fascism

The erosion and mischaracterization of the term "Antifa"

The truth of the term has been lost in ad hominem hysteria:

Lindsay Ayling, a 32-year-old doctoral student at the University of North Carolina's flagship Chapel Hill campus, is a fixture at counterprotests against neo-Confederates and other far-right group members. They often call her "antifa," a label she accepts "in the sense that I oppose fascism and I am willing to go and confront fascists on the streets."

"The thing that's so dangerous about labeling anyone who is antifascist as a terrorist is that it's criminalizing thought," she said. "Not just thought, but it's criminalizing active resistance to fascism."

Before we get into the details of this transformation, let's talk about "branding." About fashioning catchy terms that roll off the tongue nicely, are easy to remember, short enough they can be written in bold letters on a protest sign, etc. Works good in advertising products, but not always so good in social messaging. In this case, we left the negative (anti) completely intact, but shortened the villain (fascist) to only the first two letters. Derrida would not be impressed, nor would he be surprised the term is so misunderstood by many. And by chopping the word "fascist" into a nice little two-letter bite, we've also lost an opportunity to educate those who don't understand what fascism means, those who would be forced to Google the term:

Each election is the most important in our lifetime. The next election is the most important in 286 years.

At a theoretical level, every election matters the most. But in reality, some matter more than others. Our very first national election, for example, revealed the US to be a country that understood the need for balance. Today, 286 years later, that understanding has been shredded by the imperial GOP and their sinister playbook. Suppress opposition voters. Stack the electoral deck through gerrymandering. Take control of the executive and judicial branches of government. Rinse and repeat.

Why are they doing this? Because we're letting them. That has to change, and it has to change this year.

The census cycle and the electoral calendar are conspiring to make 2018 THE most pivotal election since our country was created. At the federal level, the US Supreme Court hangs in the balance. In North Carolina, the ability of legislators to choose their voters and judges could be enshrined in government for generations. Nothing less than freedom and democracy are at stake.

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