Fascism, fundamentalism, and the left

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Originally published in issue 11 of Shift Magazine (Jan 11 – May 11) Since the May General Election, we have been witnessing the slow demise of British fascism as we know it. The British National Party’s spectacular failure tore open divisions and animosities that had been long brewing below the surface. Resignations, sackings, splits, and … Continue reading

Some thoughts on fascism and loyalism

Although the B-Specials were part of the loyalist tradition in Northern Ireland, they were also described by David Lloyd George - a supporter - as more closely analagous to "the Fascisti in Italy"

Amongst British antifascists, particularly those of an anarchist leaning, there has been considerable debate over the English Defence League (EDL). Specifically, over the nature of the beast and whether “fascist” is an appropriate label for them. If not – what is, and why? I have been meaning to write on this topic for quite some … Continue reading

The revolutionary potential of “social scum”

The Western Cape Anti-Eviction Campaign is one of several active groups which have

Media pundits, politicians, and the outraged chattering classes often go on about the “underclass.” Faced with levels of crime, poverty, and social anger that they are neither willing nor able to understand, the term is one of blame and accusation. It’s a useful catch-all for the long-term unemployed, welfare recipients, the homeless, petty criminals, drug … Continue reading

Anti-fascism in the 21st century: against collaboration with the state

Police in Liverpool during a BNP rally, where they were accused of aiding and protecting the fascists whilst spreading disinformation to antifascists

Part four of a series exploring anti-fascism from a radical, working class perspective discusses why working with the state is viewed by many as counterproductive. In their founding statement, militant antifascist organisation Antifa say that they “will not work with, accept information from, nor pass information to the magazine Searchlight.” On the other hand, liberal … Continue reading

Anti-fascism in the 21st century: on violence and censorship

Part three of a series exploring anti-fascism from a radical, working class perspective explores the concepts of “physical opposition” and “no platform.” Traditionally, antifascists have held to a philosophy of “no platform” and “physical opposition” to the far-right. However, in recent times, these stances have come under particular scrutiny and criticism. Both the efficacy and … Continue reading