A University of Texas professor who received numerous threats from antifa was found dead in his home last Thursday.
The cause of the death is still under investigation, reports Zero Hedge.
The 57-year-old University of Texas professor, Richard Morrisett, had become a target by antifa over a domestic violence incident stemming from 2016. The professor sparked outrage from the parents of students when he plead guilty to an off campus incident with his girlfriend. The school responded with UT President Greg Fenves making a declaration in a letter that any employee who breaks the law may face discipline even if they don’t pose a direct threat to campus safety.
An armed group of extreme antifa leftists, calling themselves “Revolutionary Student Front,” made continuous threats against Morrissett, a tenured pharmacy professor, following the charges. The door of his lab was defaced with menacing messages like “GET Out Morrisett OR ELSE” and “WATCH YOUR BACK RICHARD,” accompanied by communist iconography.
Revolutionary Student Front – Austin, describes themselves as a “revolutionary anti-capitalist student movement” that used the University of Texas as their base of operations.
The militant radicals recently grabbed the attention of the press after holding their own “self-defense” training practice on campus and tweeting about killing law enforcement. This month they released a 13,000+ word manifesto laying out what they call a “Revolutionary Mental Health Program (RMHP).” The documents outline the formation, victories, goals, and short comings of their program.
They state their intentions were to actively recruit students with mental health issues in order to radicalize them and “make them into active fighters”:
“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 documents read.
“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.”
They reveal their intentions were at least partially inspired by a German neo-Marxist group called the Socialist Patient’s Collective (SPK), who believes mental illness is a side effect of “capitalism,” and they wish to turn the mentally afflicted into “revolutionaries.”
“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.”
Their desired outcome is 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.”
A passage implies their own leaders have been diagnosed with mental illness:
“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 is littered with references to communist dictators and armed militants. It openly endorses a preparation for war and political violence.
“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”
“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”
The document wraps up with a conclusive call to political violence, 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.”
The shocking death of a staff member being threatened by admittedly mentally ill radicals, hell-bent on achieving their goals through violence, leaves a lot of unanswered questions.
UT President Greg Fenves commented on the professor’s death in a statement released Friday saying:
“Professor Morrisett’s death is a tragedy. We support his family and loved ones as they grieve during this time. We recognize these are difficult times on campus and the university will offer all the support we can to students, faculty and staff members.”