OK, since no-one here yet has visited the “Introduce Yourself” page to even say “hello, and welcome,” I guess I’ll post a comment here.
Yes “Antifa” is short for Anti fascist, and from the little I know of them are grass roots activists who are militant in their opposition to the far-right movements now afoot in western societies. (such as Q Anon, which is not a movement, but probably more of a disinformation blog, and a brainchild of Steve Bannon who seems to be an end-times aficionado.)
“Progressive” can mean anything you want it to be or say that it is. Shortly after 9/11 there was a vigorous discussion on some “progressive” forums of coming up with another label or identifier for all those things that self-labeled progressives hoped to embody. Concurrent with that discussion was the well known vilification of the word “liberal” by the conservative right-wing narrative managers (see Saint Ronnie.) That discussion even found its way into the pages of Skeptical Inquirer and floating the idea of the label “Brights.” Thank Dog that one fell flat. My parents were proud and open liberals who were children during the great depression and lifelong Democrats because of the leadership of FDR and all that transformed what came before into what fruited and died in the 1970’s - 80’s.
So I did the obvious; I got out my Merriam-Webster and looked up liberal and liberalism. From that Collegiate Dictionary (11th Ed.) - “liberalism”: @2c; “a political philosophy based on belief in progress, the essential goodness of the human race, and the autonomy of the individual and standing for the protection of political and civil liberties.”
Damn, that was my parents, and that, despite the relegation of that term to the status of a curse, continues to be my core belief(s). However, I know when a battle has been lost, and so I say to those that must have a political label to affix to me, that I am a “progressive.”
There can be no ongoing progress if there is not a human civilization based on sustainability. Sustainability will be impossible if the mantra of the professional political class continues to spout the nonsense of limitless growth on a finite planet. It seems to me that what that nonsense is really shorthand for, is continued growth of profits for those that already have more than they need, deserve, or is rational for a society in which great disparities of opportunity, health, and security exist. Bernie Sanders remarked that “Billionaires should not exist,” for which he was taken to the woodshed by all the capitalist narrative managers. Accused of wanting to start a pogrom against the wealthy. Lost in the bizzaro-land of current US political discourse was the fact that during the height of “The American Century” that taxes on the wealthy were in the range of 70-90%, billionaires hardly existed, and, oh yes, the US thrived and prospered.