College Professors Begin Direct Support For AntiFa Groups On Campuses

Authored by Jacob Grandstaff via Campus Reform,

  • Two professors, one from Purdue University and the other from Stanford University, are assembling a "Campus Antifascist Network" (CAN) to serve as a “big tent” for “anyone committed to fighting fascism.”
  • Despite the reputation Antifa groups have cultivated for employing violence to shut down opposing speakers, the professors insist that they only support "self-defense" by "those who are being threatened by fascists.”

Two professors are organizing a campus Antifa (Anti-Fascist Action) organization with the goal of confronting groups it considers fascist and “driv[ing] racists off campuses.”

According to Inside Higher Ed, the Campus Antifascist Network (CAN) was organized by Purdue University Professor Bill Mullen and Stanford University Professor David Palumbo-Liu with the intention of serving as a “big tent” for “anyone committed to fighting fascism.”

“Since Trump’s election, fascists, neo-fascists, and their allies have used blatantly Islamophobic, anti-semitic, racist, misogynistic, homophobic, transphobic, and ableist messaging and iconography to recruit to their ranks and intimidate students, faculty, and staff,” Palumbo-Liu wrote in the group’s invitation letter.


“The time to take action is now,” he maintained, saying, “we call on all interested individuals and organizations to support or join the Campus Antifascist Network (CAN).”

In an interview with Campus Reform, Palumbo-Liu reiterated that “the groups that concern [CAN] the most are fascist in the sense they espouse a hateful ideology that targets particular groups based on race, ethnicity, religion, [or] sexuality, and wish to dominate, exclude, drive out, and harm members of those groups with force and violence.”

As part of its efforts, CAN provides a syllabus which labels fascism as a “historical expression of capitalism’s tendency to dominate the poor, working class, and oppressed people.”

Mullen told IHE that the network has grown to 200 members, including students and faculty, in the wake of the events in Charlottesville, Virginia, adding that CAN will “build large, unified demonstrations against fascists on campuses” and protect groups that are vulnerable to attack.

While Mullen and Palumbo-Liu do not advocate direct violence, Antifa has been criticized for engaging in violent protests around the country, including riots against conservative speakers.

When asked about violent elements within Antifa, Palumbo-Liu told IHE that CAN would reject some elements of the movement and would only “advocate self-defense and defense in various forms of those who are being threatened by fascists.”

Palumbo-Liu likewise told Campus Reform that “physically attacking speakers is not [within the law],” and therefore is not something that his organization promotes.

“The issue really is not speech, but rather the kinds of actions a group is known to engage in that precisely impinge upon others’ free speech, academic freedom, and civil liberties,” he said.


“We are organizing to protect members of campus communities from groups that come to campus to provoke physical confrontations, purposefully destroy property, invade individuals’ privacy.”

The professor also pushed back on the view that President Trump is not a fascist, branding it as “literally an academic argument in the worst sense of the word” and declaring that “we need to pay attention to what is happening, not the labels that we feel are most fitting.”

Mullen did not respond to Campus Reform’s request for comment.

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As Ron Paul explained earlier, the alt-right and its leftist opponents are two sides of the same authoritarian coin.

The alt-right elevates racial identity over individual identity. The obsession with race leads them to support massive government interference in the economy in order to benefit members of the favored race. They also favor massive welfare and entitlement spending, as long as it functions as a racial spoils system. Some prominent alt-right leaders even support abortion as a way of limiting the minority population. No one who sincerely supports individual liberty, property rights, or the right to life can have any sympathy for this type of racial collectivism.

Antifa, like all Marxists, elevates class identity over individual identity. Antifa supporters believe government must run the economy because otherwise workers will be exploited by greedy capitalists. This faith in central planning ignores economic reality, as well as the reality that in a free market employers and workers voluntarily work together for their mutual benefit. It is only when government intervenes in the economy that crony capitalists have the opportunity to exploit workers, consumers, and taxpayers. Sadly, many on the left confuse the results of the “mixed economy” with free markets.

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Oh, and as a reminder, the petition to label AntiFa a terrorist group now has over 250,000 signatures.


AlaricBalth Silvery Dan Tue, 08/22/2017 - 18:55 Permalink

ANTIFA is clearly a useful machination of George Soros who stands to greatly profit from civil discord and a faltering presidency. Financial gain through political influence is his modus operandi.

Soros Fund Management held put options on PowerShares QQQ Trust (QQQ.O), SPDR S&P 500 ETF (SPY.P) and iShares Russell 2000 ETF (IWM.P) as of June 30, according to filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) valued at roughly $1.8 Billion.

Remember back in 1992 when Soros broke the Bank of England. They called it Black Wednesday and Soros made $1 Billion. He utilized Machiavellian techniques to influence that outcome and he is just repeating a previously successful tactic.

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BigJim TeamDepends Tue, 08/22/2017 - 20:46 Permalink

“the groups that concern [CAN] the most are fascist in the sense they espouse a hateful ideology that targets particular groups based on race, ethnicity, religion, [or] sexuality, and wish to dominate, exclude, drive out, and harm members of those groups with force and violence.”So I guess they'll be targetting feminists and Muslims, who hate heterosexual white men.

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strannick Common_Law Tue, 08/22/2017 - 19:50 Permalink

Dear parents everywhere.Dont pay to get your kid indoctrinated at ''university' to become an entitled, bitchy leftist terrorist.Instead of shelling out 100 grand, Give them a list of 20 Penguin Classics, gotten at the used bookstore for $20.Then point them towards online accounting courses so they can really kill it, and have the Antifa graduates serve them coffee on their way to work.

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greenskeeper carl Jim in MN Tue, 08/22/2017 - 19:14 Permalink

I consider myself to be a libertarian with some alt right sympathies, and I disagree with much of the authors characterizations of the alt right. Most do not wish for authoritarian measures to favor the preferred race at all. Most of us simply want to live in a meritocracy where barely sentient minorities aren't given preferential treatment, and people achieve( or don't) whatever they are capable of. We also favor an immigration policy that doesn't involve importing 100s of thousands of indignants every year that we are then forced to care for their entire lives with our money. That didn't used to be an extreme view point, in fact our country was based on those principles for most of its existence.

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847328_3527 City_Of_Champyinz Tue, 08/22/2017 - 19:48 Permalink

Maybe Sessons will do something when antifa fascists start throwing people off roof tops.This group is violent and delusional. I had a distant relative the other day call me a "rayciss" because I said the immigration laws should be enforced. Instead of debating the issue has cursed Trump, racists, nazis and threw his book across the room and stortmed away.He would have fit right in at Charlottesville or in any of those Portland riots.Screaming slogans and slurs without any factual basis or common sense.

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Chupacabra-322 City_Of_Champyinz Tue, 08/22/2017 - 19:56 Permalink

@ City,

Ultra rich Oligarch Elite using Communist & Fascist models to coordinate & consolidate power but most importantly Control.

The "Alt-right" was really termed the Alt- Media not that long ago. Alex Jones made the term mainstream about nine years ago.

The Gas Lighting propagandists had to change the name Alt-Media to Alt-Right to distract the masses from listening to alternative forms of media while simultaneously associating the now Alt-Right to extremist groups via the ADL & Southern Poverty Law Center.

Ultimate Fail.

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NAV Got The Wrong No Tue, 08/22/2017 - 20:49 Permalink

Interesting that in America's pre-massive-third-world immigration, pre-Communist days there used to be inquiries into a student's distribution of subversive literature. Now the professors teach subversion. Of the two sides now battling in our national identity crisis, one is called Fascist or Neo-Nazi, but confused Americans may not be able to understand since the real Fascists are calling their opponents, fascists. Fascism is totalitarianism. So which group in our crisis would favor giving the government more authority over individuals and which group is fighting for individual freedom? Which group would tend to be more accommodating of Socialism, i.e., more government ownership, and in this case, the stepping stone to Communism? In reality, the conflict we’re engaged in is the struggle between nationalism and love for “America, sweet land of liberty” versus universal communism and slavery. The group Black Lives Matter and others are on the side of Stalin, the side of Communism, namely, that of the community of goods, i.e., your goods. Their tactics are to call freedom-loving Americans what they themselves really are – Fascists. Socialists. Communists.There’s no solution ahead until Americans realize which side is their friend and which side is their enemy.To clarify, John T. Flynn states, “Fascism is Fabian socialism plus the inevitable dictator.” And the "inevitable dictator, Benito Mussolini, wrote in Sawdust Casesar: Autobiograhphy: "It is not possible to transform one's mind. Socialism is part of my flesh."

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Chupacabra-322 AlaricBalth Tue, 08/22/2017 - 19:51 Permalink

@ Alaric,

Share this EVERYWHERE that you people are able, please:
"George Soros, the billionaire chairman of Soros Fund Management, LLC, has long been opposed to President Donald Trump, making his views clear at a number of public speeches and engagements. According to a report by Reuters, the investor indicated earlier this year that he felt that markets would falter due to uncertainty concerning the President. Now, according to U.S. regulatory filings that Soros Fund filed in the past few days, it seems that the billionaire has matched up his investments with his predictions. As of June 30, Soros held a number of positions which were likely to profit if the financial markets did, in fact, stumble.
Soros Was Convinced Trump Would "Fail"

As of January of this year, Soros spoke at a dinner at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, predicting that Trump's actions would lead him to falter. "It's impossible to predict" the actions of the political newcomer, Soros suggested, but the billionaire remained "convinced that he is going to fail."

Now, the investor's 13F from Q2 of this year reveals that he held put options on iShares Russell 2000 ETF (IWM)

 Each of these three names is an exchange-traded fundwhich tracks a different broad U.S. stock market index. By definition, puts generate profit for their holders when the equity that they are tied to declines in value, so Soros is effectively betting against a number of broad market indices. All together, the Soros puts as of the end of Q2 were valued at almost $1.8 billion, and they constitute three of the four largest holdings made public in the 13F report."...
To-boil-it-down, this is PRIMA-FACIE evidence that (((gyorgi schwartz))), AKA, the demon (((soros))), is preparing for an inevitable destruction of President Trump's Administration, which is LITERAL TREASON and SEDITION, and plans to make a massive fortune from our nation's destruction.
PLEASE, if anyone can inform Genius Bannon, President Trump, or ANYONE who is able to get this information to the people whom can do something with it, DO IT, ASAP.  This literal insurrection and coup-d'etat MUST!!! be thwarted.

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dogismycopilot AlaricBalth Wed, 08/23/2017 - 00:49 Permalink

DC Leaks. Remember those guys? Not a peep from the MSM huhMore recently, an October 2015 document came to light showing that Soros' Open Society U.S. Programs had donated $650,000 to "invest in technical assistance and support for the groups at the core of the burgeoning #BlackLivesMatter movement." Since then, several BLM protests have turned violent.…

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tmosley Silvery Dan Tue, 08/22/2017 - 18:57 Permalink

Daily reminder that communists have literally no rights in the United States thanks to the Communist Control Act of 1954 (consult a llawyer first). You can kill them  in the street and get off scott free using that defense (by my reading).One time deal, as it will be ruled unconstitutional within days of its use as a defense. Won't hurt your case though.

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Lumberjack El Vaquero Tue, 08/22/2017 - 19:21 Permalink

Ahem...What about Harvard? Oh Boy....  Recognizing Slavery at Harvard By Drew Gilpin Faust, originally published March 30, 2016 in The Harvard CrimsonI write today about history, about legacies, and about our responsibility to our past and our future. On the morning of April 6, I, joined by Congressman John Lewis, will install a plaque on Wadsworth House in memory of four enslaved persons who lived and worked there during the 18th century in the households of two Harvard presidents. I have also convened a committee of historians from our faculty to advise me about other sites on campus that should be similarly recognized as significant symbols of Harvard’s connections to slavery. Next March, with support from the Office of the President, the Radcliffe Institute will host a major conference on universities and slavery, offering a broader exploration of the complexities of our past.Although we embrace and regularly celebrate the storied traditions of our nearly 400 year history, slavery is an aspect of Harvard’s past that has rarely been acknowledged or invoked... 

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BarkingCat El Vaquero Tue, 08/22/2017 - 21:13 Permalink

Your Congress people a complete morons. It is 100% the fault of Antifa what happened in Charlottesville.It doesn't matter how vile and disgusting the speech or the signs that the supposedly fascist marchers carried.The ones to blame are the ones who initiated physical violence.Antifa is who initiated it.Those supposed right wing fascists had perfect right to defend themselves after violence was initiated against them. So Trump is actually wrong. Bigley wrong ; both sites are not fault. Antifa was at 100% at fault.

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