Although most commonly found on or near college campuses, one of the strongest characteristics of Antifa is disingenuous anti-rational argument, simply repeating slogans that cannot pass a truth or logic test. They are loud champions of political correctness and its arsenal of unchallenged counterfactual mottos and false narratives, especially if they can repeat them in a chant that rimes. Their abilities for rational discernment are sadly impaired by either blind hatred or a sick need to belong to a fashionable counter-cultural gang or to follow the ruthless charisma of a sociopathic leader.
The intellectual and emotional weaknesses of typical Antifa activists, however, should not blind us to their potential to work great evil in the form of violence and disrupted public safety, economic activity, social cohesion, constitutional government, and national security.
Antifa has its intellectual origins in the German Weimar Republic, which saw considerable conflict and street fighting between Communists and Hitler’s National Socialist German Workers Party (NSDAP), often abbreviated as the National Socialist or Nazi Party. In 1921, Hitler formed a paramilitary wing of the Nazi Party called the Storm Trooper Battalions (SA), which was of considerable importance in Hitler’s rise to power in 1933 as German Chancellor and Fuehrer in 1934. The Storm Trooper Battalions were often called “Brown Shirts’ because of their paramilitary uniforms. The Communist Party of Germany, an enemy of both the Weimar Republic and Hitler, formalized its violent activism in 1932 by forming Antifaschistische Aktion (Anti-fascist Action). The Nazi Party, although formally socialist, was considerably less socially and economically radical than the Communists. The Nazi and Italian forms of “fascism” were nationalistic, whereas the Communist Antifa was internationalist and pro-Moscow. Nazism was to the right of Communism, but nevertheless a dangerous totalitarian ideology unmistakably left of most Western standards of economic and personal freedoms.
Antifa’s recent violent appearance on the streets is somewhat reminiscent of the black dress of Italian fascists during Mussolini’s rise to power. American Antifa battle dress is black athletic clothing with black ski masks to hide their identity. They generally carry clubs or sticks for busting heads or breaking shop and car windows, including those of police vehicles. They throw bricks, bottles of urine, rocks, feces, and sometimes acid or Molotov cocktails. In Charlottesville, most were also armed with knives and pepper-spray. They delight in setting fire to autos and other property. Private investigators infiltrating Antifa groups have also warned that many conceal pistols and even sawed-off shotguns. They also engage in cyber-warfare, infecting suspected right-wing opposition with computer viruses.
They are anti-police and anti-free speech except their own. They follow Marxist professor Herbert Marcuse’s teaching that only the Left should have free speech and that the right must be silenced. They make loud virtue-signaling claims of serving an anti-racist and anti-white supremacist cause. They firmly believe that violence against the right is justified. They are fanatically anti-Trump. In fact, the election of Donald Trump as President saw a huge surge in their resistance activity. Of all their characteristics, being vociferously anti-Trump seems the strongest and most consistent.
In many respects, Antifa strongly resembles the “New Left” organizations that engaged in anti-war protests and violence during the Vietnam War. As I have documented in my 2009 book: Lessons from the Vietnam War: Truths the Media Never Told You, much of the leftist propaganda, demonstrations, and violent activity of the American anti-war movement was inspired and orchestrated from Moscow. Yet Ken Burns and PBS are still presenting the Vietnam War through a highly distorted leftist lens and omitting tremendously important background and facts.
Antifa gets constant help in its Trump hatred from most of the mainstream media, which broadcasts their anti-Trump message and often undisguised hatred for Trump 24 hours a day, seven days a week. This frenzy of lies, distortion, and hatred often spill over into malicious contempt for Trump supporters and anything that hints of traditional American patriotism. A Harvard University study in May indicated that over 90 percent of CNN, NBC, and CBS coverage of President Trump was negative. Only Fox Network was close to balanced. A Pew Research study also recently indicated strong mainstream media bias against the President.
Can any of this be connected to the murder of 58 people and wounding of nearly 500 more at a country music concert in Las Vegas? The pattern of the atrocity in Las Vegas fits the meticulous planning and detail of Al-Qaeda and the latest manifestation of Islamist radicalism, ISIS. ISIS is claiming the Las Vegas atrocity as its own operation. The mainstream media has neglected to inform the public that an ISIS video released on May 26 encouraged lone wolf Jihad against soft U.S. targets and featured footage of Las Vegas and two other U.S. cities. It was taken seriously by Las Vegas law enforcement agencies at the time. It was the second time since 2015 that Las Vegas appeared in an ISIS video exhorting Jihad. There are many official sources that are trying to refute the ISIS claim that Stephen Paddock was a recently converted ISIS jihadist, but according to anti-terrorist consultant and former FBI agent John Guandolo, head of UTT Consulting, ISIS claims have never yet proved false. The FBI has been wrong eight times in the last eight years. It is true that ISIS is being ripped to shreds in Syria and Iraq, but ISIS is still strong in many countries. Moreover, they are by no means the last hope of Islamic Jihad and world conquest. The Muslim Brotherhood, the inspirational parent of ISIS, Al-Qaeda, and Hamas, has an annual international budget of $100 billion to sow chaos and advance Civilization Jihad and the global rule of Sharia Law.
Is there a possible connection between Antifa and ISIS or Al-Qaeda? According to several not yet officially confirmed reports by current FBI agents investigating the Las Vegas atrocity, Paddock at least possessed some Antifa recruiting and event propaganda.
Both Antifa and the Muslim Brotherhood and its terrorist subsidiaries are part of the Left-Green Axis (Left-Islamic Axis). Although there are great differences between Marxist atheism and Islamic theism, the old adage that “the enemy of my enemy is my friend” seems to be holding strong within the Left-Green Axis.
Will we ever know the truth? I believe some in the FBI and U.S. intelligence agencies will eventually know the truth, but the truth may be too uncomfortable for public release.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR – Mike Scruggs, Author and Columnist
a.k.a. Leonard M. Scruggs
Mike Scruggs is the author of two books: The Un-Civil War: Shattering the Historical Myths; and Lessons from the Vietnam War: Truths the Media Never Told You, and over 600 articles on military history, national security, intelligent design, genealogical genetics, immigration, current political affairs, Islam, and the Middle East.
He holds a BS degree from the University of Georgia and an MBA from Stanford University. A former USAF intelligence officer and Air Commando, he is a decorated combat veteran of the Vietnam War, and holds the Distinguished Flying Cross, Purple Heart, and Air Medal. He is a retired First Vice President for a major national financial services firm and former Chairman of the Board of a classical Christian school.
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