Armed extremist group tried to “radicalize” and recruit students with mental health issues
In the last few years, Austin, Texas has become a hotbed for far-left extremist activity. One of the most active groups in the region is the communist militia group, Red Guards Austin. As we have previously reported, this “anti-fascist” group adores communist mass murderer Mao Zedong, routinely holds armed demonstrations, and openly calls for a violent armed revolution against the capitalist system.
As is common with leftist movements, a small cadre of devoted activists will often times organize under multiple banners in order to amplify their message and diversify their recruiting efforts. A few other local organizations that appear to share core membership and strategic goals with this militia group are Serve The People – Austin, Defend Our Hoods – Austin, and Revolutionary Student Front – Austin.
Revolutionary Student Front – Austin is a self described “revolutionary anti-capitalist student movement” that organizes at the University of Texas – Austin. This militant student group recently made headlines for holding self-defense training on campus and tweeting about killing police officers. Earlier this month they published a comprehensive documentoutlining their so-called “Revolutionary Mental Health Program (RMHP)”. This 13,000+ word document covers the formulation, goals, failures, and successes of this program and why the ultimately decided to end it . Below are some of the more alarming excerpts from this document:
Their stated goal for this program was to address the mental health needs of student and to ultimately recruit and radicalize students with mental health issues in order to “make them into active fighters”:
“The primary goal of this program was to address the mental health needs of students in a way that would primarily serve to politicize and strengthen them, to become more committed to revolution and more capable of carrying it out.”
“The RMHP was born out of a process of social investigation during our first semester as an organization in the fall of 2016. We set about determining what aspects of life were being neglected by the capitalist administrators of the University of Texas (UT). Naturally, we also set about gathering ideas from students on how these problems could potentially be solved without resorting to begging for handouts from university bureaucrats, whose class interests are always against those of the working class. Through many hours of discussion with students while tabling and at our public meetings, and through regular contact with disgruntled students, we uncovered numerous pressing needs facing the general student body and working-class students alike. From this point, we sought to determine a site of struggle that would appeal to the sections of the student population most ripe for radicalization and to develop a plan to address those needs in a way that would politicize these students, with the goal of course being to make them into active fighters in the revolutionary class struggle.”
They also admit that this idea was partly inspired by the Socialist Patient’s Collective (SPK), a German neo-Marxist group that attempted to re-frame “mental illness” as a product of capitalist oppression and believed that the sick formed a revolutionary class of people who could be radicalized to join their cause:
“Over the winter of 2016 and in the early spring of 2017, the leadership of RSF spent a significant amount of time studying the work “Turn Illness into a Weapon,” which recounts the experiences of the Socialist Patients’ Collective (SPK) of the University of Heidelberg, Germany, in 1970. “
Here they explicitly outline that every project they do is designed to “recruit fighters”:
The goal of every initiative and program launched by a revolutionary organization should be for the purpose of recruiting fighters into its ranks and forging them in the fiery furnace of class struggle.
Here they suggest that some of their own organizers suffer from mental illness:
toward those suffering from qualitatively more intense mental illness, a population whose conditions in general serve as barriers to reaching the point of being continuous fighters (we say “in general” because
many of the best organizers in the revolutionary movement and our organization also suffer from these conditions
) does not accomplish the task of drawing from the most advanced sections of the people.
Throughout the document there are multiple pictures of armed communist militants, quotes from communist revolutionaries and dictators, and repeated affirmations to their commitment to political violence and preparation for war:
“Because our forces can only be built through the militant, violent struggle against the enemies of our class, we know that these fretful cowards will never reach that point. Making war will prepare us for the war to come, rally around us and bring into our ranks those who realize the necessity of violence to achieve a classless society free from exploitation, and unmask the real enemies of the people. We reaffirm our commitment to the principle of revolutionary violence that is necessary to confront the enemies of the people”
The knowledge that prison or death awaits us as revolutionaries aiming to destroy capitalism should be enough to encourage us to develop our organization in a thorough and well-rounded manner
To be an effective revolutionary, a skilled writer cannot devote themselves merely to writing—they must also learn to speak well, punch hard and shoot well, work hard, design propaganda, communicate well with others, and so on.
And the document concludes with an unapologetic promise for more political violence:
“The actions to come in the following year will draw clear lines in the sand between revolutionaries and counterrevolutionaries. We will make no apologies for the necessary violence of our struggle and will spare no sacrifice for the battles to come because we are revolutionaries committed to the overthrow of capitalism and the establishment of a classless society. We live for the people, we fight for the people, and we die for the people. This is what it means to be a revolutionary and this is what we uphold from this point until the final dying breath of capitalism.”
So let’s unpack this. A heavily armed communist militia group:
- openly supports a communist dictator who brutally killed millions of people
- openly advocates for targeted political violence against “capitalists”
- openly encourages armed insurrection against the U.S. government
- openly recruits at the University of Texas at Austin
- openly admits to targeting students with mental health issues to become “fighters”
- and openly admits that some of it’s own organizers suffer from mental health issues
With the information we have provided there should be zero doubt that the Revolutionary Student Front – Austin constitutes a legitimate security concern not only to the students of UT-Austin but to the general public as well. Considering that just months ago a far-left extremist opened fire on a GOP Congressional baseball practice game, I sincerely hope our reporting results in an investigation by the authorities as well as action by the University of Texas. Here is how you can take just a few minutes and help us make sure that happens:
Step #1: Alert the authorities
- Submit a tip to the FBI. Make sure to include this archived version of the document outlined above as well as the link to our full report.
- Call the FBI HQ at (202) 324-3000 and make sure they know there is an Austin based extremist group openly advocating for political violence at UT-Austin.
Step #2: Contact the University of Texas – Austin
- Submit a report to UT-Austin
- Call the UT-Austin Campus police department at 512-471-4441 or submit an anonymous tip. Again, make sure they know there is an Austin based extremist group openly advocating for political violence at UT-Austin and make sure to include this archived version of the document outlined above as well as the link to our full report.
Step #3: Make this story go viral
- Here are five images we put together that include quotes pulled directly from the above document. Share them on your social media platforms, include a link to this report, tag the FBI and UT-Austin, and use the hashtag #InvestigateAntifa
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