What are they saying?!

We hear words like ANTIFA, Socialism and Proud Boys when we hear journalists asking President Trump questions. We hear them at debates. We see them all over Facebook and Twitter, but what do they mean? I still literally don’t know what ANTIFA is so here we go. We’ll learn them together with a quick little vocab list! 

ANTIFA- a political protest movement comprising autonomous groups affiliated by their militant opposition to fascism and other forms of extreme right-wing ideology.

BUT real quick.. Do you know what Fascism is?

Fascism- is a form of far-right, authoritarian ultranationalism characterized by dictatorial power, forcible suppression of opposition and strong regimentation of society and of the economy which came to prominence in early 20th-century Europe.

*Think Nazi Germany (Hitler)* & *Mussolini and Italy*

Soo, if you’re ANTIFA then you’re opposed to Fascism “Most antifa come from the anarchist movement or from the far left”(https://www.adl.org/antifa) These people are going about their business through violent or nonviolent protest and not policy change.

Socialism- a political and economic theory of social organization which advocates that the means of production, distribution, and exchange should be owned or regulated by the community as a whole.

Communism- 1) a system in which goods are owned in common and are available to all as needed 2) a theory advocating elimination of private property

Affordable Care Act (ACA)- The comprehensive health care reform law enacted in March 2010 (sometimes known as ACA, PPACA, or “Obamacare”).

The law has 3 primary goals:

  • Make affordable health insurance available to more people. The law provides consumers with subsidies (“premium tax credits”) that lower costs for households with incomes between 100% and 400% of the federal poverty level.
  • Expand the Medicaid program to cover all adults with income below 138% of the federal poverty level. (Not all states have expanded their Medicaid programs.)
  • Support innovative medical care delivery methods designed to lower the costs of health care generally.

Proud Boys a far-right and neo-fascist male-only organization that promotes and engages in political violence in the United States and Canada.

Neo Fascist- Neo-fascism usually includes ultranationalism, racial supremacy, populism, authoritarianism, nativism, xenophobia and anti-immigration sentiment as well as opposition to liberal democracy, parliamentarianism, liberalism, Marxism, communism and socialism.

The Green New Deal (GND)- is a proposed package of United States legislation that aims to address climate change and economic inequality. The name refers back to the New Deal, a set of social and economic reforms and public works projects undertaken by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in response to the Great Depression.**The main goal of the plan is to bring U.S. greenhouse gas emissions down to net-zero and meet 100% of power demand in the country through clean, renewable, and zero-emission energy sources by 2030. The Green New Deal also calls for the creation of millions of jobs to provide a job guarantee to all Americans, along with access to nature, clean air and water, healthy food, a sustainable environment, and community resiliency. (https://www.investopedia.com/the-green-new-deal-explained-4588463)

The Paris Agreement- The Paris Agreement is an agreement within the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, dealing with greenhouse-gas-emissions mitigation, adaptation, and finance, signed in 2016.

Right Wing Politics- the view that certain social orders and hierarchies are inevitable, natural, normal, or desirable, typically supporting this position on the basis of natural law, economics, or tradition.

Left Wing Politics- Left-wing politics supports social equality and egalitarianism, often in opposition to social hierarchy.

Egalitarianism- The doctrine that all people are equal and deserve equal rights and opportunities.

& last but certainly NOT least. 

Republican- also referred to as the GOP (Grand Old Party), is one of the two major contemporary political parties in the United States, along with its main, historic rival, the Democratic Party.

The 21st-century Republican Party ideology is American conservatism, which incorporates both economic policies and social values. The GOP supports lower taxes, free market capitalism, restrictions on immigration, increased military spending, gun rights, restrictions on abortion, deregulation and restrictions on labor unions.

Democrat- is one of the two major contemporary political parties in the United States, along with its main rival, the Republican Party. Tracing its heritage back to Thomas Jefferson and James Madison‘s Democratic-Republican Party, the modern-day Democratic Party was founded around 1828 by supporters of Andrew Jackson, making it the world’s oldest active political party.[12]

The Democratic Party’s philosophy of modern liberalism blends notions of civil liberty and social equality with support for a mixed economy.[20] In Congress, the party has influential centrist, progressive, and conservative wings. Corporate governance reform, environmental protection, support for organized labor, maintenance and expansion of social programs, affordable college tuition, universal health care, equal opportunity, and consumer protection form the core of the party’s economic agenda

On social issues, it advocates campaign finance reform,[23] LGBT rights,[24] criminal justice and immigration reform,[25] stricter gun laws,[26] abortion rights,[27] and the legalization of marijuana.[28]

Libertarian Party- Libertarians seek to maximize autonomy and political freedom, emphasizing free association, freedom of choice, individualism and voluntary association. Libertarianism shares a skepticism of authority and state power, but libertarians diverge on the scope of their opposition to existing economic and political systems.

Reform Party- Percent of Americans who want a third party. A centrist party, focused on solutions that work for all Americans (reformparty.org)

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