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

Leninist front-groups and the problems of “tail-ending” the Left

Left-wing front organisations, such as the Socialist Party's "Youth Fight for Jobs," are organised around single-issues which many people are concerned about but are used as a recruiting tool and a way of selling papers whilst serious and radical action is demobilised from above in favour of passive, ineffective protests

There are innumerable hurdles in trying to build and maintain the momentum of a strong, libertarian, workers movement. From the fact that the first signs of success (or even visibility) with such a movement bring instant state attention and repression to the fact that there will always be far more people willing to sympathise with … 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

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

A common anti-BNP electoral slogan, as offered by Unite Against Fascism

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: 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

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