Unmask Antifa – Creatures from the Debris
two articles by Nikos Hidiroglou
source: the Fleming Foundation
Creatures from the Debris
The cognitive dissonance of the left is nowadays beyond imagination. For months now we have been watching what is happening in the United States: left wing thugs rioting, looting, assaulting the police and other people they don’t like, destroying property and making generally the lives of the many in the cities very miserable. Professional agitators that claim to fight against institutionalized racism and fascism, act like fascists, highlighting thus the contradictory nature of their ideology and their rationale. The last episode of violence we saw, the Bible burning in Portland, reminded many of the book burning campaigns organized in Germany and Austria by the Nazis, during the ‘30s. And the mischievous crowds that surge the centers of American cities with the support of the Democratic Party apparatus don’t seem eager to stop insulting and assaulting decent people. It’s time that Christians of all denominations in the States and pro-life people start thinking what the future will be like, if they allow the left to get back in power. Otherwise, they will be forced tp live under a progressive administration that will slander Christians as a matter of policy.
Well, we can suppose that for the antifa people who don’t get paid, if such people exist, it must be a tricky process to participate in this continuing orgy of violence, the constant re-interpretation of the truth in order to prove to themselves that they have not only been right all along but hold a monopoly on absolute truth. And the questions keep arising. What’s wrong with all these people? Is there any kind of uniformity when it comes to opinions and behaviors in their ranks? How do they manage to stay sane if we suppose for the sake of our discussion, that some of them are sane? Do they suffer from mental conflicts? Does their nihilism–the byproduct of their atheist upbringing and secular education– really run that deep? Are they just so bored that they are looking for any type of revolutionary experience? If so, that wouldn’t be a new phenomenon. But it is natural to ask ourselves: Do these people experience disharmony, and, if they do, how do they cope with it? Do they share, like the rest of the population, the innate drive to evaluate or reevaluate opinions, stances and attitudes, and do they compare them with those of the others? And if the answer is yes, are they really happy with themselves? Do these people really care about the opinions of others? And why are they exhibiting such denial and intolerance? And, is the so called “silent majority,” capable of evaluating what is happening, and are they able to react accordingly?
It was the social psychologist Leon Festinger who introduced the theory of cognitive dissonance (as well as the social comparison theory) in the ‘50s. He specified that “a person does not tend to evaluate his opinions or his abilities by comparison with others who are too divergent from himself”. And, wrote that “one does not evaluate the correctness or incorrectness of an opinion by comparison with others whose opinions are extremely divergent from one’s own”. He also stressed that “if an opinion or ability is of no importance to a person there will be no drive to evaluate that ability or opinion.”
If Festinger’s thesis is correct, it should be bad news then for social cohesion, and we ignore the implications only at our peril. The realization that a rebellious group of intolerant, “woke” middle class people is emerging out of the debris of higher education in the West, rejecting our value-system, challenging our liberties, causing havoc and undermining our safety, should alert everyone. The right lost the universities long ago, allowing their transformation into the Cuckoo’s Nest. The left is brainwashing students, attacking faith, patriotism, family and traditions. Nowadays, Ivy League schools should not be the destination for well brought up students, since these schools are undermining free speech and becoming very intolerant for everyone that doesn’t comply with their “progressive” narratives.
What is the point of these riots in America, and what is it the rioters are demanding?
It’s not a question of “reform,” especially these days. We don’t live in the ‘60s, when Leftists declared their intention of transforming society. They have more or less got what they wanted, but while they have transformed society, they have scarcely reformed it.
After all, have you spotted any reforms in American states or cities dominated by the Democratic Party? Well, all this chatter about reform or even revolution might sound romantic and even intriguing to some, especially in the liberal arts departments on university campuses, but the truth of these disruptions is to be found elsewhere, in dark rooms, far away from indiscreet eyes, in government agencies. Their objectives, if they were stated openly, would strike most people as nefarious, but, to the elite that pulls the strings, they are quite specific and concrete.
The subject, in case anyone has missed it, is Antifa, the “agent provocateurs” in Portland, in Minneapolis, in New York, in London, in Berlin, in Athens. There is no hierarchy, no offices, just subsidized individuals, byproducts of a nihilist education that deconstructs all values, hostile to God, tradition, and national myths and narratives. And all of it is paid by the taxpayers who might think differently, but taxpaying citizens are not the ones to decide. What we are dealing with is the permanent revolution, as envisioned by Leon Trotsky. It is here, at work, destroying the very fabric of the national states of the West, of Europe and, perhaps most importantly, America.
It seems the Antifa has decided to come forward for what they have labelled as the battle that will change history. Donald Trump has to be dethroned. Why? Because the American President dares to be a fearless patriot, an outspoken champion of national struggles against globalization. This is the man who even dared to take a photo with the Bible in his hands. What could be more infuriating to theLeft?
The Antifa directorate has instructed their people to do exactly that: to dethrone the President, before it’s too late. That is, before he could lay the foundation for a solid conservative majority in the Supreme Court that would last for more than a generation. And the Antifa can rely on the laws of western democracies that tend to tolerate excesses from their disoriented youth, that kind of activism by the left (and, guess what, never by the right) and NGO elements that includes riots and looting. And they have created a left wing cabal that very aggressively and sets the agenda on the solid foundation of political correctness. On this objective we see converging all the progressive elements of the elite: media, professional activists, even the clergy!
In Europe, these people are practically everywhere, using the social media–always on their side– for their communications. Small groups, they hit and run. They cover themselves from top to bottom with black clothes, so that they become undetectable, and they don’t leave behind, when they commit crimes, DNA traces. And of course, when arrested, they take advantage of laws that protect their identities and the excessive leniency of the courts that is typical in most western countries. Left wing lawyers will always rush to defend them and invisible hands will pay for the expenses of the “human rights activists.”
And they follow to the letter the instructions in their handbook, with an almost military discipline, denouncing their ancestors. Look what they’ve done in Bristol, where they pulled down the statue of Edward Colston and threw it into the harbor! There, the Labour Party mayor Marvin Rees stated that the statue was “an affront”! Although Boris Johnson correctly described what happened as a “criminal act,” but, criminal or not, the Avon & Somerset Police decided not to intervene. Isn’t that double talk! The same mess in London, where the statue of Winston Churchill was desecrated by a crowd and the late British politician who defeated Nazism labelled… racist! Have you, by the way, noticed how embarrassed they look on camera, when left wing politicians in America and in Europe are called to answer questions on the Antifa problem?
Antifa is as elusive as a ghost, but it is really much more than a mere platform for advancing ideas. For everyone who dares to follow the money, there is always an answer. And they have many hideaways. In some cases, Antifa can be found in the ranks of certain football fan clubs in Europe. There, they try to gain popularity among the youth by their manifestations of radicalism and violence.
As successful as Antifa activists have been in avoiding detection, there is, however, something Americans and Europeans could do to defeat them: Simply , unmask them when they get caught. And leave the rest to the press, at least to what remains of the free press. and to society. That way the authorities, if they are really interested, could deprive them of every tactical advantage and turn them from hunters into prey for district attorneys. Freedom is precious, and neither Stalinists nor other extremis should enjoy immunity, when they attempt to destroy it.
Nikos Hidiroglou is a newspaper and television journalist in Athens.