not letting rightwing speakers like Coulter, Ingraham, and Horowitz speak? It's true that there are some things these people say that are questionable, but that's true of ALL speakers. Fascist tactics to prevent speakers speaking is what Hitler and other fascists have done, historically. If one becomes a fascist to stop a fascist, one has merely replaced one fascist with another. Being afraid to dialog with these conservative speakers, to logical people, means that antifa is afraid they'd lose arguments since these speakers—right or wrong—can back up what they say with sound arguments and relevant statistics, and antifa cannot, since their arguments are mostly just emotional, not logical.
Some blacks used to be victims and some whites used to be victimizers before the 1960s and 1970s, but the actual proven FACT is that in the 21st century, more whites are victims of blacks than the reverse, so liberal colleges need to stop teaching lies
Where did their high school civics teachers fail them? No one has more or less First Amendment rights than anyone else, and no one's First Amendment rights negates anyone elses'. How did their mothers fail at teaching them about fair play? How did everyone in their lives fail to install in them the rules of communicating in a democracy? In the future will Antifa be at polling places forcing us to vote for whomever believes what they believe? If Trump's thugs did that, it would be facism. But if Antifa's thugs did that, it would be what, Antifacracy? Certainly not democracy. Face it, it would be facism since facist is as facist does. Antifa terrorists are hoping everyone will look the other way when they threaten, beat, and pepper-spray people and destroy others' property, but then arrest alt-right people they don't like when they do the same thing.
This feels like sibling rivalry, where toddlers try to get the most attention, try to deny their rival mommy's attention, and hit their rival every time mommy's back is turned. "Give ME candy but don't give any to Johnny!" wails the toddler. Trump has this same win-lose obsession that have made many refer to him as the big orange toddler in the White House. "My opinions are true but everyone else's are fake news—listen to ME ME ME since everyone else is a liar" says Trump. Antifa may not admit it, but they're accidentally using Trump, toddlers, and tyrants as role models! See Siblings Without Rivalry: How to Help Your Children Live Together So You Can Live Too to learn how to manage sibling rivalry with both intelligence and compassion. It gives parents the practical tools they need to cope with conflict, encourage cooperation, reduce competition, and make it possible for children to experience the joys of sibling-hood so they don't grow up to be Antifa facists or alt-right fascists.
Hearing their children fight and bicker all the time makes parents feel lousy
To stop conservative speakers from speaking is a fascist, unAmerican goal. To take smart and insightful questions to a presentation to respectfully ask AFTER the speaker is finished is the right way in American democracy. If you cannot back up your arguments, perhaps they are wrong! Why should Coulter, Ingraham, Horowitz (none of whom are fascist or violent) or any other conservative speaker have to put up with your childish tantrums, insolence, disrespect and interruptions? These people—regardless of how much you disagree with them—have paid their dues and earned their place as eloquent speakers. Trump has the exact same problems when he hears opinions he doesn't like as Antifa members have. Anger and frustration attempting to cause loss of control. But Trump merely tweets insults later that night, rather than losing control. If only Antifa thugs would at least use the Trump method of anger expression rather than the fascist violent method!
Why should Coulter, Ingraham, Horowitz (none of whom are fascist) or any other conservative speaker have to put up with antifa's childish tantrums, insolence, disrespect and interruptions?
In their march at the University of Virginia the alt-right fascists called for the elimination of African Americans and Jews. Their websites and public statements openly call for acts of violence and genocide. Since such people cannot be reasoned with, antifa could protest on the other side of the street, and yell louder than the alt-right do, or bring bigger megaphones. If the alt-right try violence, use self defense or help the situation by defending nonfascists from violence. DEMOCRACY. Try it, Antifa. You might like it!
When up against fascists, Antifa could protest on the other side of the street and yell louder than the alt-right do or bring bigger megaphones
Note: To be clear, we are against harrassment, racism, sexism, xenophobia, ageism, sizeism, or any other form of unfair, unwarranted, and unwanted discrimination. We'd like everyone to be treated kindly and sensitively, not insultingly or hurtfully. If anyone is engaging in hate speech on the street or in videogames, blogs, emails, or speech, their actions are to be condemned. But, on the other hand, we loathe the fact that Social Justice Warriors are inclined to act like thought-police, speech-police, and even race-police toward everyone around them and will try to marginalize, discredit, smear, and destroy anyone who fails to conform to their thought-policing with sufficient obedience and enthusiasm. (To the degree they are fascist vigilantes in this way, they are social parasites.)
Noam Chomsky has criticized the anti-fascist movement and argues its tactics are a gift to the far right and U.S. state (government) repression. The renowned academic, widely considered the founder of modern linguistics, says anti-fascists have instigated the use of violence in wholly reprehensible ways. . . . Chomsky, a prominent voice on the left and the most respected intellectual alive, has now voiced his frustrations with antifa, telling The Independent that physically preventing members of far-right groups from expressing their views is counter-productive and anti-democratic. (As we said above.)
Antifa Plans “Civil War” to Overthrow the Government: Violent far-left group demands Trump “regime be removed from power.” These antifa plans are based on plans outlined in a book written by Bob Avakian, the Chairman of the Revolutionary Communist Party, which is called The Coming Civil War.
However: In the end, claims that Antifa will wage civil war on November 4 aren’t supported by facts. We couldn’t find any examples of Refuse Fascism or any Antifa group advocating for violence or civil war on November 4. See Antifa Declares Nationwide Civil War on November 4—it's FICTION!.
So we give infowars.com's report that Antifa will wage civil war on November 4 a Full-of-Baloney award
A 43-year-old cop-hating Antifa extremist was arrested after authorities discovered bomb making materials and chemicals in the man’s home indicating that he was planning to carry out a terror attack.
In sum, then, this book keeps its promise that after reading it, you’ll understand why Antifa isn't just a threat to conservatives and Trump supporters, but to all Americans who value the right of free speech and other essential constitutional freedoms. In addition, although SOME antifa seem to simply be trying to counter evil from alt-right radicals, others seem to take part because they want to rumble (a.k.a. gang fighting).
We advise Antifa to cease trying to prevent conservative speakers from speaking. This is a free country with First Amendment freedom of speech. Acting like fascists who try to be judge and jury determining who can talk and who cannot talk will make Antifa not only hypocrites but also criminals and/or terrorists eventually hunted by police and FBI. In you wish to be a force for good, just keep countering Nazi and Radical White Supremicists that advocate violence or extermination or that actually inflict violence on others. You'll have a lot of supporters if you stick to that.
However, tens of millions of Americans like and respect conservative speakers like Horowitz, Coulter, and Ingraham, and none of these speakers advocate violence or extermination or actually inflict violence on others, so let them talk. It's their right. Antifa, this isn't North Korea where a handful of people determine who can talk and what they can say. NO ONE is going to appreciate Antifa trying to turn the U.S. into a tyranny. The U.S. has fought wars for our freedoms—they're precious to us. We don't want another civil war. The first one was to free slaves. Do you want a second one between the freedom-of-speech respecters (99.9% of Americans) and the bigots who no longer believe in freedom of speech (Antifa)? Hint: you guys would lose. Millions of people fought and died for our freedoms and we are not about to let some masked know-it-alls take them from us.
Millions of people fought and died for our freedoms and we are not about to let some masked know-it-alls take them from us
In March, "Keith Mines [an international civil war expert] was one of several national-security experts whom Foreign Policy asked to evaluate the risks of a second civil war—with percentages. Mines concluded that the United States faces a sixty-per-cent chance of civil war over the next ten to fifteen years. Other experts’ predictions ranged from five percent to ninety-five percent. The sobering consensus was thirty-five percent. And that was five months before Charlottesville."
About 625,000 men died in the Civil War. That's more Americans than died in both World Wars, Korea, and Vietnam combined. This amounted to 2 percent of the population at the time, which would be the equivalent to about 6 million Americans dying today. Antifa is pushing us toward this type of war. Is that really what you guys want??!!
Antifa is pushing us toward civil war. Is that REALLY what you guys want??!!