Or as Sgt. Hulka said,”Lighten up, Francis.”
So now we have to keep an eye on anarchists, Islamists, Antifa and the black bloc.
A 2015 anti-fascist protest in Australia by Antifa. Photo credit: Alex Ellinghausen.
Antifa, or anti-fascists, are a loose collection of socialists and anarchists, anti-racists and small-l liberals.
Apparently they’re anti-racist, which I figure is good, but they’re pro-intimidation and violence.
From a Washington Post story on the so-called black bloc protesters at Berkeley:
To be sure, the black bloc attackers don’t make prosecution simple. As the article notes, the term “black bloc” was first used to describe tight wedges of black-clad protesters in helmets and masks who appeared in street demonstrations in Germany in the 1970s, sometimes confounding efforts to single out, identify and prosecute individuals. But it is not clear to me how eager UC Berkeley is to apprehend those responsible for the attack.
Germany became Nazi Germany when the Sturmabteilung successfully intimidated others with violence. With so many young people convinced they are right, and that violence is acceptable in the face of so-called fascism, (Trumpism, really) we need to keep an eye out for the new brownshirts. Hint: they are not operating from the ‘right.’