Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Mail Time!

Today's mail comes from somebody named "Mophat" to tell me that I'm wrong about antifa! Good stuff.

Antifa a short history:
The organization was initially part of the Soviet Union’s front operations to bring about communist dictatorship in Germany, and it worked to label all rival parties as “fascist.” 
The organization can be traced to the “united front” of the Soviet Union’s Communist International (Comintern) during the Third World Congress in Moscow in June and July 1921, according to the German booklet “80 Years of Anti-Fascist Action” by Bernd Langer, published by the Association for the Promotion of Anti-Fascist Culture. Langer is a former member of the Autonome Antifa, formerly one of Germany’s largest Antifa  
The Communist Origins of the Antifa Extremist Group 
Group promoted communist dictatorship in Germany on Soviet Union's behalf and labeled all ideologies other than communism as 'fascism' 
The extremist anarchist-communist group Antifa has been in the headlines because of recent violent clashes in Charlottesville, Virginia. Yet while the organization has been applauded by some left-leaning news outlets for including white nationalists and neo-Nazis in its list of targets, the organization wasn’t always about targeting “fascism,” as it claims. 
The Soviet Union was among the world’s most violent dictatorships, killing an estimated 20 million people, according to “The Black Book of Communism,” published by Harvard University Press. The Soviet regime is second only to the Chinese Communist Party under Mao Zedong, which killed an estimated 65 million people. 
Anti-fascism is a strategy rather than an ideology. 
— Bernd Langer, former member, Autonome Antifa 
The idea of the united front strategy was to bring together left-wing organizations in order to incite communist revolution. The Soviets believed that following Russia’s revolution in 1917, communism would next spread to Germany, since Germany had the second-largest communist party, the KPD (Communist Party of Germany). 
It was at the Fourth World Congress of the Comintern in 1922 that the plan took shape. Moscow formed the slogan “To the Masses” for its united front strategy and sought to join together the various communist and workers’ parties of Germany under a single ideological banner that it controlled. 
“The ‘unified front’ thus did not mean an equal cooperation between different organizations, but the dominance of the workers’ movement by the communists,” Langer writes. 
Benito Mussolini, a Marxist and socialist who had been expelled from Italy’s Socialist Party in 1914 for his support for World War I, later founded the fascist movement as his own political party. He took power through his “March on Rome” in October 1922.
In Germany, Adolf Hitler became head of the National Socialist German Workers’ Party (Nazi Party) in 1921 and mounted a coup attempt in 1923. 
The KPD decided to use the banner of anti-fascism to form a movement. Langer notes, though, that to the KPD, the ideas of “fascism” and “anti-fascism” were “undifferentiated,” and the term “fascism” served merely as rhetoric meant to support their aggressive opposition. 
Both the communist and fascist systems were based in collectivism and state-planned economies. Both also proposed systems wherein the individual was heavily controlled by a powerful state, and both were responsible for large-scale atrocities and genocide

Dear Mophat,

Thank you for copying and pasting this except of a post you found on Infowars that was cut from a much longer article by The Epoch Times, an anti-communist news media website. The entire basis for this history is a booklet in German that does not translate well with Google Translate. And I can't read German. So I can't verify what's in it. But I'm sure there's no chance of bias. Thank god you were here, to show me how wrong I am about antifa.

For anybody else who might be reading, antifa is not actually an organization. It's short for anti-fascism. There are some tactics and principles generally shared by groups who are explicitly anti-fascist. This particular group talked about in the excerpt above may have come up with the logo still used, but that doesn't make them the original antifa. Antifa originated when fascism was born and regular people looked at it and were like "this is shit."

Here's a better history of antifa that still acknowledges that violence plays a role (and needs to):

Violence has always been part of the anti-fascist movement, a new history of Antifa shows

Thanks for everything, Mophat.



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