When Antifa fights the Alt-Right, we all lose.
For all the love people have given Antifa recently, they and the alt-right are absolutely, equally, and completely terrible.
Make no bones about it: Nazis are straight-up evil. Ideologically, politically, morally, and spiritually evil.
This first part is just for Republicans/Conservatives/Libertarians, because, frankly, the left doesn’t care what we do or say about Nazis. Their minds are already made up. This just for our own good health.
In spite of reports and arguments to the contrary, I think the rally in Charlottesville was primarily a gathering of white supremacists and/or a ploy to force non-racists under their umbrella by association. It was so evident from the organizational phase alone, that controversial media figure Gavin McInnis, a proudly transgressive foe of political correctness, refused to go.
Moreover, I’m of the opinion that Donald Trump was absolutely wrong in not specifically calling out the white nationalists as evil right off the bat, and I think he absolutely compounded his error with his subsequent comments.
Nazism and white supremacism have crept into our party, our movements, our political house, and we need to evict them with extreme prejudice because they are antithetical to our worldviews; supporting centralized governments to suppress free speech, thought, and entire races of people.
For those actually familiar with conservatism: GUYS. These are literally the same knuckleheads that Buckley chased OUT of our temple back in the SIXTIES. What possessed you to let them back IN??
Enjoying Pepe memes and sticking a metaphorical finger in the eye of political correctness doesn’t make you a “white nationalist,” and merely being “anti-SJW” doesn’t make the White Nationalists conservative allies.
Enjoy watching Return of the Jedi? So did Jeffery Dahmer. That doesn’t make you a serial killer any more than it makes him your friend.
Their movement is hateful, they have no problem with violent protest, and they want a resurgence of a society that slaughtered millions of people.
Everyone has a right to speak, but NOT harass, intimidate, brutalize and murder their fellow citizens.
As long as we are a nation where we can change laws and policy at a voting booth, there is no excuse for that kind of behavior, and it needs to be punished.
So with that in mind, how can one possibly equate leftist groups like Antifa with human debris like the violent sections of the Alt-Right? It’s pretty simple:
1:Antifa, and the radical left in general, is JUST as violent as the Alt-right.
2: Their violence is giving LEGITIMACY to the Alt-Right.
3: Their core philosophy, in spite of the rainbow-colored, “friendship is magic” veneer their rhetoric has, is just as TOXIC as the Alt-Right.
1: The violence perpetrated by Antifa is not just MORE extreme and extensive than the Alt-Right, it actually PREDATES the violence from the alt-right.
Don’t kid yourselves. The “anti-fascist resistance” black blocs started breaking windows and faces long before the “alt-right” did; gleefully throwing punches and starting dumpster fires while Richard Spencer was still whining into his webcam about “white genocide.”
And it’s off the proverbial chain.
They suppress free speech on campuses by heckling, rioting, and attacking not just speakers they disagree with… but their own liberal professors who dared to so much as talk to those guilty of thought-crime. They routinely harass, intimidate, and physically brutalize their fellow citizens. They ran down and beat people who disagreed with them or who voted for the wrong candidate. They livestreamed themselves doing it. They bragged about their violence on social media. They attacked people with bricks in tote bags, sticks, rebar, and box cutters. They beat REPORTERS so badly that it sent them to the hospital… and then stated that they DESERVED it. They maced anyone wearing a MAGA hat.. and even one of their own when he lost his mask and they thought he was on the other side. They nearly beat someone to death with a bike lock. They started fires, smashed windows, and ripped up buildings to prevent events they disapproved of from taking place, and physically assaulted anyone trying to attend.
NONE of these were the “Nazi” gatherings they supposedly formed to protect us from. They were literally just presentations or peaceful demonstrations (usually hosted by conservatives, libertarians, or Republicans) that Antifa did not like.
When their “fascist” foes failed to actually manifest, Antifa settled for declaring anyone who disagreed with them to be a fascist, justifying their mindless rampages.
They are brutalizing people with a ridiculous level of mob violence, and mayors and university presidents are letting them do it. They give the police and security orders NOT to intervene, and eventually started to do Antifa’s work for them, by trying to bar speakers and events the black bloc had blacklisted.
And in light of the horror in Charlottesville, the smug response from the left, instead of condemning these jackbooted thugs who are using surprisingly fascist tactics to “resist fascism” is usually something along the lines of:
No, it’s true. While figures loosely associated with the Black Lives Matter protest have actually killed a number of people, including police officers, Antifa and the rest of the radical left have not killed anyone like that white supremacist did.
BUT it hasn’t been for lack of trying. (And I’m not talking about just beating someone in the head with a chunk of metal; their preferred method of “dialogue.”)
Meet James Hodgkinson, someone who apparently fell into the public’s memory-hole the second he didn’t fit the narrative:
He was just your average, left-wing, progressive activist, who wanted free healthcare, voted for Bernie Sanders… and opened fire on a group of Republicans practicing for a charity baseball game, almost killing Representative Steve Scalise. All of this was done for explicitly political reasons. The only reason no victims died was because of the miracle of modern medicine, and the fact that Hodgkinson was killed during a ten-minute shootout with Capitol Police before he could finish the job.
In short, their tactics are EXACTLY the same and their extent of violence is actually worse than the Neo Nazis. They aren’t just “counter protesting.” They are intentionally attacking people in a violent and premeditated fashion.
2: The barbarous behavior and mental gymnastics of both Antifa and the radical left are just normalizing and legitimizing the Alt-Right.
They normalize the alt-right when they spend the last two decades shrieking that anyone who disagrees with them is a fascist, pretty much destroying any meaning the word had.
They legitimize the alt-right when they accuse everyone from Rand Paul to Ted Cruz, to Mitt Freaking Romney (who is about as offensive as a cork-board) of being far-right, white supremacists.
They completely destroy their credibility as crypto-Nazis exposers when they accuse Dave Rubin, who is literally a gay Jewish man, of being a Nazi.
Both Neo-Nazis and the radical Alt-Right expand their tent by finding otherwise reasonable people and saying “See? We both like Return of the Jedi. We’re on the same side.”
The Radical Left responds to this recruiting tactic by finding those same otherwise reasonable people and and shrieking “SEE? YOU BOTH LIKE RETURN OF THE JEDI! YOU’RE ON THE SAME SIDE!”
The Alt-right is literally just pointing at the Radical Left and saying “Look. They want to destroy your culture. They want to destroy everything. We can stop that.”
The Radical Left immediately debunks this simplistic, fallacious argument… by proposing that we blow up Mount Rushmore. Because White Supremacy.
So why is this such a problem? Mostly because the LAST time Antifa did this, around 80+ years ago, we wound up with Nazi Germany.
What am I talking about? Well, buckle-up, buttercup, because we’re about to embark on an unpleasant lesson in history and morality.
The case is made that even IF Antifa’s violent methods are as bad as the Alt-Right, it’s justified by the nobility of their cause.
It’s where all those incredibly ignorant, offensive, and intellectually dishonest memes comparing the Black Bloc to the Invasion of Normandy came from.
The fact is, Antifa is the embodiment of a toxic, destructive ideology that is as every bit as horrific as Nazi Fascism.
They aren’t the cure to the cancer of white supremacy, and they DEFINITELY aren’t fighting Nazism on the beaches of France. They’re brawling in the streets of Weimar Germany, telling themselves that no amount of collateral damage matters as long as it’s for the greater good.
Just like Goebbels did.
They are literally the para-military arm of radical communism.
“Antifa” isn’t just short for “Anti-Fascist.” It stands for “Antifaschistische Aktion,” a far left group of radical communists who struggled for power in Germany in the early 1930s with Nazi street thugs. They lost the fight, driving both the ruling political leadership and general populace into Hitler’s arms, but were revived in the 1980s with all of the same principles, gusto, and deep love of mob violence.
Somehow, down through the years, we’ve kept our deep-seated and completely valid aversion to Nazism, but we’ve given Communism a free pass, because “their hearts were in the right place.”
This is where morality of thought and morality of action come into play: What someone thinks/says, and what someone actually does.
Nazis believed in strict public order, forming strong fascist governments, and exterminating all the racially impure and “traitorous” elements in their grasp to ensure that government’s strength.
So the Nazis established totalitarian governments, subsidized the press, suppressed free speech, and imprisoned or executed their political enemies. And in what has been rightfully burned into our brains as one of the most horrific atrocities in modern history, began to systematically exterminate over nine MILLION people just because of who their parents were.
Communists believed in removing the ruling class, returning the means of production to the people, equality of outcome for all, strong socialist governments, and the purging of political dissidents for the safety of “the people.”
So the Communists established totalitarian governments, subsidized the press, suppressed free speech, and imprisoned or executed their political enemies.
Oh, and they systematically exterminated somewhere in the neighborhood of one HUNDRED and fifty million people. Highlights include:
- The Khmer Rouge slaughtering literally ONE THIRD of the entire population of Cambodia, over 2 million people, in one of the most infamous purges in the twentieth century.
- The Soviet Union, killing from fifteen to THIRTY million people, with anywhere from four to fifteen million blamed directly on Stalin’s execution orders.
- Communist China, under Mao Zedong, killing FORTY to SEVENTY MILLION people, over half of the casualties coming from state-enforced famine alone.
Even if you decide that the “motivation” for their deaths are better than the Nazis, it doesn’t make them any less dead. These were not people killed in some lunatic plan of racial purity. They were killed strictly out of convenience. Killed merely to trim down overpopulation. Killed out of necessity to preserve the unquestioned power of the party.
Killed for simply thinking the wrong things.
When Antifa protestors show up waving the hammer and sickle, or even banners with their logo on it, THAT is the legacy they are intentionally taking up. A legacy that has not only killed MILLIONS of human beings, but killed them for some of the worst reasons.
“Well those don’t count because that wasn’t real Communism. They weren’t doing it right. It’ll be different this time.”
Guess what? Richard Spencer and company is saying the exact same thing about White Nationalism. Do you believe THEM?
Antifa and the radical left don’t discriminate based on skin tone or ethnic background. They discriminate based on ideas. If you have the wrong ideas, you will be physically hurt until you recant or die.
Yes, Nazism and White Supremacy are 100% the wrong ideas. Good thing that’s the only thing Antifa is fighting, right?
Congrats! If you, like the overwhelming majority of moderates in America, fall into one of those categories or believe in the basic law of the land, you’ve got an appointment with a bike-lock-swinging protestor!
Also, according to protestors, you’re now an honorary Nazi! How does it feel?
I will fully acknowledge that there are perfectly decent people, laypeople and clergy alike, who also counter-protest these Neo-Nazi scum.
AS THEY SHOULD.
As should we all.
However, I’m having a hard time believing it was a group of socially-aware vicars charging White Nationalists demonstrators, wielding pipes and chains and swinging hands.
And it’s not the priests and rabbis, but the antagonistic radicals like Antifa that the media and alleged-academics alike are joyfully encouraging to continue this uncontrolled, misdirected form of mob justice; openly cheering for extra-judicial street gangs to hunt down and bludgeon people they don’t like.
People ask why I refuse to condemn one without condemning the other.
Because the Antifa protestors are using the exact same tactics, with higher levels of violence, to push an ideology that’s just as bad for the country as the Neo Nazis.
Refusing to call out this abysmal behavior from the left is every bit as morally reprehensible as refusing to call out the Nazis in the Alt-Right.
So don’t ask me to pick a side in this ugly brawl of equally bloodthirsty, totalitarian ideals. They’re both just groups of rabid animals, slowly shoving America down the path of the Weimar Republic as the media hungrily fans the flames for more ratings.
BOTH parties have a lot of soul searching to do, and all the moral posturing and peacocking in the world won’t change the fact that there is a rotten canker lurking at the heart of the progressive movement that is every bit as dangerous as Nazism.
And if we can’t figure this out, forget it. I’m moving to Poland. They seem to be the only ones in the world that know what’s up anymore.
~ Louis Petolicchio lives and writes in Central Pennsylvania, where he staunchly opposes both Fascism and Communism, which somehow became a minority viewpoint within the last six months. Follow him on Twitter!