Friday, December 27, 2019
Here is a more "moderate" explanation of Antifa
Abdullah Shihipar has a useful history in Teen Vogue, Oct. 25, 2017, “Antifa History and Politics, Explained”.
The article maintains that most of the loosely connected “Antifa” or “Anti-Fascist” activism is intended to prevent white supremacists or other extreme-right elements (anti-Semitic) from organizing before more Charlottesville’s can happen.
However, the article was written before all the deplatformings and collusion scandals involving Patreon, Subscibestar, Gab, and even Facebook and YouTube late in 2018 and into 2019. Twitter has sometimes been involved, in its own way.
The article has an important key sentence about “politics that aim to deprive people of their humanity…”
However “social justice warriors” have often practiced “guilt by association”, accusing people of “white supremacy” when they are positioned more like traditional (Reagan-style) conservatism, sometimes even libertarianism.
The article seems to try hard to make a case for the need for militant activism in some cases, and that people who refuse to fight for others when challenged are inviting future authoritarianism later.
Tim Pool weighed in on this article this morning on Twitter. Remember, SJW-activists tried to disrupt the Minds conference on Aug 31, which had a venue cancel and it moved to Philadelphia. They made accusations that the meeting was a far right-wing group which it definitely was not (most of the political beliefs were pretty much in the center). So "Antifa"-style activists are falsely labeling almost any visible "conservatives" as WS. "Organizing" online in public is actually much more important than to the right, which has more speakers who like to run their own shows. Extreme right-wing elements do organize (like rural militias) but they tend to do so clandestinely, in person or on the dark web.