Historian Mark Bray Explores Antifa's Roots

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Antifa members and counter protesters gather during a rightwing No-To-Marxism rally on August 27, 2017 at Martin Luther King Jr. Park in Berkeley, California.  (Photo: Amy Osborne/AFP/Getty Images)

Anti-fascist groups, or antifa, have been criticized for attacking peaceful right-wing demonstrators and journalists in Berkeley over the weekend. That criticism comes after President Trump said the "alt-left" was culpable for some of the violence in Charlottesville and after the group used extreme tactics to keep Milo Yiannopoulos from giving a speech at UC Berkeley in February. In his new book, "Antifa: The Anti-Fascist Handbook," historian Mark Bray lays out the group’s roots from resisting Hitler and Mussolini in Europe during the 1920s and 1930s to its current resurgence at far right rallies in the United States. Bray joins us to explain the provenance, history, and enduring relevance of the anti-fascist left.   We'll also hear from The Weekly Standard's Mark Hemingway, who has a very different view of the antifa movement.

Mark Bray,
author, "Antifa: The Anti-Fascist Handbook"; lecturer at Dartmouth College

Mark Hemingway, Senior Writer , The Weekly Standard