WASHINGTON, August 23, 2017 — Antifa demonstrators have been demanding the removal of statues commemorating long-dead Confederate generals. They violently oppose the campus presence of right-leaning speakers like Ben Shapiro and Ann Coulter, often stopping them from addressing students and shutting down free-speech demonstrations.
Antifa radicals believe American history and all political notions not their own can be summed up in one word: fascist.
Professor George Ciccariello-Maher of Drexel University is a chronicler of the Antifa movement as well as a devoted follower. He told the New York Times the violent group is “driven by a range of political passions” that “includes anti-capitalism.” Antifa, he alleges, has its “antecedents in Europe, especially Germany and Italy, where its early followers traded shots with Nazis in the 1930s and fought against Benito Mussolini’s Black Shirts,” noted the Times.
Peter Beinart also attempts, in the increasingly pro-left Atlantic magazine, to burnish the mystique of these masked avengers. “Antifa,” he writes, “traces its roots to the 1920s and ‘30s, when militant leftists battled fascists in the streets of Germany, Italy, and Spain.”
It’s clear these men suffer from the self-inflicted, Alzheimers-like, historical forgetfulness demanded by Antifa.
Jonah Goldberg notes in his book, “Liberal Fascism”:
“The Nazis rose to power exploiting anti-capitalist rhetoric they indisputably believed. Even if Hitler was the nihilistic cipher many portray him as, it is impossible to deny the sincerity of the Nazi rank and file who saw themselves as mounting a revolutionary assault on the forces of capitalism. Moreover, Naziism also emphasized many of the themes of later New Lefts in other places and times: the primacy of race, the rejection of rationalism, an emphasis on the organic and holistic—including environmentalism, health food, and exercise—and, most of all, the need to ‘transcend’ notions of class.”
The marriage of the American left with Europe’s fascist monsters began with the signing of the Hitler-Stalin Pact of 1939.
In their book “Unto a Good Land: A History of the American People,” David Harrell Jr., Edwin Gaustad, John Boles and Sally Griffith observe:
“Political insurgents … joined intellectuals such as Socialist Party leader Norman Thomas and neo-Marxist historian Charles Beard in opposing support for the Allies. Until Hitler invaded the Soviet Union in 1941, the American Communist Party also attacked the war as an imperialist plot engineered from London.”
In his inaugural address of 1860, President Abraham Lincoln attempted to de-escalate the tensions between North and South by appealing to their collective consciences:
“The mystic chords of memory, stretching from every battlefield and patriot grave, to every living heart and hearthstone all over this broad land, will yet swell the chorus of the Union when touched again, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature.”
But hatred prevented the slave-brutalized South from hearing Lincoln’s call for patriotic union. Similar calls for unity today still fall on deaf, uncaring and unknowing ears when it comes to implacable and violent Antifa radicals.
The Mayo Clinic describes Alzheimer’s disease as a brain disorder that causes “the loss of intellectual and social skills … the brain cells degenerate and die, causing a steady decline in memory and mental function.”
Today, Antifa’s hateful violence attempts to enforce a kind of historical Alzheimer’s that not only seeks to sever us from statues of Confederate generals but the “new birth of freedom” for America that their humiliating defeat so gloriously engendered.