The birthplace of the free speech movement, UC Berkeley, was desecrated recently by a platoon of masked cowards who set fires, smashed windows, and assaulted peaceful people who had gathered there to hear a talk by infamous internet maven, Milo Yiannopoulos. Their efforts were successful: Milo canceled his appearance and the perpetrators of the inexcusable violence faded into the night. Not a single arrest was made in a stunning instance of law enforcement joining the lawless to make a mockery of the rule of law. These terrorists are not some modern version of good Samaritans, they are mercenaries, they are harbingers of what they claim to fight: fascism.
The terrorism inflicted at Berkeley mirrored the violence of identically masked terrorists who wreaked the same spineless mischief in Washington, D.C. during the inaugural rituals of our latest president. Throughout the course of the contentious election season, the same craven and horrifying behavior was present at Trump rallies where provocateurs burned cars and destroyed storefronts and physically attacked many of those in attendance.
There’s no reason to believe this trend of violent suppression of free speech and association will end anytime soon. Yvette Felarca, leader of BAMN (By Any Means Necessary) and “mastermind” of these acts of terror has alluded to an escalation of violence against anyone who dares speak their mind against the ever more radical left wing of our national politics.
The galling irony of this trend is that the provocateurs style themselves as “anti-fascist” protesters under the awkward moniker Antifa. This self-proclaimed opposition to fascism is a poorly constructed subterfuge and could only be embraced and promulgated by those who are ethically, morally, and intellectually bankrupt. It was the fascist blackshirts under Mussolini who practiced the political thuggery currently at work by those goons at UC Berkeley. The broken windows of storefronts across the country, in our capital, and at Berkeley, hearken back to the rise of the Nazis; in our modern political climate, every anti-conservative protest is a riot and every riot is Kristallnacht.
The oldest trick in the political playbook is only a slightly more nuanced version of “he who smelt it, dealt it.” Don’t want to be called out for being a leftist fascist thug? Point the finger to the right and call them fascists first. The spotlight will shift from you to them, the ball will be in their court, and you can then say whatever you like. You can then behave however you like. Even if your behavior passes every litmus test for what fascist thugs behave like, you’ll be instantly absolved of guilt.
Who could these people be? It’s unlikely we’ll ever know the exact identities of all of them though perhaps some may be brought to justice for their crimes. But there’s plenty we can know about them already.
- They either have no grasp of history, which means they’re ignorant, or they do understand what they’re doing in which case their Antifa title makes them hypocrites and liars.
- As evidenced by their hatred of Milo and other conservative speakers it may easily be deduced that they are leftists, if they have any political affiliation at all; they’re either zealots or individuals naturally inclined to criminal violence. Regardless of which is true – both may be true – they are a collective menace to society.
- Another character trait of these terrorists is they seem to have plenty of time on their hands. The Daily Mail has reported that 92% of left-wing political activists in Germany live with their parents, and one-third of them are unemployed. None of us should be surprised to find similar statistics for the left-wing extremists propagating violence and destruction in our country.
- Their organization belies leadership and financing; one need not look much further than Refuse Fascism, the Tides Foundation, and Alliance for Global Justice, groups financed by George Soros that in turn provided tens of thousands of dollars to Antifa.
The similarities between Antifa and actual fascism don’t end with using violence to terrorize and achieve political goals. The Left has controlled the vast majority of our media for decades and continues to exert effort to expand their influence in the reporting of news and the suppression of inconvenient facts. The Left is enthralled with internal threats such as the 1% and external dangers such as the over-hyped hazard of global warming. It was a radical leftist president who expanded our military activities into seven countries, signed indefinite detention into law, spied on our journalists, failed to close an extra-judicial prison in Cuba, militarized our police, abandoned the minorities who elected him, and used the IRS to persecute his political enemies.
But the fascism of Barack Obama was not a new advent in our politics. Politicization of non-partisan institutions, police brutality, renditions, and the corporate cronyism that blurs the line between big business and state was not unique to his two terms in the White House. The United States of America has been steadily creeping toward fascism since the interventionist welfare-warfare state under FDR.
We don’t boast about our fascism the way shameless regimes of the past did. We hide under the window dressing of democracy and free-market capitalism. But our innovative system of democracy has been debased by the self-preservation instincts and rule-making of oligarchs in the two major political parties. Our market economy has been stifled by tens of thousands of regulations and restrictions which have removed control from business owners and placed it in the hands of faceless bureaucrats in our capital. The Lincoln Memorial and the rostrum in the House of Representatives both bare the fasces emblem, a not so subtle clue to the true nature of our country’s governance.
America is a fascist state – if not completely, then almost entirely.
Our nation is a shadow of what it once was and has become a warped facsimile of the tyrannical governments we helped tear down in the middle of the last century. The thugs at UC Berkeley would have us believe they are righteous freedom fighters but, in reality, they are the new face of fascism in America. They would drag us further back to the worst indulgences of statism all the while chanting some vapid mantra about “moving forward”. We don’t brag about our fascism because, for the most part, we’re unaware of its presence among us. We don’t brag about it because if we were aware, we’d be ashamed. Or we’d become like the Berkeley terrorists and just lie about what we really are.
Original artwork by Jesse Comeau