Criminalizing Dissent: “Unmasking Antifa” Bill Introduced

  • Posted on: 10 July 2018
  • By: thecollective

From Black Rose Anarchist Federation

By BRRN Social Media Team

In a move to expand the atmosphere of repression against the left, a bill specifically targeting anti-fascist or “Antifa” protesters was introduced to the Judiciary Committee in the House of Representatives in June. Titled the “Unmasking Antifa Act of 2018,” the bill is sponsored by Republican Rep. Daniel Donovan of New York (@RepDanDonovan) and calls for fines and prison up to 15 years for anyone who “injures, oppresses, threatens, or intimidates any person” while wearing a mask or disguise. Police and law enforcement are, of course, exempted.

“Mass surveillance provides the state with opportunities for unprecedented repression. This bill clearly attempts to eradicate blind spots in the state’s vision so that anonymous resistance is impossible,” says Mark Bray, author of “Antifa: The Anti-Fascist Handbook” and a member of Black Rose / Rosa Negra Anarchist Federation.

“I think it is worth addressing because it seems to be a way to prepare for the next J20-style repression to actually work,” noted Bray referring to the now-failed charges against more than 200 protesters arrested during President Trump’s inauguration on January 20, 2017. The charges were ultimately dismissed for lack of evidence and misconduct by the prosecution but was seen by many as an effort to criminalize dissent by the Trump administration.


For more on Anti-Fascism we recommend “Interview: Antifa Means No Free Speech for Fascism” with Mark Bray. For more on anarchism generally we recommend listening to Mark Bray’s interview on Revolutionary Left Radio.

 

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It's 2018...Anarchists are still protesting? Lol...

you are a fucking idiot

indeed.

there’s a danger of framing the world in terms of resentment/ressentiment thaf stokes populist imagination.

in the degredation of democracy one side’s feeling left out of power’s complacency, and the other embarrassed that the bones of power’s complacency are laid bare and how the sausage is made doesn’t look so great (yet looks like the small pox blanket paranoid-schizophrenic, blood-sucking empire monster it’s been since the Salem witch trials).

Otherizing is a useful framework to play on fears of the powerless in a complex society moving so fast people can barely be kept track of (even as the state handed over power to the financial institutions in the 1970’s to keep everything the same by management, avoiding risks in a world that could not be predicted (hence why there’s this feeling of a need to premeditate risks by classifying people much like prisoners (although they cannot manage the threat of already socially isolated individuals (the myth and reality of the lone wolf) like they can with prisoners as a form of punishment)).

Divide and conquer strategies are useful precisely at moments where the system’s responsibilities cannot be made accountable. and in this gap of no social and structural guarantees because power is concentrated in increasingly narrow ways, problems are shifted as to be blamed on the supposed ‘extremism of the right and left,’ so totalitarian policies are slipped through quietly under the guise of centrism.

we’ve got to move beyond resentment and it’s ability to be co-opted into the anger that fuels a divide and conquer strategy.

we all share this earth, and there’s only one of those to share.

so why is this tagged "not anarchist"?

Because the majority of so-called 'American Antifa' are Liberals and reds

while anarchists hold it down in the long term things and most of the work, antifa got blown up and theres all that DSA crap associated with it now.

Therefore... we shouldn't care about mask laws? You're fucking stupid. You're so fucking stupid.

Yes, we shouldn't care about mask laws. Because we shouldn't care about laws in general... gtfo liberal

but don't you see the anarchists with signs and slogans that say "we are ungovernable"... as they are being governed

but agreed, and it's about time anarchists, especially these "activists" Antifa understand that the fight is not with just some lower-level street proud boys, it is the police as well...

Imagine having a slogan saying "anti-fascism" and then calling everything fascism... and only getting in shouting matches with proud boys

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