In a recent interview with NBC, Dartmouth Professor Mark Bray uses his expertise to give his insight into the Antifa organization.
This horrifying interview reveals the professor not only sympathizing with Antifa’s actions, but encouraging them. “The various differing ways anti-fascists go about resisting fascism are legitimate to be considered, that they are historically formed and ethically responsible,” Bray said. “I support collective self-defense against fascism and Nazism.”
The interview came shortly after Professor Bray released a book titled Antifa: The Anti-Fascist Handbook that chronicles the recent rise of Antifa. He claims not to be a member, but a strong supporter of the terrorist organization.
He defines Antifa as an “activity of social revolutionary self defense. It’s a pan-left radical politics uniting communists, socialists, anarchists, and various different radical leftists together for the shared purpose of combating the far right.”
Bray points to the rise of Antifa as a response to Donald Trump’s successful campaign and inauguration as president. He says their goal is to overthrow the rights of various offensive groups to exist, insisting, “the goal is to end their politics.”
Despite claiming the Antifa movement would dissolve following the successful abolition of Nazism, he does admit that Antifa is also an anti-capitalist and anti-police movement. “Antifa are revolutionaries and they are almost always anti-police…they view the police as problems, as defenders of the capitalist order, and also all too often as sympathizers with the far right,” Bray said.
He points to Antifa violence as a preemptive strike against Nazism that could become violent if they ever obtain substantial power. “The question is more what to do when you’re at the early stages of struggle, before you get to the point where there are tanks and airplanes,” Bray mused. “The question is how bad does it have to get before self-defense becomes legitimate?”
Bray says Antifa views Trump’s presidency as a justification for using violence to halt the supposed rise of Nazism. “The anti-fascist argument is that any amount of white supremacist or neo-Nazi organizing is worthy of emergency consideration – by no means can we allow this to take one step farther. Trump in office obviously, from their perspective, exacerbates this situation and empowers them and helps them grow…”
He closes with the chilling statement that Antifa’s actions are “ethically reasonable” and refuses to clarify on the difference between self-defense and preemptive attack, simply stating, “I support collective self-defense against fascism and Nazism.”
The professor’s statements have understandably raised concerns that he’s encouraging Antifa to further violence and for justifying their actions as “ethically reasonable” behavior.
Philip J. Hanlon, president of Dartmouth, issued a statement rejecting Bray’s support of violent protests. “We condemn anything but civil discourse in the exchange of opinions and ideas,” Hanlon said in his statement. “Dartmouth embraces free speech and open inquiry in all matters, and all on our campus enjoy the freedom to speak, write, listen and debate in pursuit of better learning and understanding; however, the endorsement of violence in any form is contrary to Dartmouth values.”
A Dartmouth professor says Antifa’s actions are ethically responsible. Do you agree?
While the opposition to neo-Nazis who commit grievous atrocities against others is more than justified (the US did participate in World War II after all), this is simply not the case now. The majority of instances where Antifa commits violence and attacks individuals are in response to peaceful protesters using their right to free speech to voice their opinions that oppose Antifa’s views.
Part of the problem is the false assumption that President Trump’s political stance is that of Nazism, rather than patriotism and the promotion of Republican values. They illogically assume that if Trump is a “Nazi,” his supporters must be as well and have taken up arms to combat the so called “rise” of Nazism.
Antifa needs to be curbed and the members called out for what they are–terrorists. They should not receive justification or validation for their actions, and Democrats and the liberal media need to realize their absurd accusations of Trump’s supposed white supremacism, such as in their response to his Charlottesville statements. Today, their opportunistic propaganda is simply adding fuel to an already out of control fire.