The boogaloo movement has been mentioned in the Forum lately in the context of defending Antifa by suggesting that the boogaloos are more evil and may be more dangerous. There’s not much purchase in the comparison. It is like suggesting that coronavirus isn’t worth our attention because Ebola is much worse.
Nevertheless, in the spirit of comparison I would share a few thoughts. Above all I have no sympathies for the boogaloo movement; what little I know about it looks reprehensible to me:
- Compared to Antifa, the boogaloos are johnny-come-latelys. The newer group seems to have sprung up less than a decade ago, whereas the older one has existed for about a century.
- Antifa has a clearly-defined and consistent ideology (anarcho-communism) whereas the boogaloos appear at present to be merely reactionary and inconsistent. Boogaloo white supremacy, for example, is not a unifying characteristic.
- The boogaloo movement is subjected to substantial censorship in social media, whereas Antifa is not.
- The boogaloos don’t appear to be well-funded or politically connected, whereas numerous allegations of big-money and political support for Antifa have been made. This picture may change as scrutiny intensifies.
- The boogaloos and Antifa are similar in wanting the overthrow and destruction of the establishment.
If I had to rate the comparative risk to civil order, I would say the boogaloos are the lesser risk due to their lack of sophistication and general support. At the same time, a group like the boogaloos could easily cause a Fort Sumter moment. They are not non-dangerous.