The National Bestseller
“Focused and persuasive... Bray’s book is many things: the first English-language transnational history of antifa, a how-to for would-be activists, and a record of advice from anti-Fascist organizers past and present.”—THE NEW YORKER
As long as there has been fascism, there has been anti-fascism — also known as “antifa.” Born out of resistance to Mussolini and Hitler, the antifa movement has suddenly burst into the headlines amidst opposition to the Trump administration and the alt-right.
In a smart and gripping investigation, historian and activist Mark Bray provides a detailed survey of the full history of anti-fascism from its origins to the present day — the first transnational history of postwar anti-fascism in English. Today, 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. Bray amply demonstrates that antifa simply aims to deny fascists the opportunity to promote their oppressive politics, and to protect tolerant communities from acts of violence promulgated by fascists.
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 resistance fighting back against fascism in all its guises.
Interesting insignt to a century of Anti-Fascist Action movements in Europe and North America.
Pretty basic formula
It makes its arguments in a pretty deceptive format that’s only more predictable he more you understand it.
1. Bray tries to justify the preemptive use of violence on fascists
2. Bray calls everyone he doesn’t like a fascist. Even if they aren’t an avowed fascist, ‘they could be one day’ and also deserve preemptive attacks.
It kind of comes across like something Bender Rodriguez would argue as a joke.
Often on the first day of cooking school they make you demonstrate how well you can prepare an egg, and if you can’t do anything impressive with it, you can’t continue the class.
Similarly, if you can do something as basic as win a logical argument against a fascist (one of the dumbest ideologies out there) without resorting to preemptive violence, you are either looking for violence or aren’t terribly smart- either way you don’t need to be active in politics beyond voting.
Not a fan.
I read the book to see what kind of views they hold. This book is a waste of time.