I’m sure most readers know all about the thuggish violence that is perpetuated by Antifa. But I’ve begun to wonder about the relationship between atheism and Antifa.
Over at Quora, according to Lucca Fehn,
Antifa has nothing to do with atheism.
Hold on there. We are constantly told that atheism is simply a lack of belief in God. Given that belief in God does not seem to be part of Antifa’s ideology and violent activities, such belief is lacking and thus they are behaving as atheists. Their violent attacks and opposition to free speech are atheistic.
At least according to this definition.
But maybe there is more.
According to Fehn:
As far as I can tell, antifa’s uniting trait is that they anarcho-communists who oppose nationalism.
We know as a matter of historical fact that communism and atheism have been strongly linked. Might this also be the case with “anarcho-communism?”
If Fhen is correct, according to Wiki:
Anarcho-communism developed out of radical socialist currents after the French Revolution, but was first formulated as such in the Italian section of the First International. The theoretical work of Peter Kropotkin took importance later as it expanded and developed pro-organizationalist and insurrectionary anti-organizationalist sections.
Anarcho-communism´s main theorist Peter Kropotkin, “was a child of the Enlightenment and the Scientific Revolution, and assumed that religion would be replaced by science and that the Church as well as the State would be abolished; he was particularly concerned with the development of a secular system of ethics which replaced supernatural theology with natural biology”.
So the main theorist of anarcho-communism was someone who sounds just like today’s New Atheist. Add in the far left political views and it sure looks like…….a PZ Myers.
Anyway, I can’t say for sure if such a connection exists. But given this brief preliminary look, it does seem to be a question worth looking into.