by Dr. Julio Gonzalez
Fascim: 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.
Last week, a heated argument ensued between CNN’s Chris Cuomo and market strategist and motivational speaker Steve Cortes over whether there was a moral equivalence between Antifa’s violence and the actions of white supremacists. Cuomo had previously argued that there was none, which Cortes claimed represented a defense of Antifa and its predatory tactics.
As part of his defense, Cuomo challenged Cortes to look at his actual comments before deciding whether he really was defending Antifa.
Well, I took him up on it, and as it turns out, Chris, you did defend Antifa, and you were wrong in doing so.
The argument centered on a “Closing Argument” Cuomo delivered in his show, Cuomo Prime Time. In it, Cuomo asserts that there is no moral equivalence between the actions of Nazis and white supremacists, and those of Antifa. In defending Antifa, Cuomo argued, “all punches are not equal.” He explained, “when someone comes to call out bigots and it gets hot, even physical, are they equally as wrong as the bigots they are fighting?”
For Cuomo the answer was no. But, of course, that presupposes that the fighter is coming to the fight with noble intentions.
Clearly, Nazism is evil. This point ought to be a slam-dunk in light of the overwhelming documentation of its history. From the dissemination of hatred throughout Europe, to its unforgivable slaughter of over six million Jews, to its unjustified attempts at land acquisition for the expansion of its dictatorship during World War II, the Nazis have demonstrated themselves to represent the pinnacle of evil and the quintessential example of human indecency and immorality.
Thankfully, Cuomo agrees with that premise, although he is mistaken in characterizing neo-Nazis and white supremacists as being part of the right; alternative or otherwise. Like communism, socialism, and yes, fascism, Nazism and racism is a leftist concept. It does not come from the right.
The political right in America is that sub segment of the population professing the supremacy of natural law, which is a universal law based on the immutable relationship between each man and the Creator. As such, there is no room for collectivism on the right, and whatever power yielded to society is done solely for the purpose of promoting the peaceful coexistence of men.
Alternatively, the aforementioned political philosophies are based on some form of collectivism. In short, they believe that a group, economic class, nationalistic collection of people, or overarching political organization or government is the supreme authority in societal interaction and societal design. For them, laws and government are not created to protect the individual and his or her liberties, but rather they are created to promote the wellbeing of the group. In these leftist political views, the needs of the group will supersede the rights of the individual.
Not so with groups from the right. So, when Cuomo and other left-leaning political observers call a political group that professes the supremacy of a subclass of individuals, in this case whites, as being part of the political right; alternative right or otherwise, they are absolutely wrong, and I suspect are doing so with the intent of demonizing their conservative political foes.
The fact is that white supremacists, neo-Nazis, or racists are manifestations of leftist political thought akin to fascism, and any other form of collectivist political philosophy.
Now to Antifa.
The problem with Antifa in terms of defining the moral standing of its positions is that it does not share a long-standing pattern of behavior demonstrating the evil behind it. In the United States, Antifa is a loose conglomeration of militant groups claiming to be fighting fascism. Tracing its roots to leftist organizations in Germany, Italy, and Spain during the early to mid-twentieth century, the movement withered as the dominant European fascists regimes met their demise.
But with the increase in neo-nazism in Europe, European Antifa has seen its own resurgence.
In the United States, Antifa is made up of hate-filled, radical leftists and anarchists who have adopted the view that their positions are so correct, so above reproach, that they cannot be restrained by appeals to reason. For them, in a civil society, in a society designed for civil discourse, in a society where the precept is a search for the truth through dialogue and debate, violence is not only acceptable — it is encouraged.
With their large anarchist demographic, the members of these groups have no faith in organized society or representative government. Disruption is their mantra if not the end to their means. In accomplishing these aims, they themselves are the sole arbiters of who is right and who is wrong, of who gets to speak and who does not, and of who gets to walk safely by and who must bleed.
No, Chris, Antifa is not a noble punch thrower. It is violent, anonymous thugs attracting more of the same.
Here’s the bottom line.
If I’m walking down the street, and I see a man wearing a swastika beating up an African-American elderly lady, woe to me if I don’t intercede on her behalf. In that scenario, my punches would be morally superior to those of the assailant and, hopefully, more effective. There, my punches as well as my intervention would be moral, righteous, and just.
But if I establish a group of hateful youngsters, and under the false guise of protecting all the African-American elderly ladies of the world, disrupt otherwise peaceful assemblies, assault individuals at my choosing, target police officers for violence, and generally attempt to disrupt the greatest societal miracle mankind has ever seen merely to promote my own, selfish, narcissistic, and anarchist agenda, I am no longer justified. I become just another thug in line with the people I am trying to fool you into believing that I am fighting.
And based on your performance on your show, Chris, it appears that the thugs are winning.
Dr. Julio Gonzalez is an orthopaedic surgeon and lawyer living in Venice, Florida. He is the author of The Federalist Pages and cohost of Right Talk America With Julio and Rod. Dr. Gonzalez is presently serving in the Florida House of Representatives. He can be reached through www.thefederalistpages.com to arrange a lecture or book signing.
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