Antifa is a buzzword, subculture, and/or a political movement, depending on who you ask or where you are located. Some self-described incels have very strong opinions on the matter of antifa. It was also a sensitive subject in 2020.
Many self-proclaimed antifa have been hostile, mean, and/or inaccurate about incels (or just men in general).
Antifa and incels[edit | edit source]
People proclaiming to be "antifa" have done not-so-nice, inaccurate, and dumb stuff to and about incels. For example, distributing leaflets in the USA calling incels a 'dangerous right wing political movement.'
History[edit | edit source]
Antifa is undoubtedly an organized political movement in Europe, and has a long history dating back to the origins of Fascism itself, in Mussolini's Italy. An oppositional anti-fascist movement surfaced against Mussolini in the mid 1920s, mostly anarchists, socialists and syndicalists (co-ops, worker strikes). This continued into Weimar Germany (where the term was coined) and after German reunification. Later in Germany, antifa become a subculture associated with a punk aesthetic, which was later seen among self-described Antifa around the globe.
Antifascism/fascism fights into the 1970s and 1980s onward often took a subcultural gang or streetfight mentality complete with tattoos and punk rock music. Later antifa because associated with the atrocious site Tumblr.
'Antifa' in the USA mostly pops up at certain times, and has existed in the 20th century USA, previously under the guise of "anti-racist action." There were no self-identified antifa groups existing now that existed before 2016.
Nowadays antifa is mostly about pro-immigration, with a large amount of feminist and misandrist baggage. They claim they are anti-racist, but have been accused of anti-white sentiment.
Literature[edit | edit source]
Dartmouth College historian Mark Bray wrote the Antifa: The Anti-Fascist Handbook, seen as a founding text of modern self-appointed antifa 'organizatons'. Saul Alinsky's (a left-wing community organizer) 'Rules for Radicals' has also been described as influencing antifa, although tactics in that book, such as 'adopt your enemies insults' are used by many political groups nowadays, and have always been among the repertoire of tactics used by extremist groups.