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Modern day political activism is washing our society down the drain

Photo via NyMag
Antifa clashes with other protesters

Collectivism, the main ideological concept adopted by both the Alt-Left and the Alt-Right. The idea of racial and cultural collectivism is polluting the local American political system. On one side, cultural Marxists harass and physically assault people just for looking like a “Nazi.” On the other side, white nationalists and American “patriots” vie for the preservation of “western culture.” Western culture is the main contention point of both and can be defined as the inherent histories and peoples within the European and Anglo culture group. From Rome to Great Britain, the western hemisphere has created some of the greatest civilizations and technologies.These grand events and technologies are few of the many all of the entirety of the civilized peoples have created. The point being made is that western culture may be distinct, but it is one of many of the civilized cultures of the modern world. The Alt-Right believes that it is under constant assault from Syrian migrants, their favorite destinations being Sweden and Germany. With the recent influx of migrants and the very recent terrorist attacks in Great Britain and Spain, it could very well appear that western culture is under attack. Anti-Fascists (ANTIFA) actively seeks to destroy modern “western culture” through communism and mass collectivism, or at least, that’s how it seems. They are both bad sides of a rotten coin, both ultimately leading to many beatings and about three deaths, all of which occurred at the now historical Charlottesville Incident. Two police officers lost their lives trying to quell the crowds from their helicopter while a protester was hit by another protester in a vehicle. Both sides are equally responsible for these highly devious and deadly actions.

Recently, ANTIFA has been on the move from the Charlottesville incident. They mobilized once more in the Second Battle of Berkley and met Bostonian protestors a hundredfold. The critical difference is that ANTIFA shroud themselves in black clothes and face masks, repeating phrases such as “by any means necessary” to oppose the supposed fascism of patriarchy practiced by the the United States. To the average citizen, ANTIFA could very well represent homegrown terrorism. In fact, New Jersey already considers it as a domestic terrorist organization. The Alt-Right takes a more “open” approach, if you could call it that. They show their faces and wave their more-than-infamous flags. They adorn themselves with the American flag and engage in “heated” debate with their violent counterparts. Now, I am not saying one is better than the other, but it is unfortunate that ANTIFA portrays themselves as so. Black masks and waving the black Anarchist colors may very well represent the turbans (not meant to be religious) and the Jihadist flags of Al-Qaeda and the Islamic State. Their imagery invokes fear and a mass moving towards war, and one can allude their videos to the Spanish Civil War and current Venezuelan politics.

This is the poor condition of the United States’ political youth. Much like a Weimar Germany, there are supposed Fascists and Anti-Fascists. They clash on universities, in the streets, and on the battlefield. Hitler’s failed Beer Hall Putsch coup attempt came from this, and what came from his prison time was the beginning of Nazi Germany. Protests have gotten so bad you are either one or the other. Moderates are now at the burning stake; simply believing in either is not enough. If you support a stronger border, you are a Nazi. If you support a stronger welfare, you are a Communist.

This political climate is detrimental to our modern American youth. We as a nation are unique in the way we have approached voting and protest. ANTIFA has gone too far. They are slowly destroying the concepts of free speech as we know it with their hyper aggression and their blitzkrieg-like political tactics. The media and some states have given them free passes due to their “mainstream” appeal and their “cool and radical” protesting.

The impact is also felt on Sage Creek students. Silence and tension permeate the classroom whenever these topics come up. Students are afraid to be seen as a fascist or “Nazi” by their peers for simply having an unpopular or counter opinion. Why should we fear learning new ideas even though they counteract our own? Students should be able to feel free to speak about these controversial topics at length as long the discussion stays civil. It just doesn’t happen. The fear is too strong. I know from talking with many right-wing students that they feel oppressed due to having a currently unpopular idea and President. Demographically, they make up a very small amount of students and face persecution if another student finds their views too harmful.

Even as we set off into the wider world and college, many campuses are infected with anti-free speech movements and professors who teach their opinion as law. Yvette Felarca of Berkley’s By Any Means Necessary group has been recorded physically assaulting people who simply had a different ideology than her*. Just look at the name By Any Means Necessary. These people do not want to talk, they only want blood in the name of multiculturalism and hyper equality.

America is a nation built on freedom, equal economic opportunity, and laws that have protected both minority and majority rights. These values are being assaulted by both the Alt-Right and the Alt-Left. It is neither the white color or black color being purged. It is American values and the American people. Slowly, day after day, media is infused with news and information. Vox and Buzzfeed begin to feed us information in 5-second tidbits. Who knows about the facts when time span is all that matters. Suddenly, being politically active and being informed is no longer suitable. ANTIFA and the Alt-Right are discouraging those who would come out and protest peacefully. Those who would uphold our nation’s laws respectively and represent their voice in our republic, seek to destroy it, not grant its citizens “glorious revolution”.

So it seems that every day goes by and it just gets darker. This is the political and ethical ideology we must not give in to. This is the decaying and false-progressive mentality that infects us. Be proud of what we have become and strive to help the majority seek the greater good. For now these problems do not take up forms that directly affront our physical well-being as students, but we must strive instead to become hard-working, informed members of the community and apply this new knowledge to better understand the murk and mire of the seemingly pristine world. We must become educated with knowledge that has not been polluted by partisanship and develop our own individual thoughts. Strive away from this egotist collectivism and help bring about a newly informed youth of America that does away with the vagaries of the past.

This is the impact of modern day political activism in our community. It has spread across the west and east, from sea to shining sea. This breed of violent and turbulent political activism would make our forefathers cringe in disgust as our great nation would fall to itself once more in a Second American Civil War.

*Dinkelspiel, Frances. “Berkeley Teacher Yvette Felarca Arrested on Charges of Inciting a Riot.” Berkeleyside, 15 Aug. 2017,

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    Mitchell GeorgeOct 17, 2017 at 10:27 am

    You claim to be oppressd for their far right views have been oppressing us on the far left, to the point of death threats. I am an outspoken socialist and I can’t count how many times far right Trump supporters verbally insulted, calling me a traitor, a disgrace, and that I should go back to Russia. I’ve even been told several times that I should kill myself and that I should be imprisoned or executed for my views and ideas. And you have the audacity to claim that you’re the ones being oppressed? Think before you write such nonsense. At least us socialists are free thinkers and not paroting our parents.

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      Joey BabcockOct 17, 2017 at 1:53 pm

      You are claiming that Darius is oppressing you and giving you death threats? If that is the case, then TheSage comment section is not the place to say that and I would instead bring that up with administration. If that is not the case, you might want to reword your statement as it’s quite libelous.

      As for the rest of the content of your comment, in general an opinion to the left of the political spectrum is accepted and encouraged without a second thought at sage, while implying anything right of the political spectrum gets you called a “nazi”, and a “racist”. Just my observations.

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      Darius RahmanianOct 17, 2017 at 7:34 pm

      Dear Mr.George,

      I am truly sorry you are verbally affronted for having an unpopular ideology and I would suspect regular conservative students hate it when they are told to end their own lives and are called racist endlessly for just their own political beliefs. As Joey Babcock stated, if you need help in dealing with these students then report them to administration. It does not help venting on a school news paper site about your personal issues unless you take action against these transgressors.

      I just want to remind you that Communism and Socialism have killed hundreds of millions of people and were the main enemies of the free world. It will be looked down upon because it has caused these atrocities in the name of spreading their imperialistic ideology that inspires nationalism. If you are thinking that “its not real communism” well that may be, but the name Union of Soviet Socialist Republics implies that they are in fact, socialist. Mao Zedong also killed upwards 70 million Chinese to achieve his goal of dominating China, while Chiang-Hai Shek his predecessor is considered the founder of modern China. Your ideology is spat upon like National Socialism because it deserves so in the names of history. There is no denying the fact that though Communism hyper industrialized these countries, but at the expense of millions of lives.

      You can speak and write whatever you want, people do not have to agree with them. Personally, I hate both Communism and Fascism and I try to verse myself in a way that avoids these horrible extremes. But just because you believe in something I do not does not give me the right to silence you. Welcome to a free America where we can disagree all we want but in the end we serve a greater purpose than the state or its machinations. We serve each other as individuals and I urge you to take your well versed knowledge and apply it in forms that will take down our supposed “Nationalist, Capatalist, Scum Hive we call America” so that we can have oppressive regimes that kill hundreds of millions of people. If that serves you, then in some order it may serve me as well.

      Many Thanks,
      Darius R

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    KalenaOct 17, 2017 at 10:05 am

    You are saying that the ANTIFA is just as bad as Nazism? It seems to me that in this piece, you kept repeating that not one is more evil than the other, but would immediately follow up that statement with more reasons as to why ANTIFA is the enemy. I find this to be very one- sided, and not very coherent. You never defined ANTIFA, instead used your own opinion to demonize the entire movement without proper reason. If this article included more evidence (cited) that represented either side, it would be more cohesive and less jaded.

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      Joey BabcockOct 17, 2017 at 1:56 pm

      This article was written rather coherently in my opinion. As for how he “instead used your own opinion to demonize the entire movement without proper reason”, this is an opinion article and he has every right to state his opinion without necessarily even acknowledging yours. It’s not necessarily good journalism, but it is not against any rules.

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      Robert BerarducciOct 17, 2017 at 2:26 pm

      I think that the world has a much more positive view of ANTIFA than it does white nationalism. I also think that the author is acknowledging this positive view and through his article, is trying to show how ANTIFA should not be held in a positive light when compared to white nationalists. He is, to the best of my understanding, saying how both ANTIFA and white nationalism should be held as disgusting organizations, which only hope to destroy our current society. Instead of asking for more evidence showing the good deeds of ANTIFA, you should provide some yourself. The author, in my opinion, has a rather coherent presentation of his opinions. They may be based upon generalizations, sure, but a fringe organization which works in union like cells, and is determined to spread chaos around the country, is quite a tough topic to find positives on.

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      Darius RahmanianOct 17, 2017 at 7:23 pm

      Dear Ms.Kalena
      First of all, thank you for your comment as the Sage is always looking for fresh new insight on its articles.

      Second of all, I do believe you missed the point of the article. Though both are equally terrible, the Alt-Right is not burning down campuses and cities. If you would take a gander at SagePOL Episode 0 in the podcast section of the Sage, you could see that UC Berkely had to spend over 600,000 thousand dollars to prep for ANTIFA riots against conservative pundit Ben Shapiro. Both ideologies are awful, its just the actions of one that outweigh the other. ANTIFA is not your friend, it is not America’s friend. I am no political genius nor am I certified to speak at volumes on any subject and be taken seriously, but anyone can see ANTIFA are the enemies of the American people. Violent and uncompromising, they only want to hear their side of the story and they will enforce it as well. Personally I do not want to be assaulted because of my skin color or political belief. This is not what the founding fathers wanted political activism to look like. True political activism is going through the system, lobbying senators, creating a grassroots movement, and building a respected ideology about legislation and trying to get yours passed. Political activism is not hitting people with bike locks and covering your face with a black shroud, political activism is not being militant, its knowing that there can be compromise and there can be respect. Terrorism does not garner respect, it garners fear. We are a free nation and I as an American citizen tend to keep it that way for the remainder of my life, whether or not you do is up to you. If you want terrorism over actual political activism go ahead, inspire the younger generations to descent rather than respect we will all be watching.

      Finally, I will adjust my future political articles with more research so they will reflect a more professional atmosphere.

      Thank You,
      Darius R

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    Andrew CovielloSep 29, 2017 at 8:22 am

    The real fascists are here in America, censoring our speech in real life and online. You just have to look very closely.