Vice News has produced an excellent documentary that gives voice to the people in the antifa movement to explain who they are and what they are doing and why. Given that so much of media coverage has been from the authoritarian establishment that condemns antifa, this is a much-needed and welcome alternative perspective that anyone who is concerned about understanding recent political developments should watch.
One cannot help but be impressed by the sober way that the trio of antifa activists explains the threat that is posed by white supremacists and neo-Nazis in the US right now and why direct action to counter them, even if it leads to violence, is necessary to prevent them from growing. They explain that they do not seek violence for its own sake, just for kicks as some critics like to suggest, but only in self-defense or the defense of those who cannot fight back (as this pacifist minister testified) or to achieve a very specific and targeted goal.
Recall that Vice News was also the group that produced the other excellent documentary that went inside the white supremacist and neo-Nazi movement that attended the Charlottesville rally. Jordan Klepper’s show also spoke to some antifa activists recently, though with a somewhat lighter touch, so the antifa message is slowly getting out.