“Mastery of the streets” was at all times the primary mission of Nazi Brownshirts.
James O’Keefe’s Project Veritas released a new series of undercover videos this week exposing a plot hatched by “anti-fascist” protesters to disrupt President-elect Donald Trump’s upcoming inauguration. (Part 1)(Part 2)
The collective of local D.C. activists, who call themselves Disrupt J20, were allegedly planning to “shut down” Trump’s inauguration by use of widespread “direct actions”, including:
- Shutting down a pro-Trump inaugural ball by deploying butryc acid “stink bombs” in the building hosting the event.
- Shutting down mass transportation in D.C. on inauguration day by “blockading” major entry points to the city and using chains to anchor D.C. metro chains.
- Provoking violence between Trump supporters and protesters by punching supporters in the throat.
- Paying homeless people to block vehicle and pedestrian traffic flowing in for the inauguration.
Put together, the so called “anti-fascists” were allegedly planning a coordinated shutdown of Washington D.C. on inauguration day for the purpose of delegitimizing Donald Trump and the United States Government.
Peaceful protest is protected by the 1st Amendment–a coordinated shutdown of an entire city by violent means isn't.pic.twitter.com/Dt1b6UjNG2
— James O'Keefe (@JamesOKeefeIII) January 17, 2017
The irony in all of this is that the disruption efforts planned by the “anti-fascist” protesters mirrors the tactics used by Nazis during Hitler’s rise to power in the 1920s and early 1930s.
We don’t even need the evidence exposed by Project Veritas – there’s a striking similarity between the mission statement on Distrupt J20’s website and the tactics used by Hitler and the Nazis.
This article will compare the tactics utilized by Nazi “brownshirts” in the 1920s and early 1930s with the tactics of modern day “anti-fascists.”
Hitler’s rise to power
Surprisingly, Hitler obtained power through democratic means. By the early 1930s, Germany had descended into a state of crisis. The German government willingly granted Hitler dictatorial powers because they were convinced he was the only one who could restore order.
After a failed coup in 1923, Hitler realized that the most effective way to overthrow the German democratic republic would be to simultaneously play by democratic rules and get elected, while also utilizing disruption tactics to destabilize the the existing republic.
The Nazi Party was reorganized into two organizations to achieve this goal:
- An organization dedicated to destabilizing, delegitimizing, and overthrowing the German democratic republic.
- A “government in waiting”, so that when the Nazis obtained power, the new government could swiftly restore order.
After the start of the Great Depression in 1929, Hitler leaped into action. He deployed his Sturmabteilungen (SA), more commonly referred to as “Brownshirts”, to help destabilize the German republic.
Tactics of the Nazi Brownshirts
“Mastery of the streets” was at all times the primary mission of the Brownshirts.
“Possession of the streets is the key to power in the state — for this reason the SA marched and fought.” stated an official Brownshirt pamphlet.
The goal of this was to delegitimize the German People’s Army and the German government by showing that the Nazis were the ones really in control.
Brownshirts used physical violence and terror to break up meetings of political opponents and suppress opposition.
- Meetings of the Peace Society were frequently broken up by Brownshirts.
- They would invade meetings, interrupt the speaker, attempt to physically attack him, and make enough disturbance so that meetings would be forced to cancel.
- Sound familiar?
- Brownshirts organized to disrupt and “shut down” the political meetings of all non-Nazi groups.
- Tactics included interrupting, making noise, and unnerving the speaker. All for the purpose of silencing opposing political views.
- Sound familiar?
- During elections, Brownshirts would send speakers to physically take over meetings of other political parties.
- After taking over, they would forcibly exclude anyone not in sympathy with their views.
- Sound familiar?
- Brownshirts would even incite riots to shut down meetings of political opponents.
The Brownshirts were successful in obtaining “mastery of the streets” and shutting down all dissenting voices. Their efforts helped grind the existing government to a halt, and destabilized Germany into a state of crisis.
Hitler used this crisis to argue that he was the only one who could restore order to the country.
Hitler was appointed Chancellor in 1933 after a series of parliamentary elections. Shortly afterwards, Hitler ordered his Brownshirts to burn down the Reichstag building.
Hitler blamed the Communists for burning the building down, and convinced the German parliament that only by granting him full power could the German crisis be normalized. Parliament agreed, and passed the “Enabling Act” in March 1933, granting Hitler dictatorial powers.
Hitler successfully established a dictatorship by following these three steps:
- Delegitimize democracy and the existing government by gaining “mastery” of the street.
- Ignite a crisis by forcibly silencing all opposition and grinding the existing government to a halt.
- “Normalize” the situation by granting Hitler dictatorial powers.
Tactics used by modern-day “anti-fascists”
Let’s go back to Disrupt J20 and their efforts to shut down Trump’s inauguration.
Just like the Nazis in the 1930s, Disrupt J20 aims to delegitimize democracy, the President-elect and the United States government.
Here are some quotes from their website:
- “Trump’s success confirms the bankruptcy of representative democracy.“
- “Rather than using the democratic process as an alibi for inaction, we must show that no election could legitimize his agenda.”
- “It must be made clear to the whole world that the vast majority of people in the United States do not support [Trump’s] presidency or consent to his rule.“
- “We must delegitimize Trump and all he represents.”
Just like the Brownshirts, Disrupt J20 aims to gain mastery of the streets through “direct action”.
- “We don’t ask permission or put our faith in electoral politics.“
- “Instead, we use our bodies to stop the smooth operation of the system we oppose.”
- “Examples of direct action include the ongoing resistance at Standing Rock against the Dakota Access Pipeline, the street and highway blockades of Black Lives Matter, or the occupations of public squares during Occupy Wall Street.”
Disrupt J20 plans to shut down dissenting political voices by utilizing the same disruption tactics employed by Nazi Brownshirts.
- “We must take to the streets and protest, blockade, disrupt, intervene, sit in, walk out, rise up, and make more noise and good trouble than the establishment can bear.”
- “DC will not be hospitable to the Trump administration.”
- “Every corporation must openly declare whether they side with him or with the people who will suffer at his hands.”
- The protesters are planning “massive direct actions that will shut down the Inauguration ceremonies and any related celebrations–the Inaugural parade, the Inaugural balls, you name it”
- “We’re also planning to paralyze the city itself, using blockades and marches to stop traffic and even public transit.”
James O’Keefe’s undercover investigation revealed that Disrupt J20 was planning to utilize terrorism tactics that would have made the Nazi Brownshirts proud. They were planning to deploy stink bombs, shut down the D.C. metro, and even punch protesters in the throat to incite riots.
The D.C. US attorney’s office is currently investigating these allegations.
Developing: DC US Attorney's office called our lawyer, the terrorism task force met with our attorney this AM and are "analyzing the tapes."
— James O'Keefe (@JamesOKeefeIII) January 18, 2017
Even after Disrupt J20 announced they would be scaling back their operations Tuesday, their website still states that the protesters aim to create enough chaos on inauguration day so that the “true face of the security state” shows it’s face.
If they go through with these actions, these protesters will reap what they sow.
We’ve been down this road before
History has a nasty habit of repeating itself. We’ve been down this road before.
By all means, make your voice heard. Engage in the democratic process. Listen to those you disagree with. Convince others to accept your views through honest debate.
There’s a clear difference between peaceful protests and aiming to “paralyze” a city.
Protesters aiming to eliminate tyranny by shutting down the voices of those they disagree with must realize that their actions will achieve the opposite of what they hope to accomplish.