The Antifa movement is astute at organizing. They infiltrate movements that start out with good intentions but inject Marxists ideas into them. Marxists and socialists will hide behind the mask of Democrats and Democratic-socialists and the Black Lives Matter movement. They don’t want to be seen. They lurk in the shadows to hide their violent and intolerant nature. Antifa is a movement that every freedom-loving citizen of the world need to be aware of. Anti-facism has mobilized violence on city streets and have breeded intolerance toward its opposition, namely, the freedom that represents what America and free nation states stand for. I’m not posting this to attack Antifa but to bring to light and how we can overcome it.
If you’re a conservative like me, you understand what I’m getting at. As conservatives and libertarians, we don’t understand why liberal, socialists antifa-types hate conservatives. This dichotomy grows when we fail to try to understand one another; it has led to the polarization we have today. College and university professors who breed intolerance through antifa are inciting hatred, anger and violence. There is no love and compassion in what they espouse.
Gabriel Nadales, immigrated to the United States with his family from Mexico at age 9. He grew up learning in college that America was his enemy. He tells his story how and why he got into this movement. Today, he has left Antifa because he gradually saw the light–that America was not his enemy. I suspect, he must have had a spiritual experience that brought him into the light a little later in his college years.
Gabriel explained that the American dream is not about the stereotypical fantasy ideas of money and riches. There are countries in this world where there are more rich people than in the United States. So then, what is the American Dream? It is about freedom–the freedom to succeed or to fail.
I like how Gabriel explained to his hosts, in this interview with Calvary Chapel, that the “American dream is this beautiful idea that you can come to this country and have the freedom to succeed or to fail. If you fail, you can stand up… you are the maker of your own path” (see links below).
Nadales has written a book: “Behind the Black Mask: My Time as an Antifa Activist” (on Amazon).
He warned of past movements of Marxism and socialism in history. They had infiltrated the cause of the oppressed worker in China. Maoism had turned China backwards. It has harmed their personal, social, political and economic freedoms for decades. We cannot afford to go down this widely trodden road that China and many countries have already ventured into in Asia, Eastern Europe, Latin America and Africa. They have paid the price of induced and perpetual poverty, and of social and religious oppression.
In the past, I blogged about China’s failed experience of Communism. Today, we need to learn about Antifa and their methods of organizing so that we can recognize what they are doing to our young people in our educational institutions and social media. They are trained organizers. Organizers ushered in Communism into China so we must not under-estimate the power of trained organizers.
We also need to mobilize and organize educational programs, lectures and speeches on freedom. Without the free-flowing ideas of liberty, we will lose our liberties. I love freedom and my liberties and I’m sure many of us do too. But unless we protect them and actively teach to our young people, liberty and libertarian ideas cannot blossom into our beloved and glorious freedoms. We can protect our future, freedoms and liberties by actively teaching our young people why they are so precious and valuable in the past and for today.
I also believe that in the end, we cannot have freedom for the sake of freedom. Freedom is only powerful when it is founded on love and compassion. This is what the good news of the gospel brings. We are not hateful people. We are people who are compassionate and motivated by love for our neighbors. Love and mercy is what holds up and gives reason to why we have freedom and liberties in the first place. May we remain faithful to God’s calling to love our neighbors; and may God remain faithful to help uphold our freedoms.
Interview on YouTube, Part 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MNuAvbZqd5w
Interview on YouTube, Part 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2xu_rnIGBV4