Wednesday, August 16, 2017

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
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.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

The Invasion of the Identity Snatchers

There is an online black or Identitarian publication called “Root,” which probably was inspired by “Inspire,” an Al-Qaeda dawah published (which is now instructing jihadists how to derail trains in Europe and the U.S.) that made this racist comment in “Maybe Now Isn’t the Time, Guys”:

If you’re tempted to point out that you’re one of the good ones right now . . . please don’t.

If you are upset that people of color are upset that their lives and beliefs are under assault by a resurgent, resilient, citronella candle-filled white supremacist movement, empowered by a White House that can’t call a racist a racist because #notallwhitepeople . . . please be quiet.

If you’re wondering why people of color don’t want to hold your hand through this process, teach you, understand you, cater to your feelings when it is people of color being beaten, misunderstood and whose feelings are treated indifferently. Stop wondering why because I’m going to tell you why:

It’s not about you.

“One of the good ones”?

 “You,” the individual who has an identity that has nothing to do with race,  must be made to feel guilty and to submit to a vile identity. Your individual identity must be stolen and replaced with a stereotype.

If you’re white and enjoy “white privilege” you’re a racist. Teaching Tolerance notes:

White skin privilege is not something that white people necessarily do, create or enjoy on purpose. Unlike the more overt individual and institutional manifestations of racism described above, white skin privilege is a transparent preference for whiteness that saturates our society. White skin privilege serves several functions. First, it provides white people with “perks” that we do not earn and that people of color do not enjoy. Second, it creates real advantages for us. White people are immune to a lot of challenges. Finally, white privilege shapes the world in which we live — the way that we navigate and interact with one another and with the world.

Then it gets silly:

White people receive all kinds of perks as a function of their skin privilege.
Consider the following:
  • When I cut my finger and go to my school or office’s first aid kit, the flesh-colored band-aid generally matches my skin tone. 
  • When I stay in a hotel, the complimentary shampoo generally works with the texture of my hair.
  • When I run to the store to buy pantyhose at the last minute, the ‘nude’ color generally appears nude on my legs.
  • When I buy hair care products in a grocery store or drug store, my shampoos and conditioners are in the aisle and section labeled ‘hair care’ and not in a separate section for ‘ethnic products.’
  • I can purchase travel size bottles of my hair care products at most grocery or drug stores.
My father, who has worked in economic development for 30 years, would explain away these examples of white privilege as simple functions of supply and demand economics. White people still constitute the numerical majority in this country, so it makes sense, for example, that Band-Aid companies would manufacture “flesh-tone” bandages for white people.

But according to Identitarian politics, even “the good” whites are guilty. They speak and act from “white privilege,” so they’re superfluous. Their white presence is innately triggering and an existential offense. The recommendation of Danielle C. Belton at “Root,” at the end of her lecture is: “Check your privilege.”  And shut up already and be quiet. Your “good” intentions don’t count. You are automatically guilty of all kinds of crimes, including racism, because you are white. You must be made conscious of that

A woman died Saturday during a Neo-Nazi, Neo-Confederate, Ku Klux Klan-filled racist protest. In 2017. Dozens of others were injured. Two others also died in a police helicopter crash, working the racist protest.

No, Danielle, it wasn’t so much a protest against white supremacists (who had a permit to protest the removal of a Confederate statue by Charlottesville) as it was a “counter-protest” by Leftards,  Black Lives Matter thugs, Anti thugs, and other Identitarians against freedom of speech, none of whom needed to apply for a permit to disrupt traffic and cause local merchants to take precautions against destructive rioters. They were not controlled by the city police, who apparently were told to let the counter-protesting  mob have the run of the streets after  it became nasty.

Fox News reporter Doug McKelway was in attendance during yesterday’s deadly events in Charlottesville, VA, where he reported that the police were called off as soon as things started turning violent.

“But when the tear gas started to fly, thrown by protesters, the police themselves began to evacuate then. I asked the guy who was in charge, “Where you going?” He said, “We’re leaving. It’s too dangerous.” They had a chance to nip this thing in the bud and they chose not to.

Of note, "Unite the right" held a rally which was legally organized with a permit from the city, as was their first amendment right to do so, and Antifa showed up with cement-filled cans and other weapons with plans to violently protest the event - creating a dangerous atmosphere which the police did nothing to control.

The ACLU confirmed that Charlottesville police were ordered to stand down, which allowed the KKK and Antifa to meet face to face with no interference.

Lambda symbol used by
some Identitarian groups
Echoes of the Berkeley chaos against Milo Yiannopoulos. The Antifa learned what they could get away with in Berkeley. The Black Lives Matter mob and Antifa applied those lessons in Charlottesville.

What is Identitarianism? Wikipedia provides its lefist biased definition that focuses:

The Identitarian movement is a nationalist movement that advocates the preservation of national identity and a return to 'traditional western values'. It started in France in 2002 as a conservative youth movement deriving from the French Nouvelle Droite (New Right) Génération Identitaire. Initially the youth wing of the anti-immigrant, conservative Bloc Identitaire, it has taken on its own identity and is largely classified as a separate entity altogether with the intent of spreading across Europe.

The group is described as being part of the counter-jihad movement.

Several small American hate groups are stepping up efforts to spread local variants of “identitarianism,” a movement born in France in recent years that preaches opposition to multiculturalism, often taking shape in the form of anti-Muslim xenophobia.

While Identitarian groups on both sides of the Atlantic claim their opposition to multiculturalism isn’t racist, their direct action tactics and end goals indicate otherwise. Put simply, identitarians want regions and nations that are different from one another — but at the same time culturally and ethnically homogenous within their borders.

The American efforts are particularly targeted to young people, much as they are in Europe, where the movement featured a 2012 “Declaration of War” indicting the generation known as “68ers,” a reference to the French left-wing radicals of 1968. But in the U.S., where some activists have mirrored that call by attacking the “baby boomer generation” for supposedly selling out the country to foreigners, there isn’t much evidence that this latest version of racist ideology has caught fire.

But the identitarian movement in the U.S. has more to do with race than it has with anything else. Wikipedia goes on:

The term is used in a broader sense by political theorists like Adolph L. Reed Jr. and Walter Benn Michaels to refer to any philosophy based primarily on social identity, what is more generally termed identity politics. The head of the white nationalist National Policy Institute Richard B. Spencer is a self-described identitarian and promotes white nationalist views.

On 20 May 2017 two American marines were arrested after hanging a banner with an Identitarian logo from a building in Graham, North Carolina (Alamance County) during a Confederate Memorial Day event. The US Marine Corps said that it condemned the behaviour and would investigate the incident.

Muslims, blacks, and other ethnic/religious groups can flaunt their identitarian tribalism without recrimination; whites, however, are forever guilty of oppression of those groups because of their mere existence. Antifa, which is basically nihilist at its core, will ally itself with any identitarian tribe that promises it a chance to assault anything “white.” If you’re white, you’re fair game to be maced, beaten with a baseball bat, struck from behind, punched in the face, and kicked when you’re down.

The Identitarians seek to rob an individual of his identity as an individual responsible for his own happiness, values, and actions, and not for those he may know personally of but not otherwise know. Identitarians do not subscribe to individualism. Identitarians prefer to deal with “pod people” they fabricate out of the seeds of irrationalism. David Duke and Richard Spencer are not of my ilk. Of the same race, perhaps, but we do not share the same values.

Will you now renounce your wicked whiteness?
Laura Ingraham on Fox News Channel’s “Fox & Friends, remarked, in relation to the toppling of a Confederate statue in Durham, North Carolina:

“This is not about racial healing or racial unity when you see property being destroyed,” Ingraham said. “That’s not what it’s about. It’s about the eradication of history and an acknowledgment that we had really difficult, horrible moments in our country’s history that we were able to overcome. And at the same time, we do give respect to the dead. I mean, all of our war dead. We respect them. Not respect everything they stood for, but respect the fact that, when the time came, they stood up and fought for their views and this country.”

Ingraham went on to add that book burning could be next.

“What else will be subjected to their eradication and denunciation?” she said. “This is not about racial healing. This is about the control of the narrative and a destruction of historical recognition. That is terrifying. And what about books? Are they going to start burning books, too? I mean why not?”

The Identitarians are wannabe totalitarians who want to erase history, erase reality. And you. Yes, they will, sooner or later, begin also to burn books…and perhaps even you in an Identitarian Inquisition during which they will “snatch” your identity.