Like many antifa activists, Antida professor believes that the Trump administration represents a large step towards a fascist authoritarian state.
This fear of “fascism” is what allows many antifa activists and academics to justify violence and domestic terrorism. In their minds, they are resisting an oppressive government and society. While we should all be diligent in resisting increased state power and those who wish to abuse it, it’s extremely important to analyze the criteria people like Isaacson use to define “fascism”.
Mike Isaacson, is one of the founders of Smash Racism D.C. and a professor at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice..Professor Issacson who is also an Antifa backer too, took on an Tucker Carlson on the subject of free speech. Isaacson is unequivocal in his defense of violence as a legitimate tool to combat the creeping threat of what he deems authoritarianism.
“There is the question of whether these people should feel safe organizing as Nazis in public, and I don’t think they should,” said Isaacson.
“I don’t think anyone should think that someone who is intent on politically organizing for the sake of creating a state-sponsored genocide — I don’t think is something that we should protect,” he said.
Carlson then asked for an example for a public figure who should have their free speech “taken away,” Isaacson invoked alt-right leader Richard Spencer and called him a “danger to society.”
“When he speaks in public, what he is doing- he is publicly recruiting people to his very violent movement, very violent ideology,” Isaacson said.
Antifa supporters like Isaacson share the belief that Donald Trump is a white supremacist whose actions will move the United States towards fascism. Violent actions against the police and domestic terrorism are therefore justifiable as acts of political resistance.