MIT linguistics professor, anti-capitalist activist and leftist icon Noam Chomsky disrupted the narrative being pushed by his colleagues on the Left about the "anti-fascist" Antifa movement. Rather than being the heroic defenders of the disenfranchised against the forces of fascism, as the left-leaning media is attempting to portray them, Chomsky described the group as a "major gift to the Right," "often wrong in principle," and "generally self-destructive."
The frequently violent, free speech-suppressing Antifa has become the darling of the left-wing media after the horrific events in Charlottesville and President Trump's insistence on blaming both the alt-right and the "alt-Left" for the violence. The famous professor talked with the Washington Examiner about the movement and pointed out several ugly realities that many liberals are willfully ignoring.
"As for Antifa, it's a minuscule fringe of the Left, just as its predecessors were," Chomsky said of the movement, composed of a ragtag group of loosely affiliated socialists, Marxists, racial activists, and anarchists who are willing to use force to promote their agenda. "It's a major gift to the Right, including the militant Right, who are exuberant."
"[W]hat they do is often wrong in principle — like blocking talks — and [the movement] is generally self-destructive," he said. Their violent tactics, predicted Chomsky, will inevitably lead to their destruction because the "toughest and most brutal" always win, which Chomsky suggests is the white supremacist fascists they purport to be combating.
"When confrontation shifts to the arena of violence, it's the toughest and most brutal who win – and we know who that is," he said. "That's quite apart from the opportunity costs – the loss of the opportunity for education, organizing, and serious and constructive activism."
It's refreshing to hear someone on the Left remaining committed to the protection of free speech, even for those espousing views as reprehensible as white supremacy. The ACLU, once stalwart in the defense of the First Amendment, has just caved to outside pressure and announced that it will no longer defend the free speech rights of anyone it believes to be "white supremacists" who "incite violence."
It's also becoming increasingly rare to witness anyone on the Left willing to call out the Antifa for what it is: a frequently violent movement that uses fascistic methods to promote its radical leftist agenda. As The Daily Wire reported, journalists who have even just noted that the Antifa were also violent have been forced to recant by the social justice Left.
In fact, in its writeup of the interview with Chomsky, the Washington Examiner cites Georgetown professor of justice and peace Mark Lance sanitizing Antifa, suggesting that they are only reacting to white nationalist violence rather than inciting violence (as they have multiple times) and predicting that they will be more and more widely accepted by the mainstream Left — eventually "integrated into an emerging coalition that includes Sanders supporters, democratic socialists, dreamers, the Movement for Black Lives, environmentalists, [and] Native American organizers."