I repeatedly hear people condemning Antifa and violence that they attribute to Antifa. But Antifa is not a violent organization. The criticisms made against Antifa are like the criticisms made against Dungeon & Dragons in the 80s: a made-up moral panic. Sure, you could find some D&D players that were witches, or satanists, or even murderers, but none of those things were characteristic of most D&D players. D&D was a bunch of nerds that got together to do a nerdy thing. Antifa is also a bunch of nerds that get together to do a nerdy thing. They research hate-groups, with the goal of pointing at individual members of those groups and saying “Look everybody, that dude is a nazi.” A secondary goal is to be able to call up the exit 6 Holiday Inn, and say “Those dudes renting out the ballroom on Saturday are nazis, you should cancel their reservation.”
Do any amount of research on Antifa, and those two things account for 90% of their actions. And it is working. Now, nazis made famous by Antifa can’t go to the gym. Nazis made famous by Antifa are telling their followers to not go to public nazi rallies, because it will ruin their lives. Antifa will tell their bosses, their deans, their moms, that they are nazis, and they will get fired, expelled, and kicked out of the house.
And the best part is, as I was taught by Indiana Jones, James Bond, and Col. Hogan: Nazis are always acceptable targets. I have no sympathy for any nazi whose life was destroyed by Antifa.