- Not everyone who fights a fascist is a "good guy." See: communists in Italy, Germany and Spain, circa the 1920s and '30s. See also: the Soviet Union.
- While "antifa" stands for "anti-fascist," that does not necessarily make them "good guys." They sure as hell aren't in any way the equals of our soldiers in World War 2, despite what you
- Many of the "antifas" explicitly believe in communism, an ideology that killed even more people in the 20th century than fascism did (others in their ranks are anarchists).
- Regardless of political ideology, those who would take the law into their own hands in the name of "punching Nazis" are lawless vigilantes.
- So are people who would unilaterally act to tear down statues or deface monuments on public property.
- Still, in the context of either the Charlottesville melee or American history more broadly: They're bad, but not as bad as neo-Nazis, white supremacists and the KKK -- and it's not particularly close.
- Also: They're true extremists, and not the same as all or most liberals or Democrats.
If you find any of these points even mildly controversial, or have a hard time holding a press conference and being able to explain a position in harmony with all of this, you might need to take some more time to think things over.