Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Beware The Mob

Up to now, we have been a nation of laws and not of men, but I fear we are becoming unhinged. I fear the mob is gaining power and rule of law is diminishing. Nazis and the KKK are certainly evil and if they existed in any great numbers they would be a threat to our republic, but they don’t. They have a web presence that exaggerates their influence and media coverage that magnifies it further.

Whenever they hold meetings, FBI infiltrators likely comprise a quorum. The [Jewish] Anti Defamation League, or ADL, estimates membership in the KKK at five thousand. In 2011, The New York Times estimated membership in the National Socialist Movement [NSM]: “…the largest supremacist group [is NSM], with about 400 members in 32 states, though much of its prominence followed the decay of Aryan Nation and other neo-Nazi groups.”

It’s much harder to find out the size of “Antifa” which is perhaps the largest violent left-wing group, but it is international in scope with chapters all over Europe and the United States. Unlike the KKK and neo-Nazis, it tries hard to be anonymous. One USA Antifa web site called itsgoingdown.org declares: 

“We strongly recommend against [emphasis in original] antifa groups being organized using the open, public model of most contemporary activism… that you stay anonymous both while forming and until your first action. Anonymity is your best defense, and you should keep it intact as long as you can.”

They dress in black and wear masks when they use violence so police cannot easily identify them from video. Antifa advises:

“Build a culture of non-cooperation with law enforcement…The cops will be Trump supporters; do not collaborate with them.”

And Antifa is universally leftist. From the same site:

The anti-fascist movement has come from multiple theoretical currents; it is based on an agreement on tactics, not ideological uniformity. In the U.S., most activists are anarchist, although a few are Maoist or anti-state Marxists. In other countries, the movement is predominately Marxist.

If Antifa targeted only the KKK and neo-Nazis I might even applaud them, but their scope is much wider. They’re against capitalism in whatever form and have violently disrupted G-20 meetings around the world. They’re emphatically anti-Trump and violently disrupt his rallies wherever they can. If you’re against illegal immigration, Antifa is against you and will try to take away your free-speech rights as columnists Ann Coulter and Milo Yiannopoulos discovered in Berkeley.

I watched an Antifa organizer interviewed on Fox News last week who claimed his organization received no money from outside groups or individuals. However, The Daily Caller investigated the Antifa riot at the University of California Berkeley last February and shed light on its camouflaged money trail: 

The left-wing group that helped organize the violent shut down of the Milo Yiannopoulos event at the University of California, Berkeley on Wednesday is backed by a progressive charity that is in turn funded by George Soros, a major labor union and several large companies. The Alliance for Global Justice, based in Tucson, is listed as an organizer and fiscal sponsor for Refuse Fascism, a communist group that encouraged left-wingers to shut down the Yiannopoulos event. The call to arms succeeded. Yiannopoulos’ talk was cancelled after demonstrators lit fires, vandalized businesses, and assaulted Donald Trump and Yiannopoulos supporters.

On Antifa, Anarchist, LGBTQIA+, Black Lives Matter, Muslim, and other sites, I’m seeing calls for “Intersectionality.” It’s a word I didn’t understand when I first heard it in January during the lead-up to the Pussyhat March the day after Trump’s inauguration. It’s a strategy to bring all self-identified victim groups together in one political movement against conservatism.

Elizabeth Corey, writing in "First Things" described a conference she attended last March at the University of Notre Dame entitled: “Intersectional Inquiries and Collaborative Action: Gender and Race” at which the keynote speaker was an angry black woman named Patricia Collins — a sociology professor at the University of Maryland:

At the end there was a question and answer period. I asked whether and how Collins would suggest that intersectionality engage with its adversaries, the ­hated conservatives. Given the polarization of ­America right now, did she see some way for the two camps to communicate or find common ground? The vehemence of her answer was startling. “No,” she said. “You cannot bring these two worlds together. You must be oppositional. You must fight. For me, it’s a line in the sand.” This was at once jarring and clarifying.

The Free Speech rally in Boston last Saturday was disrupted by the Intersectionality groups including Antifa and police arrested 27 of them. It was not white supremacist as far as I could see but it became a target for 40,000 protesters who shut down speakers. Free speech rights and rights to assemble were trampled. The mob ruled. Monuments were destroyed or defaced in other cities. What’s next? Book burnings? This is getting scary.


Brian said...

After being unable to respond to comments from the previous column, this is a real let-down. Really, this is the best you can do? Like Trump, you don't condemn Nazis and White Supremacists, but instead try and distract and point fingers elsewhere. Hilariously enough, it is immediately after you try and downplay the numbers of neo-nazis and white supremacists/Nationalists, that you try and exaggerate and demonize some obscure "group" (that neither I nor my leftist friends knew existed until the memo went out to Alt-Right talking heads to start spinning this "Antifa" stuff! But thanks, we'll look into it, we don't like racism and fascism either).

And then the predictable facist like spreading of paranoia... "This is getting scary"

...Ooooh, poor Tom, are you hiding under the bed in case a statue of a racist traitor gets toppled and falls on your head?

And aw, poor nazi racist babies were "shut down" from their free speech. But yet you never responded to the question previously posted about predator pedophiles and what YOU would do were they "free speeching" in your neighborhood.

I know, I know, avoid discussion and point fingers elsewhere. Make up new boogeyman! Weird that you also include pictures that make "Antifa" look good - "We are strong, we are brave, we are one, etc". You seem confused, but that is to be expected of somebody desperately trying to defend neo nazi's and white supremacists.

Anonymous said...

WHAT? Am I seeing this right? The real problem is NOT Nazis and White Supremacist, but the people that fight them?????


Anonymous said...

Like cancer is not a problem, the damn Jimmy Fund is.

Anonymous said...

I normally vote Democratic and I have to say ever since Nov 9th the largely Left-leaning media has been out to get Donald Trump. The exaggerate and frame everything in a way to increase divisiveness. They want to neutralize his effectiveness and if possible get him impeached. (Even though Pence would be worse: more competent and more Right.) But Trump's base still supports him. So unless something turns up in the Russia investigation, the Dems are SOL.

Peter said...

I agree, the darn leftist media has been reporting everything Trump does and says. Unfair!

Anonymous said...

All should model our condemnation of the Charlottesville Nazis after Bernie Sanders's condemnation of Congressional shooter and Bernie volunteer James Hodgkinson, who had written the following as recently as May 26:
“Republicans Hate Women, Minorities, Working Class People, & Most All (99%) of the People of the Country.”
Bernie condemned him this way:
"I am sickened by this despicable act. Let me be as clear as I can be: Violence of any kind is unacceptable in our society and I condemn this action in the strongest possible terms."

Marty said...

Apparently if you condemn the Marxist group known as ANTIFA, whilst at the same time not condemning National Socialist group know as the NAZIS, you are a hater, but, to the so called liberals, who are the exact opposite of classical liberalism, it is OK if you condemn the Nazis, or the KKK, but fail to condemn the intolerant Antifa Marxists as they go on their proto Cultural Revolution rampage, that is OK.

The pathetic hypocrisy of the left would be laughable if it were not also enabling the
new American red guard to continue their violent rampages through the streets of the country.

The American progressives who think that the Anfifa will help advance their Socialist cause, better hope that the Antifa fails.

For the Revolutions do not follow the script and tend to not be pleasant things, even for the revolutionaries. Just do Goolog search of Trotsky, or Robespierre

Charles Martel said...

Let's cut to the chase. Brian believes the boogeyman is fabricated which means he is a "useful idiot". All these Leftist groups, particularly BLM, are simply regurgitated Marxist revolutionaries that have been trying to tear down American culture and way of life for decades. Google Jim Simpson's, "The Roots of Black Lives Matter Unveiled."

There is an "Unholy Alliance" between Islamists and Leftists. The Islamists are carrying out the wishes of their barbaric warrior prophet (Q: 33:21, & 64:8) to subjugate or kill all non-Muslims and the Leftists are their apologists and enablers. Why? Because they both hate Western values, capitalism and the accomplishments of the West.

Tools such as Brian and the Antifa thugs are always going to be with us. They can protest all they want but when they cross over into violence, they must be arrested. It would be even better if they could be shipped to Russia, China, No. Korea or Cuba to actually see the effects of communism.

Marty said...

If Brian or any of today's JournoLefts were reporters in the Pacific theater WWII.

Gen. MacArthur, Supreme Allied Commander Pacific: Our landings at the Mariana Islands have been a total success, we have the forces of the Empire of Japan in retreat, we will soon be liberating the Philippines

Brian, MSNBC: General a question please. Why do you fail to mention how you plan to defeat the Nazis, why are you enabling the Fascists by not moving on Berlin, Gen. MacArthur now that I have pointed out you are a hater for failing to mention the Nazis are you going to resign, are you going to apologize for not mentioning the Nazis first thing?

Brian said...

Anybody who commits violence, whether members of the KKK, White Supremacists, Nazis, or Antifa, deserve punishment. I would never try and sugar coat the violent actions of any leftist by pointing at nazis, supremacists, etc, and saying, "but what about them?". That is the cowardly way out.

Anonymous said...

Tom claims that the Boston protesters "shut down" free speech. How so? Their pitiful little rally went on as they were separated from the protesters. Here is what the Boston Police Commissioner had to say:

“I’m really impressed, we probably had 40,000 people out here, standing tall against hatred and bigotry in our city, and that’s a good feeling.”

I don't know who the 33 arrested were, but even in the unlikely event that none of them were alt-right, that is a remarkably low number of trouble-makers.

neal said...

Everyone seems to be herded into some damned AntiChrist thing or another.
That is hard to live through.

I do not throw down with zealots of any stripe.
A losing game. I hear the fishing is good on the parts that get stormy.

Peter said...

I find it hard to understand the reaction some are having to Nazis marching in our streets, chanting "Jews shall not replace us", by showing more outrage against those fighting to get the scumbags off our streets, than as they show to the Nazis and Supremacists themselves. It is plain silly trying to equate ANTIFA to Nazi's and KKKers. ANTIFA has quite the work cut out for them if they want to try and get in the same conversation as hate groups that have murder counts in the millions. You blame the "left" for it's disruly "mobs", but don't you stop and think about why there aren't also mobs of conservatives fighting against Nazism and racism? Because conservatives respect the free speech of the nazis? Hell, no. We have all seen conservatives chanting religious hate and gay events and pro-choice rallies. It seems that fighting Nazi and racists just isn't that concerning to you as what people may do with their sexual lives.

Anonymous said...


Anonymous said...

Aaah, the sweet sound of silence when it comes to the defense of Nazis and racist's.....

Anonymous said...

So good, and so undisputed it needs to be said again:

Tom claims that the Boston protesters "shut down" free speech. How so? Their pitiful little rally went on as they were separated from the protesters. Here is what the Boston Police Commissioner had to say:

“I’m really impressed, we probably had 40,000 people out here, standing tall against hatred and bigotry in our city, and that’s a good feeling.”

I don't know who the 33 arrested were, but even in the unlikely event that none of them were alt-right, that is a remarkably low number of trouble-makers.

Anonymous said...

It appears that the right wing media outlets have run dry on talking points to feed to their ditto heads and lemmings when it comes to defending nazis, fascists, the KKK, Confederates and White Supremacists. Too bad, because mocking their pathetic attempts was fun.