AntiFa and Neo-Nazis are not too dissimilar. They share similar ideals, have similar practices and are both inspired by the same ideology. As such, when Trump condemned the violence on both sides, he was not wrong. In fact, the mainstream-media has been at fault for only condemning the violence from one side.
The violence from AntiFa is inspired by their hatred of Nazis which, on the face of it, is a reasonable enough starting point. The issue most take, as do I, is their choice of action. It is okay to hate Nazism and Nazis but, it’s not okay to attack people you disagree with. Yet, freedom of speech and freedom to associate arguments aside (more than enough have been made in other articles), AntiFa’s ability to identify Nazis is severely lacking. This has resulted in many ordinary people falling victim to AntiFa’s accusations and, in turn, violence.
For example, just recently, R.C. Maxwell, a black American Trump supporter, was attacked and assaulted by AntiFa. Back in February, a Veteran with alopecia was accused of being an alt-right skinhead. In Boston, when a small number of people organised a free-speech rally decrying Nazism to be held in the local bandstand, they were met with over 40,000 counter-protestors and accusations of being right-wing Nazis from the press (many of the counter-protestors were violent towards them). At the same event, a counter-protestor was attacked by one of his ‘allies’ because it was assumed he was a Nazi – just because he’s white and bald. Just the other day in San Francisco, a man was attacked and called a Nazi because he was wearing a polo shirt. The day after, Berkeley was yet again plunged into violence because AntiFa went to randomly accuse people of being Nazis so they could attack them.
This is a recurring theme: a largely innocent event is planned (irrespective if you agree with the message or not), AntiFa turns up, labels everyone a Nazi and starts randomly attacking people. Rinse and repeat. Essentially, if you or your event is accused of being pro-Nazi, AntiFa will turn up and attack you. What a great world we live in.
Watching these videos, it is easy to see: these people are ideologically possessed, they’ve become hysterical. The belligerent fools in the videos are totally incapable of listening to what is being said to them, they cannot comprehend any information passing through what limited thought-processing-power exists in their cranium. Instead, motivated purely by emotion, they holler and scream, soon resorting to violence.
It’s almost like they require this, it’s a necessity. Why label free-speech advocates as Nazis? Why label centrists as Nazis? Why risk personal safety, a criminal record, so as to attack people? What is their motivation?
Perhaps their violence is the product of demonising only one Marxist ideology whilst allowing the rest to fester. Since the middle of the Twentieth Century we have all rightly decried Nazism yet, all other Marxist ideologies and their practitioners have bizarrely been allowed a get-out-of-jail-free card. So many people are quick to jump against Nazism and its huge death toll but, how many are even knowledgeable of Lenin’s, Stalin’s or Mao’s Communism? How many know of Pol Pot? How many understand the similarities between Mussolini’s Fascism, Hitler’s National Socialism and Marx’s Communism? If I were a betting man, I would say very few understand, especially as they’ve been raised on a contradictory diet of “Marx is Good, Hitler is Bad”.
This is why AntiFa are oft seen parading the Anarcho-Communist flag whilst failing to see the blatant hypocrisy. In fact, AntiFa have more in common with their opponents than they are willing to admit. If we are to compare the practices of legitimate neo-Nazis with AntiFa, we find they are near identical.
They both discriminate based on inherent biological traits: the Nazis are opposed to Blacks, Gays and Jews whilst AntiFa are opposed to Whites, Cisgenders, Straights, Males, etc. They both claim they are oppressed by the groups they discriminate against: the Neo-Nazis say the Jews control the banks and the media whilst AntiFa claim the straight, white, capitalist, Patriarchy is controlling the literal world. And, most notably, both state it is justifiable to use violence against their oppressors.
The only noticeable difference between these groups is their choice of biological traits to hate.
I think back to what Joseph Goebbels said in 1925: “Lenin was the greatest man, second only to Hitler, and that the difference between communism and the Hitler faith was very slight.” This is still in effect today. People are trying to argue that neo-Communism (AntiFa) and National Socialism (neo-Nazis) are polar opposites. They’re not. They’re both hate-driven identity politics that are at war fighting over a differing view of which identity it is okay to hate.