I have become almost inured to news of the latest cancelled address on a college campus because the school’s administration will not only make it physically or financially impossible for a sponsored speaker to appear to address non-violent listeners, but essentially agree with the SJWs and with Antifa that a speaker may not appear or they will work to “shut it down.”
Shutting down freedom of speech
Antifa (from anti-fascism) is a term commonly used to describe often criminal and violent groups which attack organizations and individuals claimed to be "fascist" or "racist". Many openly admit that the goal is to deny their opponents freedom of expression and organization by using intimidation and violence.
Their targets may not even be race realists or nationalists but simply be critical of the mass immigration or have other less politically correct views. They only attack Whites, never non-Whites, even non-Whites supporting non-White nationalism. Groups such as Muslims wanting to implement sharia laws are ignored.
The last sentence is significant. The stealth jihad of Muslims is ignored by Antifa and the MSM; indeed, it’s almost common knowledge that the Left is allied with Islam; the goals of Islam, include Islamic political supremacy, or totalitarian rule. Antifa is the visceral expression of totalitarianism in action. Many governments in Europe punish their own citizens for speaking out against Muslims and immigration on the Internet and in public. They are allies of Antifa. They prohibit and penalize freedom of speech. And they’re willing to put a sock in your mouth or their fists.
But when I read this threat from Antifa – and, in particular this assertion, “We will not allow” – my blood pressure went through the roof. I had a nightmare of my ripping an Antifa mask off of the thug’s face and smashing his nose to a pulp. I had a yearning to give these and their student thugs-in-training the Rick Grimes/The Walking Dead treatment (a knife or a bullet in the temple). Essentially, Antifa is a gang of nihilistic zombies, dead in mind, dead in values, and its members boast of it. “We're not for anything, except for your absence or silence.”
The New Brown Shirts:
Ready to crack your skull
I have written so often about the government’s moves to nullify the First Amendment – and Islam’s, too – that I have lost count, but this was such a naked expression of the “supremacy” of force, I could not let it pass. Jim Hoft of the Gateway Pundit reported on April 26th in his column, “Portland [Oregon] Cancels Avenue of Roses Parade After Antifa Terrorists Promise to Rush Parade and Beat Republicans”:
The “Antifa” far left Communist group has managed to get an entire parade and carnival canceled in Portland because the Multnomah County Republicans were going to be in the parade.
The communists threatened to riot, loot, and assault people at the parade. The festival people decided to cancel the entire weekend of activities, which was going to be this weekend due to the threats of violence by the leftist group.
The Antifa group promised to rush the parade and drag away the Republicans.
“We will have two hundred or more people rush into the parade into the middle and drag and push those people out as we will not give one inch to groups who espouse hatred toward lgbt, immigrants, people of color or others. In case the message was not clear to you this is a sanctuary city and state and we will not allow these people to spread their views in East Portland. You have seen how much power we have downtown and that the police cannot stop us from shutting down roads so please consider your decision wisely.”
The Oregon Republican Party released this statement after the festival was cancelled.
Sessions-Wheeler-Currier-Sanctuary-Victims The Multnomah County Republican Party (MCRP) has for many years participated in the Parade, and calls upon the Mayor, the Police Chief, and the District Attorney to take action against this criminal conspiracy to commit crimes of riot and disorderly conduct in violation of Oregon law. “Under former Mayor Charlie Hales,” said James Buchal, MCRP Chair, “the City allowed this cancer of lawlessness to grow to the point where its leaders are now bragging, like some sort of comic book characters, that ‘the police cannot stop us’. But this is no laughing matter. The participation of political parties in public events like the Parade is not only an American tradition, but also reflects the most fundamental constitutional rights of free speech and freedom of assembly.”
“We will not allow….” That brazen hubris should make anyone’s skin crawl, or raise his hackles until they’re porcupine quills. Antifa groups claim they are part of the Liberal “resistance” to any regime or law that calls for or endorses a civil, rights-protecting society. Most Democrats boast they are with the “resistance” against President Trump. Few readers would not see the irony of “Refuse Fascism,” an Antifa byword, when Antifa stands for nothing but fascism. It should be “We Accept and Practice Fascim.” Bill Ayers, the aging revolutionary and Weatherman, is affiliated with Antifa. He helped to launch Barack Obama’s political career. Antifa is a grandchild of Saul Alinsky’s “community organizing” philosophy of activism, except that picketing and sit-down strikes and noisy, televised interviews with sympathetic “journalists” are not in its playbook.
Will Not Allow Islam to be Defamed
Protesting Muslims also say that “We will not allow,” too. We will not allow visual depictions of Mohammad, we will not allow the defamation of Islam, etc. Given Antifa’s continued obstruction and destruction in the U.S. and in Europe, it ought to be declared a terrorist organization, at least here in America. It has an agenda, which is to overthrow civil society.
V for Vendetta may be the inspiration for Antifa’s masked methods.
V for Vendetta has been seen by many political groups as an allegory of oppression by government; libertarians and anarchists have used it to promote their beliefs. David Lloyd stated: "The Guy Fawkes mask has now become a common brand and a convenient placard to use in protest against tyranny – and I'm happy with people using it, it seems quite unique, an icon of popular culture being used this way
The Ultimate Nihilist:
the original Antifa
Although it is a well-made film, V is intellectually vacuous. One really doesn’t learn what “V,” the masked and verbally adept protagonist, believes in or holds dear and important. He is a nihilist with flair opposing the heavy-handed nihilism of a one-man dictatorship. The climax of the film is when one of his loopy followers blows up the abandoned Houses of Parliament to the acclaim of a mob of unarmed Londoners, many of whom reappear as the resurrected individuals who were murdered in the course of the story. One is left with the question: “What now?” Guy Faukes masks have been seen among Antifa’s ranks during their purposeful turmoil.
But I think it can be argued that V for Vendetta is as much instructive in causing terror and chaos as has Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals.
Rule No.13: Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it. Cut off the support network and isolate the target from sympathy. Go after people and not institutions; people hurt faster than institutions. The First Amendment is the targeted, personalized, and polarized object. Speakers are the prey, not the institutions.
Rule No. 9: The threat is usually more terrifying than the thing itself. Imagination and ego can dream up many more consequences than any activist. So, if college administrators don’t already sympathize with Antifa’s goals and ban speakers they don’t like, they can face the prospect of seeing their campuses as staging areas for destructive riots and cave-in preemptively.
The New Student Bodies:
Not allowed to have inquiring minds
“We will not allow” – Think of the three monkeys: Monkey not see, Monkey not hear, Monkey not speak. Empty, closed minds are what the masked thugs on the street and in administrators’ offices seek to make plentiful but hardly fruitful, at least not in the productive sense. The Millennials the schools are turning out, ready to help enforce the three-monkey rule with bricks, Molotov cocktails, sticks, fists, and pepper spray, are intended to be the next big voting bloc for the Progressives and Totalitarians. We will not allow you to speak, hear, or see. No university or college that I know of has this as its motto inscribed in its seal: Liberæ mentis quam Non est tributis serviet. Free minds will not be enslaved.
And if they will not be enslaved, they must be terrorized into submission, or physically extinguished. That is what Antifa and its allies are all about.