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Wealth & Poverty Review Antifa Makes Its Move

Originally published at Newsweek

Antifa has become famous for rioting in the streets and setting police cruisers on fire, but behind the scenes, the left-wing activist organization has done the unthinkable: establish political power in major American cities.

The media has long provided cover for Antifa, perpetuating the myth that “Antifa is an idea, not an organization” and playing the childish semantic game that “Antifa only means standing against fascism.” But the truth is that Antifa is not only real, but has advanced a sophisticated three-part strategy to move the country towards its political program of anarcho-socialism. The plan goes like this: First, create chaos at the national level through identity politics-fueled protests, riots and civil unrest. Second, quietly elect sympathetic officials to local councils in America’s most progressive cities. And third, stamp out dissent through intimidation and build political power from the bottom up.

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Christopher Rufo

Former Director, Center on Wealth & Poverty
Christopher Rufo is former director of the Discovery Institute’s Center on Wealth & Poverty. He has directed four documentaries for PBS, Netflix, and international television, including his latest film, America Lost, that tells the story of three "forgotten American cities.” Christopher is currently a contributing editor of City Journal, where he covers poverty, homelessness, addiction, crime, and other afflictions. Christopher is a magna cum laude graduate of Georgetown University, Claremont Institute Lincoln Fellow, and has appeared on NPR, CNN, ABC, CBS, HLN, and FOX News.