Antifa thugs should be universally condemned, especially by those who value freedom of speech and freedom of the press.
(This column originally appeared in the Toronto Sun)
By: Candice Malcolm
There is a pattern of violence coming from Leftist activists, particularly those affiliated with the group that calls itself Antifa.
Antifa stands for “anti-fascists” — ironic, considering these thugs wear black masks, they don’t respect freedom of speech or private property, and they actively call for violence against their opposition.
If they’re not violently clashing with police, they’re violently knocking cameras from the hands of journalists.
Antifa militias recruit disillusioned young adults — many of whom have been brainwashed by Marxist university professors about the supposed evils of Western liberal democracy — and give them a violent outlet for their anger.
Here’s Antifa’s trick. They spread fear and paranoia about a fascist neo-Nazi uprising across North America and Europe. They appoint themselves the frontline militia to fight against the supposed fascists, and garner strange respect from the mainstream media.
They call for “direct action” — Orwellian jargon that literally means violence — against fascists. As Orwell himself once wrote, “the word Fascism has now no meaning except in so far as it signifies ‘something not desirable’.”
Antifa members define their enemy as anyone who disagrees with them and dares to attend one of their rallies.
Counter to Antifa’s fear-mongering, there thankfully is no neo-Nazi uprising in the West. Only about 25 white supremacist losers showed up to the much-hyped Charlottesville rally this year, compared to hundreds of police, media and counter-protesters.
But because Antifa has its own agenda — they believe in communism, anarchy, open borders and street fighting — they remain active and constantly organize protests.
They hate the police, the media and conservatives with equal scorn.
Despite this open hostility, CBC, CNN, and many other biased news outlets have provided glowing coverage of Antifa. CBC once did a friendly interview with the author of an Antifa political handbook, where the author repeatedly justified violence while the host nodded along.
CBC and Antifa have a common enemy — Donald Trump, and conservatives more broadly — and thus, apparently, the CBC feels comfortable promoting Antifa tactics.
Meanwhile, reports from both the FBI and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security have warned of Antifa “attacks” and explicitly referred to Antifa as “terrorists.”
Canadian British journalist Chris Tomlinson has documented Antifa’s terrorist tactics; in May the group released a terrorist how-to guide, including instructions on how to build bombs, sabotage infrastructure and evade the police.
Given all that we know about the growing violence on the Left, it’s strange that some journalists insist Antifa is not a problem nor a threat.
Following last week’s violent Antifa rally in Toronto, where Toronto Sun photojournalist Stan Behal was assaulted, several Left-wing journalists tried to downplay the attack.
Jesse Brown, founder of the left-leaning news and gossip site Canadaland, stated “the idea that this incident is illustrative of any wider threat to the press or worthy of national news coverage, is absurd.”
Brown went on to say that “the physical threat to media is coming from the right. Antifa is a distraction,” and justifying the violence as merely “anti-racist / left protestors lashing out at the Sun…. (and) Sue-Ann Levy’s goading.”
Brown’s website has taken to publishing obsessive conspiracy theories about Sun writers, and now, after a Sun journalist was assaulted, Brown is basically implying that we at the Sun deserved the violence.
Sounds a lot like Antifa’s own justification of violence.
Antifa thugs should be universally condemned, especially by those who values freedom of speech and freedom of the press.