Anytime I hear groups like Antifa talking about how much they hate fascists and how they want to destroy fascism, it reminds me of this scene from The Princess Bride:
Although, instead of ‘inconceivable,’ it’s ‘fascism’ and all its variations.
They want to use violence and intimidation to silence anyone who doesn’t agree with them. That is something that a fascist dictator would want to do to the people he (or she) is ruling over. Silence dissent.
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And here we have an ‘anti–fascist action’ group Antifa employing those same techniques. Who exactly are the fascists?
Lauren Southern is an independent journalist who noted, “Anyone who tries to hold any sort of right-wing event literally gets beat up by militant communists in the street.” She was there at one of the pro-Trump rallies in Berkeley on April 15 where the black-masked members of Antifa attacked a peacefully assembled group of Trump supporters.
Here’s a guy who was attacked by what witnesses believed to be a U-Lock and a bike chain. He sustained a sizable gash in his head.
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According to LifeZette, those supportive of the President and free speech “were able to hold their ground and drive back their Antifa attackers.” In response, the group has promised only to be more violent and aggressive:
“Not getting disarmed is a big part of the problem, yes, but we need more than flags and bats,” wrote one in the r/anarchism subreddit community page.
“We need to take notes from the John Brown Gun Club and get firearms and training. I know getting firearms in states and cities we have a presence in is usually a hassle, but even handguns would help,” the would-be revolutionary wrote.
“It would certainly put a psychological element in while holding fash [fascists] back. Who do you think a fascist is more afraid of? People with only flags and bats, or people with flags, bats, and guns?” he wrote.
But some Antifa members have clearly had the same thought — that “flags and bats” simply aren’t enough. Indeed the Antifa United webstore temporarily sold an Antifa-branded concealed credit-card knife.
LifeZette also mentioned how the U.S. government defines ‘terrorism.’
The State Department defines it as “premeditated, politically motivated violence perpetrated against noncombatant targets by subnational groups or clandestine agents.”
The U.S. Code of Federal Regulations defines it as “the unlawful use of force and violence against persons or property to intimidate or coerce a government, the civilian population, or any segment thereof, in furtherance of political or social objectives.”
And here’s the Defense Department’s definition: “The unlawful use of violence or threat of violence to instill fear and coerce governments or societies.” It adds that terrorism “is often motivated by religious, political, or other ideological beliefs and committed in the pursuit of goals that are usually political.”
Sounds an awful lot like Antifa, doesn’t it?
Of course, the left would also say that the Tea Party meets the definition of terrorism as well. And open gun-carriers.
I think the key differences there would be motive and intent. Second Amendment activists are not trying to intimidate people, despite anti-gun activists’ claims to the contrary. Just because someone is carrying a gun doesn’t mean that that person is trying to ‘instill fear’ in other people.
But groups like Antifa have as their goal to intimidate – ‘instill fear’ in – others whom they label ‘fascists.’
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