Antifa: The Anti-fascist Handbook

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Melville House, 2017 - History - 259 pages
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"Focused and persuasive... Bray's book is many things: the first English-language transnational history of antifa, a how-to for would-be activists, and a record of advice from anti-Fascist organizers past and present."--THE NEW YORKER

"Insurgent activist movements need spokesmen, intellectuals and apologists, and for the moment Mark Bray is filling in as all three... The book's most enlightening contribution is on the history of anti-fascist efforts over the past century, but its most relevant for today is its justification for stifling speech and clobbering white supremacists."--Carlos Lozada, THE WASHINGTON POST

"[Bray's] analysis is methodical, and clearly informed by both his historical training and 15 years of organizing, which included Occupy Wall Street...Antifa: The Anti-Fascist Handbook couldn't have emerged at a more opportune time. Bray's arguments are incisive and cohesive, and his consistent refusal to back down from principle makes the book a crucial intervention in our political moment."--SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE

In the wake of tragic events in Charlottesville, VA, and Donald Trump's initial refusal to denounce the white nationalists behind it all, the "antifa" opposition movement is suddenly appearing everywhere. But what is it, precisely? And where did it come from?

As long as there has been fascism, there has been anti-fascism -- also known as "antifa." Born out of resistance to Mussolini and Hitler in Europe during the 1920s and '30s, the antifa movement has suddenly burst into the headlines amidst opposition to the Trump administration and the alt-right. They could be seen in news reports, often clad all in black with balaclavas covering their faces, demonstrating at the presidential inauguration, and on California college campuses protesting far-right speakers, and most recently, on the streets of Charlottesville, VA, protecting, among others, a group of ministers including Cornel West from neo-Nazi violence. (West would later tell reporters, "The anti-fascists saved our lives.")

Simply, antifa aims to deny fascists the opportunity to promote their oppressive politics, and to protect tolerant communities from acts of violence promulgated by fascists. Critics say shutting down political adversaries is anti-democratic; antifa adherents argue that the horrors of fascism must never be allowed the slightest chance to triumph again.

In a smart and gripping investigation, historian and former Occupy Wall Street organizer Mark Bray provides a detailed survey of the full history of anti-fascism from its origins to the present day -- the first transnational history of postwar anti-fascism in English. Based on interviews with anti-fascists from around the world, Antifa details the tactics of the movement and the philosophy behind it, offering insight into the growing but little-understood resistance fighting back against fascism in all its guises.

 

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User Review  - rosechimera - LibraryThing

If you don't have a very sophisticated understanding of antifa, this will fix that for you. Whether you are stradling the fence or on either side of it, this book is broadly informative and interesting. Read full review

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after seeing this book I automatically can assume it is full of a large amount of Terrorist ideals. due to the fact that Antifa's activities have been declared terrorist activities, i advise you to remove this book before you could be inciting violence. that is a crime. you should not put this scum available. this book is full of lies and garbage. IF YOU ARE PLANNING ON READING THIS, JUST GO AWAY. THE WORLD DOESN'T NEED MORE DUMMYS. The assumption that men are racist and that every conservative is a nazi is immoral and wrong. your Commie views shouldn't be allowed. why don't you instead just stop undoing what we have done. it wont get you anywhere and you all are going to get in even more trouble. maybe if you have a problem with the way you see the world, protest peacefully rather than violently. MLK did it, you can too. other than that this book is a good fire starter. but is overpriced. go to lowes or home depot, they have some good things you can use for less money. 

Contents

No Pasarán AntiFascism Through 1945
3
Never Again The Development of Modern
39
The Rise of Pinstripe Nazis and AntiFascism
77
Five Historical Lessons for AntiFascists
129
So Much for the Tolerant Left No Platform
143
Strategy NonViolence and Everyday AntiFascism
167
Good Night White Pride or Whiteness
209
Appendix B Select Works on North American
223
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Mark Bray is a historian of human rights, terrorism, and political radicalism in Modern Europe who was one of the organizers of Occupy Wall Street. He is the author of Translating Anarchy: The Anarchism of Occupy Wall Street, and the co-editor of Anarchist Education and the Modern School: A Francisco Ferrer Reader. His work has appeared in Foreign Policy, Critical Quarterly, ROAR Magazine, and numerous edited volumes. He is currently a lecturer at Dartmouth College.

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