An interview with a militant Portland-based antifa/BLM protester

In this episode of the People Who Read People podcast, I interview a self-described anti-fascist who has frequently taken part in the more militant and unlawful aspects of the BLM-focused protests and riots that have occurred in Portland, Oregon in the wake of George Floyd’s death. This person has also taken part in physical confrontations with alt-right pro-Trump groups, like the Proud Boys and Patriot Prayer. I ask them about the motivations and goals for these violent protests, why such behavior is justified, and the reasoning behind physically confronting rightwing groups.

Want a transcript? See Transcript of Portland protester interview. And as a follow-up to this interview, I did an interview with Dr. Omar Wasow, who did research showing that the violent protests and riots of the late 1960s turned public opinion and voting trends in the U.S. more conservative/Republican.

Links to the interview of the Portland antifa/BLM protester:

Topics discussed include:

  • What is a night like in downtown Portland during these protests/riots?
  • What is the reasoning behind wanting to abolish the police? What exactly would that look like?
  • What is the intellectual justification for the more militant, aggressive form of protests?
  • Are there established goals? How will the protesters know when they’ve succeeded and when to stop?
  • What is the logic behind fighting with groups like the Proud Boys?
  • What are the potential negative effects of this behavior?
  • What is his opinion on the role of guns in the police brutality debate?
  • The state’s monopoly on force and its negative and positive aspects.

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