written by Guest Contributor Dr. Robert Warren
August 15, 2017
There is a very foreboding undercurrent to the Charlottesville riots and it needs to be addressed simply because it relies on hiding its presence from the American public. These are the antifas or totalitarian anti-fascists.
The anti-fascist movement was founded prior to WW2 as a counter to Mussolini and Hitler. Even though the Third Reich was destroyed, the socialist and communist labor movements survived. They formed political alliances under a variety of names but all with a socialist and progressive focus. There is no question that the antifas are creatures of the left and violently so.
The antifas were originally contained within the boundaries of Germany and then subsequently the European Union. Their strength and numbers waxed and waned over time in Europe. However, their ideas and violent tactics have now invaded America as a key part of the American left. The rise of grievance groups has given them fertile ground to spread anarchy under the guise of social justice.
The violent attacks on Trump supporters, riots in Ferguson and Baltimore, and many other violent attacks across the nation have antifas undercurrent. Essentially, antifas use governmental acquiescence to political correctness as a rationale for attack. Antifas are quick to take advantage of perceived weaknesses in policing. Incidents in Charlottesville, Berkeley, San Jose, and Chicago, as well as protests at academic institution such as Evergreen State College seem disconnected. Unfortunately, they are not.
As America wrestles with the antifa phenomena of evil, it is important to remember that Ronald Reagan once said,” If Fascism Ever Comes to America, It will come in the name of Liberalism ”. It appears he is, once again, quite correct.