Unified Patriots by Vassarbushmills
There is more than one level to Antifa activists. Many are for-hire initiates who join the ranks to vicariously sate their appetites, much like screaming girls on the rope line at a Beatles event, “groupies”, while a few more-experienced shock troops, with a few campaigns under their belts are poking people with pikes with nails in them, turning over wheelchairs and trying to catch opponents with their backs turned, in other parts of the battle area. Many of those for-hire activists are local one-and-done’s. Others like it, and enlist, in the hopes that they too, some day, may be able to set a wheelchair on fire.
It’s a rite-of-passage, coming-of-age process, from smarmy kid without a pimple and a brand new bandana, to learning to impale-and-turn, then to run and never see whether it was a killing blow or just a stab.
If you consider the Washington University-St Louis seminars of 2011 the first stages in the Occupy Movement, cadres were trained there who went on to the next, and then the next Occupy event, picking up new acolytes at each event, easing them up the ranks with each events.
Antifa now has a core cadre of several hundred who have been with the group for at least five years, and to the extent any of them have actually felt the crush of bare knuckles on their nose, they think of themselves as battle-hardened, at least in the “kumite” sense, common in martial arts, where neither combatant actually lands a blow. It’s video-game warfare without the video. Everytime I see them I think of Indiana Jones in the marketplace.
Still there is a pecking order, from the white belt 9th Kyu to the 1st brown belts. (Antifa doesn’t really have any black belts, and that’s their problem.)
I suggested in 2011 that someone should be taking photos of these people, and following them home, then pinpoint on a map for future reference, in the same way we thought our government was doing with radical Muslims. I knew we’d see them again. They have been showing up time and again at many protest venues. They have a recruiting system, training system, and ranking system, this last possibly defined by their “uniforms”, weapons, or the roles they get to play in the Great Dance of Riot.
We should have known all these things at least two years ago[…]