Across the nation, Confederate monuments are coming down, and the question on many minds is whether the President was right: will it stop there, or grow to include any figure — including pivotal figures like George Washington and Thomas Jefferson — associated with slavery or other grievances?
So this would be a good time to examine the symbol of one of the more active groups on the Left: Antifa. Their flag has been seen from Berkeley to Boston at various “protests” and “counter-protests.” Why the quotations? Because in nearly every case, it has devolved into violence.
This is Antifa’s flag:
Note that the full name of the group is “Antifascist Action.” The photo above is from an event in Oklahoma City. Now take a careful look at this next photo:
This is the debut of that logo, at the first meeting of the “Antifaschistische Aktion” group in Berlin, July 10, 1932. The organization was created by the Communist Party of Germany as a replacement paramilitary force after their original goon squad –the Rotfrontkämpferbund — was banned due to fighting between Communists and Nazis.
Note that the emblem is centered between two Soviet flags. The banner on the table reads “Long live the Red Front.” In essence, Antifa originated as the Communist answer to the Nazi “Brownshirts,” and the nature of the group was inherently violent.
The point has been made repeatedly in recent days that neo-Nazi symbolism has no business in the USA, and I agree. But what about neo-Communism? We’re reminded “we fought a war to conquer Nazi Germany.” True. We also waged a half century “Cold War” under threat of nuclear Armageddon to defeat the Soviet Union and its communist empire. So why is Adolph Hitler the lone boogeyman and political epithet?
It’s because Communists and Nazis strongly emphasized their differences rather than their similarities. This is deliberate deception. BOTH belong on the “left” end of the spectrum, as both are collectivist totalitarian ideologies. The opposite of each is not the other, but rather minimalist, individualist government.
But wait, there’s more! Our society today is so historically ignorant that many people initially can’t understand why I lump Nazis and Communists together. So here’s some info to chew on: