NOTE: This is an old, unfinished article from LAST SUMMER, which dug into some troubling aspects of the origins of ANTIFA in America, and particularly the roots in academia. It is FAR from complete, and I have no desire to finish it, but I decided to publish what is there, RIGHT NOW, as ANTIFA is being declared a terrorist organization, because I believe researchers looking into ANTIFA will benefit.
ANTIFA is being HELPED by academics, and those incubator institutions and “bad shepherd” academics need to answer for what they created. THIS will help us return freedom of thought to universities, IMO, because the radical student footsoldiers of uniform leftist thought and mind control will lose their backing by Marxist and crypto-Marxist professors and administrators.
Some editorial comments are added in bold.
Whether one considers my neologism of “STANTIFA” to come from ANTIFA-encouraging, “Stef”-Halper-producing, “Two-Door”-Ford-backing STANFORD UNIVERSITY, or the notorious and frankly dubious ANTIFA-defending professor STANISLAV VYSOTSKY – who may have actually GIVEN BIRTH to Portland ANTIFA – it is all about what falls out of the following video.
EDIT: A video which was apparently REMOVED by ANTIFA-backing YouTube Menshevik Susan Wojcicki and her clan of crypto-radical enablers of the radical left.
Gabriel Nadales: I’m a former Antifa member and enough is enough — Antifa must be stopped
If you don’t have time for the video, consider this summary from the video’s page on YouTube.
EDIT: Fortunately, I kept this transcript:
The video showing Quillette reporter Andy Ngo being savagely attacked by Antifa at a demonstration in Portland, Oregon, last weekend has rocked the nation. The footage of masked thugs beating him with blunt objects and throwing “milkshakes” allegedly filled with quick-drying cement is shocking to many. But I’m not surprised by this horrific behavior—I was once behind the mask.
PORTLAND POLICE SEEK OTHERS TAKING PART IN VIOLENT ANTIFA ASSAULTS, AS MORE DETAILS OF ATTACKS REVEALED
I first became involved in Antifa in 2010 while I was in high school, and over the course of two years I participated in several demonstrations throughout Southern California. Although I never hurt anyone, I yelled obscenities, I destroyed property and I am ashamed of my actions. While I walked away from the movement over seven years ago, I have been following its growth and today’s Antifa members are far more brutal, thuggish and bold than anything I experienced. How did it get to this?
Antifa has been encouraged and allowed to thrive on our college and university campuses. Police are often forced to work with their hands behind their backs, as we saw from the footage of Ngo’s attack, and administrators have failed to hold those who commit acts of violence and intimidation accountable. We are now seeing it spill over into our communities. Antifa will only grow more aggressive if it is not stopped, and we must target it where is has found fertile ground—our college and university campuses. The seeds of this violence have been planted and are encouraged by leftist professors in the classroom.
Over the last few years, there has been a growing trend of extremist professors advocating for violence and intimidation to force leftist ideology onto society. Examples can be found from coast-to-coast:
— Mark Bray, a visiting scholar at Dartmouth College, is a staunch defendant of Antifa’s use of violence and even wrote “Anti-Fa: The Anti-Fascist Handbook,” in which he claims that ‘violence is a “legitimate response” to groups with incendiary views.’
— Then there is Assistant Professor Stanislav Vysotsky at University of Wisconsin – Whitewater who writes in an op-ed that: “On America’s Streets, Antifa’s Militant Anti-fascism Isn’t Terrorism – It’s Self-defense.”
— Professors at Purdue and Stanford Universities, have worked to create a “Campus Antifascist Network” (CAN) to bring together “anyone committed to fighting fascism.”
— Unsurprisingly, students are following the guidance of their teachers. Just a few weeks ago, Campus Reform reported that the Autonomous Student Network at the University of Texas Austin threatened to doxx incoming first-year students if they join Young Conservatives of Texas or Turning Point USA chapters.
Make no mistake, Antifa’s violence is being fueled by professors in the classroom who incite their students to enact political violence against others. That is not preparing the next generation of leaders, it’s preparing the next generation of thugs. Universities ca……Gabriel Nadales, alleged former ANTIFA member
There is more in the video, and I encourage you to watch and read it (the text appears as captions IN the video).
The above video finally prompted me to make this post, rather than just make comments to the effect of what you are about to read, as I have been doing.
I have been sitting on some explosive research which – in my opinion – backs up what this person is saying – that university “professors” are the ones who are actually behind ANTIFA. In fact, I believe there is circumstantial evidence that Portland ANTIFA was actually ginned up by the very same communists who are pushing the propaganda meme of:
- “Trump supporter” equals
- “white & nationalist” equals
- “white nationalist” equals
- “white supremacist
It’s a rather cunning meme, and to see this meme being PUSHED into the American law enforcement community by an ALLEGED CRIMINOLOGIST is – quite frankly – shocking.
Speaking of law enforcement, there is ANOTHER THING which pushed me to make this post – today’s news about an ANTIFA fire-bomber “martyring” himself at an ICE facility, and now being LAUDED by ANTIFA THUGS.
[EDIT: Tweet gone but residue stuck in WordPress – saving as an image in case the above remainder is lost.]
There is a lot of breaking news about Willem van Spronsen, and before I get on with this, I call on ALL HONEST RESEARCHERS to begin looking for connections of him to any of the following:
- Russian expats and descendants in Washington State
- Known communists or “red diaper” families
- European ANTIFA and other global anarchists
- Portland ANTIFA
- Stanislav Vysotsky or his various contacts in ANTIFA or academia
- Professors, grad students, and other potential Seattle-area “ANTIFA creators” starting in 2006 – particularly in 2007-2010 – until the present time
- “Friends” who encouraged van Spronsen’s martyrdom complex, possibly by regular phone calls of consistent length
You will understand WHY I am suggesting these things, by the END of this post.
The fact that ANTIFA is now clearly being ginned up to “defend open borders” – the same open borders that are being rushed by RUSSIA-CHINA-CUBA-VENEZUELA-backed migrants – tells me that this is INTERNATIONAL – that ANTIFA in America has OVERSEAS ORIGINS.
Mandy and I have discussed the appearance of ANTIFA in America, and I expounded on two theories of it – (1) that the German, Stalinist, KPD-connected ANTIFA of the 1930’s never really went away, and (2) that it died out after World War II, and was ginned up anew in the United States. In that discussion, I postulated that European anarchists may have provided some form of continuity and encouragement to the early movement in America. Indeed, one frequently sees pictures of VIOLENT EUROPEAN ANTIFA being posted either mistakenly, or as a kind of disinformation, in discussions of American ANTIFA.
If that sub-theory of European ANTIFA providing a bridge is correct, then violent ANTIFA activist Willem van Spronsen seems like a potential fit.
AND – if Willem van Spronsen was a LINK between Soviet / Communist backers of ANTIFA and its origins in the United States – as in maybe Willem van Spronsen was a WITNESS or POTENTIAL WITNESS – well, sure would be convenient for those backers if he DIED. Right? And maybe was a martyr for the cause at the same time?
You starting to see this?
So let’s begin. The discussion will take two parts. The first part centers on ANTIFA violence in general, and Willem van Spronsen in particular. The second part concerns Portland ANTIFA, its origins, and its close relationship with Stanislav Vysotsky.
Part I – ANTIFA Violence and Willem van Spronsen
Part II – Portland ANTIFA and Stanislav Vysotsky
THIS is the article that really woke me up to the fact that “ANTIFA professors” were a far deeper problem than just Eric Clanton swinging a bike lock.
Because this article – excellent journalism, I might add – received IMMEDIATE push-back from ANTIFA and allied socialist forces, when it appeared, I am frankly surprised it’s still around. Since it will very likely be pulled down soon by leftists, once I expose it, I have made sure to locate an archived copy:
While this article provides an EXCELLENT window into ANTIFA and its enemies in late 2009, the real importance, is that it demonstrates how closely current ANTIFA defender Stanislav Vysotsky was working with the group when it was still quite young:
Rose City Antifa was founded in 2007, when anti-racists organized to shut down a meeting of the neo-Nazi Hammerskin Nation set for the Sherwood Elks Lodge (see “Skin Cancer,” WW, Oct. 3, 2007). The group posts cards and fliers at the Red Black Cafe, the Black Rose Collective Bookstore and other places where anarchists and the far-left gather, but its total membership is unknown.
On Saturday, Sept. 19, the group set up a recruitment table at a punk concert in North Portland benefiting the volunteer group Portland Books to Prisoners. Stanislav Vysotsky, a Willamette University sociology professor who studies anti-racist groups, was at the table laying out anti-fascist literature next to a sign that said “Rose City Antifa.”
Vysotsky denied he’s a member of the group. But he defended its tactics in an interview with WW.
Vysotsky says publicly outing one’s enemies—including publishing their home addresses and pressuring their employers to fire them—is a widely accepted practice by progressive social movements. (It’s also used by the right wing, which publishes addresses of abortion doctors on far-right websites.)
“The strategy is to shut them down.” Vysotsky says. “Someone can’t be active if they are out looking for a job, and homes are their base of operation. If you put yourself in the shoes of a movement member, there is very much a logic to this.”https://www.wweek.com/portland/article-11048-anti-fascist-front.html
My impression, reading this article, is that it was simply good, balanced, old-school journalism, digging for small facts and larger issues on both sides of the natural controversy of the story.
And – clearly – that was going to get it in trouble.
The Willamette Weekly article, published on September 22, 2009, received a published response, two days later, on September 24.
Again, just in case this gets taken down, there is an archived version here:
I simply let these articles stand for themselves. It is obvious that the reporter of the first article, at the time of the reporting AND the writing, was at least motivated to ASK if Stanislav Vysotsky was in fact a member of Rose City ANTIFA, taking note of (and clearly refusing to spike) the fact that Vysotsky was seeming to help the group hand out flyers.
Let the facts speak for themselves.
Sadly, I can only get a limited amount of information about Vysotsky and his academic writings. I don’t have the massive academic resources of a professor (it’s all very “pay to play”), nor do I have the commercial information resources of a journalist. I pretty much have the same thing as you all – an increasingly censored internet, controlled by the leftists who control SEARCH.
However, I am going to share whatever solid information I CAN get, in hopes that others with more resources take up the case. There is enough here to see that:
“Portland, we have a problem.“
For starters, Vysotsky’s curriculum vitae is – quite frankly – damning, in terms of his time in Portland. Timeline his arrival and academic history, and you will see the rise of ANTIFA in Portland correlating very strongly with those things.
Because there is some risk that it will be taken down, I have preserved the evidence as images:
There is also a true wealth of academic references. Because I refuse to buy into the bizarre alternative universe of “ANTIFA-think” propaganda as academia, which gerrymanders reality into an assortment of racial and historical grievances (which just happen to advance Soviet communism in America, but please don’t notice THAT), you won’t even see me arguing with “Vysotsky-think”, other than to state the following:
- it is ALARMING that Stalinist thinking is being uploaded into CRIMINOLOGY
- I suspect Vysotsky’s writings may ORIGINATE this thinking in academia
- the primary effect looks like NORMALIZATION of “ANTIFA-think” in ACADEMIA
- the secondary effect looks like NORMALIZATION of “ANTIFA-think” in NEWS
The latter point comes from the fact that Vysotsky gets interviewed by the news media, and the result is a bizarre framing of radical leftist talking points as “news”. Or, if not news, opinion.
About which, I apparently wasn’t the only person thinking it might need to be archived:
I really don’t have to say anything here. There are people who buy into this stuff, and to me it’s just as contorted and nonsensical as the ginned-up opposite of the national socialists.
Socialists – national socialists – anarchists – international socialists – democratic socialists – WHATEVER. I let them speak for themselves. and I really don’t need to do much more.
READ THE ARTICLE. NORMALIZATION OF RADICALIZATION.
So THERE YOU HAVE IT.
Now – this is not all the information we have. There is MUCH more on Stanislav Vysotsky’s background that is, quite frankly, very damning, but we lack the resources to get a SECOND SOURCE VALIDATION which would pin things down. Thus, we encourage journalists with MORE RESOURCES to publish what THEY have, and we may then chose to VALIDATE if our information agrees.
ANTIFA did not form in a vacuum. DIG DEEPER.