THBT the Antifa movement is a destructive political movement, and has caused more harm than good.
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Before I begin my opening statement, in order for those who look to adjudicate this debate, it is important to understand the context of the following terms that will almost certainly be used by either Pro or Con:
- Antifa - A political movement that is composed of militant
left-wing-idealized individuals, who engage in various forms of protests
against those who identify as fascist, racist, or on the far-right .
- Fascism* - a form of far-right authoritarian
ultranationalism characterized by dictatorial power and
forcible suppression .
- The political left (not to be confused with
"liberalism") - A political group/ideology that is hyperfocused on
the grounds of social equality and egalitarianism .
- Societal progression (not to be confused with progressivism)
- a normative concept and can be defined as the change or
advancement of major conditions of societies and people's lives in a direction
considered to be desirable based on prevailing values and goals of development
Pro stands on the following principles to support the motion:
as a movement, condones violence. As we can see from many
Antifa protests, it is no surprise that the use of violence is prominent.
Antifa has also had a history of rhetoric that supports the assassination of
President Trump (will cite this in rounds to come).
has furthered the political divide of Americans. Antifa stands on the ground that those who support far-right politics are inherently bad people. Assuming that people are inherently bad is a guaranteed recipe for tension, and rather than choosing to protest a difference in opinion, they have chosen to condemn those for it.
implicitly regresses American society rather than progressing it. I say
implicitly because those who do protest on behalf of the Antifa movement firmly
believe that their protests/actions cause a direct benefit to American society
(be it awareness, seeking retribution, etc.).
The end goal of healing these divides was through progression. In order for these societal open wounds to heal, there must be a change in society so that we, as Americans, progress forward and change for the better. Whether it came through battles, loss of life, protests or newly made legislation, everyone knew that these divides would not make us progress as an American society. Since then, America society has changed for the better and the healing of these divides symbolize the importance of American unity.
Now, in this decade of the 21st century comes yet another divide. This divide is not a physical one, but rather a mental one. It is a divide of political ideology; a battle of the minds of Americans that has spawned the same kind of tension and fear that came with the tumult of the 1960s. Surprisingly, however, it has also spawned violence and brutality that had existed over 150 years ago during the civil war.
Enter, Antifa (short for anti-fascist). Ever since the election of President Trump, the toxicity of the political left has spawned a movement that has chosen to never forget the outcome of the 2016 election results. It is a movement that seeks out retribution after the election of President Trump, and through this retribution the Antifa movement has birthed many active protests that are largely composed of violent rhetoric, as well as violent acts. They are also notable for their attire, as many protesters dress up in all black while hiding their faces from the press or police.
*Although I personally disagree with this definition as it falsely associates itself with conservativism, I have decided to bite the bullet and stick with this definition anyway for the sake of relevancy. Whether fascism should or should not be considered to be associated with the far-right is a debate for another day.