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In a Thursday, September 14th article from The Hill titled “Antifa activists say violence is necessary“, author Katie Bo Williams discussed Antifa’s proclivity towards violence with activists in the movement as well as academics who support it. One of the people she spoke with was Mike Isaacson, who is one of the founders of Smash Racism D.C. and a professor at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice:
“The justification [of the use of violence] is that Nazi ideology at its very core is founded on violence and on wielding power by any means,” said Mike Isaacson, who is one of the founders of Smash Racism D.C., an antifa organization in Washington.
Isaacson is unequivocal in his defense of violence as a legitimate tool to combat the creeping threat of what he deems authoritarianism.
“There is the question of whether these people should feel safe organizing as Nazis in public, and I don’t think they should,” said Isaacson.
“I don’t think anyone should think that someone who is intent on politically organizing for the sake of creating a state-sponsored genocide — I don’t think is something that we should protect.”
Like many antifa activists, Isaacson believes that the Trump administration represents a large step towards a fascist authoritarian state. This fear of “fascism” is what allows many antifa activists and academics to justify violence and domestic terrorism. In their minds, they are resisting an oppressive government and society. While we should all be diligent in resisting increased state power and those who wish to abuse it, it’s extremely important to analyze the criteria people like Isaacson use to define “fascism”.
According to his own words, not only is the violence perpetrated by antifa necessary:
You cannot talk honestly about historical progress unless you talk about the historical violence necessary to win it.— Mike Isaacson (@VulgarEconomics) August 20, 2017
But antifa’s violence is no different than that of our soldiers fighting in foreign military conflicts.
Violence is what protects your ability to be nonviolent. If you can say the troops fight for your freedom, you can say the same of antifa.— Mike Isaacson (@VulgarEconomics) August 20, 2017
He also seems to like the idea of dead cops and even jokes about executing his students
"Weren't you my econ professor?"— Mike Isaacson (@VulgarEconomics) August 23, 2017
"See? You had the opportunity."
But most alarmingly, he appears to believe that being in opposition to authoritarian political ideologies like communism makes you a fascist.
Anti-communism is code for fascism https://t.co/0LbqjEoF4D— Mike Isaacson (@VulgarEconomics) October 22, 2016
This is not the first time we have seen this trend. As we previously reported, the “No to Marxism in America” event in Berkeley was quickly labeled a “white nationalist” rally by antifa activists and their allies in the government and media. As we have consistently reported, the broader antifa movement is very vocal about their opposition to racism, white supremacy, and bigotry, but their long term objective is the implementation of a neo-Marxist communist state.
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