So by now you will have read that I attended the Sargon of Akkad vs Yaron Brook debate held a week ago last Monday. This event was violently interrupted by “Anti-Fascist” thugs, incited, encouraged, co-ordinated and assisted by the leaderships of several left-wing student societies affiliated to Kings College London Student Union. At least one of the participants has since been elected to a paid position within KCLSU, according to reports.
Our meeting this evening March 13th will provide an opportunity to hear from the primary victims of that trespass, the KCL Libertarian Society, but there were many more people affected. 200 non-student guests never made it into the University. I am one of those 200, and I wanted to reflect on what Antifa’s actions have meant to me.
Before I dive into that, here is the version of the event video which was eventually recorded in an office nearby.
As you can see, this is nothing to get to emotional about, let alone violent. It is completely devoid of any content you could label “fascist”. What did they think they were doing?
Well, what they did do is barge aggressively into the Strand campus, clad in black and dropping smoke bombs. They leapt the barrier and tackled the lobby security, broke through that cordon, tackled other security deeper inside the building, smashing glass and injuring security staff and then, as instructed by protesters inside the event space, they went to the stage and attempted the theft of the microphones. The fire alarm had gone off, and we were all told to leave.
Instant Initiation into a new Club
The effect of all that drama upon the audience was instantaneous, We went from a fragmented bored huddle staring into our separate smart phones, into a united team of jeering and angry opponents. People were chanting in unison after just a few iterations “fuck antifa” and “left wing lies people die” were the slogans du jour.
I was honestly bemused for while. I fumbled for cameras that I had just put away while my eyes darted around like a crazy person to take in the whole scene. I recall the chants and jeers included a lot of foul language. I pulled a Captain America and scolded my teammates: “we are better than them, we can be polite and still win”. Instantly I noticed that double “we” – we had indeed all become team mates. We were still strangers, but now we were all on the same side, at least for the moment.
The people I had been standing next to, now not to be seen, were Libertarian Home regulars and we had picked out a pub to head to since to watch the delayed (in fact cancelled) live stream. As we were herded out by security I shouted out the name of the pub, someone further ahead shouted out directions to get there. We were coordinating, we were co-operating. Antifa did that, we effectively had no choice in the matter.
Many decided to wait around outside the venue, but after a while people began arriving at the pub. Having had difficultly being served, I popped back out to find out what was going on and to talk to the police. By the time I got back, more people had turned up and it was possible to be served. I sat down with the others, feeling entirely welcome. We swapped videos of the violence and introduced ourselves. Three beers later we had swapped ancient war stories, shared our opinions of feminism and immigration, and we all knew each other’s names. I didn’t agree with half of them on immigration, but I had listened and they had listened to me. It was very civilised, in fact I’d say we had had fun. A year from now, I fully expect to hear of friendships born of this turmoil and this sense of comradery.
For a while, nothing else matters
My reason for going to the debate in the first places was to discover what all this fuss was over Sargon of Akkad. The fuss I had seen emanated from organisers, not Antifa. But the negative coverage, some of which was outright libellous from what I could tell, had hardened my resolve to go and make my own mind up. I was on a mission to judge Sargon.
If antifa’s goal was to make me judge Sargon negatively they didn’t get what they wanted. In fact my curiosity about Sargon was suspended for the whole week. In the meantime, I was simply an enemy of Antifa and was very focused on that task. I was following all the updates, watched the scenes inside and out from several angles, shared thoughts on how criminal proceedings might go, discussed the PMA1908, looked over the opposition Facebook events and organised tonight’s meetup. Sargon did not matter, not yet. My team (KCL Libertarians and my new friends from the foyer) had been censored by violent, lying idiots. That needed attention, urgently – Antifa had forced me to oppose Antifa.
Resuming the process of judging Sargon took a mental effort, a conscious decision to refocus. I had lost a lot of time to the anti-antifa stuff but I resumed the Sargon investigation while on the loo, and listened to his videos while working – I found the time.
Curiouser and Curiouser
Once refocused on the question of who Sargon was I was inevitably more positive in my pre-dispositions. I had actually briefly met Sargon on the way in and found the man and the scene refreshingly pleasant and positive. The contrast between Sargon and his fans, and Antifa and their co-conspirators was stark to put it mildly.
I am now two parts into his series “Why does everyone hate feminism” and have found only a few seconds of footage in that series to be even controversial, let alone disagreeable, the rest is largely obvious. In other words, I am now focused on a part of Sargon’s message and output that I am not sure I would have bothered with without Antifa. I am finding I agree with most of what I have consumed so far and Sargon is not even close to fascist, or racist and what he does criticise is more well-researched than much of the internet. I am likely to keep watching to satisfy myself that I’m sure of what I’m talking about, but I don’t expect many surprises.
This is not just a failure for Antifa, this is a move in entirely the opposite direction of what Antifa seemed to intend. Are Antifa really so stupid that they did not predict any of the above? Perhaps they are, or perhaps they are not. KCL have already clamped down on other controversial events, the organisers are already suffering as a result. Perhaps Antifa’s strategy is working just fine.