Peace can be found in avoidance of extremes

They are Tweedledee and Tweedledum: I am referring to the White Supremacist Coalition (White Supremacists, KKK, and neo-Nazis — and hereafter called WSC) and their arch enemy Antifa (the independent, anti-fascist groups and their supporters). The WSC is unabashedly fascist while Antifa, in spite of its name, is covertly fascist, which is almost amusing considering Antifa’s official stance. By the way, I define “fascist” as a right-wing or a left-wing person or group that is intolerant, authoritarian, and violent.

Though they are sworn enemies, the two groups actually complement each other in their modes of operation, which is to inflict terror and violence upon each other and anyone else who gets in the way. WSC members are right-wing, hate other races, and wear white, while Antifa members are left-wing, hate what WSC embraces, and wear black.

Each group would get a nod of approval: the former would be favored by Hitler and Rohm, leaders of the Nazi Brown Shirts, and the latter would win endorsement from Felix Dzerzhinsky, leader of the Cheka and OGPU (Soviet secret police: “protectors” of the Russian Revolution). Obviously, WSC and Antifa are not identical, and I don’t mean to imply that they are. There are important differences between the two groups: WSC is racist, sexist, and homophobic — to name a few of their pet peeves; whereas Antifa is not.

Nonetheless, I am reminded of a line from the movie “The Dark Knight;” in a moment of candor, the Joker says to Batman in all seriousness, “You complete me!” To draw a quick analogy: the two political-action groups are in effect “bookends.” With each group pushing toward the other, they are, in spite of their differences, reflections of each another. Hate is hate, regardless of its justification and agenda.

In closing, let me just say that as far as the individual is concerned, “Peace can be found in the avoidance of extremes.”

THOMAS CARL NAST

Gloversville