Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Marc Thiessen Proves Once More He's A Hack By Analogizing Antifa To Nazis

Let's concede and admit that the WaPo resident troglodyte  Marc Thiessen is a fake news, fake history hack. In his latest essay, which surely must appeal to the fake news buffs (by comparing Antifa to the neo-Nazis), the imp writes (Denver Post, Perspective, p. 4K, Sept. 3):

"Neo - Nazis are the violent advocates of a murderous ideology that killed 25 million people last century. Antifa members are the violent advocates of a murderous ideology that - according to the Black Book of Communism - killed between 85 million and 100 million people last century."

Ok, I call for a flag. A big red one - on the basis of total false analogy.  In this case Thiessen's analogizing Antifa to Stalinists, unaware of the sheer level of his outlandish conflation and disregard for facts and history. Let us try to correct this impetuous ignoramus.  If this nitwit actually KNEW history, at least of Russia- Soviet Union, he'd have been aware of the fact that the greater number of the people killed under Soviet communism weren’t the ordinary people everyone pretends to care about but themselves communists.

Joseph Stalin not only ordered  Russian revolutionary leaders assassinated and executed, but indeed exterminated entire communist parties. For example, Stalin asserted that Leon Trotsky and his followers were most outspoken against him. He therefore ordered “Trotskyites” to be butchered remorselessly. Estimates from released former Soviet archives show more than 44 million Trotskyites were slaughtered.

Hence, it is an egregious claim of the basest form to behold Thiessen's conflation of "communists, Antifa members and hardened Stalinists.  The idiot also evidently doesn't know the primary hallmark of an Antifa member is anti-capitalist which historically has been tied to anti-fascist. Indeed, included among the 14 criteria of fascism are numbered the following:

9- Corporate Power is Protected -- The industrial and business aristocracy of a fascist nation often are the ones who put the government leaders into power, creating a mutually beneficial business/government relationship and power elite.

10. Labor Power is Suppressed -- Because the organizing power of labor is the only real threat to a fascist government, labor unions are either eliminated entirely or are severely suppressed.

13. Rampant Cronyism and Corruption -- Fascist regimes almost always are governed by groups of friends and associates who appoint each other to government positions, and who use governmental power and authority to protect their friends from accountability.

The American Heritage Dictionary defines fascism is:

"A system of government that exercises a dictatorship of the extreme right, typically through the merging of state and business leadership, together with belligerent nationalism."

Both Mussolini's Italy and Hitler's Germany embodied this definition as well as the 14 other criteria when they came into power.  This nexus of attributes defines what Antifa is against.  Thiessen, however, commits the standard error of associating anyone who is against business interests with "communism" and not just the garden variety form but Stalinism.   This then destroys the rest of his thesis,  i.e.  that Antifa members and neo-Nazis are the same.  Hence his assertion.:

"They are morally indistinguishable. There is no difference between those who gave us Hitler and Himmler and those who beat innocent people in the name of the ideology that gave us Stalin."

Falls flat, given:

1) Antifa isn't "beating innocent people" by and large. They are beating people who already initiated violence on peaceful counter protesters. One NAACP spokeswoman observing the goings on at Charlottesville noted  the Alt-Right rally wasn't about exercising free speech but fomenting violence and discord in a peaceful, progressive college community.

Even the right-leaning WSJ saw it that way in an editorial following the violence  ('The Poison Of Identity Politics'). Noting:

"The particular pathology on display in Virginia was the White Nationalist Movement...They alone are to blame for the violence that occurred when one of their own drove a car into peaceful protestors, killing a young woman and injuring 19.

Elsewhere, a group of clergy including Dr. Cornel West linked arms at the top of stairs leading to the park in its southeast corner and were about to be set upon by violent neo Nazis when Antifa members intervened. According to Prof. West: “If it hadn’t been for the antifascists, we would have been crushed like cockroaches.”

Rev. Traci Blackmon related on MSNBC the next day how her congregation had to be sequestered inside their church - during a prayer service- as the howling banshee white supremacists marched outside.
Far-right activists marched through the University of Virginia campus with torches on Friday night.
They were then led out the back doors of the Church to avoid confrontation with a clearly violent bunch  - already having tossed urine bottles at peaceful counter protestors, and clubbed others with baseball bats and shields.

She observed this behavior continued on Saturday when African-Americans singing a hymn  near an entrance in Emancipation Park were set upon by the White racist loons and goons who proceeded to beat and mace them. As Rev. Blackmon put it, "the only thing that saved them was the intervention of Antifa and other protestors" - one of whom drove the racist louts back using a spray can and a match - effectively engineering a mini flame thrower

2) As I already showed - indicating the relevant history Thiessen missed -  Antifa has nothing to do with Stalinism so isn't "beating people in the name of the ideology that gave us Stalin."

If Thiessen had more sense and perspective he'd also have noted another distinction: Antifa does charitable work! Antifa doesn't just fight Nazis, they assist the poor and downtrodden. They do food distributions, collecting food from grocery stores and markets to feed to the homeless.  Do Thiessen's neo-Nazis do this? I doubt it.

Antifa members also offer court support to political prisoners and work as street medics during protests. In Charlottesville, it was Antifa street medics who helped tend to burning eyes and busted faces of dozens. And when James Alex Fields drove his car into the crowd, street medics cared for the injured in the crucial moments before ambulances arrived.

More codswallop from Thiessen:

"The United States defeated two murderous ideologies in the 20th century, so we should all be repulsed by fellow Americans carrying either red flags of communism of black flags of Nazism."

Uh no.  The U.S. did not "defeat two murderous ideologies". It cooperated - in World War II - with more than a dozen other allies to defeat the Nazis, it didn't do it by its lonesome/  As for  defeating Stalinism, it was actually more Russians themselves who were responsible for eliminating that odious system. When the Soviet Union did finally fall, Mikhail Gorbachev was more the key player than Reagan or the U.S.

Thiessen in an earlier performance ('The Left's Hypocrisy On Trump's 'Enemy of the American People Comment' )  showed how derelict he is as a journalist or responsible reporter. At least NY Times Sabrina Tavernise tried to show some balance in her coddling of the Trumpies back in February  (at least in her TV appearance), while Thiessen showed little or none. He hyped the "venom spewed by the left at anti-Trump rallies" but said nothing of the venom spewed by Trump - which as we've seen has now given rise to hundreds of hate crimes. Those included the murder of an Indian techie in Olathe, KS by a hard core Trump supporter babbling his same rhetoric.  Also vandalized Jewish gravestones, and at least one burned Mosque (as in Tampa back in February) .

Did Thiessen mention any of these incidents while he attempted to put the Left on the same  vermin scale? No he did not. He showed completely his lack of perspective and his shameful commitment to false narratives - designed more to appeal to the Trump base than to the integrity of the nation.

Thiessen is the worst kind of abject hack: one who infuses his garbage not only with fake news but false history too.

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