James Kirkpatrick — The Unz Review July 15, 2018
It’s not that Main Stream Media journalists support Antifa—MSM journalists ARE Antifa. The alliance between the System’s street enforcers and its Narrative enforcers has become clearer than ever in recent weeks as MSM operatives denounce a new bill—sponsored by four Republican white males—that would impose harsh Federal penalties on the use of masks while undertaking political terrorism. [“Unmasking Antifa” Act Introduced In Congress: 15 Year Sentence For Masked Mayhem, ZeroHedge, July 10, 2018]
With few exceptions, every story about the proposed bill adoringly quotes Antifa organizers and favorably describes their activities. For example:
“[Antifa]… generally oppose the inequality of wealthy by corporations and discrimination against marginalized communities” [A new bill aims to send masked Antifa activists to jail for 15 years, by Dakin Andone, CNN, July 12, 2018]
“[V]arious Antifa chapters are a problem only for neo-Nazis” [GOP Anti-Antifa Act Could Send Masked Demonstrators To Prison For 15 Years, by Zach Carter, Huffington Post, July 10, 2018]
“[T]his bill is specifically aimed at Antifa activists, who are leftist radicals who fight against the advancement of white supremacy and fascism” [Masked protesters can face 15 years in prison as Republican Congressmen push anti-Antifa bill, by Alexandra Hutzler, Newsweek, July 11, 2018] (Despite his repeated disavowals of the label, the article also casually identifies Mike Cernovich as “alt-right.”
The Daily Beast’s coverage of the bill lovingly quotes Dartmouth lecturer Mark Bray’s defense of the group. However, this is self-refuting. Bray himself writes in his book Antifa: The Anti-Fascist Handbook:
Our goal should be that in twenty years those who voted for Trump are too uncomfortable to share that fact in public. We may not always be able to change someone’s beliefs, but we sure as hell can make it politically, socially, economically, and sometimes physically costly to articulate them.
[DNC’s Keith Ellison lines up with Antifa terrorists, WND, January 4, 2018]
Thus, by Bray’s own words, it’s not “Nazis” who need to fear masked extremists who feel entitled to take the law into their own hands—it’s half the country.
Letting a group like this operate isn’t just extreme, it’s a recipe for civil war.
Yet there is a theory of action behind Antifa organizing. The group’s ideology maintains certain kinds of speech and political organization are violent in and of themselves. As the definition of “racism” also seems to expand continuously, this means more and more people can be defined as aggressors.
After all, though I’m not very old, I’m old enough to remember when being “colorblind” was the very definition of anti-racism, rather than (as now) proof of racism.
Thus, today we are at a point where visible signs of support for the President of the United States will open you up to physical attack on the streets of just about any major city.
Of course, major outlets like The New York Times have already been paving the groundwork in recent years for peaceful political speech to be considered “violent” or “hate speech” and thus worthy of restriction. For example:
When Is Speech Violence? By Lisa Feldman Barrett, July 14, 2017
The Free Speech-Hate Speech Trade Off, by Natalie Shutler, New York Times, September 13, 2017
The A.C.L.U. Needs To Rethink Free Speech, by K-Sue Park, August 17, 2017