The refusal of libs to be owned snowflakes who cry in their safe spaces has knocked the fun out of one dapper white supremacist’s life.
“I really hate to say this, and I definitely hesitate to say this,” said the poster boy of the so-called alt-right. “Antifa is winning to the extent that they’re willing to go further than anyone else, in the sense that they will do things in terms of just violence, intimidating, and general nastiness.” He stated that the willingness of far-left activists to use any means necessary in attempts to shut down his speeches has left the far right “up the creek without a paddle.”
This doesn’t spell the end of Spencer as a force for bad in the world. Expect him to launch a whine-fueled grift of the I was a victim of cannibal antifa censorship! variety in the near future. And maybe his pal SS Miller can get him a job at the White House. Surely it’s time for a fresh Director of Communications.
His spin — that the dainty, delicate, less than 100% white, Christian and hetero liberals are bigger bad asses than the all white and allegedly superior types who showed up to support him — won’t set up the smallest ripple of cognitive dissonance in brains already overloaded with the stuff. Some may see it as a challenge. However, as the article points out, a retreat — no matter how it is worded — is a retreat.
To make the consequences of joining the white nationalist movement appear less appealing — to take the “fun” out of fascism — is precisely the antifa strategy to stymie the movement’s spread. Spencer stating that his rallies are no longer “fun” is music to antifa ears.
It is also a familiar refrain to those who’ve engaged in effective debate with fascists.
It is no accident that antifa tactics beat back the rise of neo-Nazism in the 1970s and 1980s punk scene, or that fighting squads of Jewish ex-service members halted the upsurge of Oswald Mosley’s anti-Semitic, fascist organizing in Britain after World War II. And it’s no surprise that the so-called alt-right has been forced to reconsider its tactics today. While writers for the New York Times opinion section may seek to paint the antifa position as little more than punch-seeking thuggery, the strategy of creating serious consequences for white nationalists who would organize is based on a well-grounded understanding of the desire for fascism and how it spreads.
And those who will not learn from history are doomed to get sucker punched by it.