my bad, sorry >>4696
>so you can't keep two thoughts in your head simultaneously
See, here's the thing. If it was just about what opinions you can have then you would be right. Unfortunately we don't live in some ideal plane. We inhabit bags of flesh and in meatspace there are finite resources for us to use. Idk if you've ever been a part of an IRL org or not but resources tend to be very limited. There is absolutely a choice to be made between focusing on building independent working class politics, and engaging in antifascism.
In 2015 and 2016 there was a groundswell or grassroots working class organizing. This centered around the Bernie campaign (which has huge problems, I know) but there where a lot more people turning out to political events, coming to socialist meetings, etc
What did the liberal media do to respond to this? They gave little to no media attention to this, and instead opted to air what was apparently a looming, imminent fascist threat personified by Richard Spencer, the alt-right, and the Donald Trump campaign.
I don't know about you, but I fell for it, and so did most of my comrades. The organizing I was doing shifted towards countering this rising tide of fascism, because it seemed like a very real and very scary prospect at the time. We started putting almost all of our resources towards organizing counter demos to shut down these nazi rallies.
However, time after time, when these rallies came around the turnout on our side was huge, and the turnout on the "fascist" side was almost nonexistent. The hobgoblin in that comic? That is me--and maybe you and the communist movement in general--but the point is that I fell for it time and time again.
Turn out, this rising alt-right was a media concoction. NPI and TRS and the Daily Stormer have been around for quite a while. They did see quite a surge in numbers and interest, but the reason for this was that they where being given an absurd amount of media coverage. Richard Spencer got interviewed fucking everywhere. There where some new groups that where formed like Identity Europa and Patriot Front but these pretty quickly degenerated into pyramid schemes.
The point is that fascism in not distinct from liberalism. It comes from internal conflict within the petite-bourgeoisie. If the ruling class fears that the working class movement is about to seize power then they will pass over the reigns of the state to their more militant elements (the fascists). Use the bone to slay the hobgoblin you could say.
If they can get away with it though, they will instead prop up fascist movements with funding and media coverage to freak people out and get us to stop putting time and resources into whatever it is they don't like (in 2016 it was the Bernie campaign) and instead go bash the fash.