Showing posts with label antisemitism. Show all posts
Showing posts with label antisemitism. Show all posts

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Stupid Things About Holocaust Denial On Facebook

So Mark Zuckerberg stepped in it, this time seeming to insist that Holocaust denial not be removed from Facebook despite how personally detestable it is to him. For Zuckerberg, what matters is intent to denigrate rather than merely spreading misinformation. However, Holocaust denial is part of a long-term strategy to recruit people to national socialism.

Thursday, April 12, 2018

PE of Fash Week II: Economic Anxiety and Angry White Men (Reading List)

Tonight was the second night of my six-class minicourse on the political economy of fascism. The readings for this class touch on a debate that cropped up in the wake of Donald Trump's ascendancy to the presidency: was his base motivated by racism or economic anxiety. I picked readings that problematized this dichotomy and the epistemology that would assert that these two phenomena are unrelated.

In the sphere of fascist ideology, economic outcomes are critically tied to the composition of the citizenry. On the one hand, fascists take the promise of democratic representation at face value, and thus political power is fundamentally a matter of the demography of the electorate. On the other hand, fascists see extra-electoral and extra-political factors bearing down on political, and hence economic, outcomes. In either instance, the fascist sees representative democracy as systemically corrupted.

Monday, April 9, 2018

We've All Dated That Goy

Gee. Dash. Dee.

I suppose I should start by saying that there are plenty of chill goyim out there. Just because you had a bad experience with one self-conscious goy doesn't mean that all goyim will project their insecurities onto you in a national newspaper. That said, we've all dated that goy.

The goy who repeatedly asked whether we'd ultimately see ourselves marrying a Jewish woman. The goy who insisted that we were just trying to spare their feelings by lying. The goy with whom we tried to share our traditions that we honestly didn't practice so much, but it's an excuse to get the family together. The goy who needed to feel more connected to your Jewishness than you were. The goy who felt more connected to your Jewishness than they were to you.

In a heroic act of shiksa vindictiveness, Carey Purcell took to a national newspaper to announce her intention to avoid dating Jewish men based on a sampling of two (2) relationships with Jewish men that ended, to her mind, because of her partner's secret intentions as described above. I could quote her strange orientalization of her previous partners' Jewishness (and that of their mothers), but why bother? We've all dated that goy.

The one who made accommodating her insecurity about your identity a part-time job. The one whom you refuse to make you feel guilty about your Jewishness. The one who induces you to question if things wouldn't be easier but for her goyishkeit. (Turns out it doesn't matter all that much but do you.)

Anyway, I support Carey Purcell leaving Jewish men the fuck alone.

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Why I Went on a Nazi's Podcast: Approaches and Goals

Plenty of far leftists have ended up in far right media in one way or another, mostly by accident. One of the hosts of a podcast I have been on twice (holiday episode coming soon!) called 2 Spicy actually got blindsided by Gavin McInnes in 2014 before he had made a name for himself beyond his status as persona non grata at Vice. (Apparently, McInnes only varied by degree from the rest of Vice's leadership.) Heather made the unfortunate mistake of taking an invite to do media without doing background research. Always do background research.

I've done a bit of background on the show I'm set to go on. (I'm writing this in advance of going on the show.) If you haven't heard of Millennial Woes, you're not missing much. His only noteworthy accomplishment seems to be speaking at the 2016 Maggiano's Seige NPI conference. Literally. Millennial Woes (who, despite having been doxxed as Colin Robertson still told me to call him 'Woes') is a 35 year old Scottish white nationalist with a mean antisemitic streak, anti-immigrant views, and a strange ambivalence towards bestiality. After he was doxxed (as a result of his only noteworthy accomplishment), his messaging suddenly became extremely conciliatory with regard to racial violence. You know how fash do.

Every year, Millennial Woes does a month long series of interviews he calls Millenniyule. This year he had designs to do 50 interviews in December. As a result of a fight on Twitter, I became one of them. What I hope to lay out here is how it came about that I got this "opportunity," my rationale for accepting it, my strategy for approaching it, and my goals.

Monday, October 30, 2017

Universities Are Protecting Free Speech for Bigots at the Expense of Student Safety

"When I see these people on the roofs," said University of Florida (UF) student Ebony Love, gesturing to the groups of snipers on nearby campus buildings, "I understand the reason why they're up there, but at the same time, you have to take my money and pay for that, but I couldn't get an escort to walk me to my classes, and you said you were going to post security outside these classes and you didn't."

When I talked to her, Love was leaning on a police barricade set up outside of the auditorium on campus where prominent white supremacist Richard Spencer was due to speak on October 19. The night before, however, Love was escorting a student to an 8 pm exam. She and another student sat watch outside for two hours in lieu of the campus security she said the university had promised but failed to provide.

Continue reading at Truthout

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Interview on "The Radical Imagination"

Last week, I sat down with Jim Vrettos for The Radical Imagination on the Manhattan Neighborhood Network. We had an hour-long conversation about policing, pedagogy, and antifa. Watch it in full below.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

The ‘alt-right’ is an unstable coalition – with one thing holding it together

In the aftermath of Charlottesville, the Associated Press (AP) has updated its style guide to change the standard usage of the term ‘alt-right’. The guide, widely followed across the US media, first added the term in November of last year, after Donald Trump won the presidential election, revealing the alt-right to be more than an electoral flash in the pan.

The update added anti-Semitism to the original definition. It now reads:

‘A political grouping or tendency mixing racism, white nationalism, anti-Semitism and populism; a name currently embraced by some white supremacists and white nationalists to refer to themselves and their ideology, which emphasizes preserving and protecting the white race in the United States.’
Both the original and updated AP definitions resemble early attempts to explain fascism in the decades following the second world war. Like the style guide versions, early writers focused attention on regime or movement attributes. This approach, often employing lists of various sizes, proved either too inclusive, or not inclusive enough.

Continue reading at Red Pepper

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Political Economy of Fascism Syllabus

In the wake of the election of an outright racist, sexist homophobe, now seems as good a time as any to debut my Political Economy of Fascism syllabus. This course is designed to take students through the complex of political theories that were grafted together in the early 20th century to become the doctrine of fascism. After familiarizing students with the historical developments leading to fascism, the basic principles of fascist thought are explored.

Given the compelling nature of fascist anti-rationalism, students are provided critical texts to disabuse them of the rabbit holes that fascism builds to pull people in. Instructors using this syllabus are strongly encouraged not to take this lightly. As per the syllabus, students should be instructed to do secondary source readings and debrief readings before reading the primary source (fascist) texts. Please instruct students that if they do not intend to do the secondary source and debrief readings, they should not dip into the primary source texts.

You can download the syllabus as a PDF using the Dropbox link here
Syllabus

The readings are separated by week in this Dropbox folder along with a text list of readings accessible online here
Readings

Instructors feel free to use this syllabus and reading list, but please let me know in the comments below. If you would like to modify the syllabus, I would be happy to provide the source LaTeX file the syllabus was written in.

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Hate Unchecked

Yesterday and today, there were and are protests happening at mosques across the US to counter-pose Louis Farrakhan's "Justice Or Else" rally happening today. In response, MPOWER - a Muslim racial & economic justice organization - started a "Twitter storm" under the hashtag #HateUnchecked. In keeping with the theme, I've written a piece over on Medium about why these anti-Muslim protests are happening now (as opposed to say, the immediate aftermath of 9/11) and why they aren't merely an election year flash in the pan.

In the immediate aftermath of 9/11 there was only one public protest of a mosque which became that accidentally. In Chicago, there was a “patriotism” protest on 9/13 that ended up going past a mosque, and the crowd stopped there and rallied outside the mosque. Since then, there were incidents of vandalism of mosques and hate crimes against Muslims (and other brown people), but no organized protests explicitly against Islam until 2010. In the intervening years, two major things happened.
Read the rest at Medium

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Neo-Nazis at the Capitol: Three Years Later

Three years ago today, I was part of a group that organized a resistance to a neo-Nazi demonstration. Under the guise of the South Africa Project, under the guise of the Church of Jesus Christ-Christian, the Aryan Nations organized a march in protest of the "white genocide" happening in South Africa. Their website featured soft focus stock photos of blond blue-eyed white girls and graphic photos of brutalized bodies.

The text told a story of poor white farmers living in terror in post-Apartheid South Africa, but quickly veered into a antisemitic history of South African Reserve Bank explaining how its Jewish capitalist owners conspired with communist Jews to start the African National Congress and the NAACP to marshal Black folks into extinguishing the white race. With a small amount of link clicking, one ended up on the Aryan Nations' main website, which featured flyers promoting holocaust denial and speeches by a preacher who mixed the Christian bible with Hitler's My Struggle.

What they described was but one part of a much broader problem. The global economic recession of 2008 increased economic desperation of the South African working class, leading to a general rise in violent crime. Far from a reactionary war against white people, what the Aryan Nations were actually pointing out was the social results of the periodic but inevitable crises of the capitalist system itself.

Read the rest at Medium.com

Friday, September 18, 2015

That's Dr. Nazi to You

The National Press Club is run by journalists from news outlets as prestigious as Bloomberg and Al-Jazeera. This October it will host a conference of neo-Nazis.

The National Policy Institute’s biennial conference serves as a meet and greet for an array of well-funded affiliates of this ideological bridge going from mass murderers like Dylann Roof and Rusty Houser to windbags like Donald Trump and Ann Coulter.

While the National Press Club defends its decision to host the conference by standing behind its “108 year history representing the values of freedom of speech, freedom of the press,” they seem to ignore that fascism as an ideological position has a 93 year history of opposing freedom of speech and freedom of the press.

Read more at Medium.com

Monday, June 22, 2015

"White Pride" Matters Reader

I have been saying since at least 2012 that we have to be paying serious attention to what Nazis are doing and how they are organizing. In the past three decades, we have seen a huge number of mass shootings in the United States. This climate provides cover for the strategies of White Nationalists.

It is important to recognize that the term "lone wolf" is not a way for law enforcement to distinguish political violence they tacitly approve of from that which they explicitly do not (although they do this in plenty of other ways). Rather the term was coined by White Nationalists themselves to describe a distributed strategy of (accelerating) political violence. Nazis love that woodland imagery and shit. The adoption of this tactic is largely the result of unintended consequences of the FBI's counterintelligence program operating in the early 70's which fractured white hate organizations, drove them underground, and caused them to merge in new (and probably to them, exciting) ways.

What follows is a reading list on the history of White Nationalism in the United States. Given the confusing and perhaps disturbingly compelling nature of fascist writing, I present first a list of scholarly historical, anthropological, and sociological research on White Nationalist activities in the United States.

Friday, April 3, 2015

A Note On Fascists and Antisemitism

This week, I was lucky enough to attend a two-day conference titled "Fascisms Across Borders" jointly hosted by Columbia University and the New School for Social Research (where I currently study). One of the presentations given by Michele Battaini focused on the role of antisemitism in the forms of fascism we've seen since the second world war. His major claim that what makes fascist antisemitism distinct from anti-Judaism of, for example, the Catholic Church prior to the Enlightenment or of the antisemitism that came out of the eugenics movement is the integration of antisemitism into an opposition to capitalism - what Battaini called "anticapitalist antisemitism."

He draws a sharp distinction between this anticapitalist antisemitism with xenophobia. On the one hand, I'm inclined to agree that fascist antisemitism, where it persists, is integral to their critique of capitalism, but I'm not entirely convinced of the distinction between antisemitism (as it manifests within fascist milieus) and xenophobia. To me, Battaini takes too narrow a view of antisemitism. For him, antisemitism is a hatred of Jews based on stereotypes of Jews as controlling finance and through this controlling governments and world economies. This is only half of the story.