Decoding Antifa

CRC’s Best of 2020

The Antifa movement was back in the news in 2020 as an active participant in protests, riots, and occupations across the United States and around the world. The name, a contraction of “anti-fascist,” is an effective piece of radical left-wing propaganda, which is best understood by realizing that “fascist” in this context can mean anything antifa members don’t like.

Antifa’s linguistic contortions are reminiscent of Vladimir Lenin creatively naming his minority faction the Bolsheviks (majority) and the major opposition faction the Mensheviks (minority). Did anyone notice Lenin smiling in his mausoleum on Red Square?

CRC looked behind the propaganda:

  • Ken Braun examined at the Antifa movement’s radical roots and the fascist tactics, tracing it back to the Weatherman of the 1960s and 1970s. (June 3, 2020)
  • On the InfluenceWatch podcast, Michael Watson and quest Mark Hemingway discussed Antifa. (November 6, 2020)
  • Back in 2018, CRC’s Matthew Vadum noted Antifa’s emergence as part of the anti-Trump resistance. (April 16, 2018)