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The history of ANTIFA, and why that is important today.

Antifa, or Anti Fascists, are making headlines around the country…particularly in Berkley, Portland, and other far left strongholds. They are initiating violent protests, counter protests and rioting on college campuses and in the streets of major U.S. cities. For many Americans they appear to be a new organization, one which has sprung to life to protest President Trump’s election. In reality Antifa is nearly 100 years old and has roots that go directly back to Joseph Stalin and post WWI Europe. What is new about the current Antifa movement is their target. They are no longer attacking fascists to springboard a communist revolution in Europe. Their current target is the political rift between Conservatives and Liberals in the U.S. Their goal is to create the conditions for a Communist takeover of the Democrat party and the eventual subversion of our constitutional republic. To this end they are attacking everyone who holds a conservative viewpoint–and for political cover, they are labeling conservatives as fascists while obfuscating their own communist ideology. Antifa and the communist party hope that Americans will focus on the message of anti fascism. They want us to forget that communists have slaughtered far more innocent lives than the Nazis did, and that while fascism has become a worldwide pariah, communism has continued to be a major player in politics around the world. Communism remains a clear and present danger to liberal democracies everywhere.
Antifa History 2Fascism first reared its ugly head in Europe during the post WWI era, when communism had already made great inroads in Eastern Europe. Spurred by the industrialized violence of the Great War, many Europeans sought a strong central government which they believed could protect them in the event of another war. In the confusion and turmoil following the collapse of Germany and the subsequent great depression, the far right looked to fascism, and the far left to communism. Both of these political groups saw liberal democracies as weak and obsolete systems, and favored a strong central government run by a committee (communism) or by a dictator (fascism), either of which would be backed by party loyalists.
From 1918 to the mid 1920s several groups of German communists, backed by Stalinists in Russia, made a series of violent attempts to overthrow the newly formed Weimar Republic government of Germany. These attacks were unsuccessful in large part due to lack of central leadership from the communists. After some initial infighting, the major communist group to emerge was the Kommunistische Partei Deutschlands or KPD. The KPD’s main political target going forward would be the fascists, and the paramilitary arm of this anti fascist movement would be Antifaschistische Aktion. During this period in Germany the KPD would garner a respectable 10% of the national vote, making it the strongest European communist enclave outside of Russia.

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Strong anti-communist feelings in the leadership of the Weimar Republic were bolstered by these unsuccessful coupes. Concern over these insurrections led to a national call to action to fight against communism. Under the leadership of Gustav Noske, the German defense minister, the Freikorps were formed. These freikorps were government sanctioned paramilitary groups primarily made up of disaffected WWI veterans that used direct action to suppress communists. Freikorps were quickly subverted by the fascists, leading eventually to the brown shirt militias and a Nazi takeover of Germany.
Antifaschistische Aktion and the KPD sank into obscurity during WWII as the Nazis crushed any opposition with an iron fist. During the Cold War the KPD regained some of its former glory in East Germany as well as enclaves in West Germany, but with the primary enemy of communism now seen as the West–capitalism and liberal democracies–there was little reason to utilize the anti fascists, and they were quietly relegated to the role of occasional anarchists on behalf of the communists. They stayed under the radar until the 2016 U.S. presidential election where, very quickly, Antifaschistische Aktion was resurrected as Antifa.Antifa History 1
With Donald Trump’s general election victory over Hillary Clinton, and the Democratic National Committee’s suppression of popular socialist Bernie Sanders in the 2016 election, the communist party had again seen a strategic need for an anti fascist paramilitary group. The far left felt abandoned by moderate democrats, and moderate democrats felt that America had taken a turn for the worse regarding immigration and views of Islam. The leftist media conducted a thorough spin of Trump’s campaign, painting him as a far right fascist and bigot. This spin campaign played directly into communist leaders’ hands, allowing the new Antifa movement to take root. Antifa has used the labels of “fascist” and “racist” to great effect in attempting to paint conservatives as hate-filled bigots, while simultaneously chipping away at the basic freedoms of Americans through suppression of free speech. Antifa also quickly showed that they were not only willing, but eager to use violence on a large scale.
Product Block - Fck Antifa Shirt.pngThe great irony of the current Antifa movement is that there really aren’t any fascists in America worth attacking anymore. fascists and neo-Nazis in the U.S. have been systematically rejected and pushed to the fringes of American society. They have no real sympathizers, and therefore hold no real influence. Despite this Antifa and other leftists continue to try and stick the fascist/racist/bigot label on everyone who disagrees with them, because that is where they get their power. As everyday Americans begin to open their eyes to the reality that Antifa is falsely accusing innocent people and then violently attacking them under false pretenses, Antifa will lose what little influence they have. But until they collapse under their own hypocrisy, it is important to remember the images of masked Antifa protesters burning piles of books, holding signs that condemn free speech and violently attacking dissenting voices. It is important to see these attacks and recognize that this is the same conduct that has led the world to scorn fascism. It is important to remember that communists have left a far greater swath of death and misery in their wake than fascists and Nazis could ever hope to. And it is important to remember that they are using violence and threat of violence to bring about societal or political change–the very definition of the word terrorism.


Gunmoke, aka SSgt T served nine years in the Marine Corps as an infantryman. At some point in his career he earned every major weapons MOS (0331, 0341, 0351 and 0352). He served as a CAAT team vehicle commander during peacekeeping operations in 2000-2001, as a squad leader during the invasion of Iraq in 2003, and as a CAAT section leader during the urban fighting in Fallujah from March to September 2004. SSgt T then spent 3 years teaching basic infantry courses, infantry weapons courses, and leadership courses at the School Of Infantry (West) as an 0369 (infantry small unit leader). During this time SSgt T was intrumental in updating the TTP's for infantry machine gunners. SSgt T now spends his time tracking down fugitives for a major law enforcement organization and raising 3 little girls with his wife. Guns Up!

13 comments on “The history of ANTIFA, and why that is important today.

  1. Reblogged this on Femininican and commented:
    Please click through to Gruntworks and read the whole thing.

  2. Mind your P’s and Q’s before going after T. He is experienced and wise in warfare and the every day life of the American citizen. I can only hope he will strive to influence this nation as a Senator or Rep. some day.

  3. Bruce Howard

    One can easily find fault with ANTIFA. Just one look at them and it’s clear that they are without honor?

    Anyone who is afraid to go into the fray without having the “testicular fortitude” to show themselves and hide in anonymity.

    To not meet your enemy face-to-face is a sign of cowardice.

    So is attacking an unarmed opponent, shooting anyone in the back or shooting anyone unable to defend himself.

    These ANTIFA forces are not only cowards, but they are very misguided, victims of being brain washed to the point that they have become what they supposedly oppose.

    As a retired High School Social Studies Teacher, Iv’e seen the social “brainwashing of America’s Youth over the past 20 or so years (before I was medically retired), I felt it was my duty to try and to provide a beacon of truth for my students as they navigated their.way through the obstacles of evil and the darkness of Liberalism

    As a Soldier, I wrote a blank check made payable to ‘The United States of America’ for an amount of ‘up to and including my life.

    As a Warrior, I always placed the mission first.
    I never accepted defeat.
    I never quit.
    I never left a fallen comrade

    As a Veteran., I remember my oath: I, Bruce Allen Howard,do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domesti; and that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So help me God.” That oath has no expiration date.

    As a Conservative, I believe…

    …the strength of our nation lies with the individual and that each person’s dignity, freedom, ability and responsibility must be honored.
    … in equal rights, equal justice and equal opportunity for all, regardless of race, creed, sex, age or disability.
    … that life begins at conception and as such, our Constitutional rights are extended to those Americans that are unborn unless the mother’s health is endangered, that the conception was the result of rape or incest.
    … that free enterprise and encouraging individual initiative have brought this nation opportunity, economic growth and prosperity.
    … that government must practice fiscal responsibility and allow individuals to keep more of the money they earn. Just as the individual faces penalties if they spend more they have, the government should NEVER spend more than they have except in only the most demanding of times, such as defense, warfare and natural disaster.
    … that the proper role of government is to provide for the people only those critical functions that cannot be performed by individuals or private organizations and that the best government is that which governs least.
    … that the United States Constitution should be strictly adhered to. Federal power should be strictly limited to the Expressed powers and only those implied powers that can pass the “Common Man Rule”.
    … if the majority of the House of Representatives or over 50% of the State Senates pass a resolutions to amend the Constitution, a Convention of states with duty to discuss and vote on the change. If a majority passes an approval to amend the Constitution, the proposed amendment will go.before the Governors of all 50 states for approval. If 51 Governors approve, it goes to.the President for either approval or veto.
    … that the most effective, responsible and responsive government is government closest to the people.
    … that Americans must retain the principles that have made us strong while developing new and innovative ideas to meet the challenges of changing times.
    … that this country was built on a Judeo-Christian ethic. While tolerating other spiritual beliefs, those beliefs that are counter to that Judeo-Christian, will be shown basic respect, but not tolerated if it involves violence, if it is degrading or is counter to the basic tenets of the Judeo-Christian ethos.
    … that Americans value and should preserve our national strength and pride while working to extend peace, freedom and human rights throughout the world.
    FINALLY, I believe that we should support, invest and vote fot individuals that support these aforementioned values and beliefs, regardless of political affiliations—Republican or Democrat.

    While as a Christian, I have pity and I forgive them, as my Lord, Jesus Christ commanded me to do and how he died as a sacrifice to pay for our sins.

    As a Templar Knight I believe in one God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invisible; And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God, Begotten of his Father before all worlds,
    God of God, Light of Light, very God of very God, begotten, not made,
    Being of one substance with the Father; By whom all things were made;
    Who for us men and for our salvation came down from heaven, and was incarnate by the Holy Ghost and the Virgin Mary, and was made man;
    And was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate; He suffered and was buried; He descended into hell.
    And the third day he rose again according to the Scriptures, and ascended into heaven, and he sitteth on the right hand of the Father; and he shall come again, with glory, to judge both the quick and the dead; Whose kingdom shall have no end.
    And I believe in the Holy Ghost the Lord, and Giver of Life,
    Who proceedeth from the Father and the Son
    Who with the Father and the Son together is worshipped and glorified;
    Who spake by the Prophets.
    And I believe one holy Catholic and Apostolic Church;
    I acknowledge one baptism for the remission of sins;
    And I look for the resurrection of the dead,
    And the life of the world to come. AMEN

    I’ve ranted long enough. One last thing to say.

    I am missing my left leg below the knee and my right leg above the knee. I’ve been diagnosed with a terminal illness.

    Additionally, my oldest son, SGT H. Glenn Howard, 10th Mountain (LI), a veteran of Iraq where his vehicle encountered an IED. He was MedEvac’d from Iraq to Karlsrūhle. After assessment and treatment, he was sent back to Ft. Drum, NY, via Walter Reed.

    His wife–whom he NEVER should’ve dated, let alone married–left him shortly afterwards, yet he worked harf to overcome his Spinal Wound and was allowed to reenlist and afyer reclass training at Ft. Sam Houston, came back to Ft. Drum. There, he met the love of his lise, SPC Adriana Ortiz.

    They had a beautiful little girl. All seemed perfect.

    Then, everthing came to a crash.

    Despite 33 a 12 month period, we had exhausted all posible treatments. It needed an amputation below the knee

    I called and informed all of my family on that Friday night. I had no idea that would be the last I.woould ever hear my son’s voice. He died sometime Saturday night/Sunday mornimg.

    I needed to postpone my amputation a week so I could bury my son. I barely survived the trip and when I got back, it was determined that the necrosis had jumped my ankle, so I had to have an Above Knee Amputation–which is a more diffult recovery.

    So, I’m a disabled Veteran, a Gold Star Father and a Blue Star Father (my daughter-in-law and my son-in-law who is a SGT Active Guard)

    I can draw a line of military service in my family all the way back up to and including the Civil War.

    I’ve rambled on so because I can’t even begin to communicate the fury that I see anyone disrespecting our flag, when I see illegals and obviously able-bodied men sucking off the federal teat and seeing obvious Veterans who are homeless, hungry and hurting, physically and emotionally.

    I get angry when I hear the Libtards in Congress, Hollywood, members of Academia, the obviously left leaning Media and most of all, men of my age or older who were physically fit and able to have served in any of our military branches, in eithee on active duty, the Reserves or the National Guard.

    Thanks for allowing me the ability to let off some steam!

  4. Eric Rosenbrook

    I find this article and its reasearch very well done and agree with the authors assesment. The only thing I take issues with is the use of the description “far right”. Fascism is nowhere near the American right. Maybe in Europe where a “right winger” is still very much on the left in America. Ironically it’s the only thing the Antifa and communist left are partially honest about, in their view, since everyone is to the right of a communist.

    The definition of fascism is simplified into this: government regulation of private industry and people. Technically it has nothing to do with racism or bigotry. It is however associated with minimum wage laws, profit caps and mandated products to purchase. It is a necessary prerequisite to converting a society from free market principles to a socialist one(which is what the Nazis were, socialists, and very much left wing). Race, gender and such measures just become a conduit in which to regulate the flow of goods, by the government, in closed loop, limited economic conditions..

    The communist left have spent 60 years in America redefining fascism as right wing and racism, when it is very much left wing. And by using the term “far right”, we are allowing them to continue to succeed in that redefining. Otherwise, a well researched article.

    • Eric Rosenbrook

      I should point out, the American political spectrum is more like this: the original liberals, founding fathers, and liberty on the right. Tyranny and central governments and powerful burocracy on the left. That’s the real political spectrum as founded. In America.. But that’s not taught anymore as civics has been removed from the curriculum. On purpose I might add.

    • It’s nice of you to make up your own definition.
      a political philosophy, movement, or regime (such as that of the Fascisti) that exalts nation and often race above the individual and that stands for a centralized autocratic government headed by a dictatorial leader, severe economic and social regimentation, and forcible suppression of opposition

      a tendency toward or actual exercise of strong autocratic or dictatorial control
      a governmental system led by a dictator having complete power, forcibly suppressing opposition and criticism, regimenting all industry, commerce, etc., and emphasizing an aggressive nationalism and often racism.
      any ideology or movement inspired by Italian Fascism, such as German National Socialism; any right-wing nationalist ideology or movement with an authoritarian and hierarchical structure that is fundamentally opposed to democracy and liberalism
      I am a democrat, and a liberal progressive, as are many of my friends.
      NONE OF US want communism.

      Where do you get your ideas from?
      Who’s Kool-Aid are you drinking?

  5. One Vet to another…Thanks for being a Great American Bruce Howard! Your words are truth. Godspeed and I’ll say a prayer.

  6. Great article SSgt T! And Semper Fi!! I’m writing an article about the Antifa terrorists and your points are dead on here. I’ll be sure to put a link pointing back to you. Thanks!


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  8. Hmm… Have you thought about running for a political position, Mr. T?

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