Antifa

angelburst29

The Living Force
What is antifa, the movement Trump wants to declare a terror group?
Protesters with antifa symbols on their shields in Portland, US, on Aug 4, 2018.

Protesters with antifa symbols on their shields in Portland, US, on Aug 4, 2018.PHOTO: NYTIMES

WASHINGTON May 31, 2020 - Seeking to assign blame for the protests that have convulsed cities across the country, President Donald Trump said on Sunday (May 31) that the United States would designate antifa, the loosely affiliated group of far-left anti-fascism activists, a terrorist organization.

The president's critics noted, however, that the United States does not have a domestic terrorism law and that Antifa, a contraction of "anti-fascist," is not an organization with a leader, a defined structure or membership roles.

Rather, Antifa is more of a movement of activists whose followers share a philosophy and tactics. They have made their presence known at protests around the country in recent years, including the "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, in 2017.

Who are the members of antifa?
It is impossible to know how many people count themselves as members. Its followers acknowledge that the movement is secretive, has no official leaders and is organized into autonomous local cells. It is also only one in a constellation of activist movements that have come together in the past few years to oppose the far right.

Antifa members campaign against actions they view as authoritarian, homophobic, racist or xenophobic. Although antifa is not affiliated with other movements on the left - and is sometimes viewed as a distraction by other organisers - its members sometimes work with other local activist networks that are rallying around the same issues, such as the Occupy movement or Black Lives Matter.

What are its goals?
Supporters generally seek to stop what they see as fascist, racist and far-right groups from having a platform to promote their views, arguing that public demonstration of those ideas leads to the targeting of marginalised people, including racial minorities, women and members of the LGBTQ community.

"The argument is that militant anti-fascism is inherently self-defence because of the historically documented violence that fascists pose, especially to marginalized people," said Mark Bray, a history lecturer at Dartmouth College and the author of "Antifa: The Anti-Fascist Handbook."

Many Antifa organizers also participate in more peaceful forms of community organizing, but they believe that using violence is justified because of their views that if racist or fascist groups are allowed to organize freely, "it will inevitably result in violence against marginalized communities," said Bray, whose defence of the anti-fascist movement has incited criticism and generated support at Dartmouth.

When did the movement begin?
Although the Merriam-Webster dictionary says the word "Antifa" was first used in 1946 and was borrowed from a German phrase signaling opposition to Nazism, more people began joining the movement in the United States after the 2016 election of Trump to counter the threat they believed was posed by the so-called alt-right, Bray said.

One of the first US groups to use the name was Rose City Antifa, which says it was founded in 2007 in Portland, Oregon. It has a large following on social media, where it shares news articles and sometimes seeks to dox, or reveal the identities and personal information of, figures on the right.

The Antifa movement gained more visibility in 2017 after a series of events that put a spotlight on anti-fascist protesters, including the punching of a prominent alt-right member; the cancellation of an event by a right-wing writer at the University of California, Berkeley; and their confrontation of white nationalist protesters in Charlottesville who turned violent.

What distinguishes antifa from other protest groups?
Bray said Antifa groups often use tactics similar to anarchist groups, such as dressing in all black and wearing masks. The groups also have overlapping ideologies, as both often criticize capitalism and seek to dismantle structures of authority, including police forces.

How have politicians and others reacted?
The movement has been widely criticized among the mainstream left and right. After the protests in Berkeley, California, in August 2017, US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi decried "the violent actions of people calling themselves Antifa" and said they should be arrested.

Conservative publications and politicians routinely rail against supporters of Antifa, who they say are seeking to shut down peaceful expression of conservative views. These critics point to moments when purported Antifa members have been accused of sucker-punching Trump supporters.

Ruth Ben-Ghiat, a professor of history at New York University who studies fascism, said she worried that Antifa's methods could feed into what she said were false equivalencies that seek to lump violence on the left with attacks by the right, such as the killing of a protester in Charlottesville by a man who had expressed white supremacist views.

"Throwing a milkshake is not equivalent to killing someone, but because the people in power are allied with the right, any provocation, any dissent against right-wing violence, backfires," Ben-Ghiat said.

Between 2010 and 2016, 53% of terrorist attacks in the United States were carried out by religious extremists - 35% by right-wing extremists and 12% by left-wing or environmentalist extremists, according to a University of Maryland-led consortium that studies terrorism.

Militancy on the left can "become a justification for those in power and allies on the right to crack down," Ben-Ghiat said. "In these situations, the left, or Antifa, are historically placed in impossible situations."
 

bjorn

The Living Force
FOTCM Member
Those who are aligned with ANTIFA even those who were tricked and thought that they were just volunteering to help what they thought was a noble cause then now is the time to reconsider.

This is their last chance and if they continue to engage in terrorism (which burning cities to the ground is!) they will be cIassified as enemy-combatants of the US.

Usually you hope that if you give such groups not the attention and fuel to carry on their crusade that it will just go away. But I think we have moved to a point that we can no longer ignore their schemes of destroying the US and the rest of the Western world and turn it into a fascist hellhole.

Glad to hear that Trump is taking the necessary steps to put an halt to their terror. And he needs no help to expose Antifa for what they are. They are already pretty good at it themselves.


Antifa, a militant pro-pedophilia organization:
 

bjorn

The Living Force
FOTCM Member
Former Antifa member: ‘’We shouldn’t allow IS (Islamic State) to recruite on college campuses and we shouldn’t allow Antifa either.’’

He also says: ''Antifa pretends to be fighting fascism but they define fascism as basically anything that does not conform to their radical leftist agenda.''

 

bjorn

The Living Force
FOTCM Member
Why indeed? Simply because when it comes to ''Human Rights'' the UN is a Far Left institution.

On top of that. In it's history there have been several attempts to belittle the role of this organisation, or simply to assume control over it

Did they succeed? It certainly seems so.

The UN will support and help to export this revolution around the globe. A planetary dictatorship is in the making.

 

Debra

Jedi Master
This Post is making the rounds on several FB groups, and individuals FB pages as well.
I have no way of knowing where the picture came from, who the young man is, or even if the incident of "hitting a woman" is factual.
My point in posting it here on the Forum, is that there are MANY groups of Honest, caring Men and Women in North America saying "Enough is enough", and this type of "Dark Humor" usually proceeds action.

"This is Brian.
Brian is an Antifa street rioter.
Brian has an allergy.
Brian is allergic to hitting a woman in front of a REAL MAN.
Don't be like Brian."
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=3426088307420733&set=a.219774658052130&type=3&eid=ARB7z9zXS0aUcI6CTg8UPH1KZdZ32ZjmZcj5hNUBC0SCZVR5NriOuAweI1YcpUXx8Cmx2rGp0AbPaVK3
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At the Heart and core of this dark humor, is a signal that the Backlash IS building, and coming, in ripples, but it is growing.
It will be from the Bikers and the Patriots, the Veterans and the Retired Cops and Military.
The ones I personally know, are all very caring and Compassionate Human beings doing the best they can. They may not be deeply into the Mysteries of the Cosmos, but, they are REAL, Honest, Good, People.
This Ken Wilber quote describes the compassion they embody:

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angelburst29

The Living Force
Poor George Soros is being "falsely accused" and a target of "conspiracy theories" in this latest "Pity-Party" rant. He's philanthropy is so ... mis-under-stood?

George Soros conspiracy theories surge as protests sweep US
June 21, 2020 - They say he hires protesters and rents buses to transport them. Some say he has people stash piles of bricks to be hurled into glass storefronts or at police.

George Soros, the billionaire investor and philanthropist who has long been a target of conspiracy theories, is now being falsely accused of orchestrating and funding the protests over police killings of Black people that have roiled the United States.
Amplified by a growing number of people on the far right, including some Republican leaders, online posts about Soros have skyrocketed in recent weeks.

They have been accompanied by online ads bought by conservative groups that call on authorities to “investigate George Soros for funding domestic terrorism and his decades-long corruption.”

Soros, 89, has donated billions of dollars of his personal wealth to liberal and anti-authoritarian causes around the world, making him a favored target among many on the right. The Hungarian-American, who is Jewish, has also been the subject of anti-Semitic attacks and conspiracy theories for decades.

Such hoaxes can now travel farther and faster with social media. Over just four days in late May, negative Twitter posts about Soros spiked from about 20,000 a day to more than 500,000 a day, according to an analysis by the Anti-Defamation League.

The Institute for Strategic Dialogue, a London think tank focused on extremism and polarization, found an even more pronounced jump on Facebook, where there were 68,746 mentions of Soros in May. The previous record of 38,326 Soros mentions was in October 2018, when angry posts alleged he was helping migrant caravans headed to the U.S.

The new wave began as nationwide demonstrations emerged over George Floyd's death at the hands of Minneapolis police. Some insist Soros financed the protests, while others say he colluded with police to fake Floyd's death last month. But all available evidence suggests the protests are what they seem: gatherings of thousands of Americans upset about police brutality and racial injustice.

“I think partly it’s an attempt to distract from the real matters at hand — the pandemic, the protests or the Black Lives Matter movement,” Laura Silber, chief communications officer for Soros’ philanthropic Open Society Foundations, said of the theories. “It’s pretty demeaning to the people out there protesting when someone says they’re all paid. It’s insulting.”

A look at some of the claims:

— Soros pays protesters. No evidence has been presented to suggest demonstrators were paid by Soros or his organizations. It’s a new take on an old hoax: past versions claimed Soros paid for a long list of other events, including the 2017 Women’s March held just after President Donald Trump's inauguration.

— Soros pays to transport protesters. Last week, a photo claiming to show two buses emblazoned with the words “Soros Riot Dance Squad” got widespread attention. The photo was cited as proof of Soros’ involvement in the protests, but it was bogus. The original photo showed two unmarked buses; someone later doctored it to add the language supposedly implicating Soros.

— Soros organizes stashing piles of bricks near protests. Several false claims involving stockpiles of bricks have been debunked, and no evidence has turned up showing they were purposefully placed.

Experts who study conspiracy theories say the new claims about Soros are a way to delegitimize the protests and the actual reasons behind them. Some see anti-Semitism, or a new spin on the age-old hoax that a shadowy cabal of rich men — whether it's the Illuminati, the Rothschilds, the Rockefellers, Bill Gates or Soros — is manipulating world events.

The theories have had real-world consequences. In 2018, amid news of caravans of migrants making their way toward the U.S.-Mexico border, online misinformation about Soros was linked to violence. Cesar Sayoc, a Florida man who was obsessed with Trump, mentioned Soros dozens of times on social media before mailing pipe bombs to newsrooms, top Democrats and Soros himself.

Despite significant scrutiny, no evidence was ever found to tie the caravan to Soros. Trump, however, helped fan the flames when asked whether Soros was involved. “I wouldn’t be surprised. A lot of people say yes,” the President said.

Still, some Republicans have begun pushing back on false claims of Soros’ connection to the protests and those spreading the rumors. After several Republican Party chairpeople in a Texas county shared posts claiming Soros was behind the demonstrations, the state party leader called on them to resign.

Experts say conspiracy theories can become a problem when they lead to threats of violence or cause people to lose trust in important institutions. They can fade into the background only to reemerge at times of crisis.

“Conspiracy theories are like themselves viruses,” said Josh Introne, a Syracuse University information studies professor who researches conspiracy theories. “The characters may change a little, and the theory itself may mutate. But they stick around.”
 

bjorn

The Living Force
FOTCM Member
Meet the new boss, same as the old boss. Antifa and anarchists tend to support American Imperialism. Though I suspect that if a Far Left coup succeeds and spreads throughout the Western world and beyond. Imperialism will get a boost we haven’t seen before in our lifetime. Who after all doesn’t want part of the new enlightenment world? They must be racists. If you want to eradicate nationalism. (The Satan of our world according to them) Why not destroy the concept of nations and assimilate them into the ‘One World Govt’ to secure ‘world peace’. All of this can easily be turned into a warmongering ideology. OSIT.

 

Woodsman

The Living Force
FOTCM Member
Meet the new boss, same as the old boss. Antifa and anarchists tend to support American Imperialism. Though I suspect that if a Far Left coup succeeds and spreads throughout the Western world and beyond. Imperialism will get a boost we haven’t seen before in our lifetime. Who after all doesn’t want part of the new enlightenment world? They must be racists. If you want to eradicate nationalism. (The Satan of our world according to them) Why not destroy the concept of nations and assimilate them into the ‘One World Govt’ to secure ‘world peace’. All of this can easily be turned into a warmongering ideology. OSIT.

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