The pros and cons of the black bloc

A black bloc, despite all the controversy around it, isn’t a complicated thing. It is simply the act whereby great numbers of people wear all-black clothing and cover their faces on demonstrations. They then come together as a unit, for both strength in numbers and anonymity. That’s it. It is not an organisation, as conspiracy … Continue reading

Anti-fascism in the 21st century: the far-right and elections

The fifth and final part of a series exploring anti-fascism from a radical, working class perspective. Given the conclusions already reached, how should antifascists tackle the electoral ambitions of fascists? And where does this tie into other activist movements? Elections offer a particular contradiction for antifascists. On the one hand, we of course want to … Continue reading

Anti-fascism in the 21st century: race and class in the anti-fascist movement

Following on from Anti-fascism in the 21st century, this article looks at where race fits into a radical, working class perspective of anti-fascism. A major criticism of the anti-fascist movement is that it is dominated by white, middle class people. This demographic, and the liberal, reformist perspective they offer, alienates those most affected by organised … Continue reading

Anti-fascism in the 21st Century

Originally published in issue 7 of Shift Magazine (Sep 09 – Jan 10) In Britain and Europe today, organised fascist groups have been gaining strength and popularity on a scale unseen since the end of the Second World War. A majority of European countries now have fascists elected to government, they form a significant coalition … Continue reading

In support of direct action

In the popular imagination, the term “direct action” conjures up images of violence and chaos. Masked thugs rampaging the streets, battling with the police, spraying graffiti on walls, throwing eggs, bricks. Smashed windows, social disorder, and impotent alarms caterwauling into the night. But, as with all that offers a challenge to the ruling class and … Continue reading