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Post by GT93 » June 10, 2020, 1:47 pm

Trump is a goner. \:D/

Even Mrs Clinton would beat him this time. His record speaks for itself. :lol:



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Post by Doodoo » June 11, 2020, 1:29 pm

Citizens from the US certainly wont be coming to Thailand even after it opens it borders
A drop of 10% in currency in the past 90 days

Thailand best get a move on

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Post by mech_401 » June 11, 2020, 8:00 pm

*fake news* that simply isn't true doodoo?
it went from 31.5 to 30.5 which is probably less
than 5 % and same cyclical oscillation for yrs

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Post by RLTrader » June 12, 2020, 7:33 am

The mainstream media would have us believe that all black leaders are in the tank against President Trump, that he is a rube and completely insensitive to the needs of the black community.

Fine. They can report that way if they want to. However, the American president simply takes action and has done so, enough that he carries a 36% to 40% approval rating among blacks in general, which is extremely high for any Republican President.

This may be part of the reason the “Floyd” riots were contrived, to do a bit of distraction to try to change the narrative.
Here is a roundtable on race relations the President held on June 10, 2020.

https://youtu.be/FQ3YkWecvCk

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Post by tamada » June 12, 2020, 7:42 am

RLTrader wrote:
June 12, 2020, 7:33 am
The mainstream media would have us believe that all black leaders are in the tank against President Trump, that he is a rube and completely insensitive to the needs of the black community.

Fine. They can report that way if they want to. However, the American president simply takes action and has done so, enough that he carries a 36% to 40% approval rating among blacks in general, which is extremely high for any Republican President.

This may be part of the reason the “Floyd” riots were contrived, to do a bit of distraction to try to change the narrative.
Here is a roundtable on race relations the President held on June 10, 2020.

https://youtu.be/FQ3YkWecvCk
Huh! No Kanye? W T F???!!!

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Post by jackspratt » June 12, 2020, 8:48 am

RLTrader wrote:
June 12, 2020, 7:33 am
The mainstream media would have us believe that all black leaders are in the tank against President Trump, that he is a rube and completely insensitive to the needs of the black community.

Fine. They can report that way if they want to. However, the American president simply takes action and has done so, enough that he carries a 36% to 40% approval rating among blacks in general, which is extremely high for any Republican President.

This may be part of the reason the “Floyd” riots were contrived, to do a bit of distraction to try to change the narrative.
Where does this "quote" come from?

Everything I read has Trump topping out at less than 20% approval from blacks, and considerably less amongst black women.

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Post by RLTrader » June 12, 2020, 10:41 am

tamada wrote:
June 12, 2020, 7:42 am
RLTrader wrote:
June 12, 2020, 7:33 am
The mainstream media would have us believe that all black leaders are in the tank against President Trump, that he is a rube and completely insensitive to the needs of the black community.

Fine. They can report that way if they want to. However, the American president simply takes action and has done so, enough that he carries a 36% to 40% approval rating among blacks in general, which is extremely high for any Republican President.

This may be part of the reason the “Floyd” riots were contrived, to do a bit of distraction to try to change the narrative.
Here is a roundtable on race relations the President held on June 10, 2020.

https://youtu.be/FQ3YkWecvCk
Huh! No Kanye? W T F???!!!
Did Kanye West help Trump double his approval rating among blacks? A Reuters poll showed it went from 11 to 22 percent in one week, after meeting with West.

A poll from Rasmussen Reports says that the president's approval rating among African-Americans is at 36 percent, nearly double his support at this time last year. 
"Today's @realDonaldTrump approval ratings among black voters: 36%," Rasmussen said in a tweet. " last year: 19%."
 
That is a staggeringly high number for a man who only won 8 percent of the African-American vote in 2016.

No Republican presidential candidate has done better than 12 percent among blacks since Bob Dole in 1996

*Note: All poll's are meaningless, depending on how the question is worded, to get out come wanted. Example 2016 election.

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Post by tamada » June 12, 2020, 11:20 am

RLTrader wrote:
June 12, 2020, 10:41 am
tamada wrote:
June 12, 2020, 7:42 am
RLTrader wrote:
June 12, 2020, 7:33 am
The mainstream media would have us believe that all black leaders are in the tank against President Trump, that he is a rube and completely insensitive to the needs of the black community.

Fine. They can report that way if they want to. However, the American president simply takes action and has done so, enough that he carries a 36% to 40% approval rating among blacks in general, which is extremely high for any Republican President.

This may be part of the reason the “Floyd” riots were contrived, to do a bit of distraction to try to change the narrative.
Here is a roundtable on race relations the President held on June 10, 2020.

https://youtu.be/FQ3YkWecvCk
Huh! No Kanye? W T F???!!!
Did Kanye West help Trump double his approval rating among blacks? A Reuters poll showed it went from 11 to 22 percent in one week, after meeting with West.

A poll from Rasmussen Reports says that the president's approval rating among African-Americans is at 36 percent, nearly double his support at this time last year. 
"Today's @realDonaldTrump approval ratings among black voters: 36%," Rasmussen said in a tweet. " last year: 19%."
 
That is a staggeringly high number for a man who only won 8 percent of the African-American vote in 2016.

No Republican presidential candidate has done better than 12 percent among blacks since Bob Dole in 1996

*Note: All poll's are meaningless, depending on how the question is worded, to get out come wanted. Example 2016 election.
So, do you reckon Pence should be getting nervous?

Kardashian's in da house!

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Post by jackspratt » June 12, 2020, 11:33 am

RLTrader wrote:
June 12, 2020, 10:41 am


A poll from Rasmussen Reports says that the president's approval rating among African-Americans is at 36 percent, nearly double his support at this time last year. 
"Today's @realDonaldTrump approval ratings among black voters: 36%," Rasmussen said in a tweet. " last year: 19%."
 
The poll is from August 2018. https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/pol ... 013212002/

Do you have anything from say, 2020?

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RLTrader wrote:
June 12, 2020, 2:33 pm
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https://twitter.com/KBrassenstein/statu ... 4248932352
Breaking
Democrats DNC to replace Joe Biden with a Yellow Dog, saying this is best way to Beat Trump in Nov 2020. =D>

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Post by jackspratt » June 12, 2020, 4:04 pm

Yellow Dog vs Orange Mongrel - should be interesting. 👍

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Post by TJ » June 13, 2020, 1:44 am

Some may wish to understand why the progressive politicians who control their cities are promoting and supporting the sacking (looting, arson, murder, assaults, etc,) of their cities. Of course the answer is to defeat President Trump.

Financial Contributions to Black Lives Matter are Being Funneled to the DNC and the Biden Campaign
Turns out that financial contributions to the Black Lives Matter movement, including millions from large corporations are being funneled to the DNC and Biden campaign.

So Democrats are as usual exploiting the black community for financial and electoral gain.

The 2020 financial problem that was being faced by the Democrat National Committee was solved through the use of Black Lives Matter as a funding mechanism for the 2020 election. The more money the resistance movement can push into their BLM advocacy, the more money that actually flows into the DNC for 2020.

As of May 21st, ActBlue has donated $119,253,857 to the “Biden for President” effort.
https://thefederalistpapers.org/us/fina ... n-campaign

Then there is the Antifa. "Antifa is a violent left-wing Communist faction that uses a black bloc tactic where they dress in black from head to toe and cover their faces with black masks.

The tactic is meant to make it more difficult for police to identify those who break the law during a riot.

Someone is organizing criminals and vandals to loot and destroy cities but the corporate media don’t seem all that interested in getting to the bottom of it. In fact, Democrats and their allies in the press have been actively engaging in misdirection, lamely accusing white supremacists of being behind the mayhem plaguing “peaceful protests.”

Project Veritas did the near-impossible: They successfully infiltrated America’s most notorious Antifa group, Rose City Antifa in PORTLAND. The project shows the recruitment process & how members are taught to maim.

Last Friday, Project Veritas journalists infiltrated New York City Antifa and caught them on video fight training."
https://redstatenation.com/video-projec ... ame-names/

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Post by mech_401 » June 13, 2020, 5:12 pm

as i was purveying the litany of damage , hundreds of businesses burned, looted destroyed
(1) walmart store reported over 100k usd in theft
losses . it must run into the billions. what is it
really about? your post TJ pretty much nails it

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Post by Udon Map » June 13, 2020, 9:19 pm

TJ wrote:
June 13, 2020, 1:44 am
Financial Contributions to Black Lives Matter are Being Funneled to the DNC and the Biden Campaign
Turns out that financial contributions to the Black Lives Matter movement, including millions from large corporations are being funneled to the DNC and Biden campaign.

So Democrats are as usual exploiting the black community for financial and electoral gain.

The 2020 financial problem that was being faced by the Democrat National Committee was solved through the use of Black Lives Matter as a funding mechanism for the 2020 election. The more money the resistance movement can push into their BLM advocacy, the more money that actually flows into the DNC for 2020.
Have any proof of any of this?

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Post by glalt » June 13, 2020, 9:37 pm

The big question is, who is financing and organizing this group of lunatics'? This group is mainly unemployed so where do they get the money to move around the country causing the arson and looting? The organizer is well aware that it only takes a few of them to start a riot.

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Post by TJ » June 14, 2020, 2:43 am

This (very long) anonymous letter from a black university professor eloquently describes the crisis. It may be useful to those few who are seeking some understanding of the present global unrest.

"An anonymous history professor at U.C. Berkeley has penned an open letter against the current narratives of racial injustice underpinning the BLM movement and ongoing protests over the death of George Floyd.
Its authenticity was confirmed by Kentucky State University Assistant Professor of Political Science, Wilfred Reilly, who says he was sent a copy of the letter along with Stanford University economist Thomas Sowell.
UC Berkeley History Professor’s Open Letter Against BLM, Police Brutality and Cultural Orthodoxy
Dear Professors
I am one of your colleagues at the University of California, Berkeley. I have met you both personally but do not know you closely, and am contacting you anonymously, with apologies. I am worried that writing this email publicly might lead to me losing my job, and likely all future jobs in my field.
In your recent departmental emails you mentioned our pledge to diversity, but I am increasingly alarmed by the absence of diversity of opinion on the topic of the recent protests and our community response to them.
In the extended links and resources you provided, I could not find a single instance of substantial counter-argument or alternative narrative to explain the under-representation of black individuals in academia or their over-representation in the criminal justice system. The explanation provided in your documentation, to the near exclusion of all others, is univariate: the problems of the black community are caused by whites, or, when whites are not physically present, by the infiltration of white supremacy and white systemic racism into American brains, souls, and institutions.
Many cogent objections to this thesis have been raised by sober voices, including from within the black community itself, such as Thomas Sowell and Wilfred Reilly. These people are not racists or ‘Uncle Toms’. They are intelligent scholars who reject a narrative that strips black people of agency and systematically externalizes the problems of the black community onto outsiders. Their view is entirely absent from the departmental and UCB-wide communiques.
The claim that the difficulties that the black community faces are entirely causally explained by exogenous factors in the form of white systemic racism, white supremacy, and other forms of white discrimination remains a problematic hypothesis that should be vigorously challenged by historians. Instead, it is being treated as an axiomatic and actionable truth without serious consideration of its profound flaws, or its worrying implication of total black impotence. This hypothesis is transforming our institution and our culture, without any space for dissent outside of a tightly policed, narrow discourse.
A counternarrative exists. If you have time, please consider examining some of the documents I attach at the end of this email. Overwhelmingly, the reasoning provided by BLM and allies is either primarily anecdotal (as in the case with the bulk of Ta-Nehisi Coates’ undeniably moving article) or it is transparently motivated. As an example of the latter problem, consider the proportion of black incarcerated Americans. This proportion is often used to characterize the criminal justice system as anti-black. However, if we use the precise same methodology, we would have to conclude that the criminal justice system is even more anti-male than it is anti-black.
Would we characterize criminal justice as a systemically misandrist conspiracy against innocent American men? I hope you see that this type of reasoning is flawed, and requires a significant suspension of our rational faculties. Black people are not incarcerated at higher rates than their involvement in violent crime would predict. This fact has been demonstrated multiple times across multiple jurisdictions in multiple countries.
And yet, I see my department uncritically reproducing a narrative that diminishes black agency in favor of a white-centric explanation that appeals to the department’s apparent desire to shoulder the ‘white man’s burden’ and to promote a narrative of white guilt.
If we claim that the criminal justice system is white-supremacist, why is it that Asian Americans, Indian Americans, and Nigerian Americans are incarcerated at vastly lower rates than white Americans? This is a funny sort of white supremacy. Even Jewish Americans are incarcerated less than gentile whites. I think it’s fair to say that your average white supremacist disapproves of Jews. And yet, these alleged white supremacists incarcerate gentiles at vastly higher rates than Jews. None of this is addressed in your literature. None of this is explained, beyond hand-waving and ad hominems. “Those are racist dogwhistles”. “The model minority myth is white supremacist”. “Only fascists talk about black-on-black crime”, ad nauseam.
These types of statements do not amount to counterarguments: they are simply arbitrary offensive classifications, intended to silence and oppress discourse. Any serious historian will recognize these for the silencing orthodoxy tactics they are, common to suppressive regimes, doctrines, and religions throughout time and space. They are intended to crush real diversity and permanently exile the culture of robust criticism from our department.
Increasingly, we are being called upon to comply and subscribe to BLM’s problematic view of history, and the department is being presented as unified on the matter. In particular, ethnic minorities are being aggressively marshaled into a single position. Any apparent unity is surely a function of the fact that dissent could almost certainly lead to expulsion or cancellation for those of us in a precarious position, which is no small number.
I personally don’t dare speak out against the BLM narrative, and with this barrage of alleged unity being mass-produced by the administration, tenured professoriat, the UC administration, corporate America, and the media, the punishment for dissent is a clear danger at a time of widespread economic vulnerability. I am certain that if my name were attached to this email, I would lose my job and all future jobs, even though I believe in and can justify every word I type.
The vast majority of violence visited on the black community is committed by black people. There are virtually no marches for these invisible victims, no public silences, no heartfelt letters from the UC regents, deans, and departmental heads. The message is clear: Black lives only matter when whites take them. Black violence is expected and insoluble, while white violence requires explanation and demands solution. Please look into your hearts and see how monstrously bigoted this formulation truly is.
No discussion is permitted for nonblack victims of black violence, who proportionally outnumber black victims of nonblack violence. This is especially bitter in the Bay Area, where Asian victimization by black assailants has reached epidemic proportions, to the point that the SF police chief has advised Asians to stop hanging good-luck charms on their doors, as this attracts the attention of (overwhelmingly black) home invaders. Home invaders like George Floyd. For this actual, lived, physically experienced reality of violence in the USA, there are no marches, no tearful emails from departmental heads, no support from McDonald’s and Wal-Mart. For the History department, our silence is not a mere abrogation of our duty to shed light on the truth: it is a rejection of it.
The claim that black intraracial violence is the product of redlining, slavery, and other injustices is a largely historical claim. It is for historians, therefore, to explain why Japanese internment or the massacre of European Jewry hasn’t led to equivalent rates of dysfunction and low SES performance among Japanese and Jewish Americans respectively. Arab Americans have been viciously demonized since 9/11, as have Chinese Americans more recently. However, both groups outperform white Americans on nearly all SES indices – as do Nigerian Americans, who incidentally have black skin. It is for historians to point out and discuss these anomalies. However, no real discussion is possible in the current climate at our department. The explanation is provided to us, disagreement with it is racist, and the job of historians is to further explore additional ways in which the explanation is additionally correct. This is a mockery of the historical profession.
Most troublingly, our department appears to have been entirely captured by the interests of the Democratic National Convention, and the Democratic Party more broadly. To explain what I mean, consider what happens if you choose to donate to Black Lives Matter, an organization UCB History has explicitly promoted in its recent mailers. All donations to the official BLM website are immediately redirected to ActBlue Charities, an organization primarily concerned with bankrolling election campaigns for Democrat candidates. Donating to BLM today is to indirectly donate to Joe Biden’s 2020 campaign. This is grotesque given the fact that the American cities with the worst rates of black-on-black violence and police-on-black violence are overwhelmingly Democrat-run. Minneapolis itself has been entirely in the hands of Democrats for over five decades; the ‘systemic racism’ there was built by successive Democrat administrations.
The patronizing and condescending attitudes of Democrat leaders towards the black community, exemplified by nearly every Biden statement on the black race, all but guarantee a perpetual state of misery, resentment, poverty, and the attendant grievance politics which are simultaneously annihilating American political discourse and black lives. And yet, donating to BLM is bankrolling the election campaigns of men like Mayor Frey, who saw their cities devolve into violence. This is a grotesque capture of a good-faith movement for necessary police reform, and of our department, by a political party. Even worse, there are virtually no avenues for dissent in academic circles. I refuse to serve the Party, and so should you.
The total alliance of major corporations involved in human exploitation with BLM should be a warning flag to us, and yet this damning evidence goes unnoticed, purposefully ignored, or perversely celebrated. We are the useful idiots of the wealthiest classes, carrying water for Jeff Bezos and other actual, real, modern-day slavers. Starbucks, an organisation using literal black slaves in its coffee plantation suppliers, is in favor of BLM. Sony, an organisation using cobalt mined by yet more literal black slaves, many of whom are children, is in favor of BLM. And so, apparently, are we. The absence of counter-narrative enables this obscenity. Fiat lux, indeed.
There also exists a large constituency of what can only be called ‘race hustlers’: hucksters of all colors who benefit from stoking the fires of racial conflict to secure administrative jobs, charity management positions, academic jobs and advancement, or personal political entrepreneurship.
Given the direction our history department appears to be taking far from any commitment to truth, we can regard ourselves as a formative training institution for this brand of snake-oil salespeople. Their activities are corrosive, demolishing any hope at harmonious racial coexistence in our nation and colonizing our political and institutional life. Many of their voices are unironically segregationist.
MLK would likely be called an Uncle Tom if he spoke on our campus today. We are training leaders who intend, explicitly, to destroy one of the only truly successful ethnically diverse societies in modern history. As the PRC, an ethnonationalist and aggressively racially chauvinist national polity with null immigration and no concept of jus solis increasingly presents itself as the global political alternative to the US, I ask you: Is this wise? Are we really doing the right thing?
As a final point, our university and department has made multiple statements celebrating and eulogizing George Floyd. Floyd was a multiple felon who once held a pregnant black woman at gunpoint. He broke into her home with a gang of men and pointed a gun at her pregnant stomach. He terrorized the women in his community. He sired and abandoned multiple children, playing no part in their support or upbringing, failing one of the most basic tests of decency for a human being. He was a drug-addict and sometime drug-dealer, a swindler who preyed upon his honest and hard-working neighbors.
And yet, the regents of UC and the historians of the UCB History department are celebrating this violent criminal, elevating his name to virtual sainthood. A man who hurt women. A man who hurt black women. With the full collaboration of the UCB history department, corporate America, most mainstream media outlets, and some of the wealthiest and most privileged opinion-shaping elites of the USA, he has become a culture hero, buried in a golden casket, his (recognized) family showered with gifts and praise. Americans are being socially pressured into kneeling for this violent, abusive misogynist. A generation of black men are being coerced into identifying with George Floyd, the absolute worst specimen of our race and species.
I’m ashamed of my department. I would say that I’m ashamed of both of you, but perhaps you agree with me, and are simply afraid, as I am, of the backlash of speaking the truth. It’s hard to know what kneeling means, when you have to kneel to keep your job.
It shouldn’t affect the strength of my argument above, but for the record, I write as a person of color. My family have been personally victimized by men like Floyd. We are aware of the condescending depredations of the Democrat party against our race. The humiliating assumption that we are too stupid to do STEM, that we need special help and lower requirements to get ahead in life, is richly familiar to us. I sometimes wonder if it wouldn’t be easier to deal with open fascists, who at least would be straightforward in calling me a subhuman, and who are unlikely to share my race.
The ever-present soft bigotry of low expectations and the permanent claim that the solutions to the plight of my people rest exclusively on the goodwill of whites rather than on our own hard work is psychologically devastating. No other group in America is systematically demoralized in this way by its alleged allies. A whole generation of black children are being taught that only by begging and weeping and screaming will they get handouts from guilt-ridden whites.
No message will more surely devastate their futures, especially if whites run out of guilt, or indeed if America runs out of whites. If this had been done to Japanese Americans, or Jewish Americans, or Chinese Americans, then Chinatown and Japantown would surely be no different to the roughest parts of Baltimore and East St. Louis today. The History department of UCB is now an integral institutional promulgator of a destructive and denigrating fallacy about the black race.
I hope you appreciate the frustration behind this message. I do not support BLM. I do not support the Democrat grievance agenda and the Party’s uncontested capture of our department. I do not support the Party co-opting my race, as Biden recently did in his disturbing interview, claiming that voting Democrat and being black are isomorphic. I condemn the manner of George Floyd’s death and join you in calling for greater police accountability and police reform. However, I will not pretend that George Floyd was anything other than a violent misogynist, a brutal man who met a predictably brutal end."

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Post by trekkertony » June 14, 2020, 4:15 am

TJ,
Thanks so much for sharing this thought provoking anonymous letter. Impossible to take issue with the subject matter raised.

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Post by TJ » June 14, 2020, 8:43 am

Glalt expressed an opinion that "If you don't realize that antifa is a dangerous violent group of lunatics, you are pretty stupid."

Kyle Shideler,the director and senior analyst for homeland security and counterterrorism at the Center for Security Policy, provided a more complete analysis as follows.

"The dark history of the radical Left's enforcement arm.

With riots and civil unrest metastasizing across the United States, the president declared he intends to designate Antifa as a terrorist group. Predictably, the talking heads rushed out to declare that Antifa doesn’t really exist, and even if it did the president couldn’t possibly target it using that legal designation. They argue Antifa is an amorphous blob of discontents, not a functioning organization, and certainly not one which could be designated and targeted for concentrated counterterrorism enforcement. As usual, the Twitterati don’t know what they are talking about. Reality is both simpler and more complex.

To begin at the beginning: Antifa—real name: Antifaschisitsche Aktion—was born during the street-fights of the 1932 Weimar Republic. It was founded by the Stalinist Communist Party of Germany (KPD), although various Communist “anti-fascist defense” units were associated with the KPD much earlier. Anti-fascist Action’s sole purpose was to help the KPD combat other political parties for control of the streets in the revolutionary politics of the rapidly failing Weimar Republic. And yes, they fought the Nazis. But they also fought liberal parties, conservative parties, and anyone and everyone who got in their way. While these early antecedents were short-lived, it is useful to view Antifa in this context.

More than anything, Antifa exists to serve as a tool of revolutionary politics in a failed (or failing) state. Antifa would reestablish itself in the early 1980s, also in Germany, out of Autonomism. Autonomism is an anti-authoritarian anarcho-Marxist ideology associated with the Communist urban guerilla organizations of 1970s and ’80s Europe like Red Army Faction and the Red Brigade. Autonomism would find a home among the young punks of Germany’s squatters’ rights movement. Around this time, Antifa tactics like the “black block,” where large numbers of rioters dress in black and move together in formation as part of a larger protest, were developed. Coming to America Antifa would form in a similar fashion in the United States, but under a different name.

According to Antifa lore, an effort by young punks to expel neo-Nazis and white supremacists from the music scene led to the formation of Anti-Racist Action (ARA), beginning in the Midwest and then spreading outward. As chapters formed in various cities, regional councils and networks were formed, such as the Midwest Anti-Fascist Network (MAFN) in 1995. But present at the birth of ARA were members of America’s long-time revolutionary clique, with roots going all the way back to the domestic terror group Weather Underground. Consulting the young anti-racist punks in the formation of ARA were members of the John Brown Anti-Klan Committee (JBAKC). Several separate ARAs would go on to form one of the largest Antifa networks in the country, Torch Antifa, whose website was registered by a former JBAKC member. JBAKC was formed as a front for the May 19th Communist Organization (MCO), itself founded out of the remnants of the Weather Underground, Black Liberation Army, the FALN and other terrorist groups of the ’60s and ’70s. (May 19 was chosen since it was the birthday of both Malcolm X and Ho Chi Minh.)

Following a split in the Weather Underground leadership over whether to emphasize class or racial struggle, the MCO emphasized working for “black liberation.” Members of the MCO were responsible for several bombings and robberies in the 1980s, including the infamous 1981 Brinks Armored Car Robbery. JBAKC used its newsletter “Death to the Klan!” to highlight street fighting with Klansmen, accuse Reagan officials of white supremacy, endorse MCO bank robberies as “expropriation,” and promote communist insurgencies taking place in Nicaragua and El Salvador. It is important, again, to keep in mind that this was all done under the guise of “fighting white supremacy.” The logic of JBAKC and the May 19th Communist Organization, and the same ideology which drives Antifa today, was that at its core the United States was founded on white supremacy, and therefore needs to be destroyed. Their “Cops and Klan Go Hand in Hand” slogan suggests there is no distinction between neo-Nazis and America’s institutions.

Of course, in the age of the 1619 Project, such positions are no longer held just by members of underground Communist terror organizations. They are de rigueur in newsrooms, faculty lounges, and among the staff of mayors’ and attorneys general’s offices. The modern Antifa movement advances the robust legacy infrastructure of the revolutionary Left through a belief in the efficacy of loose organization. The basic building block of direct-action organizing is the “affinity group,” which is exactly what it sounds like: a group of like-minded people who share a common objective.

Pro-Antifa website CrimethInc notes: This leaderless format has proven effective for guerrilla activities of all kinds, as well as what the RAND Corporation calls “swarming” tactics in which many unpredictable autonomous groups overwhelm a centralized adversary. You should go to every demonstration in an affinity group, with a shared sense of your goals and capabilities. If you are in an affinity group that has experience taking action together, you will be much better prepared to deal with emergencies and make the most of unexpected opportunities.

Multiple affinity groups can organize into what are described as “clusters” of affinity groups. Members of individual affinity groups may be members of other radical Left organizations and call upon them for assistance. Antifa members are likely to have ties to political organizations with Antifa support committees such as the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA), The International Workers of the World (Wobblies), the Revolutionary Communist Party (RCP), or any number of other local and regional radical Left organizations or collectives. Antifa draws resources and recruits from them all. Where necessary, multiple clusters planning large actions may utilize “spokes-councils” to coordinate. Each affinity group or cluster may send spokespersons to negotiate on the general goals of the action. These methods are no less organized for being non-hierarchical and help Antifa avoid police and law enforcement investigations, as well as preserve the above-ground support structures from facing criminal consequences for the acts they enable.

Antifa is in many ways an improved iteration of prior militant leftist guerilla organizations. While the Weather Underground wrote high-profile manifestos and their members became household names, they were also forced into hiding by aggressive, but largely traditional, law enforcement methods. In part, they failed because they misjudged how ready society was for their message, banked everything on militant action, and gave up mass organizing. Antifa, with its anarchist outer structure and plausible deniability, allows the radical Left to have their cake and eat it too.

And now, with the successful promulgation of the radical message of America as bastion of white supremacy by presidential candidates, cable news anchors, and generations of tenured professors, Antifa is unlikely to lack for recruits and support—rhetorical or otherwise—any time in the near future. In all turbulent periods of revolutionary politics, whether the 1930s, 1970s, or today, the ability to project force on the streets to punish enemies is a valuable asset. For the Left today, Antifa is that force."

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Re: U.S. Politics

Post by jackspratt » June 14, 2020, 9:10 am

The Center for Security Policy (CSP) is a far-right, anti-Muslim, Washington, D.C.-based think tank. The organization's founder and current president is Frank Gaffney Jr. who is known for promoting falsehoods about President Barack Obama being a Muslim.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Center_fo ... ity_Policy
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