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Is Violence Necessary To Suppress the Violence of Antifa? – LewRockwell

Posted by M. C. on June 1, 2020

https://www.lewrockwell.com/2020/06/michael-s-rozeff/violence-necessary-to-suppress-violence-of-antifa/

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There has been some local violence in Buffalo. Buffalo’s Mayor Brown and Erie County’s Supervisor Poloncarz both said that outsiders instigated violence:

“Both Brown and Poloncarz indicated some members of the protest were not from the city.”

“‘There are people who are here in this community who are not from this community,’ Brown said, ‘and their intent is to create violence and mayhem.’”

“‘The vast majority of protesters were peaceful, we expected them to be peaceful,’ Poloncarz later added, ‘but we’re also getting intelligence that there were individuals coming from outside this area who had nothing but violence on their mind.’”

“Poloncarz said he has been in contact with Monroe County, and that he believes splinter groups sent people to both Rochester and Buffalo ‘for the sole purpose of inciting violence.’”

This blog focuses on one thing: antifa and its role in the recent riots. It’s preliminary and incomplete. Evidence one way or another will be accumulating. Even before that, we know already that there is an organized group of vandals inside America that wants to destroy the republic and the country by means of violence. Because they’ve made their position known years ago and because they’ve acted violently before in places like Portland, it’s a good bet that they are almost surely inciting and causing violent destruction throughout the country. This group is antifa. They are violent anarchists, and they should be destroyed. It will be very surprising if we find that antifa hasn’t been exploiting the bad situations caused by government failures of many kinds, including the lockdown fiasco.

One expects videos to be analyzed and other evidence to build up that shows antifa’s participation. They may even take credit and boast about it. We’ll see.

Antifa’s agenda has been evident for years. The need for its suppression was evident years ago.

When and if evidence surfaces of other collections of people or individuals acting as vandals, then they too should be treated with whatever level of violence it takes to stop them and end their violent activities for good.

Only violence and the threat of violence can suppress such unlawful violence as that of antifa and violent rioters who have no knowledge of antifa or participation in it. Self-defense is essential or else the thugs and/or thuggery take over.

Antifa needs to be singled out because of its past known activities and professed agenda to cause mayhem and to destroy whatever it can.

  No government can exist without keeping order. This is its main purpose, according to Hobbes; and his analysis best describes the situation we face. Therefore, unless governments ramp up their own violence against instigators like antifa, they will be failing in their fundamental mission; and these government failures will return us to a multitude in some version of the Hobbesian state of nature. No one knows what that would look like, but it would be very bad, as one can well imagine, until local peoples united and violently suppressed offenders against the peace. But this process would involve disruption of everyone’s lives for an indeterminate period. It is far better to suppress the agitators through existing governments and do it now.

The good people who are against such outrageous violent rioting are already demanding far more violent government action against the perpetrators. And they want it now. Just read the comments underneath videos of the rioting.

The reason why antifa or like violent instigators and vandals could gain in strength and determination is that governments have so far failed to suppress them.

Antifa is one piece of a situation in which responsibilities for crimes reach to various groups. Rioters are not off the hook because they never heard of antifa or follow their lead on the street or the lead of someone else. Non-antifa persons who riot and loot are responsible for their individual behavior. They are exercising their will, and if they go for immoral, unethical or unlawful behavior, they are responsible. One cannot discount personal responsibility by referring to social forces, antifa, lockdowns, anger, or the many government failures like police brutality, etc.

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