Recent riots in Berkeley, California and Washington, D.C. by loosely assembled left-wing agitators have drawn attention to the left-wing terror group ANTIFA, an organization which has a violent history in Europe and South America but has been largely unknown in the United States until very recently. They’re the ones responsible for Trump supporters being beaten by gangs of masked men, setting fire to cars, pepper spraying old men, pelting women with eggs and smashing Starbucks windows and ATMs. The term Antifa, short for anti-fascist, is a euphemism for communism.
Gentle readers, I apologize. This is supposed to be a civilized blog, and I hesitate to even give such thugs and anti-civilized (anti-civilization!) low-life scum as Antifa a mention here. But sometimes it is necessary to mention a danger, in order to warn against it:
Jason Kessler has done an excellent job of describing this (loose, but surprisingly well-choreographed) organization and the hazards it poses, both in his blog post and video. The only points I would add are these:
First, “communist” or even “anarchist” (anarcho-communist) is not sufficient to describe these people. They hate everything that has made Western civilization great and beautiful. Judging from their words and actions to date, if one were to take the worst excesses of Stalin and Mao, and add in those of Oliver Cromwell and Robespierre, we might have a glimpse of what society would look like if Antifa and their fellow-travelers were ever to achieve dominance.
Second, do not be misled by words like “anti-fascist” and “anti-racist.” They may use terms such as “tolerance” and “coexistence” – when they’re not breaking windows or beating people up – but their very existence is indicative of the shadow side (to put it gently) of such ideas. What they really want is a post-racial, post-cultural society in which difference is obliterated and everyone thinks, acts, and looks pretty much the same, and in place of true diversity, particularity, and distinctiveness, we are reduced to an amorphous, undifferentiated blob.
I leave you with some words from the great J.R.R. Tolkien, who though he eschewed allegory, wrote much that is applicable to our present situation. Antifa has neither the power nor (yet) the terror of the Nazgul, of course, but they are of like kind, being servants of the Dark Lord. In speaking of the Black Riders (“Black Bloc”…?), Tolkien wrote:
“‘Is it not enough to know that they are servants of the Enemy?’ answered Gildor. ‘Flee them! Speak no words to them! They are deadly.'”
Indeed. Although I would say, there may be times – many, perhaps most, times – when fight, rather than flight, is the appropriate response to Antifa violence, lest they grow to the power and terror of Mordor.
Constant vigilance is the price of freedom.