I’m going to dip my toes in shark infested waters with this post, but what the hell.
Antifa, a so called political movement, has captured my attention over the past weeks. For those of you who are blissfully unaware, Antifa is a group comprised of far left extremists opposed to what they deem is a fascist right wing uprising. I absolutely shy away from open political conversation because, like religion, people tend to be vehemently defensive of their beliefs. Regardless of which side of the isle you A-line yourself with, Antifa should be on your radar for all the wrong reasons.
Now I love a proper show of civil disobedience if for no other reason than to demonstrate to those in power that we the people are to be feared. Protest, boycott, disrupt multinational business operations, temporarily upset “normal” day-to-day comings and goings can bring attention to social issues and, in all honesty, be a good bit of fun.
Antifa takes things to another level. Members seem to encourage violence against those holding ideals different from their own, and in some cases, literally oppose free speech. Search Youtube and see for yourself, masked men and women assaulting non-violent protesters. Let me remind you that these people say they are opposed to fascism – kudos, yet are somehow oblivious to their own hypocrisy. Surprising differing ideals is something a fascist government would do.
To all my Antifa supporters, let me enlighten you. The fact that you can protest literally ANYTHING proves you are not living in a fascist country. I really don’t understand how some people miss that simple fact.
And I get the appeal. I really do. Masking up and taking to the streets in opposition of a potentially tyrannical regime is downright exciting. The prospect of brawling with pseudo Nazi sympathizers gives me a chubby. It simply sounds like fun. But Antifa members are one hundred percent misguided.
Instead of wasting your efforts battling imaginary foes, seek out the real racists comprised of every ethnicity. Fight deforestation and illegal whaling. Oppose animal suffering. OR, if you truly desire political change, get someone who shares your ideals and campaign for public office. Punching people you don’t agree with is childish, and, if you swing on the wrong person, hazardous.