The Alt-Left: American vs. European perspectives

Stephen Armica, Satirist

But what about the Alt-Left? It is a concern President Donald Trump had in order to seem like he’s not yelling at his constituency. But does Trump have any idea what he’s talking about?

A lot of people are saying that the Alt-Left and “Antifa” (short for Anti-fascist) are interchangeable. But are they? In order to help understand this nuanced portion of political culture, Stephen Armica was sent to Exarcheia in Athens, Greece; home of the Greek Antifa movement.

I don’t think y’all quite understand how gosh darn lucky you are for not having THIS in America. I just passed a bedsheet hanging from somebody’s window with “Death to all cops” spray-painted in red. So don’t even think about calling 911 if you get mugged here.

If a kitten were the alt-left of America, then Greece has a frigging Mountain Lion. Trump got pissed at people who disagreed with his supporters, while the people in this place would literally beat the shit out of someone for saying they voted for Trump.

You guys like clean cities, right? You know, perfect white buildings that show how smooth society is flowing through their day-to-day responsibilities. Well the buildings in Exarcheia are like the graffiti Rosetta Stone. I counted 18 languages (including three languages created by J. R. R. Tolkien) all saying “F*** the Police.”

Crime is at an unprecedented level compared to anywhere else in the city. And don’t even get me started on drug addiction. On my first day, I saw somebody doing drugs on a street corner. And you can smell marijuana everywhere.

That being said, I love it here. The people are friendly, the booze is cheap and every Saturday we gather in the square and watch artsy movies.

Last week, me and this guy from Portugal drank an entire bottle of Absinthe in the gutter of a bar. The best part? Nobody cared! Mostly because everybody else was doing the exact same thing. It’s a community like this that really normalizes a developing alcohol addiction.

Now this place is not all politics and punching. There is a lot of good things that come out of here. For most of my weekends off, I just go to an anarchist-run refugee camp and help out as much as I can. I learned how to say “F*** the government” in Arabic too!

You really get a sense that you are helping people. Whether it’s propping an alternative society within a financially-driven nation, or providing help to refugees when the governmental organizations can’t be bothered to do anything, this place is the perfect locale for giving back to the community.

So I don’t know about Trump, but it’s pretty easy to see that this is nothing like America. But if he really wants an Alt-Left instead of just a few noisy democrats, I guess he can have it if he keeps asking for it.

From Exarcheia in Athens, Greece.