Andy Gno’s UnMasked: A Review

13 Feb

            This review of Andy Gno’s Unmasked, goes without saying, a story that should have come out in 2020. A time when such upheaval was taking place and the words Anti-Fa were out destroying businesses all in the name of “being antifacist.” While I affectionately call them Panti-Fa, which they deserve to be called, give it that they do not represent the interest of common working class people. But Andy Gno caught my attention when he was covering antifa in Portland. He was beaten and milkshakes filled with concrete were thrown at him. Portland was silent when Andy Gno went to present his case on Dave Rubin and Joe Rogan’s show immediately after. 

            What is sad is that America turned a blind eye to the destruction and burning when the left kept saying “Oh, this is Trump’s fault” and I was thinking “In what alternate universe are you thinking this?” Even my own psychologist denied Anti-Fa’s existence. It was hard to miss. I guess privilege can make you overlook cities burning, because of…reasons.

            But I guess the pretext is intertwined with my own disgust at Anti-Fa for blaming Trump when they voted in someone who didn’t care about them anyway, Joe Biden. So, will Joe Biden admit that Anti-Fa is real now?

            The book, released on February 2nd, 2020 from Center Street publications, is an immediate and accessible, as is the standard for most works of nonfiction. The book opens up with “Whose Streets? Our Streets” as antifa “marched into the heart of downtown Portland, Oregon, in June 2019.” According to Andy Gno, these protestors were associated with the “Anarchist Communists” as this happened before the lockdown of 2020. 

            By the second page, Andy is attacked as the mob descended around him, after “something hit me in the back of the head” screaming, “No Hate.” Pg. 8. Such details of the attackers with gloves “hardened by fiberglass on the knuckles” are immediate and creates such immediate attention that most journalists would fail to consider when crafting a piece of nonfiction.

            According to Mr. Gno, “The police did not intervene.” Pg. 8. To Antifa groups, Gage Halupowski, is the only member of Anti-Fa serving prison time, and in the close circles he’s referred to as “political prisoner.” P. 9). To Anti-Fa “violence is a feature, not a bug,” as this prove that the worst deception of any group is that violence solves all matters. Anti-Fa are not one for discussion, and they don’t care about dialogue.

            What is clear is that many of Anti-Fa members come from well to do society, like Joseph Alcoff, “who is a son of a feminist professor and worked as a profressive Democratic lobbyist in Washington DC.” P. 9. 

            It did not stop there, and the violence continued on “with the death of George Floyd during an arrest by Minneapolis Police.” P. 10. Overall, “left wing politicians and media denied anti-fa played a role.” P. 10. What’s more inflammatory is that the media, even the Washington Post, proclaimed “Who caused the violence at protests. It wasn’t Antifa.” P. 10. Antifa is effective in “sophisticated strategy to destabilize society using propaganda, radicalization, violence, and even electoral politics.” P. 11. 

            Even after Andy Gno testified in Congress on August 4th, 2020, “I knew the local and federal authories weren’t taking the threat seriously.” P. 11. Made up of “radical pan leftists politics whose adherents are mainly militant anarchist communists or collevists anarchists” with “a smaller fraction of them are socialists who organize through political groups like the Democratic Socialists of America and others. Labels aside, their defining characteristics are a militant opposition to free markets and the desire to destroy the United States and its institutions, culture, and history.” (P. 12-13). What is extraordinary is that there influence lets them deny any acts of violence made, in the name of stopping facists.

            “BLM, intersectionality, and other vogue left-wing theories” make up the other influences in Anti-fa. 

            Ant-fa protect and use footage to blame cops in shooting unarmed African Americans, when they were “armed” and “demanded Justice” for criminals. The left will gloss over key information when using guilty African Americans die while committing a crime. George Floyd’s autoposy, according to Gno, “revealed that Floyd’s blood contained a fatal level of fentanyl.” P. 20. 

            All of Anti-fa’s actions as “James Wilson and George Killing’s broken window theory’ but in reverse.” (P. 22). It serves as “blood in the water” as it can “turn protestors into rioters.” (P. 22) 

            Overall, Andy expresses that “Antifa is a phantom movement by design” as through small leaders, and not one big corrupt king pin type, to pin all the crimes on “affinity groups.” (P.23-24).

            Andy Gno covers all his bases, as the book provides detailed notes that are all notated and provided ample evidence for his case. He even describes how walking into CS gas is like “I describe the feeling as walking into a plume of pepper. Each breath brings more pain.” (Pgg. 35) He even documents his time in CHAZ, too. “In many ways, being at CHAZ was like being among jihadists.” (Pg. 37).

            While during the day CHAZ was calm, “At night, a whole different side of CHAZ emerged when the media crews and outside visitors left” as “Raz Simone” “patrolled CHAZ on some nights with an armed entourage that functioned as a sort of mini-milita. Some in the media dubbed him the “warlord” of CHAZ.” (P.39)

            Characters like Raz Simone, even had a criminal record with “charges related to cruelty to a child and other offenses.” (P. 39)

            Raz Simone, is just one nefarious character in the entire timeline of Anti-Fa, as muich of the narrative does reveal the inner workings of Anti-Fa handbook and thoughts, but also the infuriating aspect, is that no one will arrest these people. 

            It should frighten you what you find in Andy’s book. When he details the history of the Anti-Fascists, they started in the Reimar, This is where the formation of Anti-Fa started. It’s not enough that America suffered fatal business losses in the world, but the problem is, once you read Andy’s book, the façade fades away. If you thought people like Franco, in Fascist Spain wasn’t involved, think again. “He was not a fascist, he received signifigant military support from fascist Italy and Nazi Germany.” (P. 111) It also formed in Britain, and throughout Europe. It even had roots in the punk rock culture in Britain, too, but like gangs, battled it out, and the right wing extremists lost favor due to there anti-Semitism. 

            In Seattle, they were known as the “baldies” as it was “the appropriate way to respond”, calling themselves “the Syndicate” as it is the formation of the American Antifa chapters.  

            Guess who “protested” outside the 2017 G20 summit? You guessed it, Antifa. They “hurled rocks and lit mortar fireworks at police.” (p. 112). 

            When Milo Yiannopolus spent his tour “surrounded by armed security” much of his followers were beaten by Antifa. Yiannopolus was scheduled to speak at UC Berkley, but was cancelled thanks to the asshats known as Antifa. The purpose of intimidation is that people like Yiannopolus, with wrong think, do not get to speak and express there views. If America is about hearing different opinions, Antifa are the opposite of what people are supposed to do. If you beat people up, you’re the baddies.

            Even Bret Weinsten and Evergreen is discussed. Much of the reportage details such a smooth timeline for those who followed the campus riots but also the dangerous problems when Antifa was making problems across the country for the last five years and more. It only reminds me they argue “that there is no such thing as objective reality and truth” (p. 129). And such people like Vicky Osterwell who when talking with NPR “argued that looting is moral.” (p. 131)

            This is when the reader has to stop and think about all this. The problem is that there are so many who are educated who see all this on the left as “normal.” Yeah, I guess if you think killing fascists and mislabeling people as fascists will somehow make the world better, is the most asinine position a person can take. 

            If such violence happens on the right it is demonized, but never toward radical leftists, and nor by the establishment that pretends to value people over property. And property is not a white thing Vicky. “There is no line between property destruction and assault.” (P. 131). Alicia Garza, Opal Tomenti and Patrisse Cullors are also people who identify with BLM and there abysmal worldview that continues to pollute BLM and the organization that builds off communist ideology. BLM and Antifa are closely aligned and “mainstreamed” (P. 143).

            While I won’t go into the rest of the book, it seems apparent that much of this feels like history happening in real time. Twenty years ago all of this would have been a mirage, but antifa existed and nobody did anything to stop it. What the problems associated with all this is defined by instability and the wreckage mankind can do in order to obtain power. Antifa want power and throughout Andy’s reportage, the results do not make for a happy read. 

I knew that this wasn’t a happy read, but maybe it shouldn’t be. Journalism has to find out the truth even if it hurts to read it. This is the best book of reportage I have read since Michael Herr’s seminal Vietnam book Dispatches. 

In a final summary, What is not surprising is that after what America has gone through in 2020, people should wake up and realize what’s happening. But much like the cowards who say “I would fight the Nazi’s” are the same people who would become Nazi’s just so they wouldn’t get shot (I know a few people who have said this that make great candidates for commie Nazi’s). antifa are no different from Nazi’s and Communist, and they share such similar strands. What is important to remember is that Andy Gno is one of the best reporter of my generation, and like Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness, we go further into Andy’s world and what has become his defining moment in journalism. I hope and pray for Andy’s survival and a happy ending, in life and publishing. I wish him all the success in the world. 

-Louis Bruno is the author of more than 15 books, including, The Michael Project, Thy Kingdom Come, The Disintegrating Bloodline, Apocalypse Soldier, Hierarchy of Dwindling Sheep. His books can be found on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Lulu. He can be found on Gab, https://gab.com/thereallouistbruno, Minds https://www.minds.com/lbruno8063/. His latest, Come Home, Young One, a dark fantasy novel is out now at Lulu.com. Link is here: https://www.lulu.com/en/us/shop/louis-bruno/come-home-young-one/hardcover/product-pw8q7z.html?page=1&pageSize=4.

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