A tax-exempt 501(c)3 group with ties to billionaire financier George Soros contributed $50,000 to fund a dangerous “Antifa” group linked to the Revolutionary Communist Party:It's ironic that George Soros funds a group that claims to fight fascism, given that Soros arguably was a Nazi collaborator in WW II (he was 14 at the time).
The Left’s explosive, prolonged rage at the election of President Donald Trump on Nov. 8, 2016, gave new life to the ultra-violent leftist movement known as Antifa. . . .Refuse Fascism participated in rioting on Feb. 1, 2017, at the University of California, Berkeley, with the goal of preventing conservative controversialist Milo Yiannopoulos from giving a speech. The rioting caused more than $500,000 in damage.
Reports of Antifa violence are everywhere, which is why the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has quietly designated Antifa as “domestic terrorists.” . . .
Antifa is not a single organization: it is a movement or coalition of leftist groups, each of which claims to combat “fascism” . . . The word Antifa itself is a truncation of anti-fascist. . . .
Determining who funds Antifa is difficult because the movement is highly decentralized and consists of private individuals and loosely affiliated groups. . . .
Nonetheless, the left-wing billionaire George Soros has ties to Antifa through a group called the Alliance for Global Justice (AfGJ). Soros’s philanthropy, known at the time as the Open Society Institute, gave $100,000 to AfGJ ($50,000 in 2004 and $50,000 in 2006).
Acting as a fiscal sponsor, AfGJ gave $50,000 to Refuse Fascism, an unincorporated Antifa group. Fiscal sponsors are recognized tax-exempt 501(c)(3) nonprofits that take in donations on behalf of unincorporated or small groups so that donors can deduct the donations from their taxes, charging the group receiving the donation a processing fee. . . .
Stopping someone from speaking is called no-platforming (or sometimes de-platforming). Summoning the spirit of “Repressive Tolerance” essayist Herbert Marcuse, the so-called father of the New Left who favored shutting down non-leftists, Antifa and others on the far Left believe that fascists are not entitled to free speech. Read the whole thing by Matthew Vadum.
Police say ‘Antifa’ protester Eric Clanton attacked Trump supporters in Berkeley.
“Antifa” uses violence to intimidate and silence its opponents. Eric Clanton, a college philosophy teacher, was arrested last year after police say he attacked Trump supporters at a rally in Berkeley. . .
It's long past time to "reform" or even abolish the tax exemptions for a wide variety of "social" causes, political on either side. Let them pay taxes on their income like the businesses they have become, and take away the tax deduction their donors get for donating.
It's been said that “Every great cause begins as a movement, becomes a business, and eventually degenerates into a racket.” Some of them are there already.