The correct strategy for anti-state radicals is to encourage the development and expansion of the libertarian tendencies among the boogaloos, while driving a wedge between them and the “pro-race war” sectors of the far-right in order to marginalize the latter from the wide spectrum of the right-wing opposition. The same approach should be taken with the Antifa, encourage the more seriously anarchistic and redeemable among them, marginalize the Red Guard wannabes.
By Lois Beckett
Men showing up to protests wearing Hawaiian shirts and carrying military-style rifles. Facebook groups full of intense discussions about imminent civil war.
Over the past year, online conversations about the “boogaloo”, an ironic term for a second civil war, have begun to coalesce into the beginnings of an actual movement, according to experts who monitor American extremists. Facebook has designated a network of “boogaloo” groups as a dangerous organization similar to the Islamic State, and banned them from both Facebook and Instagram. At least 15 arrests and five deaths have been publicly linked to “boogaloo” rhetoric, including the murders of two law enforcement officers in California.
But there’s still plenty of confusion over how to accurately label this still-developing ideology. Here’s a guide to what we know, and what we don’t, about the politics of the “boogaloo.”