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Peter Beinbert, The Atlantic, September 2017: The Rise of the Violent Left
"Antifa" is short for anti-fascist. I have been observing this trend for a while during the Obama presidency, but now under Trump this radical movement has had explosive growth. Many of us have noted "fascist tendencies" in much of the Trump agenda. What is unique about this movement is their actions condone violence. Rather than voting at the ballot box, they want more visible direct action.
The article leads off with their planned disruption of the annual Republican participation in a parade in Portland Oregon by the Direct Action Alliance declaring "Nazi's will not march through Portland unopposed". Their threats worked. The parade was cancelled. Jared can probably comment more on that, but the article covers similar actions across the United States in which this movement wants to stop right wing groups from expressing their First Amendment rights. This is not what our democracy is about...silencing the "other" through threats of violence.
Just like their nationalist counterparts in the Trump base of radical supporters, these violent leftists are equally as scary because many essentially are also anti-establishment anarchists...or at least anti-Democratic Party. They hate just as much as their opponents on the right hate.
This what I worry about our society becoming more violent. If these people on both sides would only express their frustrations at the ballot box instead of spilling blood on our streets we would be okay. Oh one side did and they elected Trump while the other side made protest votes for Jill Stein.
It's okay to march with banners. It's not okay to do physical harm on the marchers no matter how much you disagree.
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