One thing you notice if you work in politics long enough is that many people who are part of a movement, protest, sit-in, or anything of the like aren’t there because they truly believe in the cause. What they know is that something is bad, and they want to feel good. So they take part in whatever outrage fueled crowd they come across.
Take for instance Antifa, short for “Anti-fascist.” Many of its members know fascism is bad, and they know who the fascists are.
But ask them what a fascist is, and you may suddenly find that the anti-fascist doesn’t know what he or she is actually protesting against.
Websters defines “fascism” as “a political philosophy, movement, or regime (such as that of the Fascisti) that exalts nation and often race above the individual and that stands for a centralized autocratic government headed by a dictatorial leader, severe economic and social regimentation, and forcible suppression of opposition.”
Easy enough, or so you would think.
Campus Reform went down to an Antifa protest to ask members what a fascist is. Sadly, many in the crowd either didn’t know, or flat out refused to answer the question:
Wanting to know if these so called “anti-fascists” actually knew what fascism was, Campus Reformheaded to the protest to get an answer.
While the first few protesters we encountered to refused to speak with “fascist sympathizers,” those who did engage in conversation made it clear they weren’t entirely sure how to actually define “fascism.”
“Uhhh….I don’t know, man” admitted one befuddled protester when asked to define the word. “I don’t really want to get into all that history and stuff…” conceded another.
One protester seemed confident in her understanding of fascism, saying it was “an increasingly upward, hierarchical model, that puts white people and European people at the top.”
When asked to elaborate on her meaning, however, she declined.
Watch the video below.I have trouble using the term “brainwashed” in many regards. This isn’t brainwashing, so much as a need for inclusion, and a vague outrage about something they heard was outrageous.
Not understanding the real reason why they’re there is a common trend you’ll notice about these interviews. Often, someone they know knows someone who knows more about this. That person told the person they know that X is really bad, and the best way to combat X is to get out there and protest or else some horrid things will happen.
Very few of these people ever actually look below surface talk about the issue. That’s why you hear so many screaming at the top of their lungs that racism is going to have whites hanging blacks in the streets, or that gays will be jailed or killed, or that the Handmaid’s Tale is just a reality waiting to happen. None of this is true, but for the ignorant person wanting to be something, and make a difference, this is prime meat.
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