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The Greatest Antifascists

Assholes create their own enemies. The hateful and combative will always find someone to blame and punish, and then–much like Ben Franklin’s frying fish–come up with reasons afterwards. Assholes are always forced into action by the people they set out to hurt; it’s a recurring theme. Anti-fascists were invented by fascists. Not just fascists, but Fascists. The first use of the word was by Mussolini’s band of bumblers: the Italian secret police were called the Organizzazione per la Vigilanza e la Repressione dell’Antifascismo. (For those of you who don’t speak Italian, then just look at the phrase again. Not that tough to figure out.)

Anti-fascist organizations became popular, and often brutally crushed, throughout Europe in the years between the Wars. Some took to the hills to fight guerilla battles against the government forces, harrying supply lines and sabotaging power and transport. The anti-fascists took up arms in Spain against Franco. The bells tolled in Catalonia. Hitler tried out a new idea in a city called Guernica.

America did not have much of an organized anti-fascism movement before the Second World War. There were the Bunds, and the American Nazi Party, and the Jewish street kids and mobsters would fight them.

But then the War started, and we learned quickly.

This is what an anti-fascist looks like:

That’s Rudy Tokiwa from K Company of the 442nd Regimental Combat Force. This picture was taken on July 15, 1944. The 442nd had just taken the Castelina Marittima.

Here are more anti-fascists:

These are the men of the Red Ball Express; they drove the deuce-and-a-half trucks that supplied and fed the American forces.

Here’s an anti-fascist named Norwood:

That man was born in North Carolina in 1918 and given the name Norwood Dorman. The statue behind him is a tribute to the Italian soldiers of World War One. Norwood’s pose is a comment on the cyclical nature of human bullshit.

For years, this photo was dated to December 7th. It was actually taken at a training exercise a few weeks prior. No matter: they’re aiming their hoses at fascism.

Did you know an anti-fascist was the last man to bat .400?

That’s Ted Williams, and he hated fascism so much that he learned to fly a plane so he could shoot at it from above. A few years later, Ted would reenlist so he could get back in a plane at shoot at Communism.

Some anti-fascists were hunky:

That nose is doing it for me.

And here are some more anti-fascists:

So when you hear “anti-fascist” used as an attempted pejorative, think of these men and women.

 

PS I didn’t want to be goofy, but I can’t help it:

“General Eisenhower?”

“What, General Jenkins?”

“Why does Patton get to wear whatever he wants?”

“Not this again.”

“It’s just not fair.”

“You’re absolutely right, Jenkins.”

“I am?”

“Yes. Go tell him to change.”

“Nuh-uh.”

“I thought so.”

12 Comments

  1. Damn good Post! Thanks. I said something on Twitter about beating Nazis, becuse they are Nazis. This is controversial in 2017. Thanks again

  2. Your social and political commentary is consistently on point, whether cut with semi-fictional reality choogle band guffaws, the unfolding universe of Little Aleppo, or in its devastatingly effective distilled form. Bravo!

  3. Just watched the boneheaded Deadhead Michael Caputo try to place the blame equally with the Anti-Fa protesters for making yesterday happen on CNN’s State of the Union with Jake Tapper. Here is a posted clip. Caputo is next to Van Jones. I thought Bill Kristol was about to have an aneurysm.

  4. Patton gets to wear what he wants because he’s a tanker. Unlike most troops they carry .45s and instead of M-16s they have those ridiculous grease guns. And they have their own special type of boot–no idea why tankers need buckles on their boots instead of laces.

    ALSO, Ted Williams, greatest Mexican baseball player EVAR.

    • Thoughts On The Dead

      August 14, 2017 at 1:01 am

      Dude, I swear to God I was just on wikipedia looking up combat boots and I know the answer: tanks have lots of exposed gears inside (or at least the old ones did) and shoelaces would get caught. Plus, they don’t need all the tread and ankle support of the infantry.

  5. How about that? I was a 19echo (I think Oddball in Kelly’s Heroes was the reason behind that) but never knew the reason behind the boots.
    I love this site, especially now that “the news” is always so depressing. I’ve also noticed that the books I read seem better since the election. Due to the contrast with reality I suppose.

  6. This is good. I would encourage all true anti fasicists to oppose any who would (or do) act like fascists (or simply thugs) doing so in the name of anti-fascism, or under a banner or meme that suggests anti-fascism.

    • Thoughts On The Dead

      August 14, 2017 at 10:44 am

      Wow, you sound like you’re doing A “both sides” thing and I won’t have it in my Comment Section.

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