So, before I get into the meat of this, I suppose I should add a disclaimer reminding everyone that I was never a part of the Skinhead scene – I’m too young to have been exposed to it, and never really found much of the music personally appealing aside from some stuff by Skrewdriver.
Likewise, I never really got into the whole history of the Antifa Skins vs. White Nationalist Skins – again, most of it was before my time, and I always thought that some of the saga was edited in order to conceal the Jewish involvement in resurrecting the old fighting wing of the Weimar Era German Communists.
Nevertheless, by bringing up this topic, we allow ourselves to observe an important fact regarding our growing revolution.
“No Trump! No KKK! No Fascist USA!”
When Green Day chanted the repurposed lyrics from Texan punk trailblazers MDC’s 1981 song Born to Die during the 2016 American Music Awards, it gave the burgeoning anti-Trump, anti-fascist movement the slogan it needed – and it would soon appear on placards, T-shirts and be chanted by protesters in their thousands in months to come.
It was a tiny piece of punk history writ large on American cultural life – but it only gave the merest hint of US hardcore punk’s influence on the current political landscape.
As political commentators struggle to nail down the exact nature of Antifa’s masked legions, they’ve overlooked one thing: Antifa has been critically influenced by hardcore punk for nearly four decades.
From on the collectivist principles of anarchist punk bands such as Crass and Conflict, the political outrage of groups such as the Dead Kennedys, MDC and Discharge, Antifa draws on decades of protest, self-protection and informal networks under the auspices of a musical movement.
Mark Bray, author of The Antifa Handbook, says that “in many cases, the North American modern Antifa movement grew up as a way to defend the punk scene from the neo-Nazi skinhead movement, and the founders of the original Anti-Racist Action network in North America were anti-racist skinheads. The fascist/anti-fascist struggle was essentially a fight for control of the punk scene [during the 1980s], and that was true across of much of north America and in parts of Europe in this era.”
“There’s a huge overlap between radical left politics and the punk scene, and there’s a stereotype about dirty anarchists and punks, which is an oversimplification but grounded in a certain amount of truth.”
Drawing influence from anti-fascist groups in 1930s Germany, the UK-based Anti-Fascist Action formed in the late 70s in reaction the growing popularity of rightwing political parties such as the National Front and the British Movement. They would shut down extreme-right meetings at every opportunity, whether it be a march or a gathering in a room above a pub. Inspired by this, anti-racist skinheads in Minneapolis formed Anti-Racist Action, which soon gained traction in punk scenes across the US. Meanwhile, in New York, a movement called Skinheads Against Racial Prejudice sprung up.
The term “Antifa” was adopted by German antifascists in the 80s, accompanied by the twin-flag logo, which then spread around Europe, and finally pitched up in the US after being adopted by an anarchist collective in Portland, Oregon.
For Thomas Barnett, singer with popular hardcore punk band Strike Anywhere, his punk ethics and the direct-action philosophy of Antifa go hand in hand, and, with Trump’s presidency emboldening the extreme right, the stakes couldn’t be higher: “This isn’t just a raft of right-wing ideas – this is actual hate and violence, and the destruction of entire sections of humanity. Of course, I don’t believe in the false equivalence [between Antifa and the alt-right]. I think anti-fascists’ pre-emptive street violence against Nazis is righteous and important.”
And on and on it goes, although I suppose y’all get the point.
If not, let me sum it up for you simply and clearly:
Aside from some Jews (currently-dissolving corpse Lou Reed, for example), the Leftist branch of the Punk scene is almost exclusively White, young, and energetic in terms of their iconoclasm.
That may not seem all that important in itself, but in our fight against the Judeo-Liberal Establishment, we face an enemy in Antifa (and various Anarchist groups) that has many similarities to ourselves than they do with the cucks, normies, and beta followers that form the overwhelming majority of any society Left, Right, or Center.
This is mainly because their most effective recruits (I’m not talking about the homosexuals, the trannies, and the weird obese slobs like Heather Heyer) come from the same pool of disenfranchised and disgruntled White males that we seek to target – they sense something wrong with society, hate the empty fallen world they grew up in, and wish to seek drastic change.
A combination of high testosterone and an understanding (usually instinctual) that they have no future under current conditions combines with the above to create a force oftentimes vicious, radical, and willing to fight to the end.
It’s just sad that instead of being told in the beginning that there is a road to follow in defense of culture, race, and an almost-lost tradition spanning thousands of years, we see these men told that change can only come through the destruction of their own people, their own history, and by default, their own future.