Thursday, November 07, 2019

Andy Ngo speaks at Heritage Foundation today, video already available

Andrew Ngo spoke at the Heritage Foundation in Washington DC, exactly one hour.
The presentation was live-streamed, and security at the event was very tight, with reports that cell phones had to be surrendered.

But the complete video was immediately available when the event ended.  It is called “Behind the Mask: Antifa’s Plan to Undermine Liberal Democracy”.
The introduction by HF mentioned the far radical Left of the past, including the ideology of Marcuse (that violence of the oppressed must be met with such) and particularly the Symbionese Liberation Army which kidnapped Patty Hearst in 1974 (which Jeff Toobin at CNN has written a book).
Ngo opened by discussing how his parents were affected by the aftermath of the fall of Saigon in 1975.

About the last third minutes were taken with questions.
Ngo mentions that the United States does not by definition outlaw hate groups as Europe does (it does outlaw assisting foreign terror groups).  Ngo explained that Antifa is informally constructed and anonymous, but described its ideology as anarchistic and utopian.  He says that American groups (which he says are mostly white) have incorporated the far Left ideology of intersectionality.  Ngo suggested possibly outlawing masks at protests.
One question (by Luke O’Brien) mentioned a plot and a Quillette article by Eoin Lenahan. 
Many of the events attracting Antifa cells have involved fights with Proud Boys or Patriot Prayers, especially in Portland, according to the speech.
Ngo seemed to refer to a remark by Beto O’Rourke tracing Trump’s speeches to Goebbels (Axios). 
Ngo thinks some of the mainstream Left has accepted some of Antifa’s ideology.
Ngo said he needed special therapy for memory, speech and balance after the brain injury from the beating in Portland this summer.

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