For anybody still in doubt that Antifa’s goal is violent suppression of opposing political viewpoints, it’s a good time to pay attention.
Antifa is a violent movement, originally created to combat the rise of fascism in the 1930s. Obviously, it didn’t work, but the concept was sound. In 2017, roving gangs of masked leftists and anarchists have taken up the name, but have abandoned the cause entirely, inciting violent riots, as well as individual violence against those with whom they disagree.
If you’ve ever played a first-person-shooter, then you know that Nazis are just about the only people you can kill en masse, indiscriminately, and feel pretty good about it. It’s not just the left. The right hates Nazis, too. There was a whole war over it, but that was decades ago, so it’s not entirely surprising to see so many struggling to recollect it, though it’s troubling to see that amnesia extending to college professors.
The neo-Antifa movement has adopted the most fascist tactics available to silence political opponents, which they justify to themselves, and the rest of the political left, by simply saying the word “Nazi” over and over again. Professor Mike Isaacson, teaching at John Jay College, is a perfect example. In an appearance on FOX News, Tucker Carlson took him to task for Antifa’s violent oppression of opposition speech, which Isaacson defended by, as before, just saying “Nazi” a lot.
Isaacson claims to believe in the principle of free speech, and Antifa’s entire existence is dependent on that universal human right, as are all protests, fundamentally. Free speech isn’t a left/right thing, and is central to the very principles upon which America was founded, as well as democratic ideals around the world. Every step of progress we’ve made as a civilization, from women’s suffrage to the civil rights movement, has been largely due to people with unpopular opinions being allowed to assemble and express themselves. There are exceptions, and there are instances of the government silencing free expression, but the principle is inviolable outside of oppressive, often tyrannical regimes. Here are some good examples of governments that do/did not allow free speech: North Korea, the Soviet Union, Nazi Germany.
When Tucker Carlson asked point-blank (around 3:00) whether Richard Spencer has the right to speak in public, Isaacson’s response was indicative of the fascist tendencies of the neo-Antifa terrorists; “I don’t think he has a right to speak in public…” A belief he shares with the rest of Antifa, and is eager to enforce through the use of physical violence. If you’ve read much about the rise of the Nazis in Germany, that will probably sound familiar.
Isaacson is also under fire for a wildly inappropriate tweet, more or less glamorizing the death of police officers, with an August 23rd tweet concluding, “I think it’s a privilege to teach future dead cops.”
With police officers being executed while idling in their patrol car in New York City, his tacit endorsement of their murder, and now-public acknowledgement of his organization’s opposition to the principle of free expression, whenever it suits them, it’s about time to stop pretending President Trump was wrong about Charlottesville.
A recommendation for the left: Denounce your fascists, like the right denounces the neo-nazis, and go from there.
A note to Antifa: Just because it’s called Democratic People’s Republic of Korea does not mean it is Democratic or a People’s Republic. It’s just a violent dictatorship that justifies its oppression as a means to protect the people.
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