We interviewed the representatives at Anticom for an inside-look at their new movement. Anticom is an organization inspired by the banditry of the left during “peaceful” protests, also known as anti free-speech riots.
They are dedicated to “oversee any leftist protests which occur in a division’s area”. They intend to fight back against the violence against innocents and vandalism that occurs during these riots.
However, they do intend to remain peaceful if the organized event also remains peaceful. Anticom structure requires no interference unless it is in protection against “violent acts against life or property”.
Anticom is an abbreviation for “Anti-Communist”. This phrase is a play on Antifa, which are “anti-fascists”. As we have seen, many of the worst criminal elements during these riots call themselves Antifa. It’s only fair that a new counter-culture movement springs up to combat against them.
We got an inside look at the organization through an interview. Below are the unedited responses by the representatives at Anticom.
Interview With Anticom
How did Anticom begin?
Anticom began on 4chan’s /pol/ board in early February. Many users of the site, including myself, were concerned with the levels of violence being employed by the radical left in recent weeks. Given that no-one was supplying the visible demand for a right-wing counter-antifa, I posted a general thread on the subject to gauge the boards’ overall response to the idea.
Given the enthusiasm which the aforementioned post garnered, I created a second thread, and included a Discord server where we could more easily coordinate. Shortly thereafter, the name Anticom was agreed upon, the Twitter was set up, and our members got to work.
What were the founding reasons on why you felt the desire to bring about this organization?
In the past, most conservatives, myself included, had considered Antifa to be little more than uneducated communist LARPers who were incapable of posing any real threat to the public. However, the images from the January 20th and UC Berkeley protests raised concerns that Antifa, while certainly idiotic, had the sheer manpower to cause severe damage to life and property.
Given the lack of police and civilian response to the aforementioned riots, many members of the right recognized the need for a grassroots group to defend innocents against leftist terrorism. Thus, the idea for Anticom came into being.
Your current focus appears to be on leftist protests/riots. Do you feel this would be “provoking” them? How do you intend to handle the media, which will certainly paint you in a negative light?
One of our primary goals is that we avoid becoming a right-wing mirror of Antifa. One simply needs to look at skinheads and neo-nazis to see how well that works out. In order to prevent the organization from degenerating, we’ve recognized the need for a purpose outside of anti-communism.
If we establish ourselves only as a right-wing militia, we’ll inevitably seek conflict where there is none. As such, civil service has been one of our core tenets since the establishment of Anticom. Cleaning trash off of highways, feeding the homeless, and working at Veterans’ Associations are a few ways in which we might help our communities. Our goal is not only to defend against leftist violence, but to better our surroundings wherever we might go.
At a peaceful protest, for example, we might clean up trash and signs when the event ends. Furthermore, we will defend free speech no matter our alignment with the personal beliefs of an individual. If a skinhead group were to attempt to initiate violence at a leftist campus, we would respond just as we would with Antifa. (Of course, Anarchists seem to be the more violent group by far, hence our name.)
Finally, we intend on establishing a clear chain of command, as well as a dress code, in order to give us a professional air, and distinguish us from mere rioters.
Speaking of media, It is likely the mainstream media will describe you as far-right extremists or provocateurs. But to dispel these claims in advance, do you even have political affiliations? Or is your organization structured solely around resisting Leftist-extremism?
From the beginning, we’ve attempted to make it clear that though we defend free speech, we do not have, and will never have an official political platform. We accept members regardless of ethnicity or gender, provided that they agree with the cause, and can satisfy the physical requirements to join.
Although the political and racial makeup of our members varies wildly (we have Korean libertarians, gay anarcho-capitalists, Latino nationalists, and even some liberal centrists) our common mission has prevented us from splitting over such political lines.
I have no doubt that despite this, the establishment media will label us as “far-right.” We’re not all that worried by this, and we don’t intend on weakening our position by apologizing to the mainstream media. (Keep in mind that most younger people watch the alternative media anyway.)
In regards to the protests/riots, what is your stance on law enforcement? How will anticom handle any requests by law enforcement?
In order to avoid being labeled a terrorist organization, it is imperative that we obey law enforcement at all times. If the police are doing their job and tell us to stand down, we’ll do so immediately. In situations where police are completely absent, such as Berkeley, we’ll attempt to contain the situation ourselves.
What are the next steps for Anticom? Do you have any big plans in the making?
Now that Anticom has established a small but dedicated online following, we intend to continue growth by beginning regional meetups on the first weekend of March (specifics will be listed on our website within a few days).
At the moment, Reddit and Discord work just fine as forums, but we intend on establishing an independent discussion board in the near future for maximum security. After initial meetups have been completed, our next step is to contact local VA’s, soup kitchens, and animal shelters in order to start working on community service.Of course, we’ll also prepare for the next major protest which might occur.
Where do you see this organization going into the future? In an “ideal situation” what would you like to see a year from today?
In an ideal world, I would imagine that Anticom would be a national movement with thousands of members within the year. We’d be well-known, have high-quality equipment thanks to crowdfunding and donations, and function as official police auxiliaries in several states.Of course, I realize that all this probably won’t happen within a single year. More realistically, I’d expect that we could achieve such a status by the 2020 election, provided we dedicate ourselves to the cause. It’s worth noting that Antifa has been around since the 90’s and has only recently become more widely known. These things take time.
What’s your requirements for membership?
Our requirements for membership are fairly lax, but still effective in weeding out LARPers and infiltrators. We simply require that prospective members are in alignment with our cause, are in either education or the workplace, and are capable of passing the USMC’s physical fitness test.
Upon entering our Discord, new recruits are given a role, which is “Non-Vetted Member” by default. At this rank, they are incapable of accessing certain portions of the the sever, and are barred from viewing important information.If they agree to an extensive political and personal interview with one of our moderators, we may agree to grant them the “Vetted Member” role, making them eligible for meetups and private discussion channels.
How can someone go about joining or supporting Anticom?
In our initial phase, the best way for a prospective supporter to help us out is simply to spread awareness of our movement, if you’re interested in joining, hop in our Discord, get vetted, and look into our upcoming events.
Is there anything else you’d like to mention?
I think that covers just about everything. Thanks for the interview; we enjoyed it!
Connect With Them
If you’re interested in learning more about Anticom, you can find their website here.
Finally, if you’re interested in checking out some of their artwork, just click the image below: