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Rebecca Solnit:Why let the right & status quo make antifa a thing we all have to debate/condemn/

Why let the right and status quo make antifa something we all have to debate/condemn /justify?

People keep speaking as though they are some huge liability we must wipe away, but they only are if we take the bait.

Why not just blithely say, oh yeah, who isn't anti-fascist besides fascists, and those people in the confrontations, some doing good stuff, some maybe other stuff, not really the big issue of our time, and also did you notice a woman killed with a car and a man beaten half to death for being black and thousands upon thousands of other black people killed for being black over the last little while and also, could we talk about gender violence for, I don't know, 500 years, because that would start to cover how awful it is except that we also need to talk about climate change as violence and a stolen election?

If you let them set the priorities, you've already lost.

Whose approval are you seeking? Whose do you need? It's also a way they're saying the left has to be 100% nonviolent to earn a cookie from people not doing much to denounce the KKK, Nazis, the NRA gun cult, misogynistic violence, homophobic violence, transphobic violence, environmental violence, economic violence, etc.

When all that violence gets condemned, the right has a leg to stand on, but it won't be the right any more.


When it comes to American concerns, Rebecca Solnit writes with heart and plainspoken, nourishing brilliance.

A short reading list:

Hope In The Dark -- Untold Histories, Wild Possibilities (2016)

Men Explain Things to Me (2014)

A Field Guide To Getting Lost(2005)

River of Shadows



Arnold to Trump: 'There are not two sides to bigotry.'

I agree with this former California governor and child of an Austrian Nazi.

To The Atlantic, Media and Others Who Get Antifa Twisted

My bullshit detector went off when I finished September's Atlantic article, " The Rise of the Violent Left." It's a twisted read, not a good read, so I'm posting it here instead of in Editorials & Other Articles. I also didn't want to link to a paywall, having paid for the mag at the local bookstore.

Peter Beinart's shallow perusal of American anti-fascism history and its description of current Left-Right arguments come up with this conclusion: Hey, Antifa? Be sure to not fight monsters lest you become a monster. Okay. Great.

On to the point of my title above.

To all the 'high roaders' who say "They both do it!" -- read your history. You can't argue with history. Right now, plenty of lazy-ass media pander to this idea. Especially The Atlantic.(Sept. 2017)


Todays's antifa has its roots in the antifascist movements in Europe almost 100 years ago.

A. German anti-fascists:

1. The Edelweiss Pirates — sabotaging railways, aiding Jews
fleeing the Nazis — sent to camps or prisons.

2. The Swing Kids — pro-American culture that nazis detested — after 1941, nazis sent them to concentration camps.

3.Johan Elser — part of select group of men who tried to assassinate the dictator alone.
4. The European Union, not today’s EU — leaflets to allied forces — killed.

5. The White Rose — pamphlets against nazis popular until a university janitor ratted them — killed.

6. Solf Circle, begun by Johanna Solf — intellectuals against nazism met to aid, hide and help Jews escape — arrested, tried, executed.

7. German Catholic priests — fought against, and got Hitler to give up his T4 “euthanasia program.”

8. Rosenstrasse Circle — women who marched in protest each night in front of the guards against their Jewish husbands’ deportations until -- Hitler released them, even those ‘deported’ to Auschwitz.

9. Kreisau Circle — rich resisters who passed info to allies, othe resistance groups, some participated in failed assassination — executed.

10. Red Orchestra — soviet and german espionage programs, specifically the Harro Schuze-Boysen Harnack group founded by a Luftwaffe officer; gathered intel, helped those hunted by nazis, incited civil disobedience -- arrested, executed.

(Notice that more "dissidents" have been executed in fascist authoritarian Germany than in democratic US.)


B. Spanish and Italian anti-fascists:

Oriani Fallaci, Antonio Gramsci, Arturo Toscanini, Pablo Picasso, among many others.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Italian_anti-fascists
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Spanish_anti-fascists


C. American anti-fascists:

Gary Cooper, Dead Prez, Morris Dees, Marlene Dietrich, Ernest Hemingway, Barry Goldwater, Woody Guthrie, Fred Hampton, Chris Hedges, Rage Against the Machine, Henry Rollins, Arnold Schwarzenegger and many others.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:American_anti-fascists

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Against all the facts of history, US media like The Atlantic promote the idea that the Left is violent, too. These media hope you don't read the history of antifa resistance to white supremacism and fascism.

In direct actions -- that MLK once claimed would lower their credibility before lazy thinkers -- the Left still tactically defend against US neoNazis who, under cover of "freedom of speech," try to drive out people of color's very right to even exist in the US.

I say to anyone who "reports:" you owe it to readers to not ignore the history of fascism worldwide.

Antifa critics may never claim that opponents of authoritarianism will be "unlikely allies" of Nazi racism and authoritarianism. The Left will never be authoritarian.

Stop getting the fascist/white supremacist/antifa conflict twisted.


The antifa Left holds to principles of SOLIDARITY, which is the very essence of socialism.

The antifa Left will never allow itself to be misrepresented as "equally" violent. The antifa Left brought the Nazis to Nuremburg. The antifa Left sought Nazis out in South America.

Today's antifa defend and help the downtrodden, whether they show up as the Cajun Navy, Red Cross, Berkeley defenders, or churches.

Hell, even Game of Thrones shows how knowledge of history helps solidarity protect The People's interests. From their brother Brandon's knowledge of history, the Stark sisters learn just who is the enemy within. AND they learn this lesson from their enemy: "we make our own justice. "

Americans won't take the easy way out, either. They'll be a credit to the values of the West.

Because Americans fucking READ HISTORY and value its lessons.



Bill Maher Overtime: Gerrymandering, Voter ID, Presidential Pardons, GOP Spinelessness

Obama, Holder fund gerrymander fights; Trump plans to defund the Census Bureau.

Another Russian ambassador is dead.

Jesse Jackson On Bill Maher: "We deserve much better..."

"Moderates are not change agents..."

Bill Maher -- The Troll Party

Republicans are not an opposition now. They're the Democrats' crazy ex-girlfriend.

James Baldwin -- I Am Not Your Negro -- Makes The Call. How Will We Answer?

Just as African American literature is American literature, James Baldwin is an American literary treasure.

James Baldwin, a great teacherly writer, melds a poetry and politics of American history.

Thank you, James Baldwin, for your call to us; and thank you, Samuel L. Jackson and Raoul Peck, for your powerful response.

May we all learn.



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Lindsay Graham: Going After Mueller Would Be The Beginning Of The End Of The Trump Presidency

Lindsey Graham On The GOP's Half-Assed Skinny Bill

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