As much as the violence in Berkely disturbed me, I have to stress something: Antifa is not a cohesive entity. There’s no vetting process. It’s a loose organization of people who oppose the same thing, similar to Anonymous. This is one reason why if you Google Antifa, you’re not going to find a single, universally accepted mission statement or manifesto.
Yep. Done this. You’re absolutely correct. There seems to be an anti-bigotry anti-capitalism consensus, though, from the sites I’ve perused.
I’m in no way walking back what I’ve said, but I think it’s important we recognize things for what they are, not collect things together into a neat box in which they do not belong.
Doesn’t have to be a neat box at all. Even if non-cohesive, they are still engaging in vigilantism, and compounding that problem is that the “crimes” they are confronting aren’t crimes at all, legally speaking.
IOW, they seem to be individuals who have given up on the rule of law and political process to attain the society they prefer, and have chosen violence to achieve their end.
Not a fan.