What is Antifa? Where does that fit?

I hear a lot about Antifa, but there is so much hyperbole and so little factual information, that it is hard to discern much at all with any level of accuracy. So, who or what is Antifa?

Description from Wikipedia:en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antifa_(…
Antifa (/æn’ti?f?, ‘ænti(?)f?/) is a left-wing anti-fascist and anti-racist political movement in the United States. As a highly decentralized array of autonomous groups, antifa uses both nonviolent and violent direct action to achieve its aims.[1][2][3] Much of antifa political activism is nonviolent, involving poster and flyer campaigns, mutual aid, speeches, protest marches, and community organizing.[4][5][6] Some who identify as antifa also combat far right extremists (such as neo-Nazis and white supremacists) and, at times, law enforcement,[2] with tactics including digital activism, doxing, harassment, physical violence, and property damage.[2][7]

That is so generalized it could describe any politically active organization. Change the orientation from “left wing” to “right wing” and anti-fascist to anti-socialist and anti-racist to white-supremecist and your describing a loose coalition of Proud Boys, KKK, 3Percenters and any number of of other Far Right thugs. The real difference is that history has shown us these Far Right groups are far more likely to indulge in violence. I certainly haven’t heard of any Antifa group lynching anyone, or driving their cars into protest marches, but then who know what gets covered up by the Deep State. (That’s sarcasm if you didn’t recognize it.)

From Merriam-Webster: www.merriam-webster.com/dictio…
Definition of antifa
1: a person or group actively opposing fascism
   The groups … prominently featured about 100 Christian ministers in clerical garb, angry Charlottesville residents, peace advocates, Black Lives Matter activists, and self-styled anti-fascists who call themselves “antifas” …
— Peter Weber
After the war, Antifas varied in size and composition across the former Reich, now divided into four zones of occupation, and developed in interaction with the local occupying power.
— Loren Balhorn
2: an anti-fascist movement
Antifa is the backlash to the backlash, a defensive response to the growing presence of right-wing extremism.
— Todd Gitlin

First Known Use of antifa
1946, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for antifa
borrowed from German Antifa, short for antifaschistisch “anti-fascist,” in Antifaschistische Aktion (multiparty front initiated by the German Communist Party in 1932 to counter Nazism) and in other collocations

They weren’t too successful prior to 1939, but then later, after 1945, they did enjoy some support from the occupying forces and were more successful.

Antifa appears to be a loose affiliation of local activists scattered across the United States and a few other countries, but it seems not to be organized in any meaningful way. Generally, people are less known for supporting Antifa but for opposing the Right to Far Right ideologies, racism and any number of phobia’s that vilify or demonize people, eg. the Anti-LGBTQ+ and anti-Immigrant crowds, i.e. those with far Right sympathies. The more extreme Antifa like organizations are likely opposed to the spread of corporatism and the huge growth in financial and social inequity within the US.

Mark Bray, Rutgers lecturer of History, and author of “Antifa: The Anti-Fascist Handbook,” suggests that Antifa is less likely to use violence, although he adds “…it’s also true that some of them punch Nazis in the face and don’t apologize for it.” Their tactics are more about outing people with extremist Right views, than by confrontation and direct violence.

There are several reports of different marches organized by the Far Right that have been disrupted by  opponents simply standing on the sidelines shouting “Go home Nazis”. Whether these people realize it or not, they too become a part of Antifa, simply by turning up and opposing those marches.

President Biden has deplored the use of violence and disassociates the Democrats from such an organization, but the Orange Zero has definitely linked Republicans to the Far Right ProFasc. (See what I did there? Coined the term ProFasc as opposite Antifa, better then FarFasc, isn’t it.) Given the RNC’s endorsement of “legitimate political discourse” it seems the tactics of violence opposed by so many is set to become a feature of future US politics. There are many examples of how this works, but essentially, opposition to the Right is suppressed by violence and, if following the Islamic and Roman traditions, we can reasonably expect assassinations will start soon.

Antifa was falsely blamed for the Jan 6 Insurrection, claimed by the Right instigators as being a false flag operation by Antifa. Many Trump supporters fell for it including such an intellectual luminary like Kevin Sorbo, an “actor” who played that well known child and wife murderer, regicide, animal abuser, all round good guy, Hercules, on TV. Trump supporters cited ‘Antifa” so many times, convincing themselves it wasn’t other Trump supporters, like Proud Boys or 3Precenters, that caused the riot they can never resile from their initial positions without revealing how badly they have been duped.  

Trump himself promoted awareness of Antifa as a “threat” with the outright lies and untruths he sprouted about anyone who opposed the right Rallies, but the reality is, the Antifa boogeyman doesn’t exist.

And what does an arch-capitalist like George Soros have to do with any organization wanting to tear him and his like down? It just doesn’t make any sense. Whereas Fox News gets more mileage from Antifa ‘conspiracies’ than anyone else, I suggest, except perhaps Trump himself. George Soros was an immigrant to the US, made a lot of money, became quite a Wall street operator then realized what he was really doing. He wasn’t being clever, or smarter, he was being destructive. His conscience got the better of him and he donates a lot of money to social organizations. Seems to the Right, this is his attempt at trying to destroy the US. I suggest it is more his following the precepts of essential Christianity and being generous with his good fortune, something the Right just bring themselves to do.

Milton Friedman, as we should all know, an Economist and all round mystic influencer of the last 40 years of increasing economic chaos, described the “Robber Baron Myth” of the late 19th Century in exactly the same terms as a definition of what Soros is doing. Don’t believe me? Have a look at this YouTube video, not great quality in parts by the sound is good. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VbFvPgLxplw

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I claim the title of educator, because I want to be more than "just" a teacher.
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