Antifa: The Anti-fascist Handbook

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Melville House, 2017 - HISTORY - 259 pages
"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, fighting police at the presidential inauguration, and on California college campuses protesting right-wing speakers, and most recently, on the streets of Charlottesville, VA. Simply, antifa aims to deny fascists the opportunity to promote their oppressive politics--by any means necessary. 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 one-of-a-kind look inside the movement, including a detailed survey of its history 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 resistancefighting back against the alt-right"--
 

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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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Praxis and history on the run. An excellent primer. Read full review

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 Antifa: The Anti-Fascist Handbook, and 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 the Washington Post, Foreign Policy, Salon, and numerous edited volumes. He currently teaches history at Rutgers University.

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