I wonder if it ever occurs to Antifa why they don’t get the recognition they deserve when their activism is covered by the mainstream media. To illustrate, when they descended upon Berkeley back in 2017 to throw rocks at students, queuing to attend a Milo Yiannopoulos speech, the BBC referred to them only as ‘students,’ ‘protestors’ or ‘demonstrators.’ Conversely, how can I be certain of what political persuasion these protestors had; they were wearing masks after all. The BBC takes pride in its neutrality; it gets criticized by both the Right and the Left – don’t you know? It is more objective to avoid needlessly leading the witness by poisoning the well with political labels. However, the BBC are not shy within this respect – far from it.
The Proud Boys are invariably called the far-right by Auntie; as was the case when they marched into Portland in 2019 to protest Antifa, who were there to respond in kind with their customary violence but on this occasion, the BBC referred to Antifa as ‘counter-demonstrators.’ I very much doubt in recent times that they have ever used the label the far-left other than quoting someone like Donald Trump –
‘- Such bias as this is surely transparent from a dissident’s perspective, Duncast, so why bother pointing it out?’
Well, the psyche between the establishment, including the mainstream media, and Antifa is interesting. It is kind of reminiscent of that between a wayward teenager and his embarrassed parents. For example, one pundit on the BBC (the name escapes me) wrote off the behaviour of masked Antifa members who infiltrated a speech Jacob Rees-Mogg was giving at Bristol Univeristy in 2018, as ‘what students do’. Thus, in our current political epoch, actual violence on the left is paternalized, whether that be on a university campus or whilst taking over part of the city of Portland (CHAZ), where incredulously empathetic, Democratic mayor, Jenny Durkan, romanticized their actions as a prelude to a ‘summer of love.’
‘What of it: aren’t politicians supposed to play down the violence of their own side?’
Really? Find me a Republican mayor who wasn’t willing to demonize the attendees at the Unite the Right Rally in Charlotteville as universally white supremacist. The furthest anyone could go on the Right was to remain impartial. Trump controversially stating that ‘you also had people that were very fine people on both sides.’ In other words, he dared to make a moral equivalence between people who were likely to vote for him and people who were not; when in actual fact, whatever anyone thinks of the people who did attend (some of which could be fairly defined as far-right), they were people performing their constitutional right at a legitimate demonstration who were attacked by the far-left, with the complicit approval of the State who permitted them access to clash with the protestors (see how this works).
Reap what you sow.
There is something more profound about the establishment’s paternalistic treatment of Antifa, though. Jenny Durkan’s remark about the summer of love wasn’t simply a politician’s attempt at obfuscation. I think she saw herself in those rioters in Portland – the civil rights movement mark II. It must be hard not to identify with Antifa when they are the child of your own mindset, one that won the cultural war across the campuses in the ’60s but gave birth to something out of control because of the extent they have been indoctrinated. During the incident at Bristol University, they shouted: ‘racist, misogynist, homophobe, sexist.’ Note all the ‘ists’; the newspeak of our time – pseudo-religious in fervour; it was if they were confronting the contemporary equivalent of a witch.
As for Antifa, they don’t identify with the generation that nurtured their distorted view of reality. They burn down the chain stores that share their progressive views; turn on the police who stand back to give them the opportunity to attack Trump supporters; vandalize institutions that give them cover like the CNN; and vehemently reject the noises of complicit support Joe Biden makes in their direction while he presents himself to them as boomer grandpa: yes, a little senile but his heart is in the right place.
But why should they be on board? The establishment has manipulated them into being controlled opposition; they are under the delusion that they are dissidents fighting the system whilst trying to purge any real threat to its neoliberal order. It is a brilliant coup d’etat to channel the sovereignty from the masses into the hands of the State. However, you have to be gullible if you don’t question how you can be in opposition to the establishment, if the same entity implants progressivism (cultural Marxism) into your brain through State education and ramps it up fourfold in the Humanities at university.
1997 what a dark year that was, a seminal point in the decline of our nation. Labour’s election ticket based especially on a pledge to herd 50 per cent of the masses into higher education, not simply as a selling point but as a checkmate move.
The more enlightened voter would have been present to the Left’s existing grasp of academia, one where they used deconstruction as a philosophical combine harvester to plough its way through any remaining vestige of conservative values whilst ideologically filling the void with cultural Marxism to circumvent evolution and its corresponding history.
To be fair, I was one of those gullible masses. Back then, Labour did a good job of playing on outdated notions of the Conservative elites disproportionately dominating academia, using Oxbridge as a screen. Thus, they could sell higher education as about re-addressing this inequality, appealing to their traditional base of older voters, whilst surreptitiously farming their children into the next generation of the management class that dominates the media and public discourse today.
‘Hang on Duncast! The Conservatives are currently in power and have just slated Labour in the By-elections?’
The Conservative party are univocally progressive. In their current incarnation, they are neoliberal and I would say you could just about drive a spider’s hair between them and Tony Blair’s New Labour. Of course, Labour would rather be in Government than the Tories but they are currently two factions of the same party, as the great, late Jonathan Bowden pointed out. Put more succinctly whether it is the Tories or Labour who are in power the same neoliberal agenda is pushed through. The same neoliberal agenda that Antifa unwittingly maintains.