The struggle between right and left in the United States has deteriorated - this is another consequence of the election victory of Donald Trump. If before the American leftists protested against the weapons, now, on the contrary, arming and hold regular shooting. This phenomenon among Americans revived the fear of civil war. In what many believe now really.
In the US, traditionally, to organize armed resistance to the state authorities only right-wing forces can if necessary. However, their countless "militia", "police", "self-defense" and "sovereign citizens" by default considered to be a hotbed of white racism, sexism and anti-communism.
In this case, they are not particularly eager to fame - a major advertising makes them, paradoxically, the liberal press. It is there that regularly appear heartbreaking stories about shooting ranges "militia" and training in conditions close to the fighting. There you can find the statistics, according to which in the ranks of unofficial armed groups are composed of hundreds of thousands of Americans. Indisputable evidence of these calculations, however, does not exist.
Ideological opponents of the right - a motley conglomeration of anti-fascists, anti-globalization activists, anarchists and levoliberalov - prefers peaceful protest and non-violent protest. Moreover, the American left has traditionally positioned itself as a pacifist and opposed to the second constitutional amendment guaranteeing the right to possess firearms.
Of course, the real picture is more complicated. Almost every day we see in the news, as the anti-fascists, shook face cloths, throw stones at police, set fire to cars and beat showcases. On Pacifism is not too similar. On the other hand, it is striking that the "white racists" democratic press is too often called ordinary American citizens who are trying to defend their rights by force of arms. So it was, for example, in the recent conflict Bundy family with the feds.
Whatever it was, during the past year, this format of confrontation, familiar to both sides - rednecks with firearms against anti-fascists with posters - began to go away in the past. The coming to power of Donald Trump really hardened the left. Few demonstrations in support of the new president did without the attack of activists. On campus campus there are regular brawls with stones and pepper gas. Sites of the left are full of speculations about whether it is time to give a damn about pacifism and acquire a weapon. The "Liberal Rifle Club" with offices in different states announced an explosive growth in the number of its members.
The antifa from the movement "Rise of the Rednecks", which arose at the "John Brown Brothers Club" (the so-called after the famous abolitionist who fought for the rights of the blacks in the XIX century), showed themselves brighter than others. At the end of March this year, they came to a demonstration of Trump supporters in Phoenix, Arizona. According to eyewitnesses, there were from forty to fifty people. All were dressed in an exotic military uniform, reminiscent of the civil war in Spain. Everyone tied a red bandana around his neck. And all had semi-automatic rifles AR-15 or Kalashnikov assault rifles.
Talk to these harsh people no one wanted. Interview is not allowed. Posters have not got. A reporter of the local newspaper, shoot them on iPhone, threatened to smash a cell phone. In general, they are quite similar to usual talkative pacifists, anti-fascists. The only message of their appearance - a direct and overt threat supporters Trump.
Video from a mobile phone to the aforementioned reporter literally exploded online. Many claimed that the weapon was only an imitation, a toy, but "Rebellion rednecks" spokeswoman later confirmed that both rifles and machine guns authentic. However, she stressed that the branches of the "Rebellion rednecks" now exist in all states of the country and plan new actions to protect minorities from trampistov. And yes, they will protect them with firearms.
It is interesting that this organization of anti-fascists was formed around the shooting club - in the same way, organizations of American "militia" with the "militia" usually also take shape. Moreover, from their right-wing opponents, they borrowed almost the entire technique. Now every weekend antifa get tired of training and shooting competitions. In addition, they are actively agitating and recruiting weapons at exhibitions - this is the traditional meeting point for right-wing activists. The full idea of the "Red Bull Rebellion" program gives their slogan "Freedom to all working people - gay and transgender people, refugees and migrants, color, Muslims and Jews".
The paradoxical name of their organization, they explain by the desire to rehabilitate the rednec (literally - the red), that is, the low-paid uneducated proletarian or farmer from the remote area, to whom the leftists attribute cave racism, conservatism and anti-Semitism. It is to the Redknacks that the armed antifa is now turning its propaganda. This propaganda boils down to simple conclusions. Here's an example: "Trump, Hillary, or Bernie will not help us. Billionaires do not care about ordinary people. They deliberately separate us and set white workers against colored minorities. We must unite and lead the class struggle together. "
It is not clear how the white working class will unite with immigrants, who play the role today of strikebreakers, dumping on the labor market. It is doubtful, and what he wants to identify with the gay and transgender people - rural America is still highly religious. However, these clumsy flirting with a white proletariat overnight become the most popular trend in American politics.
After the blue-collar workers from the "rust belt" chose Trump, politicians of all varieties remembered the existence of millions of white workers and decided to bring them to his side. To do this, however, is not easy - interfere with university degrees, the old prejudices and class antagonism. Observer journalists, no representative of the white working class in the headquarters of "Rebellion rednecks" has not been noticed.
This class segregation characteristic of their political opponents. Trampisty also trying to hill the working class for their own purposes. However, their driving force - alternative rules - proved to be too far removed from the people.
The leader of the "traditionalist youth movement" Matthew Heimbach bitterly says about class and cultural fractures in white nationalism: "The enemy wants to divide us, we must also stand shoulder to shoulder." Solving the problem he sees in association with skinheads - "encouraging diversity of the working class subculture." But imagine how highly advanced geeks from alt-right to associate with skinheads from "rust belt", can not even in a nightmare.
In the camp of the Democrats, from which in the last elections and turned "blue collar" attitude toward the "rednecks Rebellion" yet skeptical. Given how informants infiltrated "police" and "militia", it is easy to assume that the intelligence services and the armed fascists managed to cover the cap. On their forums, many anarchists have hinted that the "rednecks Revolt" was specially created in order to provoke the most radical activists and let them down "under the article."
There are other suspicions. The fact is that the political opponents of the Left had time to master all the methods of information warfare, which had previously been lost almost without a fight. With the help of their forums like 4chan and sites like Breitbart, they now also arrange hysterics because of trivia and mythologize the most banal incidents. So, the ordinary brawl with the antifa in Sacramento, they dubbed "Battle of Sacramento" and brought to the top of US news. Millions of organized users in a matter of days untwist full freaks to the state of media stars, for example, a real Internet superhero was a participant in a big fight at the University of Berkeley, who came to the battle in quilted armor with a stick and shield.
Finally, alternative rules perfectly mastered the important skill of modern political activist - the ability to represent the victim. Master this technique was still Martin Luther King. Historian Devid Gerrou noted that the leader of the black activists always put at the forefront of their demonstrations of elderly women and children - if they got injured in the clashes, it provides information noise and the desired PR. Now the technology is based on the attention of the media used both left and right.
It was to expose themselves potential victims alto Right now unwind and the phenomenon of "Rebellion rednecks" - that is, they say, check out the wacky anti-fascists, they will kill us soon. This, in turn, causes the left-wing conspiracy theorists suspect that all the traffic - a solid fake, invented trampistami. But "Rise of rednecks" real and founded his famous anarchist David Strano.
"Antifa - our best allies - the right blogger writes. - Their madness makes the "norm" (mainstream Republicans) radicalized. " "The main goal of our demonstrations - echoes another - this video and snapshots, in which leftists literally go crazy."
However, AK, which hangs on the shoulder of anti-fascists, can really shoot. David Strano said that marching with weapons, he decided after seeing pictures of Ferguson's - in this city, where the black population pogrom, arrived armed white "militia" from different cities in the US. For the most part, they belonged to the movement, "which gave the oath." Their patrols are allowed to somehow maintain order.
Strano decided that he and his friends have to protect the minority of the color white. While it is unclear whether it comes to the local civil wars, will go there black on white and white on black, but their lawyers on both sides were already armed and ready for battle.