The Nihilism of Antifa
by EDWARD CLINE
March 19, 2017
The average Antifa recruit is a sociopath. He’s in the “resistance” irrespective of the “cause.” He’s in the mob because of his basic nihilism; freedom of speech means nothing to him. He would “oppose,” while carrying a stick or wearing steel-toed shoes or knuckle busters, a speech about the chemical composition of cow paddies. It could be about immigration, Brexit, Trump, pro-Trumpers, or Milo Yiannopoulos. It matters not. He is an empty vessel. There is the chance to chant with countless others to feel “one” with them is that is his driving motive to physically assault demonstrators and be paid for it. Alone he is a non-performer, a non-entity. Antifac gives him a chance to vent his malevolent universe soul, to lash out at anyone who stands for something.
The mentality of an Antifa “soldier” is parallel with that of an Islamic jihadist. The latter’s end is his own death, or arrest, or “martyrdom.” They have said that in so many instances. But maybe it is also, if he survives being shot, the five minutes of TV fame as his carnage is televised and he is shown being led away by the police. But it is not “mental illness,” which is what European authorities invariably ascribe to Muslim attacks on non-Muslims. It is plain, unadulterated nihilism. Islam is a nihilist, death-worshipping “creed.”
Antifa “soldiers” are impervious to the charge that their “anti-fascist” mantra allows them to behave like fascists, just as Hitler’s brown shirts behaved.
Nihilism is also Antifa’s emotional fuel, just as it is of ISIS. The Encyclopedia Britannica states that:
…nihilism encompassed a variety of philosophical and aesthetic stances that, in one sense or another, denied the existence of genuine moral truths or values, rejected the possibility of knowledge or communication, and asserted the ultimate meaninglessness or purposelessness of life or of the universe.
The Merriam-Webster Dictionary is more succinct:
a : a viewpoint that traditional values and beliefs are unfounded and that existence is senseless and useless Nihilism is a condition in which all ultimate values lose their value. — Ronald H. Nashb : a doctrine that denies any objective ground of truth and especially of moral truths
2a : a doctrine or belief that conditions in the social organization are so bad as to make destruction desirable for its own sake independent of any constructive program or possibility;
2b capitalized : the program of a 19th century Russian party advocating revolutionary reform and using terrorism and assassination
Destruction of its own sake, and the terrorism of anyone attempting to enjoy his First Amendment right to speak without fear of mob opposition or without fear of mob violence, are the leitmotifs of both Antifa and Islamic jihad. That is the nihilism of Antifa and Islam.
It is without a doubt that former President Barack Obama, blatantly pro-Islam, is engaged in “Deep State” tactics to nullify President Donald Trump’s pro-America administration or to stage a “coup” against Trump, and it is not beyond credibility that his actions and his Organizing For America (OFA) are linked beyond public scrutiny to Antifa. If Obama is not providing operational funds directly to Antifa through circuitous channels, George Soros certainly is under his Open Society umbrella. Obama’s OFA could also stand for “Organizing For Action” – action to do what? Mount violent protests, and obstruct Trump’s immigration policies in the federal judiciary on the flimsiest legal pretexts, and to oppose Trump in Congress and in the judiciary. You can sit in black robes on a court’s bench and still have much in common with the black-garbed, arson-happy Antifa thugs.
The New York Post reported on February 18th:
Protesters, who may or may not be affiliated with OFA, are also storming district offices. Last week, GOP Rep. Dana Rohrabacher blamed a “mob” of anti-Trump activists for knocking unconscious a 71-year-old female staffer at his Southern California office. A video of the incident, showing a small crowd around an opening door, was less conclusive.
Separately, OFA, which is run by ex-Obama officials and staffers, plans to stage 400 rallies across 42 states this year to attack Trump and Republicans over ObamaCare’s repeal.
Daniel Greenfield on Sultan Knish, on March 13th, in his “Obama’s Third Term is Here,” outlines how Obama and his Progressive/Communist allies have set themselves up to sink Trump:
After Trump secured the nomination, Obama’s people filed a wiretapping request. As he was on the verge of winning, they did it again. After he won, they are doing everything they can to bring him down.
It was always going to come down to this.
One is the elected President of the United States. The other is the Anti-President who commands a vast network that encompasses the organizers of OFA, the official infrastructure of the DNC and Obama Anonymous, a shadow government of loyalists embedded in key positions across the government.
A few weeks after the election, I warned that Obama was planning to run the country from outside the White House. And that the “Obama Anonymous” network of staffers embedded in the government was the real threat. Since then Obama’s Kalorama mansion has become a shadow White House. And the Obama Anonymous network is doing everything it can to bring down an elected government.
Valerie Jarrett has moved into the shadow White House to plot operations against Trump. Meanwhile Tom Perez has given him control of the corpse of the DNC after fending off a Sandernista bid from Keith Ellison. Obama had hollowed out the Democrat Party by diverting money to his own Organizing for America. Then Hillary Clinton had cannibalized it for her presidential bid through Debbie Wasserman-Schultz and Donna Brazile. Now Obama owns the activist, OFA, and organizational, DNC, infrastructure.
It’s interesting that Valerie Jarrett, who could be characterized as the “Ma Barker” of the Obama gang, has moved into the alt-White House to better guide and advise Obama in his war against Trump. Obama apparently heeds her advice without question and answers to Jarrett for everything he does.
Greenfield divides Obama’s offensive into a two-pronged assault: one from “no-liberals-or-leftists-left behind” personnel in the State Department, the military, and various government agencies who job it is to sabotage Trump’s policies and legislative initiatives; and the “Deep State” operatives who work to bring down Trump from outside the government.
After the election, Obama Inc. began to spread out its bets. Some of his people migrated into his network of political organizations. Others remained embedded in the government. While the former would organize the opposition, the latter would sabotage, undermine and try to bring down Trump.
An unprecedented campaign for full spectrum dominance was being waged in domestic politics.
Former Attorney General of the United States, Loretta Lynch, coyly sanctioned violent opposition to Trump. Daniel Greenfield on FrontPage on March 5th interprets her remarks, which are heavily laden with a verisimilitude that was (and still is) the rhetorical trademark of Obama and his ideological sycophants:
We can expect Obama Inc. to be increasingly blatant in its activism, with the man himself making a public reappearance before long. After Perez's win, Obama controls the Dems and has a large organization in the form of OFA. His people within the government are organized and have proven to be quite dangerous.
Without offering any specifics, Lynch goes on to say that “our rights” are “being assailed, being trampled on and even being rolled back.”
“It has been people, individuals who have banded together, ordinary people who simply saw what needed to be done and came together and supported those ideals who have made the difference. They’ve marched, they’ve bled and yes, some of them died. This is hard. Every good thing is. We have done this before. We can do this again.”
This is a call to action. All the empty references to our Founding Fathers, a group that her allied racist activists are trying to eliminate from history, or the civil rights movement, whose legacy of unity they rejected, are empty words. The core is an incitement to confrontation and violence.
It is arguably unprecedented for a top member of the previous administration to call for anti-government protests this early in a new administration. But Obama and his crime family have always been unprecedented.
Greenfield will not stop connecting the dots, or, so to speak, the slimy, infection-on-contact tentacles of Obama’s shadow government.
There is now a President and an Anti-President. A government and a shadow government. The anti-President controls more of the government through his shadow government than the real President.
The Obama network is an illegal shadow government. Even its “light side” as an opposition group is very legally dubious. Its “shadow side” is not only illegal, but a criminal attack on our democracy.
Obama no longer legally holds power. His Deep State network is attempting to overturn the results of a presidential election using government employees whose allegiance is to a shadow White House. Tactics that were illegal when he was in office are no longer just unconstitutional, they are treasonous. [Italics-bold mine]
Obama Inc. has become a state within a state. It is a compartmentalized network of organizations, inside and outside the government, that claim that they are doing nothing illegal as individual groups because they are technically following the rules within each compartment, but the sheer scope of the illegality lies in the covert coordination between these “revolutionary cells” infecting our country.
While not part of the shadow government, the MSM is complicit in its active, desperate opposition to Trump. It never needed to be cued by Obama to oppose Trump. Dumping fake news, smears, allegations, and innuendoes on Trump and his nominees and allies and against anyone who opposed Obama over eight years has been their mainstay for over a decade. The MSM may as well have seats in Congress across the aisle from the Dems and the RINOs.
Will we ever reach a day when Obama is no longer a threat and becomes unnewsworthy? Will some intrepid, brave journalist ever delve into the nihilist, subterranean connections between the Obama/Jarrett Kalorama household and that third group of jihadists, Antifa, and expose Obama’s treason? Obama’s policy from day one of his first administration has been to flaunt the Constitution and “remake” America into his own nihilistic image. Now that he is legally powerless to impose his will on the country, he has chosen to impose it illegally.
Not as a yapping, mangy mutt snapping at Trump’s and America’s heels, but as a rabid Rottweiler.
Edward Cline is the author of the Sparrowhawk novels set in England and Virginia in the pre-Revolutionary period, of several detective and suspense novels, and three collections of his commentaries and columns, all available on Amazon Books. His essays, book reviews, and other articles have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, the Journal of Information Ethics and other publications. He is a frequent contributor to Rule of Reason, Family Security Matters, Capitalism Magazine and other Web publications.