I will have much more to say about this later tonight. In the meantime, feast your eyes on this essay from It’s Going Down, which is the top antifa website:
“I’m not a protester. I’m violent.”
-Masked Rebel in Ferguson
Along with voting, in today’s society protesting peacefully is often held up as one of the only ways that everyday working-class and poor people can change the world. This is a myth we are raised with, and since the time that we are very young, we are taught that peaceful protest helped bring about massive changes in this country and remains the only way in which people can correctly pressure the government into addressing problems and grievances. This myth has gone on to become a framework that not only criminalizes and normalizes repression, but also helps to generalize the policing and shaming of various tactics of resistance in social struggles. If we are to create a movement that can not only push back against broad attacks but create a new way of living, this false notion of “peaceful protesters” is going to have to be completely destroyed.
A History of Violence
When someone says that non-violence has been the only way that human beings have changed the world, they’re fucking lying. …”
Again, there is so much to unpack here, but in the meantime:
“And yet, in the aftermath of the demonstrations at Berkeley, the political back flips performed by the moderate left have made it clear what matters, (and, spoiler alert, it isn’t the systemic violence done to our marginalized communities). Suddenly my white liberal friends are demanding I defend the militant tactics that forced the police to shut down the modern equivalent of a Nazi rally. Suddenly the value of “free speech” is being turned on its head and used against marginalized people in defense of White Supremacists. Suddenly my former professor, Robert Reich, is publicizing his own conspiracy theory, which accused people in masks of working FOR the alt-right. …”
Of course it is a conspiracy theory.
Antifas are terrorists who believe engaging in violence is a legitimate political tactic. I also agree that it was a ridiculous conspiracy theory that the Black Bloc are the Alt-Right in disguise. We’re not nearly as violent, bigoted, intolerant and hateful as The Tolerant Left.