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Who are the antifa? President Trump equated them with white supremacists. Here's why hes wrong.
The Washington Post ^ | August 16, 2017 | Mark Bray

Posted on 08/17/2017 6:40:17 PM PDT by Hadean

First bursting into the headlines when they shut down far-right provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos in February at the University of California at Berkeley, antifascists again captivated the public imagination by battling the fascists assembled at the “Unite the Right” white power rally in Charlottesville.

But what is antifa? Where did it come from? Militant anti-fascist or “antifa” (pronounced ANtifa) is a radical pan-leftist politics of social revolution applied to fighting the far right. Its adherents are predominantly communists, socialists and anarchists who reject turning to the police or the state to halt the advance of white supremacy. Instead they advocate popular opposition to fascism as we witnessed in Charlottesville.

The vast majority of anti-fascist organizing is nonviolent. But their willingness to physically defend themselves and others from white supremacist violence and preemptively shut down fascist organizing efforts before they turn deadly distinguishes them from liberal anti-racists.

Antifascists argue that after the horrors of chattel slavery and the Holocaust, physical violence against white supremacists is both ethically justifiable and strategically effective. We should not, they argue, abstractly assess the ethical status of violence in the absence of the values and context behind it. Instead, they put forth an ethically consistent, historically informed argument for fighting Nazis before it’s too late. As Cornel West explained after surviving neo-Nazi attacks in Charlottesville, “If it hadn’t been for the antifascists protecting us from the neo-fascists, we would have been crushed like cockroaches.”

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1 posted on 08/17/2017 6:40:17 PM PDT by Hadean
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To: Hadean

BS - AntiFa are not “the good guys” and are disruptive agitators trying to overthrow our government just as the Nazis were.

That they’re good buddies of the Washington Post, the Democrat party, Tom Cook and possibly Jess Bezos is undisputed.


2 posted on 08/17/2017 6:42:02 PM PDT by Skywise
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To: Hadean

HE DID NOT COMPARE THEM! CRIPES!


3 posted on 08/17/2017 6:42:22 PM PDT by mazda77
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To: Hadean

I equate them with the Taliban. The American Taliban.


4 posted on 08/17/2017 6:42:44 PM PDT by clintonh8r (AMERICA! THANK YOU FOR MAKING MY SCREEN NAME OBSOLETE!)
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To: Hadean

Fake news are whitewashing Communists.

And they and Vichy Republicans call Trump unstable.

Go figure.


5 posted on 08/17/2017 6:43:11 PM PDT by goldstategop ((In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever))
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To: Hadean

ANTIFA: And what is the definition of a fascist? Whatever the left says it is.

6 posted on 08/17/2017 6:43:40 PM PDT by RC one (The 2nd Amendment is a doomsday provision, one designed for those exceptionally rare circumstances)
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To: Hadean

This ridiculous effort at rationalization is more than enough to answer the question are they as bad as Nazis? Hell yeah!

Sound just like Nazis, a bunch of violent kooks with not a good thing to do with their lives except fight other kooks in the streets.


7 posted on 08/17/2017 6:44:43 PM PDT by Williams (Stop tolerating the intolerant.)
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To: Hadean

“Predominantly communists, socialists and anarchists”

They are eating their zoo animals and pets in Venezuela thanks to the benefits of socialism.

Let’s send ANTIFA to Venezuela!

So the Venezuelans can eat them.


8 posted on 08/17/2017 6:44:55 PM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: Hadean

HUH Wash Post let me guess they protect the group which act like Hitlers S brown shirts in the late 20’s and 30’s. I guess as I will mot click that link and add to the clocks.


9 posted on 08/17/2017 6:45:00 PM PDT by manc ( If they want so called marriage equality then they should support polygamy too.)
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To: Hadean
"willingness to physically defend themselves and others from white supremacist violence and preemptively shut down fascist organizing efforts before they turn deadly

LMAO!!! What a load of crap.

I suppose there were some hooded KKK members at Trump's inauguration, or at the Free Speech rallies at Berkeley earlier this summer.
10 posted on 08/17/2017 6:45:03 PM PDT by indthkr
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To: Hadean

When the debate finally begins about shutting down the Washington Post, this pile of trash article should be Exhibit A.


11 posted on 08/17/2017 6:45:20 PM PDT by KyCats
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To: Hadean

Well, there it is in black and white. The Washington Post explicitly endorses left-wing violence/fascism.


12 posted on 08/17/2017 6:45:24 PM PDT by sam_whiskey (Peace through Strength)
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To: Hadean

Hey Bray. Why not put your Woodward and Bernie beanie on and investigate WHO FUNDS THEM

Rather than rationalize their violent anarchist behavior?

What an idiot, but not surprising


13 posted on 08/17/2017 6:45:45 PM PDT by A_Former_Democrat (Search "Vice Mayor Wes Bellamy tweets" and pass those links on to all you know)
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14 posted on 08/17/2017 6:45:52 PM PDT by musicman (The future is just a collection of successive nows.)
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To: Hadean

Who are they? Simple.Read “Rules For Radicals”,read the works of Bill Ayers,study the history of Mao’s “Red Guards” ...and you’ll know.


15 posted on 08/17/2017 6:45:58 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (ObamaCare Works For Those Who Don't.)
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To: Hadean

Jeff Bezos needs to rename his dying paper.

Its named after a racist slaveholder.


16 posted on 08/17/2017 6:45:59 PM PDT by goldstategop ((In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever))
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To: Hadean

“Who are the antifa?”

Who are they? Have a look.

ANTIFA Manual
https://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3578291/posts

THE
ANTIFA
MANUAL

“Do not distribute
to any
cis white males
non-PoC
non-LGBTQ
peoples
a.k.a. fascists”


17 posted on 08/17/2017 6:46:09 PM PDT by familyop ("Welcome to Costco. I love you." --Costco greeter in the movie, "Idiocracy")
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To: Hadean

They are a motley crew of anarchists and communists.
They engage in violence.


18 posted on 08/17/2017 6:46:11 PM PDT by Lurkinanloomin (Natural Born Citizen Means Born Here Of Citizen Parents - Know Islam, No Peace -No Islam, Know Peace)
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To: Hadean

Antifa are WORSE than Neo Nazi’s..Neo Nazi’s in this country is such a small amount of people..I can count on my hand how many of them actually exist..meanwhile Antifa..which means ANTI FIRST AMENDMENT..is NATIONWIDE..and they have put on their own site how they want Trump dead..our President..DEAD..but of course liberals love them, liberals love Communism its what they have always wanted for this country


19 posted on 08/17/2017 6:47:05 PM PDT by Sarah Barracuda
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To: blueunicorn6

Let’s send ANTIFA to Venezuela!

So the Venezuelans can eat them.
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20 posted on 08/17/2017 6:47:46 PM PDT by Lurkinanloomin (Natural Born Citizen Means Born Here Of Citizen Parents - Know Islam, No Peace -No Islam, Know Peace)
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