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Antifa is 100% invented as a made-up enemy. It literally does not exist.Not sure what you're referring to as nonsense. You don't believe the guy in the interview was actually a former Antifa activist? Or something else? Got a link to the FBI file you're referring to? I'll check it out. I don't know much about this at all. It's something @marduk brought up, so I started keeping watch for potentially interesting stories.
That is not to say that there are not radical left-leaning individuals prone to protest or violence - of course there is. But there is no central group with this as a mandate, or is coordinated, or has a clear agenda. It seems to mostly be individuals or small groups of people akin to the kind of people that used to chain themselves to trees, or threaten pipelines.
However, Antifa as an organization does not exist. Even the name is invented - it means 'Anti-Fascist,' or something that during WWII the entire world rallied against. Fascism used to be a bad thing - now to hardline Trump supporters and Q followers, it's a good thing. You can even see 'Anti-Antifa' t-shirts at Trump rallies. Which by simple logic means you're pro-fascism. The 'scist' part has been removed to make it sound like something it's not.
To these pro-fascist groups - like Q, white nationalists, and hardline Trumpians, it's the mythical 'other' to fight against to rally the troops. Everything can then be 'Antifa' and therefore bad. It's a convenient label to throw on things.
Actually had guys I know talk about Antifa as this giant enemy. I challenged them to tell me who the leader of Antifa is. They couldn't. I challenged them to name even one person that calls themselves Antifa. They couldn't. I then pointed out that it's only pro-fascist groups that use the term, and asked them if fascism was good. They all said no. So then I said... why would you be against people that are anti-fascist?
All they mumbled was something about rioting. I pointed out that was BLM, who they then claimed were Antifa. You can't make this stuff up.
There is a professor named Mark Bray from Rutgers that has published a self-proclaimed manifesto titled "Antifa: the Anti-Fascist Handbook' but nobody seems to follow him, and it seems to have come after the Trumpians decided it existed, and nobody seems to take him seriously at all.
All in all, the groups that the right considers to be Antifa have the following in common: they are generally left-wing, generally very LGBTQ friendly, oppose unrestrained capitalism, racism, and of course oppose fascism. None of which seem to self-identify as Antifa, and with very few exceptions have been linked to BLM protests, or violent counterprotests to Trump supporters. In fact, many of the Trump supporters that stormed the White House were claimed by team Trump to be Antifa in disguise - even though they can be traced as longtime members of pro-Trump groups and Q websites. So they turn on their own as the mythical other as well when it's convenient.
The symbolism is not at all lost to me that this is an invented enemy, and the real aim here is to both fight an enemy that you can label anyone as, and quietly normalize fascism. Which to be honest I think was Trump & co's real goal.