The claim has been made many times that Antifa is not an organization, that it has no structure, loose umbrella, etc.
While that may be true (doubtful, likely simple compartmentalization), they have a political philosophy and a publishing company. They even have a handbook.
MARK BRAY is a historian of human rights, terrorism, and political radicalism in Modern Europe who was one of the organizers of Occupy Wall Street. He is the author of Translating Anarchy: The Anarchism of Occupy Wall Street, and the co-editor of Anarchist Education and the Modern School: A Francisco Ferrer Reader. His work has appeared in Foreign Policy, Critical Quarterly, ROAR Magazine, and numerous edited volumes. He is currently a lecturer at Dartmouth College.
There was quite a bit of discussion about the President and the rise of Antifa.
There is no doubt that Donald Trump being elected greatly and rapidly contributed to the ranks of the movement.
They see his election as proof that the country (them excluded of course) is racist, misogynist, homophobic, fascist. They call it “taking the mask off” and in response, Antifa must “put the masks on”.
The scientific method, rigorous examination in search of the truth, is simply the oppressors protecting the status quo power structure.
A little research reveals there is no “end state”; only perpetual revolution.
And they despise liberalism (in the classic sense). There can never be equality if people are free to chose. It is a spin-off of the Vanguard Theory.
A lot of their thinking seems at first glance to be absurd. Looking at it, the first thought is “Nobody can possibly believe this stuff”, but they do. They are not being hyperbolic to gain attention. They mean it.
The election of President Trump threw them into a rage. It is proof they were right all along. They will not like Biden any better, should he win.
It is a fascinating political phenomena emanating mostly from our institutions of higher learning. And they are gathering momentum.
Every major city has a few eclectic bookstores you can go sit in and read self published manifestos and sip free trade tea at if your a lefty, or treatises on anarcho-capitalism, the gold standard, and buy iodine tablets with bitcoin if youre a righty.