Bloomberg Jumps On The 'AntiFa'-Bashing Bandwagon "More In Common With Nazis Than American Ideals"

It appears Bay Area TV anchor Frank Somerville's honest description of "the hate" he experienced from "violent, clad in black" protesters in Berkeley was the tipping point for the liberal media to turn against AntiFa en masse.

I experienced hate first hand today... It came from these people dressed in all black at a protest in Berkeley.

 

Ironically they were all chanting about NO hate.

 

Some had shields and gloves. Some had helmets. Some had gas masks.

 

And then, for the first time since the campaigns began late last year and protests broke out, The Washington Post unleashed this shocking headline.

That was quickly followed by The Los Angeles Times...

 

Then, The Atlantic...

 

And now, liberalist of them all, Bloomberg...

Authored by Eli Lake,

The masked "antifa" anarchists have more in common with the Tiki-torch Nazis than with American ideals.

As America feels like it's coming apart at the seams, I have a modest proposal. The hard-right and hard-left activists who so enjoy protesting one another should meet every few weekends in a large national park and have at it.

The rest of us could begin to treat this wave of street agitation as the sideshow it is.

After all, this is not a fight for the soul of America. Neither the Tiki-torch Nazis nor the masked anarchists represent a viable American future. They are simply engaging in nostalgia, a scarier version of Civil War battle re-enactments.

Lumping them together does not equate two unequal sides. The cause of anti-fascism is noble, whereas the racists marching in Charlottesville are telling journalists like me I should be sent to the ovens. I'm not talking about the folks on the left who are nonviolent and unmasked, showing up to protest the fascists. I'm referring to the extreme wing that invites itself to these gatherings to "protect" these model citizens. Those "antifa" are something altogether different.

You may have heard of them recently. Human rights historian Mark Bray, who has recently become an unofficial spokesman for the movement, says that "its adherents are predominantly communists, socialists and anarchists who reject turning to the police or the state to halt the advance of white supremacy."

Recently this crowd has been getting some good press. No less a public intellectual than Cornel West said after Charlottesville that had it not been for antifa, "we would have been crushed like cockroaches."

Following the president's vacillations and equivocations after that horror, a popular Twitter meme emerged comparing the antifa to the GIs who stormed the beaches of Normandy.

Not quite the most apt historical parallel. Zoom back to between the world wars. Most of the people who fought the fascists in Europe's streets were themselves radical leftists. Both extremes helped to weaken already weak governments in Germany, Italy and Spain.

To get a sense of the depravity of that political moment, read George Orwell's "Homage to Catalonia," a brilliant memoir of his time fighting in the Spanish civil war. Spoiler alert: The socialists and the fascists fighting for Spain were both authoritarians. Antifa today is the heir not to the Western allies who fought the Nazis, but rather the Soviets who bled them out on the eastern front. After the Third Reich fell, the red army turned the Eastern European states in its dominion into vassals. "Antifa" is a misnomer. It's more like "also-fa."

This movement in the U.S. has been around for decades. Originally it confronted neo-Nazis at punk concerts and the like. Today though, antifa has become the violent vanguard of the censorious progressive "safe space" movement, in which ideas and speakers deemed offensive are equated with physical violence. It was the Berkeley chapter of antifa that prevented Milo Yiannopoulos and Ann Coulter from speaking at the college this year.

Now whatever one wants to say about those two, they are not Nazis. Indeed, the hysterical reaction to their appearances proves a point Yiannopoulos often makes, that political correctness on campus is a great menace to the principle of free speech.

Antifa's vigilantism is dangerous in part because its aim is so poor. We can all agree in the abstract to oppose Nazis and other assorted fascists. The disagreement arises in labeling who's a fascist. So far antifa has shown little discernment in this respect.

Many antifa activists showed up at Trump rallies, where presumably everyone supporting him was lumped in with the Nazis and Klansmen. Antifa activists this month clashed with the police at a rally in Boston, which was ironically called to support "free speech." It's true that some of the speakers invited to this event were reactionaries. But the rally was open to people of all political stripes to support the idea that in America we are free to assemble and say what we wish.

So if any neo-Nazis or antifa activists are reading this, please agree on a schedule and demonstrate against one another far away from the rest of us. I recommend Yellowstone National Park. I promise to get the word out to the media to cover these events with the same seriousness we reserve for Renaissance fairs and Star Trek conventions.

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Anyone who’s been paying attention has been presented with many examples of Antifa’s violent thuggery. Now, it’s almost encouraging to hear that the MSM at least has enough sense not to fall on its sword protecting a bunch of violent, embittered hoodlums.

So that's four mainstream liberal media outlets decrying AntiFa... did they just admit - ever so sheepishly - that President Trump was right? There are 'bad people' on both sides?!

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MisterMousePotato N2OJoe Wed, 08/30/2017 - 14:35 Permalink

Are we serious? *All of a sudden*, everyone realizes that the left thinks and behaves like Nazis?!?Imagine a brilliant scientist with education and experience in the field of climatology saying, five years ago, something to the effect of "I'm not sure about ... ."Or some poor schlub working at a government job speaking up in a diversity training meeting ten years ago with something like "I'm not entirely convinced that homo marriage is in the best interests of society."The left's Naziism has been plain to see for decades.

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HowdyDoody MisterMousePotato Wed, 08/30/2017 - 18:30 Permalink

Antifa takes money from self-confessed Nazi collaborators. The US also supports actual Neo-Nazis trying to ethnically cleanse east Ukraine for the benefit of US corporates and their hangers-on. If the Antifa thing is pushed too much, then these realities would be brought out into the open. That would not be a good thing. Antifa has served its purpose of neutering Trump. He is now fully on board the Moar Woar Machine.  

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GUS100CORRINA Chupacabra-322 Wed, 08/30/2017 - 14:02 Permalink

Bloomberg Jumps On The 'AntiFa'-Bashing Bandwagon "More In Common With Nazis Than American Ideals"My response: It is good to see this occur from corrupt MSM outlets, but I want to do some BASHING of my own,My BASHING is for the more than 400,000 Churches in America. I have not heard very much from the PULPIT concerning the evil of ANITFA and its negative impact on the soul of the America, particularily the young people.You PASTORS or whatever you call yourselves, get off your BLESSED ASS)URANCES and say something. Being silent is NOT WHAT THE LORD called you to do!!!!If you are unwilling to put together a sermon denouncing this ANTIFA CRAP as EVIL, then GET THE HELL out of the PULPIT, RESIGN your position, TAKE THE CROSSES of your CHURCHES down and forever SHUT UP.The CHURCH in AMERICA is PROVING TO BE A COMPLETE AND UTTER EMBARRASSMENT to the LORD JESUS CHRIST! These verses are for the APOSTATE CHURCH of AMERICA. Revelation 3:14-18 Letter to the Church of LaodiceaThe Lukewarm Church14 “And to the angel of the church of the Laodiceans I write,‘These things says the Amen, the Faithful and True Witness, the Beginning of the creation of God: 15 “I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I could wish you were cold or hot. 16 So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot,[b] I will vomit you out of My mouth. 17 Because you say, ‘I am rich, have become wealthy, and have need of nothing’—and do not know that you are wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked— 18 I counsel you to buy from Me gold refined in the fire, that you may be rich; and white garments, that you may be clothed, that the shame of your nakedness may not be revealed; and anoint your eyes with eye salve, that you may see.

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bigkahuna Honey-Badger (not verified) Wed, 08/30/2017 - 13:51 Permalink

The skids were greased when Trump decided to continue the Afghanistan conflict indefinitely. Now the MSM are of the MIC will lay off Trump for a while. If he keeps warmongering, they will reward him with some type of prestige and Rachel MadCow will start pulling for Trump to follow along with SEN Feinstein.This is how we know that Trump is a bought and paid for asset. Not as bought and paid for as the rest of the politicians - he does not need money - but he certainly does need something else. My guess is a reprieve from some extortion. They have something on him. Just like all the other politicians, they have something that if released would be so terrible for his character that he will do anything to keep it under wraps. Probably rape, child rape, or the standard pedophilia that all politicians must partake in to get "elected".

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toady Honey-Badger (not verified) Wed, 08/30/2017 - 14:03 Permalink

Yeah, it's either a day late and a dollar short, or part of bigger conspiracy.Are they going to say that Trump was right for saying there was violence "on both sides"? Anything short of that is bullshit. In fact, they need to run a week of "Trump was right" on CNN to counteract the week of "Trump is wrong".Not gonna happen. So, I need to look forward to the next play in the anti-antifa charade.

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hobopants Honey-Badger (not verified) Wed, 08/30/2017 - 14:29 Permalink

Ironically enough it would have been better for us if they kept supporting antifa,  the "free press" was on a fast track to self destruction. Too bad whoever pulls their strings possessed enough self awareness to see it comng.I do find it odd that this sudden turn about in the media coincided with the ousting of the populist from trumps cabinet, and the triumph of the generals and goldmanintes. Seems like Trump is now the establishment's bitch so they can call off the dogs.

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Gold Bug XXX Honey-Badger (not verified) Thu, 08/31/2017 - 00:08 Permalink

When does Gary "Con Man" Cohn [https://www.nytimes.com/201...] express his non-practicing, self- righteous indignation over now apparent self-hating Jew Michael Bloomberg's anti-semitism in over-shadowing Donald Trumps remarks in calling out Antifa for "having more in common with Nazis than American ideals"?!?!?!"http://www.zerohedge.com/ne...Yo, Tonto & the Benghazi Boyz, along with all retired SPECOPS:WHY is George Soros still drawing breath?...what don't you understand about "Enemies foreign AND domestic?!?!"Did that oath only last as long as your last pay check?

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blindfaith Wed, 08/30/2017 - 13:01 Permalink

Why did these terriorists get shot with rubber bullets so their identities could be established and the trail of payment for services be established?