The Lies about Antifa – from “The Big Lie”

I am continuing to share my notes from the reading of The Big Lie, by Dinesh D’Souza.

Notes from pages 16-22

  • During the Trump administration you remember that there were showdowns between the Left and Trump supporters. And the Left viewed themselves as waging an anti-fascist struggle. They called themselves anti-fascists or Antifa.
  • The Berkeley protesters were also antifa. But they are the ones who were blocking speakers from speaking on a campus. Likewise, Antifa was harassing Trump supporters, burning things, and engaging with the police. But Antifa was saying that they are anti-fascist. Yet they are acting as fascists; and the ones they are accusing as fascists (Trump and Trump supporters) are relatively peaceful. Hence what they are doing is a lie.
  • On violence. The Left says that Trump’s agenda is based on violence: the violence of wall building, the violence of deportations, the violence of being against abortion. This is a lie in itself. These things are not violent actions. They are all things that keep the peace.
  • The Left use violence as a political strategy. They say fascism (which they accuse the Right of) can only be stopped by physical force, violence.
  • The Left say that they (the anti-fascists) will stop the fascists (the Right) from speaking. They will give them no platform for debate. No free speech for the fascist Right. Of course, this is an inverted lie, a Big Lie.
  • Like Hitler has said of the Jews, the Left says they should destroy the fascism (of the Right) by any means, or else they (the Right) will destroy them. Here again we see the inverted lie.
  • Herbert Marcuse, a Berkeley professor, “argued that in order to defeat Nazism in America, it was necessary for the Left to use Nazi tactics” (p. 22). Marcuse here is calling the conservative Right “right-wing fascists.” He said, “The Left should repress them, shout them down, even beat them up or kill them” (p. 22).

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