Bradford H.B., Human Events, February 3, 2020
There was a significant development in the dark, deranged world of Antifa this past month when the manager of the group’s biggest website in Canada got “doxed” by conservative media. The real identity of “Nosferatu200,” aka Kurt Phillips, a history teacher at a Catholic junior high school, was inadvertently revealed in a lawsuit against the Canadian Anti-Hate Network (CAN), the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC)’s partner-organization in Canada.
RebelNews.com, which broke the finding, described Phillips’s site as having, for over a decade, “shared the personal information, addresses, photos of homes, names, and faces of people who Phillips unilaterally determines are ‘fascists.’”
In response to Phillips’s statement following the revelation, in which he claimed to be against violence, intrepid Antifa-investigator Andy Ngo tweeted:
Extremist antifa doxer claims he has always “rejected violence” after he was named as a Catholic school teacher Kurt Phillips in a lawsuit. On his blog, he released the address and photo of opponents’ home, and defended the use of violence as recently as last week. https://t.co/0okNQtFC71
— Andy Ngo (@MrAndyNgo) January 9, 2020
After the dox, not only did the SPLC’s partner in Canada jump to Phillips’s rescue—praising his work and calling the Antifa blog a “major inspiration”—it announced it had actually hired Phillips as one of its “anti-hate” researchers. The head of CAN, Evan Balgord, is listed as a Patreon Supporter of the site, and, unlike both the SPLC and the Anti-Defamation League, he and CAN openly defend Antifa’s tactics.
In addition to announcing the hire, CAN claimed that Phillips was “under attack” as a result of the dox and disparaged that “far-right activists are hassling his school.” This is quite rich coming from a group whose very mandate, just like the SPLC, is to dox and impugn the character of people they label as too extreme for civilized debate.
Antifa’s very existence, of course, is based on intimidation, usually, through unprovoked violence, but also through the same doxing methods its defenders publicly criticize—again, it was the very modus operandi of Phillips’s site.
Why Antifa is willing to post online peoples’ personal details online aligns with the reasons they act so violently: to inspire terror in those who believe in free speech and association. This includes publishing peoples’ home addresses (which they’ve done to Andy Ngo’s parents), circulating photos of opponents likely to be at conservative events which they mark for violent treatment, and leafleting ‘Fascist Security Alerts’ in neighborhoods where opponents live (as was done to Gavin McInnes).
Despite Phillips having done this for years (just like CAN and the SPLC), his Catholic school employers have apparently decided to stand by him. They’ve issued a statement to Rebel News, saying he “doesn’t bring his personal activism to the classroom.”
Until the Conservatives gain headway in these areas, the defaming campaigns will continue.