Clearing Up the Fog of Hysteria About The Antifa

There seems to be quite a lot of mindless hysteria about “the Antifa” these days, even in the US Senate where a couple of seemingly lunatic Republican Senators are sponsoring a bill to have the Antifa banned as a “terrorist organization” — what could be equally perceived as criminalising dissent and as enabling legislation for normalising and legitimising neo-fascism and neo-Nazism.

So, let’s today attempt to clear up some of the propaganda fog and paranoia about the meaning of this term “Antifa”.

For one thing, there is no such thing as an Antifa “organization”. It’s an ad hoc mobilisation that comes together and disperses afterwards. So, that’s the first piece of nonsense about the Antifa we will dispense with. The “anti-” bit should be something of a give-away, since you can only have an “anti-” in the context of a “pro-“.

The term “Antifa” is German, and is a contraction of the word “Anti-Faschismus”. The term arose in the 20s and 30s to describe the broad spectrum resistance and defiance of fascism in Italy and Nazism in Germany, and as the German definition of it relates, the Antifa was characterised by “keine einheitliche politische Theorie” — no unitary theory or ideology. The “anti-” signifies “defiance”. And, of course, this defiance both the Nazis and fascists called “terrorism”

The third layer of fact we should note about the Antifa as regards “terrorism” is the actual statistics regarding murderous violence committed by the Antifa as compared to the extreme right, and it’s a bit of a reality check regarding what constitutes “terrorism” (these figures are for the United States)

-30 years of antifascist activity in the US: 1 confirmed fatality (a nazi who was shot during an altercation in 1993).

-20 years of far-right extremist activity (1990-2012) in the US: 670 fatalities, 3,053 nonfatal injuries, & 4,420 attacks.

Of course, those figures for extreme right violence end in 2012, and there have been a great many more fatalities from neo-fascist violence since, so the hysteria and paranoia about “Antifa terrorism” seems greatly misplaced and quite unrealistic (to put it mildly).

A fourth layer of fact about the Antifa is, that as an ad hoc mobilisation, and not an organisation, it is rooted in the communities that are, or feel, threatened by extreme right provocateurs who are, actually, usually the actual outsiders. The provocateur is, indeed, an old hand in provoking a response for propaganda purposes and escalating the provocations until he gets the kind of response that serves the purpose.

All this, too, seems to be accurately described in the Truthout article on the Antifa — “Far-Right Group Patriot Prayer Is Declining. Thank Anti-Fascists.” And what we learn from the article is that the so-called “Antifa” is typically an ad hoc mobilisation, rooted in the community, to defend the community from neo-fascist incursions. I doubt that there are any such thing as “flying squads” of Antifa provocateurs traveling across the country for the express purpose of attacking extreme right rallies wherever they arise.

Now, to my mind there is one very important reason why this resistance and defiance is vital. Communities are, currently, the laboratories in which new consciousness is being experimented with and being worked out, and these must be preserved as safe spaces for these experiments to continue. We are beginning to hear more frequently about innovative communities, whether things like Transition Towns or inner city neighbourhoods engaged in community projects and community building, almost akin to the new form of the monastery. Such experiments in new forms of community living must be allowed and encouraged to continue without sabotage, hindrance or disruption, because the outcome of such experiments may prove crucial in our future survival.

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27 responses to “Clearing Up the Fog of Hysteria About The Antifa”

  1. Scott Preston says :

    Quite a lot of people on the extreme right seem to have trouble understanding how a straight white dude could have any interest in defending LGBTQ folks or people of different heritages or skin colours. It must be because they are “race traitors” or “unpatriotic”, etc.

    But in my experience with people I would describe as “antifa”, they are intensely loyal to their communities, even where they wouldn’t necessarily completely identify with feminists, LGBTQ, or the Chinese grocer down the street, and they’ll be damned if they’ll allow any community-busting influences like fascism, racism, gentrification or neo-liberalism to invade and bust up their communities.

    Loyalty to their communities — that’s arguably their form of “patriotism”.

  2. O Society says :

    I have heard more than one person on more than one occasion calling anti-fascists “fascists” because of course, socialists are fascists. And LARPers. And crisis actors. That’s the definition of an anti-fascist. A gay LARPer who cannot do sit ups or push ups who is paid to protest by George Soros. This is what I have heard. It is a thing.

    https://osociety.org/2018/06/27/what-is-fascism/

    In America, willful stupidity is something like a badge of loyalty. Saying ridiculous and impossible things and either being too stupid to realize what you’ve just done or realizing it and believing it signals some sort of virtue to do so. What’s fun is to tell such folks the fascists (Germany and Italy) fought the socialists (Russia) in WWII and lost, then listen to them try to explain this away with mental contortionists worthy of an Olympic gymnasts not only how they believe Nazis are Socialists, also Stalin and Hitler both left-wing liberals.

    Meaning because we’re too stupid to know what a fascist is in the first place because, how can anyone possibly expect us to know what an anti-fascist is?

    You see, in America, words like “fascist” and “socialist” and “anti-fascist” and “communist” are all labels for the same group of people. This group being “people I don’t like.”

    • William A Farthing says :

      Trump had a documentary made to show liberals were behind Hitlers rise to power. The film maker was in prison, Trump pardoned him if he would do this fake documentary, he did. Got it from Netflix, wanted to see if Conservatives had gotten anything right. It was so grossly inaccurate I had to turn it off 10 minutes into it, you could see that the narrator was not into what hw was forced to say.

    • InfiniteWarrior says :

      As we know so well, whenever Republican party members occupy the majority of seats in the Congress, Senate or both, the never-ending cry in the mainstream media is “Fascism!” (Or, “the spectre of fascism!”) Whenever Democratic party members occupy the majority of seats in the Congress, Senate or both, the never-ending cry in mainstream media is “Communism!” (Or, “the spectre of Communism!”)

      In light of that Princeton study, et al, however, I’m inclined to think that what the vast majority of us more likely hear every Presidential election cycle, especially, but also mid-term is “Divide and Conquer!”

      I believe we’ve established that together the two (by their own design) “major” political parties actually represent the Corporate party, and not just on the national level. Where once, and not so long ago, the primary difference between them was that they represented different corporate interests, the line between which corporate interests they actually represent has become ever more blurred. Where once, the Democrat Party = Insurance, Pharmaceutical and “Consumer” Industries and the Republican Party = Defense, Coal and Fossil Fuel Industries, etc., both now represent the Financial Industry which, of course, backs all those other respective industries…when they’re not plundering the public purse.

      Sure, there are a handful of “representatives” from alternate parties gaining ground here and there, but it’s still primarily Democratic and Republican. (How much more dualistic can it get?)

      It might be helpful, then, if we more often spoke of Authoritarianism. No one likes Authoritarians, regardless who they say they are. (Some might think we have to “love” them, regardless. But like them? Well, that’s a different story, isn’t it?) It might also be helpful to remind everyone that programs such as Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and so forth are — well — Socialist programs. (I do get a pause with that, at least.)

      As for the gun debate, this one has been brought to you by the NRA, of course. As I find it difficult to believe that there is anyone alive who can’t tell the difference between a hunting rifle and an AK47, the “common sense gun law” debate must be stuck in that quagmire of “generality” in which political messaging is largely taken (“broadly right; broadly wrong”) about which Monbiot spoke earlier.

      • Benjamin David Steele says :

        Here is the difference that makes a difference. Historically and by definition, fascism includes corporatism as a key feature. This is not true of communism.

        Since both parties are corporatist, it is at least reasonable to accuse them of being fascist as they both are defined by this key feature of fascism. Calling one party communist, though, is worse than meaningless. Whatever we’re dealing with, it most definitely isn’t communism.

        But you are right about your basic point. No matter what one wants call it, there is no way to deny this even more basic feature of authoritarianism. Still, it’s relevant in understanding corporatism now to understand what it meant in the past and what it led to.

        And you’re right about your last point as well. Most Americans, left and right, support both strong gun rights and strong gun control. It’s similar to how a majority across the spectrum also is in favor of strong abortion rights and strong abortion regulation.

        There is no inconsistency in this. It’s simply the American public has a nuanced view. The only division is in the rhetoric of corporatist politics and corporate media, by way of the influence of the NRA which is one of the most influential lobbies in the country.

        • InfiniteWarrior says :

          Historically and by definition, fascism includes corporatism as a key feature. This is not true of communism.

          You’re right, of course. But, instead, Communism defines it as “the State” owning the “means of production,” which as we can plainly see, also rubs most people entirely the wrong way as evidenced by popular movements toward workers “owning” the means of production.

  3. Benjamin David Steele says :

    Reblogged this on Marmalade and commented:
    “-30 years of antifascist activity in the US: 1 confirmed fatality (a nazi who was shot during an altercation in 1993).

    “-20 years of far-right extremist activity (1990-2012) in the US: 670 fatalities, 3,053 nonfatal injuries, & 4,420 attacks.”

    • O Society says :

      Oh, it’s far worse than that, David, which is exactly why people like Donald Trump seek their support. The Ku Klux Klan kills and terrorizes far more Americans throughout our country’s history than any other terrorist group. Bombs. Guns. Lynchings. Arson. You name it. These foreigner Muslim terrorists simply can’t compete with our homegrown white terrorists.

      See p 127-142 America’s Forgotten Terrorists by JK Atkins
      https://www.iletsbeiforumjournal.com/images/Issues/FreeIssues/ILEEF%202006-5.7.pdf

      • O Society says :

        There I go calling you Ben instead of David again – ha ha!

      • Benjamin David Steele says :

        I’ve posted about it in more detail. I’ve noted that radial left-wing groups have tended to be nonviolent in recent US history. In fact, many of the radical left-wing groups, even when committing acts of destruction, go to great lengths to avoid harming any lives. That is the complete opposite of right-wing groups that intentionally target people. There is no equivalence in the slightest.

        https://benjamindavidsteele.wordpress.com/2019/02/01/right-wing-political-correctness-on-right-wing-terrorism/
        https://benjamindavidsteele.wordpress.com/2011/03/13/muslim-vs-rightwing-violence/
        https://benjamindavidsteele.wordpress.com/2018/01/25/violence-categories-data-causes-demographics/

        • O Society says :

          It’s projection. These folks cannot look at their own hatred and destructive natures, so they point the finger at someone else and say –> look over there! Oldest trick in the book.

          https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/experimentations/201809/is-projection-the-most-powerful-defense-mechanism

          • William A Farthing says :

            2017: Republican President from 2017 to 2020. What can I say that you don’t already know about a person who takes command of our nation without approval from its population? I call this type of person a Dictator. Let’s talk about Trump’s trust issues, I mean our issues with trusting Trump, his first wife Ivana left Donald in 1991 because he was having an affair with ex-beauty queen Marla Maples. Donald wasted no time with his second wife Marla, a TV personality, marrying her in December 1993, two months after their daughter Tiffany was born out of wedlock. Model Melania was born in Slovenia to a Communist father and pattern maker mother. She met Trump at a Fashion Week party in 1998, while he was on a date with another woman. He sent his date to the bathroom so he could flirt with Melania. As you can see here, he can’t be trusted! A whole speech could be done on this one man. Here is his history below.

            June 2005: Paul Manafort suggested a strategy for influencing politics, business dealings and news coverage inside the United States, Europe, and former Soviet republics to benefit Putin’s government.

            February 2006: Two of Trump’s children, Don Jr. and Ivanka, traveled to Moscow. According to Sater (a man with ties to the mob in New York City), Donald Trump Sr. asked him to show them around: “He asked if I wouldn’t mind joining them and looking after them while they were in Moscow.” Ten years later, October 2016, Trump’s organizational general counsel Alan Garten told Forbes that the presence of Sater and Trump’s adult children in Moscow at the same time had been a coincidence.

            Oct. 15, 2007: In an interview with Larry King, Trump said: “Look at what Putin’s doing with Russia. I mean this guy has done a great job.”

            September 2008, Donald Trump Jr. said: “Russians make up most of our assets; we see a lot of money pouring in from Russia.”

            June 18, 2013: Trump announced that the 2013 Miss Universe beauty pageant, which he owned, would take place in Moscow. The next day, he tweeted: “Do you think Putin will be going to The Miss Universe Pageant in Moscow, if so, will he become my new best friend?” Trump said, “I have plans to establish a business in Russia.
            July 8, 2013: After a BBC reporter questioned Trump about Felix Sater’s alleged prior connections to organized crime, Trump ended the interview.
            Oct. 17, 2013: On “The Late Show,” David Letterman asked Trump, “Have you had any dealings with the Russians?” Trump answered, “Well I’ve done a lot of business with the Russians
            Nov. 5, 2013: In a deposition, an attorney asked Trump about Felix Sater. “If he were sitting in the room right now, I really wouldn’t know what he looked like,” Trump answered. When asked how many times he had ever spoken with Sater, Trump said, “Not many.” When asked about his July 2013 BBC interview during which he was questioned about Sater’s alleged connections to organized crime, Trump said he didn’t remember it.
            November 2013: At the Miss Universe pageant, Trump said: “I do have a relationship with Putin. He’s done a very brilliant job in Russia.” Trump, in Moscow for the pageant, was with Felix Sater. “I have a great relationship with many Russians.”

            March 6, 2014: At the 2014 Conservative Political Action Conference, Trump said: “You know, I was in Moscow a couple of months ago and they treated me so great. Putin even sent me a beautiful present.” On that same day, President Obama signed an executive order imposing sanctions on Russia for its unlawful annexation of Crimea.

            Sept. 2015: An FBI special agent contacted the Democratic National Committee to report that at least one DNC computer system had been hacked by an espionage team linked to the Russian government.
            Sept. 21, 2015: On Hugh Hewitt’s radio program, Trump said, Two years ago, I was in Moscow. I was with the top-level people, both oligarchs and generals, and top government officials. I will tell you that the relationship was extraordinary.”
            Sept. 29, 2015, Trump told Bill O’Reilly: “I will tell you in terms of leadership, Putin gets an ‘A.”
            Nov. 10, 2015: At a Republican primary debate, Trump said: “I got to know Putin very well.
            Nov. 30, 2015: When an Associated Press reporter asked Trump about Felix Sater, he answered, “Felix Sater, boy, I have to even think about it. I’m not that familiar with him.”

            Feb. 17, 2016: As questions about Russia swirled around Trump, he changed his story: “I have no relationship with Putin.”
            Feb. 29, 2016: Paul Manafort submits a proposal to Trump. Manafort describes how he had assisted rich and powerful political leaders, including oligarchs and dictators in Russia and Ukraine.
            April 2016: The Democratic National Committee’s IT department noticed suspicious computer activity, contacted the FBI, and hired a private security firm, Crowd-Strike, to investigate.
            May 2016: Crowd-Strike determined that highly sophisticated Russian intelligence-affiliated adversaries, code named Cozy Bear and Fancy Bear, had been responsible for the DNC hack. Fancy Bear is affiliated with Russia’s Main Intelligence Department known as the GRU.
            June 2016: Trump’s foreign policy adviser Carter Page hailed Vladimir Putin as a stronger and more reliable leader than President Obama.
            June 15, 2016: Crowd-Strike reiterated its conclusion that the hack had been a Russian intelligence operation.

            July 18, 2016: At a Heritage Foundation event during the Republican Convention, Jeff Sessions spoke individually with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak.
            July 24, 2016: When ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos asked whether there were any connections between the Trump campaign and Putin’s regime, Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort answered, “No, there are not. And you know, there’s no basis to it.”
            July 25, 2016: Trump tweeted, “The new joke in town is that Russia leaked the disastrous DNC emails, because Putin likes me.”
            July 27, 2016, at a press conference, Trump said: “I never met Putin. I’ve never spoken to him; I have nothing to do with Russia whatsoever.”
            Oct. 1, 2016: Six days before WikiLeaks released emails that Russian hackers had acquired from Clinton campaign manager John Podesta’s email account, Trump’s informal adviser Roger Stone tweeted: “Wednesday @ Hillary Clinton is done. #Wikileaks.”
            Oct. 7, 2016: In a joint statement, the Department of Homeland Security and the Director of National Intelligence said, “The US Intelligence Community (USIC) is confident that the Russian Government directed the recent compromises of emails from US persons and institutions, including from US political organizations. We believe, based on the scope and sensitivity of these efforts, that only Russia’s senior-most officials could have authorized these activities.”
            Oct. 19, 2016: During the third presidential debate, Trump dismissed the Oct. 7 US intelligence findings and said: “Clinton has no idea whether it is Russia, China or anybody else. Our country has no idea.” And he said this: “I don’t know Putin. I have no idea. I never met Putin. Putin is not my best friend.”
            Oct. 31, 2016: Asked about news reports that the FBI was investigating connections between Trump’s campaign and Russia, former campaign manager Manafort said, “None of it is true. There’s no investigation going on by the FBI that I’m aware of.”
            Nov. 9, 2016: After Putin announced Trump’s election victory, Russia’s Parliament erupted in applause.
            Nov. 10, 2016: Russia’s deputy foreign minister admitted that during the campaign, the Kremlin had continuing communications with Trump.
            December 2016: Officials in the Obama administration became concerned that the incoming administration would cover up or destroy previously gathered intelligence relating Russia’s interference with the election. To preserve that intelligence for future investigations, they spread it across the government.
            Dec. 9, 2016: In a Washington Post report, the CIA had concluded Russia had intervened in the election to help Trump win.
            Dec. 13, 2016: NBC News’ Richard Engel reports from Moscow on Trump’s secretary of state Rex Tillerson. Former Russian Energy Minister Vladimir Milov told Engel that Tillerson was a “gift for Putin.”
            Dec. 29, 2016: On the same day that President Obama announced sanctions against Russia in retaliation for its interference in the 2016 election. National security adviser Lt. Gen. Flynn placed five phone calls to the Russian ambassador.

            Jan. 6, 2017: The CIA, FBI and NSA released their unclassified report, concluding unanimously, “Vladimir Putin ordered an influence campaign in 2016 aimed at the US presidential election.” The three intelligence agencies agreed that “the Russian government aspired to help President-elect Trump’s election chances when possible.” The report also stated that WikiLeaks had been Russia’s conduit for the effort, writing “We assess with high confidence that Russian military intelligence used the Guccifer 2.0 persona and DCLeaks.com to release US victim data obtained in cyber operations publicly and in exclusives to media outlets and relayed material to WikiLeaks.”
            Jan. 10, 2017: At Jeff Sessions’ confirmation hearing to become attorney general, Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) asked him, “If there is any evidence that anyone affiliated with the Trump campaign communicated with the Russian government in the course of this campaign, what will you do?” Sessions answered: “I’m not aware of any of those activities. I have been called a surrogate at a time or two in that campaign and I did not have communications with the Russians, and I’m unable to comment on it.”
            Jan. 11, 2017: At his first news conference, Trump said, “As far as hacking, I think it was Russia. But I think we also get hacked by other countries and other people.” The final question of Trump’s first news conference came from Ann Compton of ABC News: “Mr. President-elect, can you stand here today, once and for all, and say that no one connected to you or your campaign had any contact with Russia leading up to or during the presidential campaign?”
            Trump never answered her.
            Jan. 15, 2017: “We should trust Putin,” Trump told The Times of London. Expressing once again his skepticism about NATO, Trump lambasted Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel.
            Jan. 19, 2017: The New York Times reported that former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort, along with advisers Roger Stone and Carter Page, were under investigation in connection with possible links to Russia.
            Jan. 23, 2017: At Sean Spicer’s first press briefing, Spicer said that none of Flynn’s conversations with the Russian ambassador touched on the Dec. 29 sanctions. That got the attention of FBI Director James Comey. Comey convinced acting Attorney General Sally Yates to delay informing the White House immediately about the discrepancy between Spicer’s characterization of Flynn’s calls and US intelligence intercepts showing that the two had, in fact, discussed sanctions. The FBI interviewed Flynn shortly thereafter.
            Jan. 24, 2017: According to a subsequent article in The Washington Post, Flynn reportedly denied to FBI agents that he had discussed US sanctions against Russia in his December 2016 calls with the Russian ambassador.
            Jan. 26, 2017: Acting Attorney General Sally Yates informed White House counsel Don McGahn that Flynn had made misleading statements about his late December conversations with the Russian ambassador.
            January 2017: At the Manhattan Loews Regency hotel on Park Avenue, Trump’s personal attorney, Michael D. Cohen, met with Felix Sater and Andrii Artemenko, a pro-Putin lawmaker from Ukraine. Artemenko and Sater gave Cohen a peace plan whereby Russia would lease Ukraine for 50 or 100 years and, eventually, get relief from US sanctions. According to The New York Times, Cohen said he would give the plan to NSA Michael Flynn.
            Feb. 8, 2017: During the confirmation process, Sessions had said he was “not aware of a basis to recuse myself” from the Justice Department’s Russia-related investigations of Trump.
            Feb. 13, 2017: Then-acting Attorney General Sally Yates had warned the White House in late January that Flynn had mis-characterized his December conversation with the Russian ambassador, and that it made him vulnerable to Russian blackmail. Later that evening, Flynn resigned.
            Feb. 14, 2017: The New York Times corroborated the Russian Deputy Foreign Minister’s admission on Nov. 10. Based on information from four current and former American officials, The Times reported, “Members of the Trump campaign and other Trump associates had repeated contacts with senior intelligence officials in the year before the election.” Meanwhile, advisers to Attorney General Jeff Sessions reiterated his earlier position: Sessions saw no need to recuse himself from the ongoing Justice Department investigations into the Trump/Russia connections.
            Feb. 14, 2017: Press secretary Sean Spicer denied that anyone in the Trump campaign had any contacts with Russia during the campaign.
            Feb. 15, 2017: Trump tweeted a series of outbursts attacking the Trump/Russia connection as “nonsense. Shortly thereafter, Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz and other congressional Republicans formally asked the Justice Department’s inspector general to investigate the leaks, but they and their GOP colleagues resisted the creation of an independent bipartisan commission with the power to convene public hearings and discover the truth about the Trump/Russia connections.
            Feb. 15, 2017: The New York Times reported that Trump was planning to appoint Stephen Feinberg to lead “a broad review of American intelligence agencies.” Feinberg has no prior experience in intelligence or government.
            Feb. 15, 2017: Chief of staff Reince Priebus asked FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe to rebut publicly The New York Times’ story about Trump aides’ contacts with Russia during the campaign. McCabe and FBI Director Comey refused. Trump asked senior intelligence officials and key lawmakers, including the chairmen of the Senate and House intelligence committees conducting the Trump/Russia investigation, to contact the media and counter the Times story themselves.
            Feb. 16, 2017: Trump continued his diversionary twitter assault on the intelligence leaks that were fueling intensified scrutiny of his Russia connections. At Trump’s afternoon press conference, he said: “I own nothing in Russia. I have no loans in Russia. I don’t have any deals in Russia. Russia is fake news. Russia is fake news put out by the media.”
            Feb. 17, 2017: FBI Director Comey met privately with members of the Senate Intelligence Committee to discuss the Russia investigation. Immediately thereafter, the Committee sent a letter asking more than a dozen agencies, organizations and individuals, including the White House, to preserve all communications related to the Senate panel’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.
            Feb. 20 — 26, 2017: Trump continued his attacks on the media and the FBI leaks that were generating the Trump/Russia stories.
            Feb. 26, 2017: NBC’s Chuck Todd noted a pattern: Trump attacks the press immediately after new and unflattering Trump/Russia story breaks.
            Feb. 28, 2017: On a Republican party line vote, the House Judiciary Committee killed Rep. Jerrold Nadler’s Resolution of Inquiry calling for Trump to provide documents relating to Trump/Russia connections and his business conflicts of interest.
            March 1, 2017: In response to reports in The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, and The New York Times about Jeff Sessions’ pre-election contacts with the Russian ambassador, Sessions issued a statement saying he “never met with any Russian officials to discuss any issues of the campaign.”
            March 2, 2017: Trump said he has “total confidence” in Jeff Sessions and he shouldn’t recuse himself from the Russia investigation. An hour later, Sessions recused himself “from any existing or future investigations of any matters related in any way to the campaigns for President of the United States.”
            March 4, 2017: Trump is reportedly furious that Jeff Sessions had recused himself from the Trump/Russia investigation. He unleashes a tweet-storm, claiming that President Obama had wire-tapped his phones during the presidential campaign. Stunned by Trump’s outburst, White House staffers begin searching for evidence to support his false wiretap claim.
            March 5, 2017: FBI Director Comey asked the Justice Department to rebut publicly Trump’s assertion that President Obama had ordered the wiretapping of Trump’s phones. Meanwhile, Sean Spicer announced that neither Trump nor the White House would comment further on Trump/Russia matters until Congress completed an investigation into whether President Obama’s executive branch abused its powers during 2016 election.
            March 10, 2017: Trump campaign surrogate Roger Stone admitted that in August 2016 he had engaged in private direct messaging with Guccifer 2.0, whom US intelligence agencies had later identified as the persona for the Russian hacking operation.
            March 12, 2017: John McCain told CNN’s Jake Tapper that former Trump adviser and surrogate Roger Stone “obviously” needed to testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee concerning his communications with Guccifer 2.0
            March 13, 2017: Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr said Roger Stone’s communications with Guccifer 2.0 were part of the Committee’s ongoing investigation and that Stone could be called to testify. The chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, Devin Nunes, said the committee had no evidence to support Trump’s March 4 wiretapping claim. On the subject of his wiretapping claims, Trump tells Fox News, “I think you’re going to find some very interesting items coming to the forefront over the next two weeks.”
            March 16, 2017: Senate Intelligence Committee leaders issued a joint statement rebutting Trump’s unfounded assertion that President Obama had wiretapped Trump Tower: “Based on the information available to us, we see no indications that Trump Tower was the subject of surveillance by any element of the United States government either before or after Election Day 2016.”
            March 17, 2017: Quoted in The New York Times, Stone said, “I had never heard allegations that Guccifer 2.0 was a Russian asset until now, and am not certain it’s correct.” He said that his 16 interactions with Guccifer 2.0 were all part of “exchanges.”
            March 20, 2017: On the morning of FBI Director Comey’s testimony before Congress on his agency’s investigation into Russian election interference, Trump tweeted: “The Democrats made up and pushed the Russian story as an excuse for running a terrible campaign. Hours later, Comey testified that the FBI was investigating Russian interference with election, including “the nature of any links between individuals associated with the Trump campaign and the Russian government and whether there was any coordination between the campaign and Russia’s efforts. In a House Intelligence Committee public hearing, Paul Manafort’s name came up more than two dozen times.
            March 21, 2017: In his daily press briefing, Sean Spicer said that, with respect to the Trump campaign, Paul Manafort had “played a very limited role for a very limited period of time.”
            March 26, 2017: In an interview with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos, Roger Stone said, “I reiterate again, I have had no contacts or collusion’s with the Russians. And my exchange with Guccifer 2.0, based on the content and the timing, most certainly does not constitute collusion.”
            March 30, 2017: The Senate Intelligence Committee opens its hearings into the Trump/Russia investigation. Clinton Watts, senior fellow at George Washington University’s Center for Cyber and Homeland Security and former FBI agent, testifies that the committee should follow the money funding misinformation websites. Watts then adds a more ominous suggestion: “Follow the trail of dead Russians,” he says. “There’s been more dead Russians in the past three months that are tied to this investigation who have assets in banks all over the world. They are dropping dead, even in Western countries.” Eight Russian politicians, activists, ambassadors and a former intelligence official have died since Trump’s election. Some were apparent assassinations. The Wall Street Journal reports that Mike Flynn is seeking immunity from prosecution in return for testifying before congressional intelligence committees. The next day, his lawyer confirms, “Gen. Flynn certainly has a story to tell, and he very much wants to tell it, should circumstances permit.”
            March 31, 2017: Trump tweets, “Mike Flynn should ask for immunity in that this is a witch hunt, by media & Dems, of historic proportion!”
            April 5, 2017: In an interview with The New York Times, Trump says, “The Russia story is a total hoax.”
            April 6, 2017: House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-CA) recuses himself from the Trump/Russia investigation. Texas Rep. Mike Conaway assumes control.
            According to (“William Craddick”) at ZeroHedge.com/ABC Media, LTD, federal and state law enforcement have been quietly working to dismantle a shockingly large number of human trafficking and child abuse networks across the United States. Since the inauguration of Donald Trump on January 20th, 2017: The number of human trafficking arrests has doubled since 2014 as stated by the Department of Justice. January 27th: 42 arrested in Memphis, Tennessee during a human trafficking operation led by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation. January 29th: 474 arrested, 27 adults and 28 sexually exploited children saved in an operation spearheaded by more than 30 federal, state and local law enforcement agencies and task forces in Los Angeles, California. On the same day, five individuals were arrested in Bucks County, Pennsylvania as part of what authorities described as a fetish-themed child predator sex ring. On February 1st, 11 women were rescued in an operation lead by the New Orleans Violent Crime against Children and Human Trafficking task force.
            February 5th, 2017: 108 arrests were reported in Illinois as what was described as part of a national sex trafficking sting operation occurring in 15 different states. 178 individuals were arrested in Texas on the same day as part of the same John’s Suppression Initiative. In addition 464 other individuals were arrested in the same interstate operation on Super Bowl Sunday. Police stated that six minors and 86 adults were rescued during the operation.
            February 13th: 22 arrested, 15 adults and 2 child victims saved at Detroit’s North American International Auto Show.
            February 15th: 11 men were arrested during a child sex sting operation in Spotsylvania County, Virginia. One of the arrestees was working part time at a local Christian school. 42 individuals were also arrested in Polk County, Florida as part of a child pornography and sex offender investigation. According to (“Ellen Killoran”) at Crime Online, The Congressional Black Caucus is urging the FBI and Attorney General Jeff Sessions to help solve the unsolved missing person’s cases in Washington D.C. according to Fox News. The majority of the missing people are juveniles of African-American descent. The Congressional Black Caucus sent a letter to Sessions and FBI director James Comey, demanding the government take seriously the pattern of unsolved disappearances among black teens in our nation’s capital. The letter calls on the government to determine if these cases are an anomaly or indicative of an underlying trend. Over a dozen teens have gone missing in Washington D.C. since the beginning of the year. Community leaders have become concerned that these girls are victims of human trafficking.The exact number of missing teens is unknown. The Huffington Post reported that there are 37 unsolved missing person cases in D.C. since January, involving both girls and boys, all of whom are black or Hispanic. Social media efforts have raised the profile of the missing teens, along with fears that danger is lurking in the nation’s capital, human trafficking. What’s alarming is the number of kids going missing in such a short period of time in our nation’s capital.

    • William A Farthing says :

      20 years? You need to go back a lot further, back to the 1920’s when the first Bush presidents father was helping Hitlers rise to power.

      “The dangers of Republicanism since the 1900’s.”

      This paper is to inform you about dangers of voting Republican because they are leading us toward a right wing fascist Government. Their sole purpose is to transform our partial democracy to a full blown Dictatorship. Written in history is evidence of Greed, Corruption, Inept Leadership and Treason by those at the top who call themselves Republicans.

      In 1919, According to (”The People History”) at (peoplehistory.com), at the end of the WWI America gained over 30 new billionaires who profited from WWI. Samuel Prescott Bush, father to Prescott Bush, grandfather to GHW Bush and of course great-grandfather the GW Bush. Altogether these industrialists made over 1 Trillion dollars from selling arms and ammunition to our allies and the Kaiser of Germany. They cried when the war was over, killing people with their weapons was very profitable.

      In the 1920’s, according to (“Dr. Eric Karlstrom) wrote (Research paper called: The Bush Crime Family), & (“Webster G. Tarpley”) at (The American System Network), Prescott Bush was a legal front man for the Nazis. Hitler’s private ARMY was hired and armed by Prescott Bush. According to (“Fact Check”) at (“snopes.com”), and (Ben Eastaugh and Chris Sternal-Johnson) at (WordPress.com), the 1929 stock market crash was preceded by the only period in history in which Republicans controlled both the Presidency 80% of the time and Congress 100% of the time from 1921-1933.

      In the 1930’s, according to (“Dr. Eric Karlstrom) wrote (Research paper called: The Bush Crime Family), & (“Webster G. Tarpley”) at (The American System Network), Prescott Bush helped to increase financing for Hitler’s private armies of (S.S.). According to (“Paul Joseph Watson”) of the Prison Planet, BBC; Prescott Bush Planned a Fascist Coup against FDR to side with Hitler. In 1933, Marine Corps Maj.-Gen. Smedley Butler was approached by Prescott Bush and the“American Liberty League,” to command a rogue army. Butler played along to determine who was involved, then turned them in to FDR, [FDR turned those names into a Democratically controlled congress, who refused to investigate]. In 1936, William Dodd, U.S. Ambassador to Germany, stated, “A prominent executive of one of the largest corporations told me point blank that he would be ready to take definite action to bring fascism into America if President Roosevelt continued his progressive policies.”Alex Jones interviewed John Buchanan, who uncovering the documents tying Prescott Bush to the financing of the Third Reich.

      In 1942, according to (“Dr. Eric Karlstrom), wrote, (Research paper called: The Bush Crime Family), & (“Webster G. Tarpley”) in (The American System Network), America was ten months into World War II and Prescott Bush was still managing Nazi German bank operations in New York City. The U.S. government seized those bank assets under the Trading with the Enemy Act.(My opinion, they should have been tried for treason and shot). Prescott Bush helped Adolf Hitler against the U.S.A. and helped in the development of Nazi genocide theories and racial propaganda.The President’s family fortune was gained by the Hitler project. The powerful “Anglo-American Family Associations,” the group, who boosted George H.W. Bush into the CIA and up to the White House, were his father’s partners in the Hitler project.

      In the 1950’s, according to (“Dr. Eric Karlstrom), wrote, (Research paper called: The Bush Crime Family), & (“Webster G. Tarpley”) in (The American System Network), John Foster Dulles was a powerful Republican in the 1950’s. Foster’s Brother, Allen, was head of the CIA, and aided Prescott Bush, a traitor, to become the Republican Senator from Connecticut and helped George H.W. Bush ascend to the heights of the CIA. According to Fact Check at Snopes.com and Jason Hall of The Cold War Museum, Republican Senator Joseph McCarthy started McCarthyism. Many historians considered him to be the least qualified, most corrupt politician of his time. McCarthy, unsure of political success, resorted to corruption. McCarthy started a facade of a crusade against so-called communist subversives. Eisenhower took offense when McCarthy tried to claim that the communists had infiltrated the military and kicked him to the curb. McCarthy died of alcohol consumption.

      In the 1960’s, according to (“Trent Angers”) of the New York Post, (“TheHistory.com Staff”) at History.com, and (“The Oxford Companion to American Military History”) in the 2016 Encyclopedia, a company of American soldiers, led by Lt. Calley, brutally murdered the majority of the population of My Lai in 1968. It is known that over 500 women, children, babies and the elderly were raped, tortured and murdered in the My Lai Massacre. Not a single shot was fired against the men of Charlie Company at My Lai. The massacre ended when Warrant Officer Hugh Thompson landed his aircraft between the soldiers and the retreating villagers and threatened to open fire. Calley was found guilty of premeditated murder. The Cleveland Plain Dealer published photographs of women, old men, children, even toddlers lying dead on a dirt road at My Lai. Hugh Thompson, the helicopter pilot who stopped the My Lai massacre, received death threats upon his return from Vietnam by Republican supporters.

      In the 1970’s, according to the (“History.com Staff”) at History.com, (“Trent Angers”) of the New York Post, and (“The Oxford Companion to American Military History”) in the 2016 Encyclopedia, in 1971, Calley was given a life sentence for his role in directing the killings at My Lai. Many Republicans saw Calley as a scapegoat, so he was paroled in 1974 by Nixon. Even before Watergate, Nixon was involved in another illegal action that was grounds for impeachment. After extensive research, it was Nixon that initiated the campaign to sabotage the My Lai massacre trials so no American could be convicted of war crimes. The smoking gun is a series of notes by Haldeman from a meeting with the president. “Discredit one witness, Hugh Thompson, the star witness for the prosecution,” Nixon said. Nixon went after Thompson and tried to court-martial him for trying to stop the killing of unarmed civilians. Calley’s conviction brought on a convulsion of anger and protest among many republican citizens. Nixon got 260,000 letters and 75,000 telegrams from republican supporters opposing the verdict. Calley said, “My Lai doesn’t haunt me.”

      In the 1980’s, according to (“UNITED STATES HISTORY”) at © u-s-history.com, Republican Presidents Reagan and GHW Bush ruled from 1981 to 1992. The Iran-Contra Affair began in 1985, when President Reagan sold weapons to Iran, our sworn enemy loyal to the Ayatollah Khomeini. The money from Iran was used to buy guns for the right-wing, “Contra,” guerrillas in Nicaragua. In 1985 Reagan sent 508 TOW missiles to Iran. In 1986, 1,000 TOW missiles were shipped to Iran. A review board concluded that Reagan knew about the arms sale to the Iranians. North was convicted of obstructing Congress by unlawfully destroying government documents to cover up President Reagan’s involvement. A few years later George H.W. Bush expunged North’s conviction. On Christmas Eve 1992, President G.H.W. Bush issued presidential pardons to all indicted in the scandal, after he lost the election. According to (“John Summa”) at Investopedia, LLC, another banking crisis during the 1980s and early 1990’s ranked as one of the worst global credit disasters in history. Bank failures reached a record high in 1988 and continued until the end of 1991. The typical large failure is one in which management exploits all the perverse incentives created by Republican government policy’s.

      In the 2000’s, we had a Republican President, GW Bush, from 2001 to 2008. According to (“Fact Check”) at Snopes.com, from 2003-06, Republicans controlled the Senate and Congress. According to (“Ben Eastaugh”) and (“Chris Sternal-Johnson”) a Blog at WordPress.com, there had been a long period of Republican dominance in the legislative and executive branches since 2001, just like the long period of Republican dominance that led up to the 1929 Depression. According to (“John Summa”) at Investopedia, LLC, the 2006-2009 banking and credit crisis had been dubbed the worst since the Great Depression. According to (“MARKUS NIKOLAS HEINRICH”) at E-International Relations wrote: One War, Many Reasons: The US Invasion of Iraq. President Bush wanted to leave a legacy, this is his legacy. Bush made it clear in his State of the Union address on January 29th 2002 that the US would invade terrorist groups and nations which harbor or arm them. This policy led to the invasion of Afghanistan.Then there was the invasion of Iraq. The unofficial reason to invade Iraq was to remove Saddam Hussein with a demonstration of US military might against a visible enemy.The fact is Iraq has the world’s second largest oil reserves. Political scholar Paul Pillar stated that “Iraq’s oil resources are what make it an important state in the Middle East. There had been a multitude of reports that stated: There were no verified links between Saddam Hussein and al-Qaeda, and that Saddam Hussein saw the group as a threat, not as an ally. Bush aimed to link Saddam Hussein’s Iraq to al-Qaeda, no matter what the facts proved, to justify an invasion they had already decided on. On November 8th 2002, UN Weapons inspectors, headed by hand-picked US personnel, re-entered the country and found no WMD. Bush insisted that Saddam was hiding and covering them up, so the US geared up for war. As it turned out, no WMD were ever found. Democrats argue that Bush outright lied about Iraq’s WMD program in order to justify the war. Bush’s warmonger plans were driven by political aims, to terrorize and demoralize the Iraqi people and the Arab masses and send a message of violence and intimidation to the entire world. No direct links were ever found between Saddam Hussein and al-Qaeda, despite feverish attempts to do so by Neo-conservatives in the Bush administration. According to the (“Human Rights Watch Group”) at © 2017 Human Rights Watch, the rights of Iraq’s most vulnerable citizens, women and children, are violated with impunity. Trafficking in women and girls in and out of the country for sexual exploitation went widespread after the invasion. US forces tortured Iraqi detainees at their facilities across Iraq, most famously at Abu Ghraib. According to Forced Migration Review, between 2003 and 2007 3,500 Iraqi girls have gone missing, trafficked into prostitution. A young woman, Um Hassan, in Baghdad, told Human Rights Watch that the girls were aged between 13 and 21.The younger the girl, the more lucrative the profits, the highest demand is for girls under 16. Traffickers reportedly sell girls as young as 11 and 12, for as much as $30,000, while older “used” girls and women can be bought for as little as $2,000.

      According to (“Ben Eastaugh and Chris Sternal-Johnson”) at WordPress.com, Republicans have controlled Congress less often yet have been in power 1/2 the time prior to a downturn. This suggests that Republican congressional governance does not have a great track record when it comes to economic downturns. Republicans have controlled the Presidency and Congress for 57% and 67% of any decade prior to a depression. In other words, Republican governance has preceded more severe downturns than Democratic governance. Corruption, treason, fascism and an inept government are what we have to look forward to when voters or the Electoral College put Republicans in the white-house.

  4. Scott Preston says :

    Further on the antifa, this appeared in The Guardian this morning. Pretty much corroborates much of what I posted here

    https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/jul/22/if-others-have-rifles-well-have-rifles-why-leftist-groups-are-taking-up-arms

    • Benjamin David Steele says :

      This reminds me of two things. First, left-wingers used to be big gun advocates. Look at the early labor organizing or civil rights advocates. Many of them carried guns, often openly, including to protests and strikes. Even MLK had a gun. There are some books written about the importance of guns to those early left-wing movements, especially for disadvantaged groups who couldn’t turn to police for protection.

      Negroes with Guns
      by Robert Franklin Williams

      Negroes and the Gun
      by Nicholas Johnson

      We Will Shoot Back
      by Akinyele Omowale Umoja

      This Nonviolent Stuff’ll Get You Killed
      by Charles E. Cobb

      I’m fond of this quote from Kelley’s Hammer and Hoe:

      https://benjamindavidsteele.wordpress.com/2018/06/04/theory-and-practice/

      “When I asked Mr. Johnson how the union succeeded in winning some of their demands, without the slightest hesitation he reached into the drawer of his nightstand and pulled out a dog-eared copy of V. I. Lenin’s What Is to Be Done and a box of shotgun shells, set both firmly on the bed next to me, and said, “Right thar, theory and practice. That’s how we did it. Theory and practice.””

      Here is the second thing. Even if one doesn’t like guns, left-wingers taking up arms is a great way of promoting gun control. Right-wingers loved guns back when the Klan was putting blacks and other minorities in their place. But when their former victims increasingly started carrying guns and formed organized militias, such as the Black Panthers, plenty of right-wingers began changing their minds about gun rights. Many forget that Reagan became an advocate of strong gun control.

      If thousands of left-wingers began carrying guns and forming militias formed across the country, former pro-gun Republicans would suddenly be clamoring to outlaw guns. At present, right-wingers love guns because they’ve monpolized gun ownership in recent decades, just as they’ve monopolized most political violence. They see guns as their advantage. As long as carrying guns in public is legal, left-wingers would have to be insane to not counter this threat by arming themselves in similar fashion.

      No positive change has happened in American history that didn’t involve guns. That is a sad commentary on this society. But nonetheless, it is the social reality we live in. Whether or not a left-winger believes in violence, never doubt there are plenty of right-wingers who do. That is what we are up against.

    • Scott Preston says :

      While it’s not a great development when the antifa feels it needs to begin to pack iron, the article does reveal the intense sense of protectiveness and loyalty that antifa members have for their communities.

      • Benjamin David Steele says :

        That is part of my point. It’s not a great development. And it isn’t even exactly a new development. It is simply what American society is about. There have always been a significant number of left-wingers who own and carry guns. And this very much is about protectiveness and loyalty. That is the same thing that motivated so many left-wingers in past generations, as today.

  5. Scott Preston says :

    “Time is the substance I am made of. Time is a river which sweeps me along, but I am the river; it is a tiger which destroys me, but I am the tiger; it is a fire which consumes me, but I am the fire.” – Borges

    Great quote.

  6. Scott Preston says :

    “This is Going to Get Worse” from The Baffler — not that I want to ruin your day or anything….

    https://thebaffler.com/latest/this-is-going-to-get-worse-burmila

  7. Scott Preston says :

    I just realised this morning, that the passage I quoted from George Grant in the earlier post “The Land II” about modern man’s “homelessness” is a description of Cain, and that “the mark” he’s speaking of is the “mark of Cain”

    https://longsworde.wordpress.com/2019/07/14/the-land-ii/

    “All of us who came made some break in that coming. The break was not only the giving up of the old and the settled, but entering into the majestic continent which could not be ours in the way that the old had been. It could not be ours in the old way because the making of it ours did not go back before the beginning of conscious memory. The roots of some communities in eastern North America go back far in continuous love for their place, but none of us can be called autochthonous, because in all there is some consciousness of making the land our own. It could not be ours also because the very intractability, immensity, and extremes of the new land required that its meeting with mastering Europeans be a battle of subjugation. And after that battle we had no long history of living with the land before the arrival of the new forms of conquest which came with industrialism.

    That conquering relation to place has left its mark within us. When we go to the Rockies we may have the sense that gods are there. But if so, they cannot manifest themselves to us as ours. They are the gods of another race, and we cannot know them because of what we are, and what we did. There can be nothing immemorial for us except the environment as object. Even our cities have been encampments on the road to economic mastery.” (p 17)

  8. Scott Preston says :

    St. Charlie Manson is the patron saint of the neo-fascists, and he stamped the mark of Cain proudly upon his own brow.

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