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What is Antifa?Antifa is a left-wing political movement that has used criminal violence, threats, and vandalism to shut down events organized or hosted by conservative, libertarian, and right-wing personalities and groups.

What doesAntifamean?Antifais an abbreviated term for “anti-fascist,” though the group itself usesviolent, fascistic practices to silence dissenting voices.Antifapits itself againstthose they declare”fascist,”using that label to justify disruption andviolence.

What are Antifa’s politics?Antifa markets itself as “anti-fascist,” “anti-racist,” and “anti-homophobia.” Thoughthe ideology of its members is not unified, it is generally grounded in Marxism and social justice. Antifaactivists are regularly seen with communist, socialist, anarchist, and neo-Marxist paraphernalia, symbols, and signage,including the Soviet hammer and sickle, the raised/clenched fist, and “anti-capitalist” messaging.

Is Antifaviolent?Antifa has been documented committing criminal violence and destroying property in shutting down conservative, libertarian or right-wing speakers and events, as has occurred in various cities and college campuses across the country.”In the name of fighting for those ideals [of the social justice left] and putting a stop to ‘hate speech’someantifaprotestors will employ militant tactics or violent means such as vandalism,”explainsTime.

Is Antifaanti-free speech?Antifa has used disruption and violent means to shut down events they deem “fascist,” which has included speakers and events espousing conservatism, libertarianism, andsupport for Donald Trump.Antifaborrows heavily from the social justice approach to speech, conflatingspeech with physical violence and promoting the idea that offensiverhetoric or “hate speech” mustbe silencedthroughextreme means, including physical assault and destruction of property.

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What does Antifa mean? – Definitions.net

Pamela Oliver:

In the 1930s, the Nazis used violence to intimidate people, antifa argues that if people resisted them then, the fascists wouldnt have gotten so big.

Tucker Carlson:

How long are you going to stay silent on Antifa? Because in their silence, its almost like theyre using Antifa to their benefitto attack free speech.

Brian Levin:

The socio-political landscape has changed, the same way white nationalists used Obama as a figure to rally about…now Antifa and anarchists see in Trump a broad-base [enemy] that has united them.

James Scott:

For Nation States, and the adversaries within America’s boarders (special interest groups, cyber caliphate, Muslim brotherhood, Antifa etc), metadata is THE silent weapon in this quiet information war.

Brian Levin:

[Antifas] list of what is fascist has grown far beyond the loathsome, Swastika-carrying white nationalists, to controversial conservatives, speakers, the police, journalists and random people who get in their way.

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Antifa: Definition and History:

In recent weeks, law enforcement officers across the United States have faced the challenge of keeping the peace at a number of far-right rallies and demonstrations. Their task, to secure both safety and First Amendment rights, has been made more difficult not only by the white supremacists and other bigots who have shown up in Charlottesville, Berkeley and Boston, but also by a relatively small number of counter-protesters who engage in confrontational tactics, including violence, in their opposition to the right-wing extremists. Most recently, the August 27th anti-racist march in Berkeley, attended by thousands of peaceful counter-protesters, turned chaotic when a number of anarchists appeared and allegedly attacked several right-wing or pro-Trump attendees.

These violent counter-protesters are often members of the antifa (short for antifascist), a loose collection of groups, networks and individuals who believe in active, aggressive opposition to far right-wing movements. Their ideology is rooted in the assumption that the Nazi party would never have been able to come to power in Germany if people had more aggressively fought them in the streets in the 1920s and 30s. Most antifa come from the anarchist movement or from the far left, though since Trumps election, some people with more mainstream political backgrounds have also joined their ranks.

These antifa sometimes use a logo with a double flag, usually in black and red. The antifa movement began in the 1960s in Europe, and had reached the US by the end of the 1970s. Most people who show up to counter or oppose white supremacist public events are peaceful demonstrators, but when antifa show up, as they frequently do, they can increase the chances that an event may turn violent.

Today, antifa activists focus on harassing right wing extremists both online and in real life. Antifa is not a unified group; it is loose collection of local/regional groups and individuals. Their presence at a protest is intended to intimidate and dissuade racists, but the use of violent measures by some antifa against their adversaries can create a vicious, self-defeating cycle of attacks, counter-attacks and blame.This is why most established civil rights organizations criticize antifa tactics as dangerous and counterproductive.

The current political climate increases the chances of violent confrontations at protests and rallies. Antifa have expanded their definition of fascist/fascism to include not just white supremacists and other extremists, but also many conservatives and supporters of President Trump. In Berkeley, for example, some antifa were captured on video harassing Trump supporters with no known extremist connections. Antifa have also falsely characterized some recent right wing rallies as Nazi events, even though they were not actually white supremacist in nature.

Another concern is the misapplication of the label antifa to include all counter-protesters, rather than limiting it to those who proactively seek physical confrontations with their perceived fascist adversaries. It is critical to understand how antifa fit within the larger counter-protest efforts. Doing so allows law enforcement to focus their resources on the minority who engage in violence without curtailing the civil rights of the majority of peaceful individuals who just want their voices to be heard.

All forms of antifa violence are problematic. Additionally, violence plays into the victimhood narrative of white supremacists and other right-wing extremists and can even be used for recruiting purposes. Images of these free speech protesters being beaten by black-clad and bandana-masked antifa provide right wing extremists with a powerful propaganda tool.

That said, it is important to reject attempts to claim equivalence between the antifa and the white supremacist groups they oppose. The antifa reject racism but use unacceptable tactics. White supremacists use even more extreme violence to spread their ideologies of hate, to intimidate ethnic minorities, and undermine democratic norms. Right-wing extremists have been one of the largest and most consistent sources of domestic terror incidents in the United States for many years; they have murdered hundreds of people in this country over the last ten years alone. To date, there have not been any known antifa-related murders.

Antifa: Scope and Tactics:

Today’s antifa argue they are the on-the-ground defense against individuals they believe are promoting fascism in the United States. However, antifa, who have many anti-police anarchists in their ranks, can also target law enforcement with both verbal and physical assaults because they believe the police are providing cover for white supremacists. They will sometimes chant against fascism and against law enforcement in the same breath.

While some antifa use their fists, other violent tactics include throwing projectiles, including bricks, crowbars, homemade slingshots, metal chains, water bottles, and balloons filled with urine and feces. They have deployed noxious gases, pushed through police barricades, and attempted to exploit any perceived weakness in law enforcement presence.

Away from rallies, they also engage in doxxing, exposing their adversaries identities, addresses, jobs and other private information. This can lead to their opponents being harassed or losing their jobs, among other consequences. Members of the alt right and other right wing extremists have responded with their own doxxing campaigns, and by perpetuating hateful and violent narratives using fake antifa social media accounts.

Because there is no unifying body for antifa, it is impossible to know how many members are currently active. Different localities have antifa populations of different strengths, but antifa are also sometimes willing to travel hundreds of miles to oppose a white supremacist event.

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Origins of Antifa – Capital Research Center

The Lefts explosive, prolonged rage at the election of President Donald Trump on Nov. 8, 2016, gave new life to the ultra-violent leftist movement known as Antifa.

As a result, Antifa, which has been described as a revolutionary communist-anarchist militia movement that aspires to forcibly overthrow the United States government, is responsible for a level of sustained political street warfare not seen in the U.S. since the 1960s.

Reports of Antifa violence are everywhere, which is why the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has quietly designated Antifa as domestic terrorists. (Capital Research Center produced a three-part documentary series, America Under Siege, about Antifa and other political actors.)

Antifa is not a single organization: it is a movement or coalition of leftist groups, each of which claims to combat fascism, a political ideology whose definition academics have been arguing about for decades. The word Antifa itself is a truncation of anti-fascist.

Despite the name, the movement embraces fascistic tactics.

Antifa has gained new prominence in the post-Obama era. They trace their roots back to Nazi Germany. Although they opposed the Sturmabteilung (SA), or Nazi storm troopers, like the SA they also used violence to intimidate political opponents and break up their meetings and rallies. It could be argued that the ideological distance between Antifa and the now-defunct National Socialist German Workers Party (Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei, abbreviated as NSDAP) or Nazi Party, is so slight it can be measured in millimeters.

Determining who funds Antifa is difficult because the movement is highly decentralized and consists of private individuals and loosely affiliated groups.

Journalist Lee Stranahan downplays the significance of funding to Antifa.

While its been proven that funders like Soros and the Democrat Party have paid protest organizers and some protesters, groups like the violent Black Bloc [sic black bloc refers to a set of tactics, not a group] typically arent motivated by money, but instead come to protests because of their anti-American ideology, base criminal desires and thrill seeking.

Nonetheless, the left-wing billionaire George Soros has ties to Antifa through a group called the Alliance for Global Justice (AfGJ). Soross philanthropy, known at the time as the Open Society Institute, gave $100,000 to AfGJ ($50,000 in 2004 and $50,000 in 2006).

Acting as a fiscal sponsor, AfGJ gave $50,000 to Refuse Fascism, an unincorporated Antifa group. Fiscal sponsors are recognized tax-exempt 501(c)(3) nonprofits that take in donations on behalf of unincorporated or small groups so that donors can deduct the donations from their taxes, charging the group receiving the donation a processing fee.

Refuse Fascism was created in the weeks after Donald Trumps unexpected victory over Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election. The groups goal was summed up in a slogan on its website: Its Fascism: Drive Out the Trump/Pence Regime!

Refuse Fascism participated in rioting on Feb. 1, 2017, at the University of California, Berkeley, with the goal of preventing conservative controversialist Milo Yiannopoulos from giving a speech. The rioting caused more than $500,000 in damage.

Stopping someone from speaking is called no-platforming (or sometimes de-platforming). Summoning the spirit of Repressive Tolerance essayist Herbert Marcuse, the so-called father of the New Left who favored shutting down non-leftists, Antifa and others on the far Left believe that fascists are not entitled to free speech.

But Antifa operates under a twisted definition of fascism, labeling mainstream conservatives fascists and lumping them in with white-supremacists and neo-Nazis.

Except in the fantasies of Antifa and radical hate groups like the Southern Poverty Law Center, it is fair to say that true fascists are hard to find in the U.S. today.

Nevertheless, Antifa supporters are talented at finding fascists where they dont exist.

Radical journalist Natasha Lennard wrote at the Nation on the eve of Inauguration Day 2017, that Donald Trump is a living, breathing example of a fascist:

To call Trumpism fascist is to suggest that it demands from us a unique response. We can deploy the fascism moniker to Trumps ascendance by recognizing features like selective populism, nationalism, racism, traditionalism, the deployment of Newspeak and disregard for reasoned debate. The reason we should use the term is because, taken together, these aspects of Trumpism are not well combated or contained by standard liberal appeals to reason. It is constitutive of its fascism that it demands a different sort of opposition.

So is Manhattan Institute scholar Heather Mac Donald, allegedly, because she is pro-police.

In April 2017, Antifa prevented Mac Donald from entering an auditorium at Claremont McKenna College where she was supposed to deliver a speech. Bizarrely, the activists called her a fascist, a white supremacist, a warhawk, a transphobe, a queerphobe, [and] a classist who was ignorant of interlocking systems of domination that produce the lethal conditions under which oppressed peoples are forced to live.

All because she has written books about how the police are not racist.

Meanwhile, here are just a few examples of Antifa violence from 2017:

The Antifa website ItsGoingDown.org states that in the U.S., most [anti-fascist] activists are anarchist, although a few are Maoist or anti-state Marxists, but in other countries, the movement is predominately Marxist.

Antifa views America and those who safeguard its free institutions as fundamentally illegitimate. ItsGoingDown.org advises activists to build a culture of non-cooperation with law enforcement. If you have any intention of working with the police, FBI, or other agencies, it continues, or if you publically [sic] condemn anti-fascists who break the law: dont call yourself an anti-fascist.

ItsGoingDown.org has urged activists to make the country ungovernable by participating in mass insurrection, mass resistance, and all manner of physical violence against Trump supporters, capitalists, and conservative fascists. The website displayed propaganda images of violent attacks on persons wearing Trump campaign hats bearing the slogan, Make America Great Again. This kind of violence was a necessary evil to promote social justice and destroy fascism.

Because of the rise of Antifa in the current political climate, CRC is launching a rolling expos on the movement. In a series designed to grow into a separate website, CRC will examine in more detail the origin and history of Antifa, the ideology behind the movement, Antifa leaders and sympathizers, sources of funding, and common coalition partner groups. The expos will include databases to make it easier for readers to track members, events, and even victims.

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Steven Crowder confronts Antifa activist who wanted a piece of him …

An Antifa activist known as Slytherin recently got more than he bargained for when his violent fantasy to meet CRTVs Steven Crowder came true.

Beer went flying through the air and a police report was filed in Dallas after the Louder with Crowder host tracked down the man whose online rhetoric includes punching Nazis and the desire to kill every member of ICE.

Mr. Crowder and his crew originally planned to confront the man during a planned protest against white supremacy. The event was scrapped due to weather, but he was able to anonymously set up a meeting at a local beer garden.

Your wish is my command, the comedian, dressed as a genie, said during the confrontation published Tuesday on YouTube.

S! Go f yourself, you piece of s, the man said while throwing his beer in Mr. Crowders face.

Mr. Crowder then asked what, specifically, the Antifa activist meant when he wrote online: Holy s. Ive wanted a piece of Crowder for a long time.

Other social media posts included a $500 offer to kill members of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Take it down. Take down the threats, the conservative pundit said. Take down the offers to pay people for killing other people and that will be it. But if not, were going to file this with the police. OK?

Good, the activist replied while scurrying off.

Im sure theyre going to be thrilled to see killing pigs, $500 a head for ICE. Come on, man. Heres your chance. Everyones going to see this: future people hiring you, members of ICE, police officers, Mr. Crowder countered.

The host then provided viewers with evidence of a local police report: case number 58878395023.

As always our first choice is civil discourse, but if you cross the line into violence or if you call for the physical harm of others: I will find you, I will report you, I will confront you, and I will shame you, Mr. Crowder concluded.

The episode racked up over 380,000 views in less than 24 hours.

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What is ‘Antifa’? And why is the media so reluctant to expose …

An injured Trump supporter holds a sign during a free speech rally at Martin Luther King Jr. Civic Center Park in Berkeley, California, United States of America on April 15, 2017. Emily Molli | NurPhoto

Are all Trump supporters violent white supremacists? Clearly not. But you might not know that based on some of the reporting flying around this week.

The mainstream media are oversimplifying what happened this past weekend when riots broke out in Berkeley, California, during a rally for free speech put on by Trump backers. In doing so, the reporting implies that those supporting the president were prepared for violence while those in opposition are simply opposing fascism.

Twenty-one people were arrested Sunday after fistfights broke out near Martin Luther King Jr. Civic Center Park, where a rally for free speech put on by a pro-Trump group Liberty Revival Alliance was scheduled. Rocks were thrown, and sticks and skateboards were used to beat people. Of course, the MSM reporting is slanted.

The Los Angeles Times report on the fighting, for example, takes pains to show how a member of a citizen militia group originating from Montana who came to the rally to protect Trump supporters mightve been looking for a fight. I dont mind hitting the counter-demonstrators, one man tells the Times. In fact, I would kind of enjoy it.

The paper also interviewed a woman on the Left fed up with the violence, a vendor selling organic produce, and a guy handing out empathy kisses. The message, clearly, is that those on the Right were looking for trouble and those on the Left responded.

What the Times and other outlets dont tell you is this was not simply a clash of Trump supporters and counter-protesters.

Just who are the groups involved?

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As some in the mainstream media tell it, on the one hand you have racist white nationalists in support of Trump. This is true. Alt-Right activists such as Nathan Damigo who founded the white supremacist organization Identity Europa can be seen delivering a vicious right-hook to a woman (who, in turn, was assaulting him). But by no means was every Trump backer at this rally for free speech a violent neo-Nazi.

On the other hand, as SFGate reported, several liberal groups were there to counter protest in opposition to Trump. But these were not just milquetoast liberals there to oppose a president they dont like. Specifically, as the Los Angeles Times notes in a different piece, officials raised concerns about the militant black bloc of anti-fascist (Antifa for short) rioters. But dont take the term anti-fascist on its face, as the mainstream media is wont to do. Understand who these people actually are.

Antifa is made up of self-described anarchists radical left-wing thugs who employ violence and intimidation to advance their beliefs.

Theyve shown up previously at Berkeley to shut down a free speech event hosted by provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos, leaving damaged property, fires, and assault victims in their wake. They also violently disrupted a March 4 Trump event in March. But you arent hearing as much about Antifa violence as you are about the Alt-Right.

In fact, some outlets are offering outright praise for Antifa.

Ask Esquire magazine and Antifa rioters are noble, anti-racist counter demonstrators a sort of Justice League vigilante group dedicated to shutting down fascist protests.

But this is a radical movement that traces its roots back to World War II, as Mother Jones recounts in The long history of Nazi punching. They employ so-called righteous violence against what they consider to be the forces of fascism. What fascism is nowadays seems to be a subjective definition belonging to whichever particular Antifa thugs show up en force.

One might say Antifas violent tactics, employed around the world, are fascist.

Here in the contemporary U.S., waves of Antifa-driven riots are on the rise in in an effort to silence President Trump and his supporters by any means necessary. Antifa thugs show up at left-wing demonstrations to breed chaos, destruction, and bloodshed. They blend in with and are sometimes aided by the crowd, as National Reviews David French explained in the aftermath of Yiannopoulos Berkeley event in February:

What youll notice (and what youll experience, if you ever find yourself in the middle of violent left-wing protest) is that the rioters and the peaceful protesters have a symbiotic relationship. The rioters break people and destroy things, then melt back into a crowd that often quickly and purposefully closes behind them. Theyre typically cheered wildly (to be sure, some yell at them to stop) and often treated as heroes by the rest of the mob almost like theyre the SEAL Team Six of left-wing protest.

The Battle of Berkeley, as some are calling it, was a dangerous, violent, bloody mess. Instigators, Antifa and Alt-Right, should be roundly condemned.

But at the moment, the American people are only getting one side of the story from the mainstream media. The majority of the MSMs intense focus is applied to white nationalist groups, while Antifa is being cast in a heroic role opposed to the Alt-Rights violence.

The mainstream media wax poetic on the dangers of the nationalist populist Alt-Right. They ought to be wary of normalizing Antifas brand of radical Alt-Left violence.

Editors note: The title to this piece has been updated to correct a grammatical error.

Chris Pandolfo is a staff writer and type-shouter for Conservative Review. He holds a B.A. in politics and economics from Hillsdale College. His interests are conservative political philosophy, the American founding, and progressive rock. Follow him on Twitter for doom-saying and great album recommendations @ChrisCPandolfo.

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Antifa protesters dubbed the ‘Berkeley Five’ on trial today

A group of five Antifa counter-protesters will face trial today over their alleged involvement in an attack at a Trump rally last year. The group By Any Means Necessary (BAMN) has dubbed them the Berkley Five and is encouraging supporters to pack the courtroom to support them. From the Daily Californian:

Dubbed the Berkeley 5 by local activist group By Any Means Necessary, or BAMN, Taylor Fuller, Scott Hedrick, Nathan Perry, Jeff Armstrong and Dustin Sawtelle are being broughtto trial on charges of attacking Trump supporter Daniel Quillinan on March 4, 2017

They came to the protest united in their opposition to Trump and the physical danger that his most loyal and violent neo-fascist supporters present to the Bay Area and particular to its black, Latina/o, Asian, Arab, and immigrant communities, said Ronald Cruz, a lawyer for the defendants, in an email.

According to a report in the San Francisco Chronicle, the five men were arrested for beating Quillinan while paramedics were attempting to stitch up an injury:

In another case from March 4, witness testimony from police and firefighters convinced prosecutors to charge five people Nathan Perry, Jeffrey Armstrong, Dustin Santelle, Scott Hedrick and Taylor Fuller with misdemeanor counts of assault with force likely to produce great bodily injury.

As paramedics stitched up Daniel Quillinan, a right-wing demonstrator who had suffered a cut, the five defendants allegedly attacked him with kicks and punches.

BAMN put out a press release encouraging people to pack the courtroom Wednesday. In their version of events, police are part of a pro-Trump conspiracy:

In the era of Donald Trump, fascists are feeling emboldened and are attempting to grow. Courageous anti-Trump and anti-fascist protesters Taylor Fuller, Scott Hedrick, Nathan Perry, Jeff Armstrong, and Dustin Sawtelle (pictured above) are local heroes who stood up to neo-fascist attacks. But now they are being falsely charged by neo-fascists and local law enforcement to advance Trumps agenda in the direction of a police state. The old traditional slogan, cops and Klan go hand in hand applies all too well in this case.

Fill the courtroom for the trial of the Berkeley 5 to make sure the people of Oakland and the Bay Area are represented

On March 4, Quillinan violently attacked protesters and sustained injuries as a result. Now Quillinan, the Berkeley police, and the Alameda County Prosecutor are working together to target the Berkeley 5 with false charges for standing against Trump and his neo-fascist supporters.

This sounds similar to the claims made by attorneys for BAMN leader Yvette Felarca. She asked a judge to dismiss charges against her (based on a separate incident) claiming she was the victim of a political witch hunt. A judge disagreed there was any grand conspiracy involved and said the case against her could proceed.

Another Antifa member is also expected in court some time this month. Eric Clanton is the person caught on video smashing a man in the head with a metal bike lock at another Antifa rally. He has been charged with four felony counts and could face up to a decade in prison if convicted.

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Antifa | Definition of Antifa by Merriam-Webster

borrowed from German Antifa, short for antifaschistisch “anti-fascist,” in Antifaschistische Aktion (multiparty front initiated by the German Communist Party in 1932 to counter Nazism) and in other collocations

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First Known Use: 1930

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America’s unique relationship to gun ownership — enshrined as a right in its constitution — is also in the middle of an emotional and divisive debate about the meaning of the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution.

When it comes to gun massacres, the US is an anomaly.

There are more public mass shootings in America than in any other country in the world.

The US has one of the highest rates of death by firearm in the developed world, according to World Health Organization data.

Our calculations based on OECD data from 2010 show that Americans are 51 times more likely to be killed by gunfire than people in the United Kingdom.

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What is Antifa?Antifa is a left-wing political movement that has used criminal violence, threats, and vandalism to shut down events organized or hosted by conservative, libertarian, and right-wing personalities and groups. What doesAntifamean?Antifais an abbreviated term for “anti-fascist,” though the group itself usesviolent, fascistic practices to silence dissenting voices.Antifapits itself againstthose they declare”fascist,”using that label to justify disruption andviolence. What are Antifa’s politics?Antifa markets itself as “anti-fascist,” “anti-racist,” and “anti-homophobia.” Thoughthe ideology of its members is not unified, it is generally grounded in Marxism and social justice. Antifaactivists are regularly seen with communist, socialist, anarchist, and neo-Marxist paraphernalia, symbols, and signage,including the Soviet hammer and sickle, the raised/clenched fist, and “anti-capitalist” messaging. Is Antifaviolent?Antifa has been documented committing criminal violence and destroying property in shutting down conservative, libertarian or right-wing speakers and events, as has occurred in various cities and college campuses across the country.”In the name of fighting for those ideals [of the social justice left] and putting a stop to ‘hate speech’someantifaprotestors will employ militant tactics or violent means such as vandalism,”explainsTime. Is Antifaanti-free speech?Antifa has used disruption and violent means to shut down events they deem “fascist,” which has included speakers and events espousing conservatism, libertarianism, andsupport for Donald Trump.Antifaborrows heavily from the social justice approach to speech, conflatingspeech with physical violence and promoting the idea that offensiverhetoric or “hate speech” mustbe silencedthroughextreme means, including physical assault and destruction of property.

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What does Antifa mean? – Definitions.net

Pamela Oliver: In the 1930s, the Nazis used violence to intimidate people, antifa argues that if people resisted them then, the fascists wouldnt have gotten so big. Tucker Carlson: How long are you going to stay silent on Antifa? Because in their silence, its almost like theyre using Antifa to their benefitto attack free speech. Brian Levin: The socio-political landscape has changed, the same way white nationalists used Obama as a figure to rally about…now Antifa and anarchists see in Trump a broad-base [enemy] that has united them. James Scott: For Nation States, and the adversaries within America’s boarders (special interest groups, cyber caliphate, Muslim brotherhood, Antifa etc), metadata is THE silent weapon in this quiet information war. Brian Levin: [Antifas] list of what is fascist has grown far beyond the loathsome, Swastika-carrying white nationalists, to controversial conservatives, speakers, the police, journalists and random people who get in their way.

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Who are the Antifa? – adl.org

Antifa: Definition and History: In recent weeks, law enforcement officers across the United States have faced the challenge of keeping the peace at a number of far-right rallies and demonstrations. Their task, to secure both safety and First Amendment rights, has been made more difficult not only by the white supremacists and other bigots who have shown up in Charlottesville, Berkeley and Boston, but also by a relatively small number of counter-protesters who engage in confrontational tactics, including violence, in their opposition to the right-wing extremists. Most recently, the August 27th anti-racist march in Berkeley, attended by thousands of peaceful counter-protesters, turned chaotic when a number of anarchists appeared and allegedly attacked several right-wing or pro-Trump attendees. These violent counter-protesters are often members of the antifa (short for antifascist), a loose collection of groups, networks and individuals who believe in active, aggressive opposition to far right-wing movements. Their ideology is rooted in the assumption that the Nazi party would never have been able to come to power in Germany if people had more aggressively fought them in the streets in the 1920s and 30s. Most antifa come from the anarchist movement or from the far left, though since Trumps election, some people with more mainstream political backgrounds have also joined their ranks. These antifa sometimes use a logo with a double flag, usually in black and red. The antifa movement began in the 1960s in Europe, and had reached the US by the end of the 1970s. Most people who show up to counter or oppose white supremacist public events are peaceful demonstrators, but when antifa show up, as they frequently do, they can increase the chances that an event may turn violent. Today, antifa activists focus on harassing right wing extremists both online and in real life. Antifa is not a unified group; it is loose collection of local/regional groups and individuals. Their presence at a protest is intended to intimidate and dissuade racists, but the use of violent measures by some antifa against their adversaries can create a vicious, self-defeating cycle of attacks, counter-attacks and blame.This is why most established civil rights organizations criticize antifa tactics as dangerous and counterproductive. The current political climate increases the chances of violent confrontations at protests and rallies. Antifa have expanded their definition of fascist/fascism to include not just white supremacists and other extremists, but also many conservatives and supporters of President Trump. In Berkeley, for example, some antifa were captured on video harassing Trump supporters with no known extremist connections. Antifa have also falsely characterized some recent right wing rallies as Nazi events, even though they were not actually white supremacist in nature. Another concern is the misapplication of the label antifa to include all counter-protesters, rather than limiting it to those who proactively seek physical confrontations with their perceived fascist adversaries. It is critical to understand how antifa fit within the larger counter-protest efforts. Doing so allows law enforcement to focus their resources on the minority who engage in violence without curtailing the civil rights of the majority of peaceful individuals who just want their voices to be heard. All forms of antifa violence are problematic. Additionally, violence plays into the victimhood narrative of white supremacists and other right-wing extremists and can even be used for recruiting purposes. Images of these free speech protesters being beaten by black-clad and bandana-masked antifa provide right wing extremists with a powerful propaganda tool. That said, it is important to reject attempts to claim equivalence between the antifa and the white supremacist groups they oppose. The antifa reject racism but use unacceptable tactics. White supremacists use even more extreme violence to spread their ideologies of hate, to intimidate ethnic minorities, and undermine democratic norms. Right-wing extremists have been one of the largest and most consistent sources of domestic terror incidents in the United States for many years; they have murdered hundreds of people in this country over the last ten years alone. To date, there have not been any known antifa-related murders. Antifa: Scope and Tactics: Today’s antifa argue they are the on-the-ground defense against individuals they believe are promoting fascism in the United States. However, antifa, who have many anti-police anarchists in their ranks, can also target law enforcement with both verbal and physical assaults because they believe the police are providing cover for white supremacists. They will sometimes chant against fascism and against law enforcement in the same breath. While some antifa use their fists, other violent tactics include throwing projectiles, including bricks, crowbars, homemade slingshots, metal chains, water bottles, and balloons filled with urine and feces. They have deployed noxious gases, pushed through police barricades, and attempted to exploit any perceived weakness in law enforcement presence. Away from rallies, they also engage in doxxing, exposing their adversaries identities, addresses, jobs and other private information. This can lead to their opponents being harassed or losing their jobs, among other consequences. Members of the alt right and other right wing extremists have responded with their own doxxing campaigns, and by perpetuating hateful and violent narratives using fake antifa social media accounts. Because there is no unifying body for antifa, it is impossible to know how many members are currently active. Different localities have antifa populations of different strengths, but antifa are also sometimes willing to travel hundreds of miles to oppose a white supremacist event.

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Origins of Antifa – Capital Research Center

The Lefts explosive, prolonged rage at the election of President Donald Trump on Nov. 8, 2016, gave new life to the ultra-violent leftist movement known as Antifa. As a result, Antifa, which has been described as a revolutionary communist-anarchist militia movement that aspires to forcibly overthrow the United States government, is responsible for a level of sustained political street warfare not seen in the U.S. since the 1960s. Reports of Antifa violence are everywhere, which is why the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has quietly designated Antifa as domestic terrorists. (Capital Research Center produced a three-part documentary series, America Under Siege, about Antifa and other political actors.) Antifa is not a single organization: it is a movement or coalition of leftist groups, each of which claims to combat fascism, a political ideology whose definition academics have been arguing about for decades. The word Antifa itself is a truncation of anti-fascist. Despite the name, the movement embraces fascistic tactics. Antifa has gained new prominence in the post-Obama era. They trace their roots back to Nazi Germany. Although they opposed the Sturmabteilung (SA), or Nazi storm troopers, like the SA they also used violence to intimidate political opponents and break up their meetings and rallies. It could be argued that the ideological distance between Antifa and the now-defunct National Socialist German Workers Party (Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei, abbreviated as NSDAP) or Nazi Party, is so slight it can be measured in millimeters. Determining who funds Antifa is difficult because the movement is highly decentralized and consists of private individuals and loosely affiliated groups. Journalist Lee Stranahan downplays the significance of funding to Antifa. While its been proven that funders like Soros and the Democrat Party have paid protest organizers and some protesters, groups like the violent Black Bloc [sic black bloc refers to a set of tactics, not a group] typically arent motivated by money, but instead come to protests because of their anti-American ideology, base criminal desires and thrill seeking. Nonetheless, the left-wing billionaire George Soros has ties to Antifa through a group called the Alliance for Global Justice (AfGJ). Soross philanthropy, known at the time as the Open Society Institute, gave $100,000 to AfGJ ($50,000 in 2004 and $50,000 in 2006). Acting as a fiscal sponsor, AfGJ gave $50,000 to Refuse Fascism, an unincorporated Antifa group. Fiscal sponsors are recognized tax-exempt 501(c)(3) nonprofits that take in donations on behalf of unincorporated or small groups so that donors can deduct the donations from their taxes, charging the group receiving the donation a processing fee. Refuse Fascism was created in the weeks after Donald Trumps unexpected victory over Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election. The groups goal was summed up in a slogan on its website: Its Fascism: Drive Out the Trump/Pence Regime! Refuse Fascism participated in rioting on Feb. 1, 2017, at the University of California, Berkeley, with the goal of preventing conservative controversialist Milo Yiannopoulos from giving a speech. The rioting caused more than $500,000 in damage. Stopping someone from speaking is called no-platforming (or sometimes de-platforming). Summoning the spirit of Repressive Tolerance essayist Herbert Marcuse, the so-called father of the New Left who favored shutting down non-leftists, Antifa and others on the far Left believe that fascists are not entitled to free speech. But Antifa operates under a twisted definition of fascism, labeling mainstream conservatives fascists and lumping them in with white-supremacists and neo-Nazis. Except in the fantasies of Antifa and radical hate groups like the Southern Poverty Law Center, it is fair to say that true fascists are hard to find in the U.S. today. Nevertheless, Antifa supporters are talented at finding fascists where they dont exist. Radical journalist Natasha Lennard wrote at the Nation on the eve of Inauguration Day 2017, that Donald Trump is a living, breathing example of a fascist: To call Trumpism fascist is to suggest that it demands from us a unique response. We can deploy the fascism moniker to Trumps ascendance by recognizing features like selective populism, nationalism, racism, traditionalism, the deployment of Newspeak and disregard for reasoned debate. The reason we should use the term is because, taken together, these aspects of Trumpism are not well combated or contained by standard liberal appeals to reason. It is constitutive of its fascism that it demands a different sort of opposition. So is Manhattan Institute scholar Heather Mac Donald, allegedly, because she is pro-police. In April 2017, Antifa prevented Mac Donald from entering an auditorium at Claremont McKenna College where she was supposed to deliver a speech. Bizarrely, the activists called her a fascist, a white supremacist, a warhawk, a transphobe, a queerphobe, [and] a classist who was ignorant of interlocking systems of domination that produce the lethal conditions under which oppressed peoples are forced to live. All because she has written books about how the police are not racist. Meanwhile, here are just a few examples of Antifa violence from 2017: The Antifa website ItsGoingDown.org states that in the U.S., most [anti-fascist] activists are anarchist, although a few are Maoist or anti-state Marxists, but in other countries, the movement is predominately Marxist. Antifa views America and those who safeguard its free institutions as fundamentally illegitimate. ItsGoingDown.org advises activists to build a culture of non-cooperation with law enforcement. If you have any intention of working with the police, FBI, or other agencies, it continues, or if you publically [sic] condemn anti-fascists who break the law: dont call yourself an anti-fascist. ItsGoingDown.org has urged activists to make the country ungovernable by participating in mass insurrection, mass resistance, and all manner of physical violence against Trump supporters, capitalists, and conservative fascists. The website displayed propaganda images of violent attacks on persons wearing Trump campaign hats bearing the slogan, Make America Great Again. This kind of violence was a necessary evil to promote social justice and destroy fascism. Because of the rise of Antifa in the current political climate, CRC is launching a rolling expos on the movement. In a series designed to grow into a separate website, CRC will examine in more detail the origin and history of Antifa, the ideology behind the movement, Antifa leaders and sympathizers, sources of funding, and common coalition partner groups. The expos will include databases to make it easier for readers to track members, events, and even victims.

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Steven Crowder confronts Antifa activist who wanted a piece of him …

An Antifa activist known as Slytherin recently got more than he bargained for when his violent fantasy to meet CRTVs Steven Crowder came true. Beer went flying through the air and a police report was filed in Dallas after the Louder with Crowder host tracked down the man whose online rhetoric includes punching Nazis and the desire to kill every member of ICE. Mr. Crowder and his crew originally planned to confront the man during a planned protest against white supremacy. The event was scrapped due to weather, but he was able to anonymously set up a meeting at a local beer garden. Your wish is my command, the comedian, dressed as a genie, said during the confrontation published Tuesday on YouTube. S! Go f yourself, you piece of s, the man said while throwing his beer in Mr. Crowders face. Mr. Crowder then asked what, specifically, the Antifa activist meant when he wrote online: Holy s. Ive wanted a piece of Crowder for a long time. Other social media posts included a $500 offer to kill members of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Take it down. Take down the threats, the conservative pundit said. Take down the offers to pay people for killing other people and that will be it. But if not, were going to file this with the police. OK? Good, the activist replied while scurrying off. Im sure theyre going to be thrilled to see killing pigs, $500 a head for ICE. Come on, man. Heres your chance. Everyones going to see this: future people hiring you, members of ICE, police officers, Mr. Crowder countered. The host then provided viewers with evidence of a local police report: case number 58878395023. As always our first choice is civil discourse, but if you cross the line into violence or if you call for the physical harm of others: I will find you, I will report you, I will confront you, and I will shame you, Mr. Crowder concluded. The episode racked up over 380,000 views in less than 24 hours.

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What is ‘Antifa’? And why is the media so reluctant to expose …

An injured Trump supporter holds a sign during a free speech rally at Martin Luther King Jr. Civic Center Park in Berkeley, California, United States of America on April 15, 2017. Emily Molli | NurPhoto Are all Trump supporters violent white supremacists? Clearly not. But you might not know that based on some of the reporting flying around this week. The mainstream media are oversimplifying what happened this past weekend when riots broke out in Berkeley, California, during a rally for free speech put on by Trump backers. In doing so, the reporting implies that those supporting the president were prepared for violence while those in opposition are simply opposing fascism. Twenty-one people were arrested Sunday after fistfights broke out near Martin Luther King Jr. Civic Center Park, where a rally for free speech put on by a pro-Trump group Liberty Revival Alliance was scheduled. Rocks were thrown, and sticks and skateboards were used to beat people. Of course, the MSM reporting is slanted. The Los Angeles Times report on the fighting, for example, takes pains to show how a member of a citizen militia group originating from Montana who came to the rally to protect Trump supporters mightve been looking for a fight. I dont mind hitting the counter-demonstrators, one man tells the Times. In fact, I would kind of enjoy it. The paper also interviewed a woman on the Left fed up with the violence, a vendor selling organic produce, and a guy handing out empathy kisses. The message, clearly, is that those on the Right were looking for trouble and those on the Left responded. What the Times and other outlets dont tell you is this was not simply a clash of Trump supporters and counter-protesters. Just who are the groups involved? How do we stop the mainstream media from warping the national narrative? We push back together. With the truth. Be the first to receive CRTVs free weapon against the worst the media has to offer. Introducing WTF MSM!? As some in the mainstream media tell it, on the one hand you have racist white nationalists in support of Trump. This is true. Alt-Right activists such as Nathan Damigo who founded the white supremacist organization Identity Europa can be seen delivering a vicious right-hook to a woman (who, in turn, was assaulting him). But by no means was every Trump backer at this rally for free speech a violent neo-Nazi. On the other hand, as SFGate reported, several liberal groups were there to counter protest in opposition to Trump. But these were not just milquetoast liberals there to oppose a president they dont like. Specifically, as the Los Angeles Times notes in a different piece, officials raised concerns about the militant black bloc of anti-fascist (Antifa for short) rioters. But dont take the term anti-fascist on its face, as the mainstream media is wont to do. Understand who these people actually are. Antifa is made up of self-described anarchists radical left-wing thugs who employ violence and intimidation to advance their beliefs. Theyve shown up previously at Berkeley to shut down a free speech event hosted by provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos, leaving damaged property, fires, and assault victims in their wake. They also violently disrupted a March 4 Trump event in March. But you arent hearing as much about Antifa violence as you are about the Alt-Right. In fact, some outlets are offering outright praise for Antifa. Ask Esquire magazine and Antifa rioters are noble, anti-racist counter demonstrators a sort of Justice League vigilante group dedicated to shutting down fascist protests. But this is a radical movement that traces its roots back to World War II, as Mother Jones recounts in The long history of Nazi punching. They employ so-called righteous violence against what they consider to be the forces of fascism. What fascism is nowadays seems to be a subjective definition belonging to whichever particular Antifa thugs show up en force. One might say Antifas violent tactics, employed around the world, are fascist. Here in the contemporary U.S., waves of Antifa-driven riots are on the rise in in an effort to silence President Trump and his supporters by any means necessary. Antifa thugs show up at left-wing demonstrations to breed chaos, destruction, and bloodshed. They blend in with and are sometimes aided by the crowd, as National Reviews David French explained in the aftermath of Yiannopoulos Berkeley event in February: What youll notice (and what youll experience, if you ever find yourself in the middle of violent left-wing protest) is that the rioters and the peaceful protesters have a symbiotic relationship. The rioters break people and destroy things, then melt back into a crowd that often quickly and purposefully closes behind them. Theyre typically cheered wildly (to be sure, some yell at them to stop) and often treated as heroes by the rest of the mob almost like theyre the SEAL Team Six of left-wing protest. The Battle of Berkeley, as some are calling it, was a dangerous, violent, bloody mess. Instigators, Antifa and Alt-Right, should be roundly condemned. But at the moment, the American people are only getting one side of the story from the mainstream media. The majority of the MSMs intense focus is applied to white nationalist groups, while Antifa is being cast in a heroic role opposed to the Alt-Rights violence. The mainstream media wax poetic on the dangers of the nationalist populist Alt-Right. They ought to be wary of normalizing Antifas brand of radical Alt-Left violence. Editors note: The title to this piece has been updated to correct a grammatical error. Chris Pandolfo is a staff writer and type-shouter for Conservative Review. He holds a B.A. in politics and economics from Hillsdale College. His interests are conservative political philosophy, the American founding, and progressive rock. Follow him on Twitter for doom-saying and great album recommendations @ChrisCPandolfo. Send tips and hate mail to [emailprotected]

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Antifa protesters dubbed the ‘Berkeley Five’ on trial today

A group of five Antifa counter-protesters will face trial today over their alleged involvement in an attack at a Trump rally last year. The group By Any Means Necessary (BAMN) has dubbed them the Berkley Five and is encouraging supporters to pack the courtroom to support them. From the Daily Californian: Dubbed the Berkeley 5 by local activist group By Any Means Necessary, or BAMN, Taylor Fuller, Scott Hedrick, Nathan Perry, Jeff Armstrong and Dustin Sawtelle are being broughtto trial on charges of attacking Trump supporter Daniel Quillinan on March 4, 2017 They came to the protest united in their opposition to Trump and the physical danger that his most loyal and violent neo-fascist supporters present to the Bay Area and particular to its black, Latina/o, Asian, Arab, and immigrant communities, said Ronald Cruz, a lawyer for the defendants, in an email. According to a report in the San Francisco Chronicle, the five men were arrested for beating Quillinan while paramedics were attempting to stitch up an injury: In another case from March 4, witness testimony from police and firefighters convinced prosecutors to charge five people Nathan Perry, Jeffrey Armstrong, Dustin Santelle, Scott Hedrick and Taylor Fuller with misdemeanor counts of assault with force likely to produce great bodily injury. As paramedics stitched up Daniel Quillinan, a right-wing demonstrator who had suffered a cut, the five defendants allegedly attacked him with kicks and punches. BAMN put out a press release encouraging people to pack the courtroom Wednesday. In their version of events, police are part of a pro-Trump conspiracy: In the era of Donald Trump, fascists are feeling emboldened and are attempting to grow. Courageous anti-Trump and anti-fascist protesters Taylor Fuller, Scott Hedrick, Nathan Perry, Jeff Armstrong, and Dustin Sawtelle (pictured above) are local heroes who stood up to neo-fascist attacks. But now they are being falsely charged by neo-fascists and local law enforcement to advance Trumps agenda in the direction of a police state. The old traditional slogan, cops and Klan go hand in hand applies all too well in this case. Fill the courtroom for the trial of the Berkeley 5 to make sure the people of Oakland and the Bay Area are represented On March 4, Quillinan violently attacked protesters and sustained injuries as a result. Now Quillinan, the Berkeley police, and the Alameda County Prosecutor are working together to target the Berkeley 5 with false charges for standing against Trump and his neo-fascist supporters. This sounds similar to the claims made by attorneys for BAMN leader Yvette Felarca. She asked a judge to dismiss charges against her (based on a separate incident) claiming she was the victim of a political witch hunt. A judge disagreed there was any grand conspiracy involved and said the case against her could proceed. Another Antifa member is also expected in court some time this month. Eric Clanton is the person caught on video smashing a man in the head with a metal bike lock at another Antifa rally. He has been charged with four felony counts and could face up to a decade in prison if convicted.

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Antifa | Definition of Antifa by Merriam-Webster

borrowed from German Antifa, short for antifaschistisch “anti-fascist,” in Antifaschistische Aktion (multiparty front initiated by the German Communist Party in 1932 to counter Nazism) and in other collocations NEW! Time Traveler First Known Use: 1930 in the meaning defined at sense 1

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ANTIFA – Home | Facebook

… America’s unique relationship to gun ownership — enshrined as a right in its constitution — is also in the middle of an emotional and divisive debate about the meaning of the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution. … When it comes to gun massacres, the US is an anomaly. There are more public mass shootings in America than in any other country in the world. … The US has one of the highest rates of death by firearm in the developed world, according to World Health Organization data. Our calculations based on OECD data from 2010 show that Americans are 51 times more likely to be killed by gunfire than people in the United Kingdom.

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