November 404: Insurrection Not Found
Published December 7th, 2017. 10:45 am.
To any casual observer of the protests of November 4, the days’ events were low energy, poorly organized, and poorly planned. On the other hand, the conservative analysis that sees November 4th as the day when Antifa’s political influence has begun to wane could not be more wrong.
In the days leading up to the event, conservative news sites and social media branded the event as an Antifa uprising – the result of one of many unforced errors on the part of the organizers, Refuse Fascism, who chose to use bold, capitalized black and red text endlessly droning about the current “fascist regime.”
Whatever the purpose behind this design choice, it backfired spectacularly on Refuse Fascism. The threat of a violent overthrow of the government via street battles loomed larger in the minds of right-wingers than it did among the target audience on the left. Few liberals I spoke with knew about November 4th.
As previously noted on this website, the event was never organized by Antifa nor was it affiliated with the group. At the meeting we attended, the local organizers emphasized November 4 was not intended to be a violent uprising. Despite the copious use of doomsday language and exclamation points in their paraphernalia, Refuse Fascism’s strategy was based on the non-violent protests in South Korea that led to the impeachment of the country’s first woman president, Park Geun-hye in late 2016. The organizers rejected the violent mode of protest carried out by Antifa, though stopped short of condemning their actions.
Refuse Fascism is not the name of a group, but an offshoot movement. The initiative was started by the Revolutionary Communist party last year. Review of the materials available on the party’s website portray an old-school American hippie brand of communism slathered over with thick layers of trendy intersectional grad school gobbledygook and identity politics.
Distilled to its populist, communist, and politically correct core, Refuse Fascism is best characterized as the Bernie Sanders wing of the left.
Our previous analysis pitied the participants. We examined the protest’s goal, the funding, the popular support, and other factors such as weather and logistics and saw its supporters as dupes being set up for public humiliation. Based on the belief the protests could not accomplish anything, we concluded November 4 was bait for the right wing.
That may have been the case. It may have been the case the protests truly were meant to be the beginning of a peaceful uprising ending in regime change. In the end, the only accomplishment of the protests was the complete demoralization of the “Bernouts” in the Democrat party.
Because this is the outcome, it is fair to question if it was also the goal. Was the protest designed as a kind of retribution against the upstarts in the Democratic party hungry for a populist candidate?
Whether or not the outcome was the result of deliberate sabotage or a sincere blunder, the events speak for themselves. Poor turnout, confused execution, bungled chants and lackluster support from the celebrity wing. Michael Shannon (aka General Zod) shot a video pledging his support, but he never showed in person. Protesters in New York had to settle for Dr. Giraffe
Yet no moment could have possibly been more destructive than the weapons-grade cringe from the “Hands to the sky, to the ground” song composed especially for Los Angeles.
Though there were masks on site at several protests, these were not organized “black blocks” as seen in recent actions planned by Antifa and may have been lone-wolf Antifa wannabes.
Bernouts were the upstarts of the Democratic party who served as spoilers for Trump, according to some analyses. November 4 may have been intended as an object lesson in what the populist communist faction can accomplish without the deep pockets of connected corporatist liberals. Donors to Refuse Fascism should call for an independent audit to account for how the funds have been used and ask for an unredacted list of the major donors.
Conservatives for their part need to temper their enthusiasm in response to Refuse Fascism’s massive failure. November 4th was not a referendum on the use of violence as a political tool, but the use of non-violence. As we have seen in the political leanings of the Texas church shooter on November 5th and BLM mall protests on Black Friday, the violent, antagonistic, and belligerent left still has a lock on all the energy in the Democratic party.
Many conservatives styled November 4th as a victory over Antifa when the organization was not involved in any meaningful way. Now that the peacenik communists have been publicly shamed, the party is more dependent on its globalist, corporate power brokers. A result of the protests’ failure is those same people have even more exclusive control over the most violent faction active in American politics. If anything, the sputtering failure of the November 4 movement has resulted in a Democratic party that is more dangerous, not less.