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Know Your Enemy:

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Kyle Shideler, ed., Gabriel Nadales, Erin Smith, Matthew Vadum, J. Michael Waller
Unmasking Antifa: Five Perspectives on a Growing Threat
Washington: Center for Security Policy, 2020

A menace stalks America: Antifa. While this menace has rampaged across the country since Donald Trump’s inauguration, very little information has circulated about the movement’s origins, means of support, or ideology. This deplorable situation has changed thanks to the Center for Security Policy.

The book is a series of essays. The first and most important essay is by Kyle Shideler. It is the text of his testimony before the US Senate Judiciary Committee, Subcommittee on the Constitution. In this testimony, Shideler lays out the basics of the Antifa problem.

Testifying before a Senatorial committee is an enormous feat. We shouldn’t seek to disengage from ordinary public life. Every white advocate should be a good citizen, family man, and hard worker. Stand up straight and tall. Lieutenant Colonel Roberts, a Rightist of old that was certainly racially aware, was a model citizen and brave soldier. He had his work read into the Congressional Record by Congressman John R. Rarick on October 9, 1968.

In late 1968, the United States was suffering from Sub-Saharan and Leftist violence and rioting. Abroad, it appeared as though the Soviet Union was winning the Cold War. It seemed that the Red Flag of Revolution would fly atop the globe and America would become a new Congo. But little things, like getting your ideas to a Congressman, made a big difference in the long run.

Joe Biden is Right: Antifa is an Idea

Gabriel Nadales, a former Antifa activist, argues that one shouldn’t consider Antifa an organization. Instead, it should be understood “not as a noun but as an adjective and a verb” (p. 30). To put it in other words, Antifa is a movement. It has no central control center. Instead, it has a package of ideas that anyone can download. Antifa “as an adjective” is the various Left-wing organizations and independent activists who consider themselves “antifascist.” The structure of these groups is horizontal. A person in a more ordinary Leftist group can connect with more radical Leftists through overlapping ideas, groups, and people. An impressionable Leftist can thus start with concern for abandoned puppies with cute eyes and end up a mask-wearing arsonist. The latter thing is the “verb”: the willingness to promote ideas with violence.

With the above in mind, a good way to step over the idea of Antifa but defeat the idea just the same is for a prosecutor to ignore the “Antifa ideology” and target Antifa rioters as a group of individuals conspiring to commit acts of arson and vandalism. This is just a suggestion, though. So far, no legal strategies have really worked against Antifa that I know of.

Antifa ideology

Antifa’s ideology is the following. They view America’s government and its constitutional founding principles as racist and therefore illegitimate.

“Like an electrostatic force, the movement continues to push larger elements of the public to become more and more ‘anti-racist’ or ‘anti-fascist’ — as if the vast majority of Americans are not already that way — to compel normal people to believe that lack of militancy is in itself racist and fascist” (p. 11).

Antifa’s twin flags represent two different things. The red flag represents Communism and the black flag represents Anarchism. The two ideologies are actually incompatible, but that hardly matters – neither creed works in the real world. Anarchists and Communists had a bitter falling out during the Spanish Civil War.

Antifa has five “Points of Unity” that any Leftist organization or unaffiliated Leftists can believe in.

They are:

  1. We disrupt fascist and far-right organizing and activity.
  2. We don’t rely on the cops or courts to do our work for us. This doesn’t mean we never go to court, but the cops uphold white supremacy and the status quo. They attack us and everyone who resists oppression. We must rely on ourselves to protect ourselves and stop the fascists.
  3. We oppose all forms of oppression and exploitation. We intend to do the hard work necessary to build a broad, strong movement of oppressed people centered on the working class against racism, sexism, nativism, anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, homophobia, transphobia, and discrimination against the disabled, the oldest, the youngest, and the most oppressed people. We support abortion rights and reproductive freedom. We want a classless, free society. We intend to win!
  4. We hold ourselves accountable personally and collectively to live up to our ideals and values.
  5. We not only support each other within the network, but we also support people outside the network who we believe have similar aims or principles. An attack on one is an attack on all. (p. 18)

With the religion of Negro Worship and the illicit second constitution that is the 1964 Civil Rights Act behind them, Antifa can call the shots with rhetorical framing.

To achieve real-world dominance, Antifa must first achieve a kind of information battlespace dominance. This is done through a fundamentally dishonest rhetorical tactic. . . By keeping the meaning of critical terms such as “fascism,” “fascism-adjacent,” “violence,” and “self-defense” purposefully undefined, self-labeled “antifascists” are able to deploy the classic motte-and-bailey rhetorical tactic that makes them hard to pin down. Antifa supporters deliberately camouflage their own aggressively authoritarian definitions — whereby all opposition to their activities is considered de facto fascist as the more normal and mainstream understanding of those terms. (p. 48)

Antifa wishes to make it too costly for anyone that is a “fascist” to operate. Erin Smith calls this tactic “operant conditioning.” Should Antifa continued unchecked, political involvement will become too costly for ordinary Americans.

A way to counter these ideas is to emphasize that the definition of “far-right organizing and activity” is so broad as to include anyone, even moderate Democrats. Second, keep up the emphasis that Sub-Saharans are dangerous. Finally, remind people that Leftism is a lie. Its utopian vision always ends in blood and tears when applied in the real world. Furthermore, Leftism requires one to lie about things that are obviously true, Transsexuals are boys pretending to be girls (or vice versa). It isn’t “science.”

Antifa Tactics

Some of the earliest rioters that had an ideology like Antifa were involved in the 1848 revolutions in Europe. (Many of the 48s weren’t Anarchists. 1848 is a long story.) In America, Anarchists were active in Chicago in the nineteenth century. They were led by Albert Parsons, an old-stock American with Yankee roots who served in the Confederate Army. Many of the early Anarchist thinkers were Germans.

Today’s Antifa tactics have been honed since the Spanish Civil War and were further refined in Germany. Antifa groups in Central Europe during the Cold War had state sponsorship from East Germany. The concept of “Autonomous Zones” arose in Germany.

Concerned citizens shouldn’t go looking for an Antifa chapter. Instead, Antifa adherents swim in the swamps of other Leftist groups. Their trick is to be interwoven with otherwise legitimate protestors and wreak havoc. The police are thus forced into a lose-lose situation. It is too easy for them to use too much force and thus get social scorn from all sides, or they can do nothing and appear weak.

Antifa Logistics

Amateurs talk tactics, professionals talk logistics. Who provides the funding for hotel rooms, transportation, medical care, and food? Where Antifa gets its funding is a mystery. In the “Autonomous Zones” that sprung up with the George Floyd riots, Antifa members resorted to running protection rackets on the businesses in the areas they occupied. They also shook down passing people for money. This didn’t net much.

The authors suspect that Antifa gains some financial support from Black Lives Matter, a movement with which they overlap ideologically. Black Lives Matter gets millions of dollars in funding. Indeed, $90 million was raised to bail out protestors (p. 75). Arrested Antifa are also supported by the National Lawyers Guild. This innocuous-sounding organization’s origins are with the Communist Party USA. Furthermore, long-standing Communist groups have been involved in the George Floyd rioting and they are likely contributing. The authors also believe George Soros has a hand in funding Antifa.

Nobody knows for sure, though. And nobody in law enforcement seems to want to find out. The authors argue that members of the Democratic Party are sympathetic to Antifa. Thus Democrats in the Deep State are making sure that the FBI is ineffective. FBI memos are leaving Antifa disturbances to local police, who are easily overwhelmed. The FBI is really only a semi-competent Pretorian Guard, — it is time to consider abolishing it and rolling up any worthwhile functions into the Department of Homeland Security.

The Antifa movement is of foreign origin (Germany, Spain, etc.). It is networked internationally, and it has targeted constitutionally recognized politicians. Its goal is the overthrow of the United States government and traditional American liberties. It is time for American society to move against this movement.

Of course, it is easy to say American society should. . . and so far, Antifa terrorists have been getting away with their crimes. But it is not unusual that the ground has shifted under an idea, institution, or movement when it is at its height. Bigger and better things have crashed than Antifa.

The (possibly) incoming president, Joe Biden, probably recognizes the potential for his opposition to be more ferocious than it was for Bill Clinton earlier. He has sent out feelers for “outreach to conservatives.” Should you get “outreached” by anything related to Joe Biden, you need to say the number one priority is destroying Antifa. Remember, Biden signed the 1994 Crime Bill. We might be able to work with him. Regardless, it is your duty to be a good citizen.

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  1. Posted December 14, 2020 at 10:26 am | Permalink

    One of them, apparently a student who might have been aiming for a Party Philosopher role, produced a position statement a while back. It’s unofficial (as is everything for them) but the author is pretty familiar with their goals and rhetoric:

  2. Dan
    Posted December 14, 2020 at 10:37 am | Permalink

    I see no reference to Antifa’s Jewish roots, yet last I looked, Jewish websites were everywhere gloating over Antifa’s Jewish roots and its present Jewish character, concealed behind cover of the DOJ/FBI’s exaggerated mug shots of meth heads–so over the top as to suggest the electrode-induced grimacing of mental patients used for Darwin’s Expressions of the Emotions. Am I wrong, or are both the name “Antifa” and the meth head photos a red herring concealing Antifa’s true essence as “young urban Jews”?

    • Vagrant Rightist
      Posted December 14, 2020 at 6:16 pm | Permalink

      Yes it’s extremely difficult to believe that Jews are not taking a leadership role within Antifa, with Jews on top setting the agenda and moral tone of these groups directly and that Jews are not using specifically Jewish networking to help organize, steer and sanction Antifa activities.

      I say this as someone who grew up with Jews, and although that environment wasn’t as overt as the Antifa we see now, the seeds were there. There were strong malignant threads of anarchy, sympathy towards communism, worship of drugs, hatred of the police, disparaging views of white people and the white middle class, negro worship and so on. The role adopted among the Jews at that time that they were the agents of ‘change’ and against ‘oppression’…whatever this oppression was, and of course these were all Jews from very comfortable middle class backgrounds.

      And sadly there was a sense of non-Jews in that milieu seeking to please Jews there. It was a pathetic sight but it provided a certain insight, and perhaps it’s a model that scales up to what we see today, although I have don’t know how specifically. I should add it’s obvious that if you removed the Jews from that environment those malignant threads I mentioned were unlikely to be there or far less present.

      However it was a surprise for me to read there seemed to be some apparently gentile leaders of anti-fascist activities in the 1930s. I don’t know how much these figures were put forward by Jews to make it look non-Jewish, but these characters look as degenerate and demented as the menagerie of filth we see today with Antifa.

  3. SRP
    Posted December 14, 2020 at 1:53 pm | Permalink

    The motivational fuel for ANTIFA and the Left generally, is an envious hatred of the West combined with the vandal’s thrill in destruction for its own sake. That, and the fuel of a projected self-hatred which is evident in the mugshot images of these tattooed, pierced, green-haired, obese, smoked-up trust-funded spoiled-brat monstrosities.

    Plain old economic necessity is yet another of their motivations, maybe a primary one for many: after they discover they are unemployable due to having no marketable skills or a worthless degree, getting on the Soros payroll for smashing things up becomes an occupation suiting their temperament (Soros’s Open Society Institute is no secret of funding numerous “progressive grassroots” Left organizations; that money trickles down to street level by a thousand channels).

    We should call out the ANTIFA Left as the malicious haters and vandals they actually are. It counters their desired media-generated image as “mostly peaceful” liberators of the oppressed.

  4. Lord Shang
    Posted December 14, 2020 at 3:56 pm | Permalink

    Solid review, would have liked it to be longer. This book seems worthwhile to acquire.

    It is good that antifa has targeted normiecons. That might be seen as their biggest strategic mistake. It was incredibly stupid of them to attack mere Trump supporters and Republicans, just as BLM’s “Defund the Police” is a slogan and tactic which might one day be seen to have had world historical repercussions, and, for once, in a good way (it is very very very important that nationalists be, and be seen to be, friends of the police; cops appreciate this support, and this could play out in a prowhite direction when things heat up). Now even moderates like Limbaugh and Hannity routinely denounce the antifa. This opens up a space for us to ally ourselves with the forces of law and order, which in turn allows us to gain prominence within mainstream conservative groups. It is very important for white preservationists to get involved with conservative political activism. I cannot stress the strategic importance of this too highly. We must turn the normiecons away from “family values” and “charter schools” and “free trade” and “global democracy”, etc, and towards a “domestic security” orientation focusing on law and order, especially subversive control, and into which can also be folded immigration control (at least border security and illegal alien deportation).

    There are real opportunities here.

  5. spin gerahat
    Posted December 14, 2020 at 7:27 pm | Permalink

    I think every possible leftist, antifa,anarchist. blm, communist etc.. should be doxxed.
    Along with any family members they have.

  6. Right_On
    Posted December 15, 2020 at 12:05 am | Permalink

    Re “Against racism, sexism, nativism, anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, homophobia, transphobia, and discrimination against the disabled, the oldest, the youngest, and the most oppressed people. We support abortion rights and reproductive freedom” :

    It may be a weakness of contemporary liberalism that it is a package deal – it’s an all-or-nothing job lot. Can’t we use that against our enemies?
    I’d ask some hard-arse, ghetto-dwelling, BLM activist thug if he thinks a woman can have a penis. If so, does his own girl have one; or would he prefer it if she did. (For obvious reasons, this conversation would be taking place on a televised Zoom call and not face to face.) Goad him to either risk the wrath of the woke crowd or alternatively publicly endorse a fashionable idea that his fellow denizens in the hood regard as risible, whitey, effeminate claptrap.
    Or I’d ask a Muslim if he condemned homophobia. Force him to openly bend the knee to western liberal notions that the majority of true Muslims regard as degenerate and sinful and so reduce his standing in his own community.
    You get the idea: No More Mr. Nice Guy.

    • Antidote
      Posted December 16, 2020 at 4:02 am | Permalink

      Indeed. Antisemitism is the key; ask the select group if antisemitism includes supporting zionism and the raycis apartheid colonialist state. Also, many, many American Negroes bitterly resent “hearin’ ’bout dee holocaust awl dee time” because they want their own Black holocaust to be showcased.

  7. HC
    Posted December 15, 2020 at 8:05 am | Permalink

    Solving the problem of Antifa may be as simple as not demonstrating in cities or college campuses anymore. Demonstrations should be held in high percentage Republican areas where the cops will keep these punks at bay. At colleges and in big cities, leftist mayors and a administrators tell the cops to stand down and let Antifa do their dirty work.

    Also, about 71% of Antifa are on mind altering drugs. They shouldn’t be hard to outwit.

  8. Jez Turner
    Posted December 16, 2020 at 2:25 pm | Permalink

    Antifa are just The Deep State’s Stormtroopers. Their Jewishness is an open secret. You only have to look at where Antifa are located in Britain – North London, Leeds, Manchester, Bristol and Brighton – to see that they are strongest in the areas with the largest Jewish populations.

    • Lord Shang
      Posted December 18, 2020 at 12:33 am | Permalink

      Just like the subversives in the 60s. The so-called New Left was overwhelmingly Jewish. Antifa are the “Generation of ’68″ers’ descendants.

  9. A.M.
    Posted January 27, 2021 at 2:20 pm | Permalink

    “Antifa has five “Points of Unity” that any Leftist organization or unaffiliated Leftists can believe in… 3. We oppose all forms of oppression and exploitation. We intend to do the hard work necessary to build a broad, strong movement of oppressed people centered on the working class against racism, sexism, nativism, anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, homophobia, transphobia, and discrimination against the disabled, the oldest, the youngest, and the most oppressed people. We support abortion rights and reproductive freedom. We want a classless, free society. We intend to win!”
    Wow, you really piled it on in that number three point, didn’t ya, V. de Camp? Sorry, but as a Dissident-Right sympathizing Leftist, I can tell you this is incorrect. This really takes an extraordinarily shallow perspective of the historical Left. Obviously, it can be said that the Left opposes all forms of oppression and exploitation, but then, so does does the Right. Who on the Right claims to support oppression and exploitation, do you? Usually, you’re the one’s accusing the Left of these things. Not all of these things are agreed upon by the Left to constitute oppression or exploitation in the first-place, or opposition to, or absence of, not to constitute it, even, actually. To give you an idea of what I mean consider this, to be the the most radical kind of Leftist there is, an actual communist, you have to be atheistic and anti-religious so you have to be Islamophobic, you have to be anti-individualist, -deviant, and -bohemian, because you have to be conformist, so you have to be homophobic, and anti-libertarian, you have to be scientific, so you have to be transphobic, racial and national realist, which also means you have to be racist, and nationalist, to a certain natural, positive, healthy extant, you have to be anti-capitalist and -globalist, so you have to be nativist and anti-cosmopolitan, you have to be anti-sexist, so you have to be anti-feminist, which both you and liberals would call sexist even though it’s actually anti-sexist, and you have to be humanitarian, so you have to be anti-abortionist after a certain very early point in the pregnancy, and every single one of these things was, in historical fact, put into law by the most well-known and Right-hated revolutionary Leftist state in history, guess which one. So no, not every Leftist agrees. I can’t speak for anarchists because I’ve no relation to them whatsoever, but, for what it’s worth, serious communists and socialists don’t even consider them Leftists, and if they do, then they’re not serious, and that’s exactly what today’s “Antifa” is, a joke, and the red in they’re logo is more an insult to communism than anything else. Don’t humor them enough to pretend it’s something real, Dissident Rightists, it just pads their faggy little egos, call them fakes, especially because it agitates the hell out of them to hear it, and the fact that it’s true is gravy.

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