> Antifa: The hard left's call to arms
01/15/2018 6:47:50 PM PST by > TigerClaws
As the sun sets over rural North Carolina, Dwayne Dixon peers through black-rimmed glasses down the barrel of an AK-47.
Abandoned cars and rusted-out trailers dot the overgrown property; cows graze in a nearby paddock under the gathering shadow of pine-clad hills.
Softly-spoken and slight of build, Mr Dixon is a vegan who spends his days lecturing in anthropology at a local university.
Today he's preparing for the moment he may raise a deadly weapon on the streets of a US city.
"Guns are a tool," he says between bursts of crackling gunfire.
"You'd rather have it and not need it, than need it and not have it."
Half a dozen of his friends watch on.
Nearby on the grass lies a small arsenal of assault rifles, handguns and body armour.
Across the range, a paper target with the shape of a human torso printed in black ink is stapled to a makeshift wooden frame. An X marks the bullseye.
His finger settles on the trigger. Shots ring out across the valley.
The rise of Antifa
Dwayne Dixon, a member Redneck Revolt, poses with a gun on a North Carolina property. Dwayne Dixon, a member Redneck Revolt, says he's not "willing to abdicate" the responsibility for his security to the state. ABC NEWS: JOHN MEES Mr Dixon, 45, is a member of the far-left group Redneck Revolt, whose chapters have multiplied in the past year from just a handful to over 30 across the United States, they claim.
Their ranks are swelling in response to a resurgence of white supremacist groups, in part emboldened by President Donald Trump's election victory.
Redneck Revolt is part of the rapidly-growing "Antifa" movement short for anti-fascists.
Many are wary about showing their faces in public or talking to the media, for fear of a backlash from the police, the far right and even their own families.
After lengthy persuasion, the Silver Valley chapter of Redneck Revolt in North Carolina allowed Foreign Correspondent rare access to their world of guns, resistance and camaraderie.
"We want our story told because it's ordinary people standing up against fascism, facing down fear, and attempting to reshape our small corner of the world into a space of egalitarianism and shared efforts for our needs and desires," Mr Dixon says.
He is articulate, friendly and disarming, even when holding an assault rifle.
For the past decade he has lived in Durham, an urban, progressive bubble in the conservative south.
He speaks with a sense of urgency, especially when on the subject of white supremacists and the activities of the far right.
These are people with clearly stated intentions to carry out violence against people of colour, against queer folks, against women," he says. "They're not just speaking they're marching. They're marching in a way that's intimidating, as we all know is harking back to the torch light rallies of the Nazi era."
While the term "redneck" is often derogatory a stereotype of poor, uneducated, racist whites the group wants to reclaim the mantle.
Mr Dixon wants to instil honour in the word as a tribute to America's working class; people who, they say, may not realise they are being hurt by big business and government.
Redneck Revolt's signature item is a red bandana, the same cloth worn by coal miners in West Virginia during an uprising against mining companies and the state in 1921.
Members say the group has a broad agenda: to help communities take care of themselves and reclaim the freedoms they believe are being eroded by the state and corporate America.
They have food-sharing programs and do first aid training, but their most striking feature is their readiness to bear arms.
"I think for us having access to weapons and having the skill and competency with them allows us to at least consider that among a diversity of possible tactics," Mr Dixon says.
"It doesn't mean that they're going to be used all the time, but recognising the moment we're in, when real white terrorist violence is a fact of American life.
I wish we didn't have them, didn't need them, but I think a wise deterrent is not something to scorn. "None of us think about firearms in a cavalier way," Mr Dixon insists, before heading back to the firing line to help his friends reload their guns.
We asked you to leave your thoughts on the "Antifa" movement and the rise of hardline groups in the comments below.
A watershed moment
A man directs a lighted spray can at a white nationalist demonstator. A counter-demonstrator uses a lighted spray can against a white nationalist demonstrator at the entrance to Lee Park in Charlottesville, Virginia. AP: STEVE HELBER It was the violence at a white nationalist Unite the Right event in Charlottesville, Virginia, last August that galvanised many anti-fascist groups, including Redneck Revolt.
VIDEO 1:50 Car ploughs into protesters in Charlottesville Car plows into protesters in Charlottesville ABC NEWS After hours of clashes, a car ploughed into a group of leftist protesters, killing one woman and injuring scores. The alleged driver was an avowed white nationalist.
Police failed to intervene to stop the clashes and were later pilloried for their inaction.
In the days that followed, the "alt-left" was thrust into the global spotlight by Mr Trump's denunciation of "both sides" in the Charlottesville tragedy.
Among the Antifa ranks were "bad dudes", the President said, who used violence in the same fashion as those promoting neo-Nazi and white nationalist ideologies.
Redneck Revolt had their guns in Charlottesville but never fired them.
Even so, their weapons drew shock and in some cases, disgust, from many on their own side.
"We knew we were being intensely scrutinised," Mr Dixon says.
"My personal rejoinder would be like, well, who's worrying about optics when people might actually be killed? What really is our priority here?"
Mr Dixon describes his feelings in the hours after the killing as akin to leaving a battlefield, shocked and distraught.
Clearly, no-one could have predicted what it had turned into, this really striking, watershed moment in contemporary US history," he says. "I think it's made people have a much higher degree of vigilance, to recognise that dangers might be much closer to home than they imagined."
Within days, the violence in Charlottesville began to take effect on activists like Mr Dixon.
VIDEO 1:22 Dwayne Dixon confronted by other activists at a rally after Charlottesville gfxs_DwayneCar_1101.jpg ABC NEWS Rumours swirled around his hometown that a Ku Klux Klan rally was coming to their streets.
Mr Dixon claims police were nowhere to be seen. So, fearful of a repeat of Charlottesville, he joined counter-protesters on the street with his assault rifle slung over his shoulder.
The KKK never came, but police charged Mr Dixon with multiple offences.
"I insist upon my rights as a citizen to have the means for my own self-defence when the state is absent or unwilling to actually intervene," he says.
Along with the charges, there are calls from some who want Mr Dixon sacked from his job as a lecturer at the University of North Carolina. Yet he says he has no regrets.
"I would definitely do it again," he says.
Members of Redneck Revolt sit in Charlottesville. Redneck Revolt had their guns at the Charlottesville clashes, but did not fire them. SUPPLIED: DANIEL HOSTERMAN A growing division
Like many groups in the wider Antifa movement, Redneck Revolt suffers from an image problem.
Mr Trump's inauguration drew black-clad Antifa activists who smashed store windows and set a limousine on fire in Washington, DC.
One protester punched white nationalist Richard Spencer on live television while he was being interviewed by the ABC.
"We don't need the Antifa to come and make a spectacle out of it," says Richard Cohen of the Southern Poverty Law Centre, a group that tracks hate crimes in the US.
It emboldens [far-right activists]. They love it. That's why they came with helmets on and shields. They want to portray themselves as martyrs; portray the white race as being embattled. Mr Cohen believes that kind of behaviour plays into the hands of the far right.
But there is evidence the hate speech and spread of racist propaganda is starting to bear ugly fruit.
Hate crimes mainly targeting African-Americans, Muslims and immigrants have increased two years in a row across the country and they're on track to rise for a third.
White supremacists clash with counter protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia White supremacists clash with counter-protesters in Charlottesville. REUTERS: JOSHUA ROBERTS Antifa groups like Redneck Revolt believe Americans are foolish if they dismiss the rise of white supremacist groups.
"Back 10 years ago there were a handful today there are many more," says Mark Bray, a left-wing scholar and author of Antifa: The Anti-Fascist Handbook.
"You organise against these small groups as if they could be the starting points of future murderous movements or regimes, and you stand up to them by any means necessary."
In the wake of the Charlottesville tragedy, police have had a bigger presence at confrontations between right and left protesters, and have mostly managed to keep the two sides apart during the official rallies but there has been some violence once police left.
The hard left looks for new allies
A Redneck Revolt member takes aim at the gun range. Redneck Revolt say they have never fired at a protest, but they are prepared to. ABC NEWS: JOHN MEES Back at the range in rural North Carolina, Mr Dixon is chatting to an unlikely ally in Chance Allen.
Mr Allen is a member of the American Pit Vipers constitutional militia, an armed group that is committed to aiding law enforcement and defending free speech including by the far right.
Chance Allen, a member of the American Pit Vipers constitutional militia. Chance Allen, a member of the American Pit Vipers constitutional militia. ABC NEWS: JOHN MEES He first encountered Redneck Revolt at a pro-Trump rally when one of his members tried to assault one of theirs.
Back then he felt "complete, utter hatred" towards the leftists.
"At one time I was solid 'unite the right'," Mr Allen says.
"I thought originally that they was just 100 per cent anti-Americans."
He attributes that to misinformation in the media.
"Once I started seeing the bullshit out there and wanting to know the facts and get to learn, that's when I started realising 'we the people' means 'we the people'. We're all the people," Mr Allen says.
Part of Redneck Revolt's mission is to win over rural, working-class Americans like Mr Allen, who may be susceptible to the ideologies of the far right.
"I really don't imagine this to be some kind of conversion crusade. But it really is trying to establish lines of affiliation, lines of affection, even," Mr Dixon says.
I'm trying to get them to point their guns in the right direction. Mr Dixon's friend is having problems with the sight on their AR-15. He walks over and helps fix it.
"Alright, fire when ready," he says.
Despite criticism, Redneck Revolt members like Mr Dixon remain defiant about their right to bring weapons to rallies.
"We know that this is a real danger and we're not willing to abdicate our own security to the state," he says.
"So having access to guns and the willingness to discipline ourselves around it I think are crucial features of our contemporary existence.
"I'm not going to be passive or a spectator or fall back behind some kind of centrist line that outsources resistance to fascism, say, to the state, imagining the police will, quote, 'do their job'.
"Because I would argue they have a stake in the far-right ideology incarceration rates, deportation rates, endless war against people abroad."
Mr Dixon says it is a false moral equivalence to say those on the left who are prepared to use violence are just as bad as those on the right.
workshop cartriges.JPG workshop AK47.JPG workshop AK guide.JPG When the left uses violence, in the rare cases that it happens, it's resistance," Mr Dixon says. "When those actions are taken, it's because some other kind of threat has already materialised and therefore, that danger coming from far-right action justifies or necessitates some kind of intervention with force.
"Has any left person fired in a protest? No. Has anyone from the left killed anyone?" he asks rhetorically.
Mr Dixon grew up in a military family. His father was a career army officer and his grandfather was a bomber pilot in WWII.
He says his grandfather would be appalled at the rise of fascism and racism in America today and he has vowed to carry on the fight that began generations ago.
"I'm not going to let people fly swastikas freely on the streets of the United States," he says.
"I'm never going to stand by and let people get hurt."
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Amazing story, which, of course, ABC wouldn't run here in the U.S.
It verifies there were left wing groups with 'assault weapons' at Charlottesville.
01/15/2018 6:47:50 PM PST by TigerClaws[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]
Why does Australia care? Don’t they have wallabys to catch?
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01/15/2018 6:52:33 PM PST by ilovesarah2012[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]
TigerClawsTheir ranks are swelling in response to a resurgence of white supremacist groups, in part emboldened by President Donald Trump's election victory.
Total bull stuff!
01/15/2018 6:57:14 PM PST by DoughtyOne (A/O 01/12/18 DJIA business close 25,803.19, a 44.25% increase over the morning of 11/07/16.)[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]
The government better get a handle on ANTIFA, before they go absolutely postal.
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01/15/2018 6:58:33 PM PST by DoughtyOne (A/O 01/12/18 DJIA business close 25,803.19, a 44.25% increase over the morning of 11/07/16.)[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]
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01/15/2018 7:00:08 PM PST by foreverfree[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]
This was likely a story for U.S. viewers, but they realized it didn’t fit the narrative.
1. Shows armed leftists ready for violence.
2. Contradicts the leftist lie there were no bad leftist actors in Charlottesville.
3. Of course, they try to blame Trump or “Nazis” for their actions.
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01/15/2018 7:01:02 PM PST by TigerClaws[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]
Things are about to turn deadly if this is true. Wife & I headed to friend’s farm within days. Practice firing from inside the car, either window; dismounted fire, accelerate through roadblock, etc.
Main task: steeling oneself to cut flesh if that means survival. And not feeling bad about it afterward.
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01/15/2018 7:01:03 PM PST by elcid1970 ("The Second Amendment is more important than Islam.")[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]
“Their ranks are swelling in response to a resurgence of white supremacist groups, in part emboldened by President Donald Trump’s election victory.”
Complete BULLSH!T. Their ranks are swelling simply because Trump got elected and the Left is desperately hoping to destroy Trump and cause havoc in the streets.
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01/15/2018 7:04:51 PM PST by vladimir998 (Apparently I'm still living in your head rent free. At least now it isn't empty.)[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]
Be kind, be polite, but have a plan to kill everyone you meet.
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01/15/2018 7:09:57 PM PST by stevio (God, guns, guts.)[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]
Truth is, there are very few Antifa people period. Its a paid for illusion, built on a handful of anarchist commie slackers that refuse to grow up and get a life.
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01/15/2018 7:10:12 PM PST by Professional[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 8 | View Replies]
Redneck Revolt’s signature item is a red bandana.
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01/15/2018 7:10:20 PM PST by Flick Lives (https://goo.gl/GxGKQh)[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]
“Things are about to turn deadly if this is true.”
This has been true for a year already. Here’s an article on the same group from July: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/jul/11/redneck-revolt-guns-anti-racism-fascism-far-left
And I know there were such articles in March, 2017 too. Before that there were rumblings about Lefties arming up, training, etc.
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01/15/2018 7:10:38 PM PST by vladimir998 (Apparently I'm still living in your head rent free. At least now it isn't empty.)[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 7 | View Replies]
“After hours of clashes, a car ploughed into a group of leftist protesters, killing one woman and injuring scores. The alleged driver was an avowed white nationalist.”
I’ve seen the video.
The car never touched her. She died from too many large fries, suffering a heart attack. More lies from the left.
Bring it on phaggots.
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01/15/2018 7:11:34 PM PST by tumblindice (America's founding fathers: all white armed conservatives)[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]
True - that there are not that many of them, but their numbers are growing (I believe) and will do so as groups like this grow, organize and become more visible.
And it only takes a few hundred of them to cause a hell of a lot of trouble.
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01/15/2018 7:13:35 PM PST by vladimir998 (Apparently I'm still living in your head rent free. At least now it isn't empty.)[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 10 | View Replies]
Eeeeek! A myopic anthropologist with an AK. My worst nightmare.
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01/15/2018 7:13:59 PM PST by IronJack (A)[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]
Amazing story, which, of course, ABC wouldn’t run here in the U.S.
It verifies there were left wing groups with ‘assault weapons’ at Charlottesville.
The upgraded the charge against the man who ran over these punks killing one to 1st degree murder. They did this so the jury will give a compromise verdict when they eventually go to trial OR did it to scare him into a plea.
The government is at full war against freedom of speech and protecting violent thugs of the left.
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01/15/2018 7:15:21 PM PST by snarkytart[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]
TigerClawsAcross the range, a paper target with the shape of a human torso printed in black ink is stapled to a makeshift wooden frame.
01/15/2018 7:17:34 PM PST by Billthedrill[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]
>>>Their ranks are swelling in response to a resurgence of white supremacist groups, in part emboldened by President Donald Trump’s election victory<<<
It is simply amazing that they continue to print Slander like this that has no basis in Fact and Reality.
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01/15/2018 7:19:55 PM PST by Kickass Conservative (The way Liberals carry on about Deportation, you would think "Mexico" was Spanish for "Shithole".)[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]
...and it went downhill from that stinker.
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01/15/2018 7:28:43 PM PST by ProtectOurFreedom[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]
These Aussies are morons if they believe the election of Donald J. Trump led to a resurgence of so-called “white supremacist” groups.
Highly offensive comment from a so-called American “ally.”
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01/15/2018 7:34:24 PM PST by july4thfreedomfoundation (SCHLONGED: How Donald Trump Beat My Lying, Marxist Ass and Went On to Win the November Election. HRC)[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]
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