Armed Antifa Group Attempted to Radicalize Mentally Ill Students at UT Austin

An armed communist militia group belonging to the larger Antifa movement states that its goal is to recruit and radicalize college students with mental health issues in Austin, Texas.

Far Left Watch reports that a far-left “anti-fascist” organization called Red Guards Austin, which glorifies Communist dictator Mao Zedong, and openly calls for armed revolt against “capitalists”, has a variety of cells to promote and diversify its message—one of which organizes at the University of Texas-Austin.

Dubbed the Revolutionary Student Front, the recently appeared in the news for holding “self-defense training” on campus and promoting the murder of police officers. In February, it published a 13,000 word document outlining its “Revolutionary Mental Health Program” covering its goals, failures, successes, and their shuttering of the program.

The document details the extremist group’s stated goal to target students with mental health problems and radicalize them into “active fighters” for the Antifa movement (Highlights by Far Left Watch)

“The primary goal of this program was to address the mental health needs of students in a way that would primarily serve to politicize and strengthen them, to become more committed to revolution and more capable of carrying it out.”

“The RMHP was born out of a process of social investigation during our first semester as an organization in the fall of 2016. We set about determining what aspects of life were being neglected by the capitalist administrators of the University of Texas (UT). Naturally, we also set about gathering ideas from students on how these problems could potentially be solved without resorting to begging for handouts from university bureaucrats, whose class interests are always against those of the working class. Through many hours of discussion with students while tabling and at our public meetings, and through regular contact with disgruntled students, we uncovered numerous pressing needs facing the general student body and working-class students alike. From this point, we sought to determine a site of struggle that would appeal to the sections of the student population most ripe for radicalization and to develop a plan to address those needs in a way that would politicize these students, with the goal of course being to make them into active fighters in the revolutionary class struggle.”

The group claims that it got the idea from the Socialist Patient’s Collective (SPK), a German neo-Marxist organization that re-frames mental illness as a product of capitalist oppression, and that people suffering from psychological problems could be radicalized to form a revolutionary class.

“Over the winter of 2016 and in the early spring of 2017, the leadership of RSF spent a significant amount of time studying the work “Turn Illness into a Weapon,” which recounts the experiences of the Socialist Patients’ Collective (SPK) of the University of Heidelberg, Germany, in 1970.

As highlighted by FarLeftWatch, the document states explicitly that each of its projects is designed to “recruit fighters.”

The goal of every initiative and program launched by a revolutionary organization should be for the purpose of recruiting fighters into its ranks and forging them in the fiery furnace of class struggle.

It also states that some of the group’s own organizers suffer from mental health issues.

Orienting recruitment toward those suffering from qualitatively more intense mental illness, a population whose conditions in general serve as barriers to reaching the point of being continuous fighters (we say “in general” because many of the best organizers in the revolutionary movement and our organization also suffer from these conditions) does not accomplish the task of drawing from the most advanced sections of the people.

The document, like other manifestos, contains pictures of armed militants and repeat calls for political violence and armed revolution.

“Because our forces can only be built through the militant, violent struggle against the enemies of our class, we know that these fretful cowards will never reach that point. Making war will prepare us for the war to come, rally around us and bring into our ranks those who realize the necessity of violence to achieve a classless society free from exploitation, and unmask the real enemies of the people. We reaffirm our commitment to the principle of revolutionary violence that is necessary to confront the enemies of the people”

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The knowledge that prison or death awaits us as revolutionaries aiming to destroy capitalism should be enough to encourage us to develop our organization in a thorough and well-rounded manner

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To be an effective revolutionary, a skilled writer cannot devote themselves merely to writing—they must also learn to speak well, punch hard and shoot well, work hard, design propaganda, communicate well with others, and so on. 

The document concludes with an unapologetic call to action, stating:

“The actions to come in the following year will draw clear lines in the sand between revolutionaries and counterrevolutionaries. We will make no apologies for the necessary violence of our struggle and will spare no sacrifice for the battles to come because we are revolutionaries committed to the overthrow of capitalism and the establishment of a classless society. We live for the people, we fight for the people, and we die for the people. This is what it means to be a revolutionary and this is what we uphold from this point until the final dying breath of capitalism.”

Source: Far Left Watch.


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