Radical leftist scholar Noam Chomsky has weighed in on the rise of the violent Antifa totalitarians, and declared that the "anti-fascist" fascists are " a major gift to the Right."
Antifa is "a minuscule fringe of the Left, just as its predecessors were," Chomsky told the Washington Examiner
. "It's a major gift to the Right, including the militant Right, who are exuberant."
Chomsky said, "What they do is often wrong in principle," he added, "like blocking talks, and [the movement] is generally self-destructive."
A professor emeritus of linguistics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the author of many books condemning America as an imperialist power, Chomsky continued his assessment of the often-anarchist Antifa. "When confrontation shifts to the arena of violence, it's the toughest and most brutal who win – and we know who that is," he said. "That's quite apart from the opportunity costs – the loss of the opportunity for education, organizing, and serious and constructive activism."
"There's some limited similarity to the Weather Underground," Chomsky said, referring to the anti-Vietnam War terrorists that included Barack Obama's mentor, friend, and likely ghostwriter Bill Ayers. But the "Weathermen differed not only in radically different context, but also in tactics, almost always against property, in intent at least." By contrast, he said, "Antifa purports to be defensive."
Well, they can purport to be defensive by claiming that the "hate speech" of the "fascist" far right is literally violence itself, which is a very convenient and positively Orwellian perversion of the definitions of "speech" and "violence."
Some other observers, such as Mark Lance, professor of justice and peace at Georgetown University, see Antifa as becoming integrated into the mainstream Left.
Lance said, "I'm seeing more concrete productive discussion between anti-fascists and others on the Left these days than ever before in my life. There is reason to think that it will become integrated into an emerging coalition that includes Sanders supporters, democratic socialists, dreamers, the Movement for Black Lives, environmentalists, [and] Native American organizers," he added.
Lance said Antifa doesn't need to be violent, but that "most Antifa, in practice, are willing to physically resist fascist marches and defend themselves against fascist attack."
"Physically resist." "Defend themselves." This is how the left justifies these totalitarian thugs wreaking havoc against people and property.