A Whole Lotta Fa

Three questions. When in history have mobs wearing masks and hoods beating on defenseless people ever stood on the side of righteousness?   If one is against fascism, why are your team colors red and black?  If what you’re doing is legit, why the mask?

The level of physical aggression evinced by the Antifa brigades of Portland and elsewhere is remarkable only by its cowardice.   Cold-cocking people when their back is turned. Pepper-spraying from two feet away while the recipient is busy fending off other harassers. Tossing concrete milkshakes in peoples faces.  Tripping, spitting on, kicking people on the way down.  A tire iron upside the head, while the victim is bending over to assist a woman.

Always from the weak side.  Only from the safety of overwhelming numerical superiority.

Would any of these people behave this way mano a mano, or more tellingly, on neutral ground?  Would they try it in Texas?

Portland is now the mirror image of Birmingham, Alabama 1963, only creepier.  Lawless mobs execute political violence in the street in open view of police, who allow them to act with impunity, in accordance with directives from city officials. The targeted beating of journalist Andy Ngo this weekend for reporting fearlessly (and alone) on Antifa has revealed a will to power on the Left distinguished by joyful sadism: Everyone to the right of us is fascist.  We should punch fascists preemptively. They should have no freedom of assembly, nor of speech. Milkshake them all. 

Our very woke media is tacitly endorsing this notion that those who voted for Trump forfeit civil rights, including the right to enjoy a meal peaceably at a restaurant.  A nation in which vigilanteism is licensed for the anointed is not one which will hold together.

My Valley is brown. My Valley is gay. My Los Angeles is very liberal. Brown and gay are always welcome at my table. Twenty years as a citizen of Los Angeles has scourged me of my liberal impulses.  I am a man heterodox in his views.  Somehow I get through my day without the urge to beat on people, although I do talk at the TV from time to time, refining other people’s arguments, basking in the unimpeded glory of my own.

The Portland-ization of Los Angeles has remained south of Ventura Blvd, for now, and for this I am grateful, but it will not last.  Even Van Nuys will be made to choose.  The world may not like our answer.  We know Fa when we see it.

*photo credit Wall Street Journal, YouTube

10 thoughts on “A Whole Lotta Fa”

  1. An oath to protect the Constitution cautions us against enemies, both foreign and domestic. At this juncture the direct threat to liberty is ensconced at all levels of power in California as well as Oregon. The police are coopted in many large cities, with county Sheriff’s holding the line in many instances. As we observe our anniversary of Liberty, the loudest cry is a strident warning against any celebration that is not ” safe and sane”. To enforce this helicopters will be employed as well as special squads to corral those who feel otherwise. When the time comes, liberty will be held or lost one block at a time.

  2. From my Granola / Shotgun perspective with one foot in each camp (part San Francisco gay guy / part gun owner with red state tendencies…) I see the Proud Boys and the Antifa as two sides of the same coin. They merely express their discontent with the status quo via opposite ideologies that were born of the same underlying structural failures for their generation. There’s a German language mini series called Babylon Berlin available on Netflix that’s part police procedural, part historical costume drama, and part soft core porn. It offers a peak at the Weimar Republic as it slid toward both Communism and Naziism simultaneously. https://www.netflix.com/title/80136321 History doesn’t necessarily repeat, but it rhymes.

  3. Or more contextually there is Hemingway and Pound. Both made good art, but their personal lives were atrocious and tragic. There is a great deal of research on authoritarianism, fascism, and Totalism but none of that research pays dividends unless it is being abused for political gain. Amongst Public Policy educators, voter disenfranchisement is a suitable democratic play if it benefits the candidate and campaigners’ careers. Is intimidation not a form of disenfranchisement? You can elect to avoid a demonstration, but how does democracy function in contemplating such a potential presence at the ballot box. If you look at the iconography of the UTLA strike propaganda, it is concerning from a humanist point of view in its use of dehumanization and preferred iconography. How far removed are personalities like Yvette Felarca – is it really the fringe? In the 21st century, we have had informal ethnic cleansing within certain LA neighborhoods with minimal articulated political pushback for fear of what exactly? Without being conspiratorial, Anwar Congo felt like the hero in his own movie – the narrative effectively blocked out his conscious.

  4. How far removed are personalities like Yvette Felarca? The legendary Antifa activist isn’t even “White”. Felarca – Philippine.

    What’s going on? I thought this post was tagged Good Whites versus Bad Whites?

    My Valley is Negroid. My Valley is Caucasoid. My Los Angeles is very plastic. Mongoloids and Australoids are always welcome at my table.

    1. George, Good White vs. Bad Whites is my tongue in cheek way of addressing the low level civil war playing out across America between Les Deplorables and the Social Justice Warriors and the different ways they are depicted in the media. The Portland fracas was white-on-white, Andy Ngo being an exception. This doesn’t mean, as you correctly point out, there is not in other areas of the country a large non-white component to ANTIFA.

  5. Yesterday it came to my attention that the bloodied, white haired man may have had a telescoping baton – so it seems to me he may be included in the “bad,” camp, despite the white hair. The gentleman has some interesting ink on his forearms. Personally, my affinity is for the Pio Pico cosmopolitan L.A. identity on the West Coast or the Pequod crew on the East. It is wonderful to give and get hospitality and support from those around us. It is a tragedy that ideology and demagoguery seeks to take that away from us. Didn’t notice the tag about race – from the post it seemed to me there was more concern about Antifa type tactics being introduced into the Valley’s cultural framework – to which my response is that it is already encroaching as evidenced by the last manifestation of red and black clad mobs in the street.

    1. The Pequod crew, Queequeg and Yojo and Ishmael, men I could share a beer with. Pio Pico, a foreshadow of the tri-racial Los Angeles all around us. Seeds of modern Cali evident in the founding. Love both references. Los Angeles has been spared, for now, the full measure of Antifa craziness specifically because it is not a monoculture like Portland, Seattle, Berkeley, IMO. If that should change, hold on to your ass.

  6. My tongue is permanently in my cheek Admin.

    Bernardo, I keep my telescopic baton in my pants.

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