KOMMONSENTSJANE – Brief History of Antifa: Part I.

by Soeren Kern
June 12, 2020 at 5:00 am

Question: Is there any connection with Black Lives Matters and Antifa. Lastly, is BLM members the Obama brown shirts?

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Empirical and anecdotal evidence shows that Antifa is, in fact, highly networked, well-funded and has a global presence. It has a flat organizational structure with dozens and possibly hundreds of local groups.

Antifa’s stated long-term objective, both in America and abroad, is to establish a communist world order. In the United States, Antifa’s immediate aim is to bring about the demise of the Trump administration.

A common tactic used by Antifa in the United States and Europe is to employ extreme violence and destruction of public and private property to goad the police into a reaction, which then “proves” Antifa’s claim that the government is “fascist.”
Antifa is not only officially tolerated, but is being paid by the German government to fight the far right. — Bettina Röhl, German journalist, Neue Zürcher Zeitung, June 2, 2020.

“Out of cowardice, its members cover their faces and keep their names secret. Antifa constantly threatens violence and attacks against politicians and police officers. It promotes senseless damage to property amounting to vast sums.” — Bettina Röhl, Neue Zürcher Zeitung, June 2, 2020.

A common tactic used by Antifa in the United States and Europe is to employ extreme violence and destruction of public and private property to goad the police into a reaction, which then “proves” Antifa’s claim that the government is “fascist.” Pictured: A senior citizen flees after being brutally beaten by members of Rose City Antifa on June 29, 2019 in Portland, Oregon. (Photo by Moriah Ratner/Getty Images)

U.S. Attorney General William Barr has blamed Antifa — a militant “anti-fascist” movement — for the violence that has erupted at George Floyd protests across the United States. “The violence instigated and carried out by Antifa and other similar groups in connection with the rioting is domestic terrorism and will be treated accordingly,” he said.

Barr also said that the federal government has evidence that Antifa “hijacked” legitimate protests around the country to “engage in lawlessness, violent rioting, arson, looting of businesses, and public property assaults on law enforcement officers and innocent people, and even the murder of a federal agent.” Earlier, U.S. President Donald J. Trump had instructed the U.S. Justice Department to designate Antifa as a terrorist organization.

Academics and media outlets sympathetic to Antifa have argued that the group cannot be classified as a terrorist organization because, they claim, it is a vaguely-defined protest movement that lacks a centralized structure. Mark Bray, a vocal apologist for Antifa in America and author of the book “Antifa: The Anti-Fascist Handbook,” asserts that Antifa “is not an overarching organization with a chain of command.”

Empirical and anecdotal evidence shows that Antifa is, in fact, highly networked, well-funded and has a global presence. It has a flat organizational structure with dozens and possibly hundreds of local groups. Not surprisingly, the U.S. Department of Justice is currently investigating individuals linked to Antifa as a step to unmasking the broader organization.

In the United States, Antifa’s ideology, tactics and goals, far from being novel, are borrowed almost entirely from Antifa groups in Europe, where so-called anti-fascist groups, in one form or another, have been active, almost without interruption, for a century.

What is Antifa?

Antifa can be described as a transnational insurgency movement that endeavors, often with extreme violence, to subvert liberal democracy, with the aim of replacing global capitalism with communism. Antifa’s stated long-term objective, both in America and abroad, is to establish a communist world order. In the United States, Antifa’s immediate aim is to bring about the demise of the Trump administration.

Antifa’s nemeses include law enforcement, which is viewed as enforcing the established order. A common tactic used by Antifa in the United States and Europe is to employ extreme violence and destruction of public and private property to goad the police into a reaction, which then “proves” Antifa’s claim that the government is “fascist.”

Antifa claims to oppose “fascism,” a term it often uses as a broad-brush pejorative to discredit those who hold opposing political beliefs. The traditional meaning of “fascism” as defined by Webster’s Dictionary is “a totalitarian governmental system led by a dictator and emphasizing an aggressive nationalism, militarism, and often racism.”

Antifa holds the Marxist-Leninist definition of fascism which equates it with capitalism. “The fight against fascism is only won when the capitalist system has been shattered and a classless society has been achieved,” according to the German Antifa group, Antifaschistischer Aufbau München.

Germany’s BfV domestic intelligence agency, in a special report on left-wing extremism, noted:

“Antifa’s fight against right-wing extremists is a smokescreen. The real goal remains the ‘bourgeois-democratic state,’ which, in the reading of left-wing extremists, accepts and promotes ‘fascism’ as a possible form of rule and therefore does not fight it sufficiently. Ultimately, it is argued, ‘fascism’ is rooted in the social and political structures of ‘capitalism.’ Accordingly, left-wing extremists, in their ‘antifascist’ activities, focus above all on the elimination of the ‘capitalist system.'”

Matthew Knouff, author of An Outsider’s Guide to Antifa: Volume II, explained Antifa’s ideology this way:

“The basic philosophy of Antifa focuses on the battle between three basic forces: fascism, racism and capitalism — all three of which are interrelated according to Antifa…. with fascism being considered the final expression or stage of capitalism, capitalism being a means to oppress, and racism being an oppressive mechanism related to fascism.”

In an essay, “What Antifa and the Original Fascists Have In Common,” Antony Mueller, a German professor of economics who currently teaches in Brazil, described how Antifa’s militant anti-capitalism masquerading as anti-fascism reveals its own fascism:

“After the left has pocketed the concept of liberalism and turned the word into the opposite of its original meaning, the Antifa-movement uses a false terminology to hide its true agenda. While calling themselves ‘antifascist’ and declaring fascism the enemy, the Antifa itself is a foremost fascist movement.

“The members of Antifa are not opponents to fascism but themselves its genuine representatives. Communism, Socialism and Fascism are united by the common band of anti-capitalism and anti-liberalism.

“The Antifa movement is a fascist movement. The enemy of this movement is not fascism but liberty, peace and prosperity.”
Antifa’s Ideological Origins

The ideological origins of Antifa can be traced back to the Soviet Union roughly a century ago. In 1921 and 1922, the Communist International (Comintern) developed the so-called united front tactic to “unify the working masses through agitation and organization” … “at the international level and in each individual country” against “capitalism” and “fascism” — two terms that often were used interchangeably.

The world’s first anti-fascist group, Arditi del Popolo (People’s Courageous Militia), was founded in Italy in June 1921 to resist the rise of Benito Mussolini’s National Fascist Party, which itself was established to prevent the possibility of a Bolshevik revolution on the Italian Peninsula. Many of the group’s 20,000 members, consisting of communists and anarchists, later joined the International Brigades during the Spanish Civil War (1936–39).

In Germany, the Communist Party of Germany established the paramilitary group Roter Frontkämpferbund (Red Front Fighters League) in July 1924. The group was banned due to its extreme violence. Many of its 130,000 members continued their activities underground or in local successor organizations such as the Kampfbund gegen den Faschismus (Fighting-Alliance Against Fascism).

In Slovenia, the militant anti-fascist movement TIGR was established in 1927 to oppose the Italianization of Slovene ethnic areas after the collapse of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. The group, which was disbanded in 1941, specialized in assassinating Italian police and military personnel.

In Spain, the Communist Party established the Milicias Antifascistas Obreras y Campesinas (Antifascist Worker and Peasant Militias), which were active in the 1930s.
The modern Antifa movement derives its name from a group called Antifaschistische Aktion, founded in May 1932 by Stalinist leaders of the Communist Party of Germany. The group was established to fight fascists, a term the party used to describe all of the other pro-capitalist political parties in Germany. The primary objective of Antifaschistische Aktion was to abolish capitalism, according to a detailed history of the group. The group, which had more than 1,500 founding members, went underground after Nazis seized power in 1933.

A German-language pamphlet — “80 Years of Anti-Fascist Actions” (80 Jahre Antifaschistische Aktion)” — describes in minute detail the continuous historical thread of the Antifa movement from its ideological origins in the 1920s to the present day. The document states:

“Antifascism has always fundamentally been an anti-capitalist strategy. This is why the symbol of the Antifaschistische Aktion has never lost its inspirational power….

Anti-fascism is more of a strategy than an ideology.”

During the post-war period, Germany’s Antifa movement reappeared in various manifestations, including the radical student protest movement of the 1960s, and the leftist insurgency groups that were active throughout the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s.
The Red Army Faction (RAF), also known as the Baader-Meinhof Gang, was a Marxist urban guerrilla group that carried out assassinations, bombings and kidnappings aimed at bringing revolution to West Germany, which the group characterized as a fascist holdover of the Nazi era. Over the course of three decades, the RAF murdered more than 30 people and injured over 200.

After the collapse of the communist government in East Germany in 1989-90, it was discovered that the RAF had been given training, shelter, and supplies by the Stasi, the secret police of the former communist regime.

John Philip Jenkins, Distinguished Professor of History at Baylor University, described the group’s tactics, which are similar to those used by Antifa today:

“The goal of their terrorist campaign was to trigger an aggressive response from the government, which group members believed would spark a broader revolutionary movement.”

RAF founder Ulrike Meinhof explained the relationship between violent left-wing extremism and the police: “The guy in uniform is a pig, not a human being. That means we don’t have to talk to him and it is wrong to talk to these people at all. And of course, you can shoot.”

Bettina Röhl, a German journalist and daughter of Meinhof, argues that the modern Antifa movement is a continuation of the Red Army Faction. The main difference is that, unlike the RAF, Antifa’s members are afraid to reveal their identities. In a June 2020 essay published by the Swiss newspaper Neue Zürcher Zeitung, Röhl also drew attention to the fact that Antifa is not only officially tolerated, but is being paid by the German government to fight the far right:

“The RAF idolized the communist dictatorships in China, North Korea, North Vietnam, in Cuba, which were transfigured by the New Left as better countries on the right path to the best communism….

“The flourishing left-wing radicalism in the West, which brutally strikes at the opening of the European Central Bank headquarters in Frankfurt, at every G-20 summit or every year on May 1 in Berlin, has achieved the highest level of establishment in the state, not least thanks to the support by quite a few MPs from political parties, journalists and relevant experts.

“Compared to the RAF, the militant Antifa only lacks prominent faces. Out of cowardice, its members cover their faces and keep their names secret. Antifa constantly threatens violence and attacks against politicians and police officers. It promotes senseless damage to property amounting to vast sums. Nevertheless, MP Renate Künast (Greens) recently complained in the Bundestag that Antifa groups had not been adequately funded by the state in recent decades. She was concerned that ‘NGOs and Antifa groups do not always have to struggle to raise money and can only conclude short-term employment contracts from year to year.’ There was applause for this from Alliance 90 / The Greens, from the left and from SPD deputies.

“One may ask the question of whether Antifa is something like an official RAF, a terrorist group with money from the state under the guise of ‘fighting against the right.'”

Germany’s BfV domestic intelligence agency explains Antifa’s glorification of violence:
“For left-wing extremists, ‘Capitalism’ is interpreted as triggering wars, racism, ecological disasters, social inequality and gentrification. ‘Capitalism’ is therefore more than just a mere economic order. In left-wing extremist discourse, it determines the social and political form as well as the vision of a radical social and political reorganization. Whether anarchist or communist: Parliamentary democracy as a so-called bourgeois form of rule should be ‘overcome’ in any case.

“For this reason, left-wing extremists usually ignore or legitimize human rights violations in socialist or communist dictatorships or in states that they allegedly see threatened by the ‘West.’ To this day, both orthodox communists and autonomous activists justify, praise and celebrate the left-wing terrorist Red Army Faction or foreign left-wing terrorists as alleged ‘liberation movements’ or even ‘resistance fighters.'”

Meanwhile, in Britain, Anti-Fascist Action (AFA), a militant anti-fascist group founded in 1985, gave birth to the Antifa movement in the United States. In Germany, the Antifaschistische Aktion-Bundesweite Organisation (AABO) was founded in 1992 to combine the efforts of smaller Antifa groups scattered around the country.
In Sweden, Antifascistisk Aktion (AFA), a militant Antifa group founded in 1993, established a three-decade track record for using extreme violence against its opponents. In France, the Antifa group L’Action antifasciste, is known for its fierce opposition to the State of Israel.

After the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 and the collapse of communism in 1990, the Antifa movement opened a new front against neoliberal globalization.

Attac, established in France in 1989 to promote a global tax on financial transactions, now leads the so-called alter-globalization movement, which, like the Global Justice Movement, is opposed to capitalism. In 1999, Attac was present in Seattle during violent demonstrations that led to the failure of WTO negotiations. Attac also participated in anti-capitalist demonstrations against the G7, the G20, the WTO, and the war in Iraq. Today, the association is active in 40 countries, with more than a thousand local groups and hundreds of organizations supporting the network. Attac’s decentralized and non-hierarchical organizational structure appears to be the model being used by Antifa.

In February 2016, the International Committee of the Fourth International advanced the political foundations of the global anti-war movement, which, like Antifa, blames capitalism and neoliberal globalism for the existence of military conflict:

“The new anti-war movement must be anti-capitalist and socialist, since there can be no serious struggle against war except in the fight to end the dictatorship of finance capital and the economic system that is the fundamental cause of militarism and war.”
In July 2017, more than 100,000 anti-globalization and Antifa protesters converged on the German city of Hamburg to protest the G20 summit. Leftist mobs laid waste to the city center. An Antifa group called “G20 Welcome to Hell” bragged about how it was able to mobilize Antifa groups from across the world:

“The summit mobilizations have been precious moments of meeting and co-operation of left-wing and anti-capitalist groups and networks from all over Europe and world-wide. We have been sharing experiences and fighting together, attending international meetings, being attacked by cops supported by the military, re-organizing our forces and fighting back. Anti-globalization movement has changed, but our networks endure. We are active locally in our regions, cities, villages and forests. But we are also fighting trans-nationally.”

Germany’s domestic security service, in an annual report, added:

“Left-wing extremist structures tried to shift the public debate about the violent G20 summit protests in their favor. With the distribution of photos and reports of allegedly disproportionate police measures during the summit protests, they promoted an image of a state that denounced legitimate protests and put them down with police violence. Against such a state, they said, ‘militant resistance’ is not only legitimate, but also necessary.”

Part II of this series will examine the activities of Antifa in Germany and the United States.

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Nancy C. Hayden • Jun 14, 2020 at 16:21
Excellent article for our country to know the truth about our fake news media!
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Thomas French • Jun 14, 2020 at 11:36
In regards to this quote: “In Slovenia, the militant anti-fascist movement TIGR was established in 1927 to oppose the Italianization of Slovene ethnic areas after the collapse of the Austro-Hungarian Empire.” QUERY: What were the Slovene ethnic areas? & What does/did the Italianization of said areas look like?
Thx in advance!
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Mehul Kamdar • Jun 13, 2020 at 19:31
It is especially sad that US politicians and media either do not realize the extreme dangers that violent groups like Antifa pose to this country, or they condone it secretly and lie about how benign Antifa is. In recent days, Reuters, The Washington Post and the New York Times have all carried pieces that try to convince us that we have nothing to fear. The technique of piggybacking on criminals (looters and arsonists in this case) to intimidate ordinary people as used by these groups is one that will work to help them achieve what they want unless they are stopped by a greater force. Sadly, with politicians from the Democratic Party largely endorsing Antifa as their boys and girls, we seem doomed to experiencing violent conflict until the US elects a strong enough administration to arrest and prosecute Antifa membership under our laws. Only sustained action as was used to cut the Ku Klux Klans and the Mafia down to size will keep America safe. We do have the laws. What we need is the will to use them to stop the violence.
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David Slatton • Jun 13, 2020 at 14:14
Great article. Every thinking person who cares about “liberty, peace, and prosperity” needs to keep informed about this group.
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Patrick • Jun 13, 2020 at 12:57
“While calling themselves ‘antifascist’ and declaring fascism the enemy, the Antifa itself is a foremost fascist movement.” If you don’t believe this then come and live in the ANC’s South Africa. You will soon change your mind once you encounter anti-white racism, affirmative action, transformation and the re-writing of history. From here it seems as if it is only a question of time before America is called a colonial society of a special kind.
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Jack Holan Patrick • Jun 13, 2020 at 21:27
Historical revisionism by Leftists who call themselves scholars is taking place all over the world. If people did not learn the classical studies or live through the time period they are changing, or trying to change, either by ridicule and then presenting their point of view as fact or simply erasing history as though it never happened. People wake up before they create a world that never existed.
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Leslie Fish • Jun 13, 2020 at 06:03
This proves that the only differences between Communism and Fascism are the relative fanciness of the uniforms, the buzz-words, and the chosen victims/enemies to be blamed for all of the regime’s ills.
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Andrew • Jun 13, 2020 at 04:21
It appears that we now have a group of wee spoiled rotten soy boys and their obese tattooed girlfriends dressed like, sounding like, and acting exactly like, The Black Shirt Brigade of Mussolini’s Fascist Government in Italy during the 1930s but the irony is of course totally lost on them.
Hitler was not a fascist, he was a socialist, its in the name of the party, NAZI, this is why he went for the “rich” in Germany first and foremost and that was the Jews, a people who worked really hard at building a business from scratch without help from the German Government and this created resentment against them for their success, just as these punks, these morons, BLM, are doing today… resentment rather than getting a job and working we now have a whole generation of weak minded self righteous entitled narcissistic cowardly pussy soy boys that just follow the band and have no original thoughts whatsoever. I just seen a painted mural of George Floyd that has a halo painted around his head with angels flying around his shoulders, and if this is their idea of a great man then we are in more trouble than I previously thought.
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Jack Holan Andrew • Jun 13, 2020 at 21:36
They were out on the street and not in the history classroom learning about a world that tried all these things. Nor did they hear about real heroes, nor why they were to be looked up to in their own era. I must admit in the last generation many of the history teachers K-12 and professors at university have been propagandists for the Left. They try to bring down the uniqueness of the USA, capitalism, and the greatness of our system of government and fail to understand it’s intricacies including the Electoral College. All this said, the Left has been working on this project for a very long time.
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David • Jun 12, 2020 at 18:07
Decades ago Pete Seeger wrote the song “where have all the flowers gone” which was popularised by the wonderful singer Marlene Dietrich.
Hopefully I will be allowed the liberty of amending the traditional wording to suit the present and future era.
Where have political freedoms gone
Long time passing
Where have political freedoms gone
Long time ago
Where have political freedoms gone
squashed by tyrannies every one
When will they ever learn
When will they ever learn
Why has all our culture gone
Long time passing
Why has all our culture gone
Long time ago
Why has all our culture gone
Squashed by self hatred,unceasingly
When will they ever learn
When will they ever learn
Why has religious freedom gone
Long time passing
Why has religious freedom gone
Long time ago
Why has religious freedom gone
Vanquished by tyrannies every one
When will they ever learn
When will they ever learn
Where has British justice gone
Long time passing
Where has British justice gone
Long time ago
Where has British justice gone
Squashed by PC everytime
When will they ever learn
When will they ever learn
Why is our life so bitter
Long time passing
Why was life so sweet
Long time ago
Why oh why is it so
Because grandparents never learn
and parents never learn
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David Ashton • Jun 12, 2020 at 17:39
The “race, gender, class” revolution started in the USA in the 1960s has spread incrementally and ratchet-wise across the western world, controlling the academy, education & library content, the mainstream media, politicians and legislators; e.g. (1) the Equality Act in the UK, and (2) the BLM iconoclasm. The response has been ignorance, ridicule, complacency, cowardice and now collaboration, in Britain by the so-called “systemically racist” (!!) institutions like the BBC, the Police & the Army leaders.
Oswald Spengler predicted this feature of western decline when he warned of the eventual combination of “race war” and “class war” to finish off the “white” world; “It will make no difference if Soviet Moscow ceases to dictate. It has done its work, and the work goes on by itself.”
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Public_Citizen • Jun 12, 2020 at 17:39
The resolution to the problem of ANTIFA and all of their fellow travelers is the same solution as for all previous attempts to overthrow the Lawful Government of the United States of America.
When they show up in groups they have to be arrested en mass. If they resist, then they need to be met with overwhelming force.
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Historian Public_Citizen • Jun 16, 2020 at 02:42
Actually, I disagree. I would recommend the complete opposite: let them congregate and give them no reaction. They’ll be forced to take more extreme actions to solicit a response from authorities, which is what they want, until it becomes clear that it is they who are goading the police as well as initiating a great deal of violence. Let them expose themselves and do not enhance sympathy for their platform.
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Glenwood Jarman • Jun 12, 2020 at 13:30
I wonder if the burning of New York and Minneapolis will be the these thugs’ version of the Sergei Eisenstein film, “Battleship Potemkin?”
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Gunnar Henrioulle • Jun 12, 2020 at 13:29
Fascism enters the political maelstrom courtesy of the anticommunist Brown Shirts in circa 1922 Italy. They were first generation “Fascists”, who had good reason to resist spreading Communist influence.
Modern Communists (ICP) would most naturally adopt the shorthand moniker “Antifas”for their stepped up anti Brown Shirt/Fascist campaign. Right-wing sentiments feed on the excesses of Communism. Watch the Fourth Reich aborning.
Hitler knew enough to keep his enemies close, hence his early alliance with Stalin. WWII North African Islamic alliance with Hitler stemmed from his “MEIN KAMPF” goals for elimination of the Jew from Europe. Islam could manage the Middle East in due time… Expect Muslim ties with the Chinese Communists at some time, in guise of eliminating Israel. Same old same old. Same results… Chinese Communism will burn along with the Middle East enemies of Israel. Will Vladimir Putin step back in time?
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Glenn Gunnar Henrioulle • Jun 15, 2020 at 20:37
Black Shirts in Italy; Brown Shirts in Germany…
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Keith • Jun 12, 2020 at 12:48
Lovely. Really appreciate this article, and it says what I’ve been saying for some time now: Antifa is fascist. Period. They represent Orwellianism at its finest, with ‘antifascism is fascism’.
Looking forward to part 2.
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Jack Holan Keith • Jun 13, 2020 at 21:48
You are on target.
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Peter McGrath • Jun 12, 2020 at 12:14
Very interesting and enlightening article it surprised that such an organization can remain in the shadows for 100 years and still get funding from the German govt to fight the new right wing politicians in Germany and the US. No doubt here in the UK of course the media, most being soft left, write favourable articles about their fight against fascism in todays world. Always the Germans; don’t forget they secretly brought Lenin into Russia and they’re still at it?
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James DeMeo • Jun 12, 2020 at 11:41
Thanks very much for this exposure of Antifa’s sordid past. A similar accounting of the “Black Lives Matter” movement would be important, as they appear to have similar agendas and methods, now going international in activity and support mechanisms.
Frontpage Magazine recently published this item with information on the historical roots of Antifa in the KPD – German Communist Party.
Finally, I know Atty Gen. Barr and Trump issued statements about putting Antifa on a list of domestic terror organizations, I am not sure if this step has yet been undertaken in a formal manner. I read that hundreds of millions of dollars have been donated to Antifa and BLM, which if they got that proper designation, would make it a crime to financially support a terrorist organization. Has that step been formally made?
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Staffan Bodemar • Jun 12, 2020 at 11:22
Regarding Antifa’s aim: “to establish a communist world order. In the United States, Antifa’s immediate aim is to bring about the demise of the Trump administration.”

  1. Establishing a Communiost world order has been tried and failed in every respect.
  2. The demise of Trump in the US would clearly help to combat groups such Antifa, like ‘pulling the rug from under their feet’
  3. But the best way to combat Antifa would be to really and truly establish justice and equal opportunity between people of all colors and background, and yes most desperately needed in the US! It is about time – Antifa or no Antifa.
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Penny Welstead • Jun 12, 2020 at 11:02
I’m so glad that I was born in 1952, I missed the last war, and reading this, I think the future is chilling, even more so because of the internet.
I agree with the valid points made by the previous commenters.
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Yaakov Holansky • Jun 12, 2020 at 10:11
You have to hand it to the Germans. They go from one extreme to the polar end. The went from Nazism to whatever you would call it today supporting goons, hooligans, Communists, Anarchists in masks called Antifa to combat the right wing in their midst. Yet, Germany is supposed to be a democratic state of laws.
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Ruben Valdez Yaakov Holansky • Jun 12, 2020 at 17:49
Amazing how Germany continues to sow the seeds of it’s own self destruction as well as France. Only a matter of time before the mob starts to burn all the libraries, museums, palaces and ransack the whole rest of the country, whatever they can get their hands on, and this is supposed the peoples paradise they think they want to create. Wait till the food, electricity and clean water run out. Who among the establishment will be there left to supply them with those basic necessities of life to sustain their miserable hypocritical lives. Then, maybe some of them will find out the hard way what a terrible mistake they made and it will be too late. Eventually the mob will turn against each other and kill one another for the few pieces of bread left.
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Pat Ruben Valdez • Jun 15, 2020 at 20:02
I can’t help but think of the Mad Max movies.
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Michael Maguire • Jun 12, 2020 at 09:47
Don’t know who said it but it definitely a truism that “the rich need Socialism and the poor need Capitalism”. Ask the unfortunate folks of South America’s once-richest country Venezuela. After having been driven to penury by the Socialist policies of its left-wing government I can say without fear of contradiction, that they all long to have their old Capitalist system back again.
Of course one does not have to stay in South America. Just travel to any Communist regime from Cuba to North Korea and you will experience the exact same results where fools have been allowed to build their Socialist/Communist utopian paradises.
“Under capitalism, there is the oppression of man by man. Under the utopian paradises of Socialism & Communism, it’s the other way around.”
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Kim McClintock Michael Maguire • Jun 12, 2020 at 22:40
My thoughts exactly!
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Defence Man • Jun 12, 2020 at 09:45
I have been watching ANTIFA for some time now. This explanation leaves me in a quandary as it strikes me that ANTIFA is realy a fascist organization as was Hitler’s organization with his National Socialist Party. Socialism and communism go arm in arm. Thus my quandary, why is ANTIFA attacking fascists? And they appear to be calling capitalism “fascists”?
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James Mathison Defence Man • Jun 12, 2020 at 12:01
I think it’s more important to understand that the Nazis were a “violent fascist” organization and Antifa is a “violent anti-fascist” organization. Both groups have nothing to do with a peaceful democratic implementation of “socialist-type policies” like those brought about by FDR or those in use in modern Scandinavian countries. Our goals for improving society must be obtained peacefully through the ballot box without violence.
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James DeMeo Defence Man • Jun 12, 2020 at 12:22
The usual left-right split has limitations in fathoming such issues. Wilhelm Reich, a one-time Marxist in Europe and later anti-Communist after immigrating to the USA in 1939, called the Nazis “Black Fascists”, and the Communists “Red Fascists”. One being nationalist and racist in the sense of claims about pure heritage, the other internationalist and “racist” in the sense of pure ideology. Both warred and exterminated “inferiors” who objected to their utopian ideals and methods. And in that sense, they share much with Islamist agendas and methods, as well as Islamist ideology about “purity”. Focus upon behavior and methods, rather than their self-righteous ideologies, and they all are quite similar. My book “Saharasia” presents these ideas succinctly.
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Bisley Defence Man • Jun 12, 2020 at 18:58
The terminology is only a distraction to confuse the public, and make them believe Antifa, BLM, etc. are something they’re not. The Nazis and Facsists were national socialists, communists are international socialists. They are basically the same in their goal of absolute power, and the willingness to use any means to get it and keep it. There are some differences in policy, but living under the control of either is the same, and the differences become meaningless.
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José Carlos Carnevale • Jun 12, 2020 at 09:33
This article is very precious. Mr Soeren Kern said it all. What hides behind the Antifacist name and slogans is a radical leftist group that undertakes violent actions by purpose. When the police try to end the action it ends up producing the effect expected by Antifa. Its objective is to detonate the capitalist system. In other words, for a system change there will be decades, centuries of civil wars, violence, terrorism, unemployment and hunger. It is a market full of opportunities for China as well as for the nihilistic Islamic jihadism.
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elaine mayers salkaln • Jun 12, 2020 at 09:03
Magnificent research. Thank you. I shall file this report and send it around.
One question: Is there an ANTIFA link with BLM?
We, in this family, are long-term “Frankling Roosevelt,New-Deal, Civil-rights liberals” who are, now, mystified as to where to give our support.
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David • Jun 12, 2020 at 08:02
The problem of quelling riots without too much physical harm could be solved by using devices such as Ultra- and infra-sound weapons, smoke generation, and water mixed with gel, to incapacitate rioters. Even net-throwing devices might be effective. Netting could be used defensively to protect against stones and bricks. Also, the threat of long prison sentences. Fireworks should not be allowed to be sold.
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Jack Holan David • Jun 13, 2020 at 22:11
The problem with this, are the very people who called for bean bag guns, rubber bullets, and stun guns will call the new methods barbaric harmful and unacceptable. The Media will be 100% behind them, too.
When it comes to rioters, my suggestion is live fire below the groin at the legs after warnings. It will stop the riot more quickly with less injured in total and probably less dead if you include non-rioters who were at their mercy.
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Peter Buckley • Jun 12, 2020 at 07:47
Thank you to Soeren Kern for providing a long-overdue article on the true nature of Antifa. People should provide a link to this article in the comments section of ANY article concerning, or even just mentioning Antifa online. The average Westerner, who may perhaps sympathise with “some” of these left-wing causes, needs to be constantly made aware of the true nature of those he might otherwise identify with.
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dinesh • Jun 12, 2020 at 07:33
in India Left especially Communist Party Marxist (CPM) uses term “Fascist” very often sometimes even if they look ridiculous but fortunately largely they are not popular . Having ruined two states, Bengal and Kerala, they don’t have credibility yet they do damage the state in some ways . They are hypocrites too . They hate USA and Israel but their children study at US Universities. They thought that with poverty, India is absolutely potential ground for Communist revolution but the Indian public, shaped by its non violent culture has largely frustrated commies. There seems reason to to suspect Islamists of using similar tactics to malign govts, not surprisingly because communism has lot of violent history of about hundred years whereas Islamism seems to have for many centuries. Both these ideologies constitute a threat to world peace.
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José Carlos Carnevale dinesh • Jun 12, 2020 at 09:45
It becomes clear that Antifa and Jihad have very big partnership potential to burn Europe and the Americas.
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