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Amitai Etzioni & Mark Bray on the Antifa

Is violence a legitimate political tool?

“The First Thing Colleges must Understand about Antifa: What the Word Means”

Definitions of the often-conflated terms “antifa,” “antifascism,” and “black bloc.”

Mark Kazanski, Bernard Sampson, Gloria Rubac, Gus Breslauer: “Anti-fascism in the age of Trump”

“Since the Nazi seizure of power eighty years ago, anti-fascism has been a component of left-wing politics. In response to the Trump presidency, the politics of anti-fascism, reminiscent of the Popular Front of the 1930s or the Black Bloc politics of the 1990s, have—once again—been resurrected by the Left. How is anti-fascism the same or different today? Why anti-fascism now?”

Mark Bray interviewed: ““Antifa Isn’t A Hobby Or A Fad”

“Agree or disagree with what anti-fascists do, but it’s important to understand their activities in a larger political and ethical context. Which is to say that the violence of fascism and the violence of anti-fascism are only identical if you ignore what fascism means. There is a de-politicization of fascism that sees it as essentially an individual failing committed by a lot of people rather than a force in political history that need to be confronted. So what happens is these confrontations are understood as just individuals committing acts of violence rather than as a political struggle.  Anti-fascists are also leftists of all stripes who also are union organizers and environmentalists and immigrant rights advocates and so forth. These people do a lot of political work and are very committed, and this isn’t a hobby or a fad that people decided to do on a whim. It is the product of serious political analysis. It’s a reaction to what they perceive to be an imminent threat.”

“‘I don’t want my children to live in the world my grandparents faced’: Antifa in their own words”

“Antifascists generally, and Antifa in particular, recognise that the battles – including physical ones – to defend human rights and human lives are taking place right now, not in some science fiction future ‘when the revolution comes’.”

The National Lawyers Guild op-ed: “We are all antifa”

“This campaign to recast antifa as a violent, leftist suppression of speech is a dangerous effort eerily reminiscent of the left-baiting that accompanied the Nazi rise to power.  The National Lawyers Guild won’t stand by as fascists and white supremacists seek to take power in the streets and halls of government. We stand in solidarity with all who fight hatred. We will continue to show up, to defend activists who challenge fascism, and we call on all people of conscience to do the same.”

“Here’s the best thing the media can do when reporting on ‘antifa’”

“These days, mainstream news organizations and liberal politicians are quick to criticize antifa — doing so vehemently has become a badge of honor — but less quick to explain the group’s ideology, tactics or goals.”

George Ciccariello-Maher interviewed: “What is Antifa? A Scholar of the Movement Explains”

Antifa is not a specific organization. Maybe you could call it a movement, but it’s really more an orientation. And that orientation is of course in the name: it’s against fascism and recognizing the need to confront that fascism directly.  As an orientation antifa plays a specific role. It is against something. Most antifa members identify with anarchism or communism of a certain sort. In other words, the radical overthrow of the existing system.”

Daniel Penny: “An Intimate History of Antifa”

‘According to [historian Mark] Bray, antifa “can variously be described as a kind of ideology, an identity, a tendency or milieu, or an activity of self-defense.” It’s a leaderless, horizontal movement whose roots lie in various leftist causes—Communism, anarchism, Socialism, anti-racism.’

“The Rise of Antifa”