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Antifa vs. Freedom of Speech and Assembly

A BLM “Flamethower” at Charlottesville

Yahoo News
on August 14th published an article that couldn’t have gotten it more wrong than
if it tried. Well, Caitlin  Dickson, the leftist author, tried, and
got it wrong. In “As
neo-Nazis grow bolder, the ‘Antifa’ has emerged to fight them
,” her focus
is not on the threat Antifa poses to
freedom of speech and the right of free  assembly
with its policy of terrorizing with force and assault supporters of freedom of
speech, but rather the alleged threat that “white supremacists” pose to it. An
Atlantic article blames President Trump, and even candidate Trump, for being a catalyst
for the growth of Antifa, because his alleged “racist” and “fascist” rhetoric
was so hated by its members and by the Left. Peter Beinart, in his article,
The
Rise of the Violent Left
,” in the Atlantic, claimed:

Trump’s
rise has also bred a new sympathy for Antifa among some on the mainstream left.
“Suddenly,” noted the Antifa-aligned journal It’s
Going Down
, “anarchists and Antifa, who have been demonized and
sidelined by the wider Left have been hearing from liberals and Leftists,
‘you’ve been right all along.’ ” An article in The Nation argued that
“to call Trumpism fascist” is to realize that it is “not well combated or
contained by standard liberal appeals to reason.” The radical left, it said,
offers “practical and serious responses in this political moment.”
According to Brian Levin, director of the Center for the
Study of Hate and Extremism at the California State University, San Bernardino,
Antifa activists participate in violent actions because “they believe that
elites are controlling the government and the media. So they need to make a
statement head-on against the people who they regard as racist.”
According to Antifa organizer Crow, Antifa is based on
the idea of direct
action
, “The idea in Antifa is that we go where they (right-wingers)
go. That hate speech is not free speech. That if you are endangering people
with what you say and the actions that are behind them, then you do not have
the right to do that. And so we go to cause conflict, to shut them down where
they are, because we don’t believe that Nazis or fascists of any stripe should
have a mouthpiece.

The Clash of the Midgets
Charlottesville 2017
Beinart makes a very
salient point:
What’s eroding in Portland is the quality Max
Weber
considered essential to a functioning state: a monopoly on legitimate
violence. As members of a largely anarchist movement, Antifascists don’t want
the government to stop white supremacists [or anyone else] from gathering. They want to do so themselves, rendering
the government impotent. (Brackets and Italics
mine)
In short, Antifa wants
to be the government and the vehicle with the power and the potency to
arbitrate who may speak and who may assemble. It wants to oppose and eradicate “hate
speech” which it alone will define and quash.
Antifa’s political “direct action”
predecessors:
Hitler and Hermann
Göring
with
SA Stormtroopers at Nuremberg in
1928.

Wikipedia  also does not deny that Antifa is committed to
violence against individuals, groups, or causes it does not approve of or which
it perceives as a “fascist” threat. Although Wikipedia does not acknowledge the
fact, Antifa has declared war on all
forms of government, against conservative causes and speakers, and against
freedom of speech and the right of assembly of those who champion freedom of
speech and assembly. Antifa itself is as “fascist” in action as was the Sturmabteilung (SA) battling the Communists that
caused civil chaos and which led to the rise of Hitler in Germany.
Antifa protesters participated in the 2017 Berkeley protests where they gained mainstream
media attention, “throwing Molotov cocktails and smashing windows.”
Later, two Antifa groups threatened to disrupt the 2017 Portland Rose Festival parade after hearing
that the Multnomah County Republican Party would participate. The parade
organizers received an anonymous email, saying, “You have seen how much
power we have downtown and that the police cannot stop us from shutting down
roads so please consider your decision wisely”. The email also said that
200 people would “rush into the parade” and “drag and push”
those marching with the Republican Party. The two groups denied having anything
to do with the email. The parade ended up being canceled by the organizers due
to safety concerns

Locking horns at
Charlottesville
Antifa counter protestors at the far-right 2017 Unite the Right rally In
Charlottesville, Virginia in August 2017 “certainly used clubs and dyed
liquids against the white supremacists.”[
 Journalist Adele Stan interviewed an Antifa
protester at the rally who said that the sticks carried by Antifa protesters
are a justifiable countermeasure to the fact that “the right has a goon
squad.” Some Antifa participants at the Charlottesville rally chanted that
counter-protesters should “punch a Nazi in the mouth.”
They were also armed
with sticks, baseball bats, cement filled soda cans, different kinds of
disabling spray, and with rocks and shields. They did not appear to “peacefully”
protest the white supremacists, but to attack them. The white nationalists and
supremacists had a permit to protest the removal of a Confederate statue; Antifa
and its cohorts had no permit and apparently outnumbered and overwhelmed the
supremacists and were allowed to assemble without control restriction by the
police.
Not noted by Yahoo
News, Caitlin Dickson, or by Peter Beinart, is that Antifa’s
outrageous “successes” only fuel the rise of a “counter revolution” against Antifa,
and the swelling of “far right” resistance and numbers, thus guaranteeing more
violence and a virtual civil war.

Ancestors of today’s mobs, Germany 1933
The term “far right” is
an egregious misnomer. If one endorses freedom of speech and the right of
assembly (even if one must obtain a permit, which a government hasn’t the right
to deny), one is not of the right or of the “far right,” but an advocate of individual
rights. One is then the true “Antifascist,” if one is opposed to the arbitrary
power of government (even an “anarchist” one, such as Antifa) to regulate
and/or suppress speech and to violate, prohibit, or interfere with the right of
assembly.
It was not the Bill of
Rights
either group at Charlottesville was defending or even expressing. But
Antifa was certainly attacking it.

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1 Comment

  1. Edward Cline

    One of my correspondents wrote me that whenever Soros is mentioned disparagingly in an article, he now sues, even if it's a frivolous suit. But it's very intimidating because most people can't afford the lawyers' fees it costs to defend simple free speech. So this editor mostly eliminates any mention of that rich maggot. That's how the rich left controls speech, just like they're doing, Taliban-style, to rewrite history. There are two articles that cite George Soros as a sugar daddy of events such as the Charlottesville riot against freedom of speech and the right of assembly.

    http://dailycaller.com/2017/02/03/look-who-funds-the-group-behind-the-call-to-arms-at-milos-berkeley-event/

    http://www.breitbart.com/milo/2017/02/05/refuse-fascism-group-behind-berkeley-riot-funded-george-soros/

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