The group revived again in the 1980s in several European countries, ostensibly due to rising nationalistic sentiment. Notable among these was a 1985 meeting in London representing a wide range of socialist and communist organisations and individuals, including Red Action and the Direct Action Movement, Searchlight, the Newham Monitoring Project, and the Jewish Socialist Group. Antifa was conceived as a group that would be more militant than prior socialist and anti-Nazi groups.
Turning to today, we see Antifa and its activities receiving the tacit approval of the main stream media. Black Pigeon Speaks has a video discussing this:
More disturbing is that there are apparently members or supporters of Antifa which believe it is too moderate. Black Pigeon mentions this article, "Armed Antifa group hosts 'Our Enemies in Blue' anti-police workshop," from Far Left Watch. According to the article, "several prominent Antifa websites have been promoting the expansion of the far left group Revolutionary Abolitionist Movement (RAM)." According to its own description of itself, RAM is an anti-American socialist Marxist/Community group that is pushing for the abolition of gender, the expropriation of property and services, and a communist revolution to destroy capitalism. The Brooklyn branch of the organization is, according to the article, offering workshops including an “Introductory Class” a “Legal Training” workshop, an “Introduction To Anarchism” class, and even an “Our Enemies in Blue” anti-police workshop. (The article has links to RAM's website if you are interested, although the anti-police workshop material appears to have been taken down). (While I have not seen materials for the workshops. the latter probably covers material similar to the "know your enemy" instructions for dealing with riot police distributed by Gatorna prior to the G20 Summit.
And the media is failing to provide needed information to the public concerning Antifa. For instance, Weasel Zippers notes that Antifa's chant is:
“No Trump, no wall, no USA at all.”
That’s the aim. When they chant “no fascist USA,” they don’t mean eliminate the fascists.
They mean all of you ARE the fascists because you are not as left as them.
To them, the USA is fascist. It’s the USA and its government that must be done away with.
It’s why they protest the G20 and the WTO. Because all those folks are fascists too.
Media fails to cover who they really are and what the flags they carry mean.
There’s a reason they carry red and black flags. Red means communist. Black means anarchy. Red and black means anarcho-communist. The “A” in a circle doesn’t stand for antifa, it stands for anarchy.
It’s why they attack economic summits like the G20, because hey, capitalist.
It’s why they riot on May Day.The growth of Antifa is worrisome because it may indicate a shift back to the leftis and black racial violence of the 1970's. The cited article quotes a retired FBI agent: “People have completely forgotten that in 1972 we had over nineteen hundred domestic bombings in the United States.”
RAM indicates that it intends to "create networks for those facing detention, incarceration, deportation, or white supremacist violence to escape and live with dignity." The group also "propose[s] developing and tying defense teams to localities and collectives that are based on abolitionist practices." And finally, they state: "To carve out an autonomous territory, or to begin the revolutionary process, goods, land, and tools must be expropriated, or taken away from those who withhold them. We are striving towards a situation where necessities cannot be taken away from those who need them, but instead are shared with those who lack them." In other words, RAM is not just a pro-communist group, but a separatist or secessionist group. Frankly, it seems ominous when combined with the growing "sanctuary" movement for illegals. They are in the process of creating a guerrilla army and network of supporters that can provide for, hide, and move that army.