Showing posts with label fascism. Show all posts
Showing posts with label fascism. Show all posts

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, July 20, 2015

Why the #NoFlagginChallenge Is Actually Really Important

Since Bree Newsome's spiderwoman takedown of the South Carolina statehouse's confederate flag and its subsequent removal through official legislation, a wave of anti-flagging vigilantism has begun.

If you haven't yet seen the #NoFlagginChallenge, the videos below will get you up to speed.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Klansman in the Sheets, Lone Wolf in the Streets

Last Monday, in my "White Pride" Matters Reading List I mentioned that the term "Lone Wolf" did not originate with law enforcement or the media, but rather within the white nationalist movement itself. I was given the opportunity to elaborate on this point in Think Progress the following Wednesday.

The long version is tale of FBI infiltration, social progress, and legal action all bearing down on a violent movement of ideological hatred. The result is a chaotic strategy of coordinated violence in the hands of the most dangerous ideology the world has ever known. From the piece:

Coupled with the return of combat-trained veterans from Vietnam, COINTELPRO led to a qualitative split within white hate organizations. The formal organizations and alternative political parties such as the Klan, the National Socialist Movement, and the Aryan Nations pursued a nominally non-violent white nationalist line. Meanwhile, many members of these organizations began forming underground paramilitary organizations such as the White Patriot Party, Posse Comitatus, and The Order. While there was undeniably a large degree of cross-over between these two camps, both disavowed involvement in the activities of the other.

In the early 1990s, Tom Metzger thought up a new form of organized white nationalist violence. Metzger, who cut his teeth with various chapters of the Klan before dabbling in electoral politics, noticed that militant white nationalist organizations, including his own White Aryan Resistance (WAR), were being taken out through criminal conspiracy charges and civil lawsuits. Through WAR’s newspaper and later its website, he began to advocate for a strategy he called Lone Wolf.

Read the full article here

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.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

I'm Willing to Bet Anything

From the second the story broke, I knew this was RaHoWa. Racial Holy War. This was a term coined by Ben Klassen who started the White Nationalist and antisemitic Church of the Creator. This was a thing endorsed by William Luther Pierce under the pen name Andrew MacDonald in his books The Turner Diaries and Hunter. This is a tactic endorsed by White Aryan Resistance founder Tom Metzger in his calls for The Lone Wolf strategy.

At this point, prior to the police interrogation, I am fairly confident that what Dylann Storm Roof carried out was not simply an arbitrary spree killing, but a calculated political assassination. There are a couple reasons I believe this. First, arbitrary spree shootings at black churches just aren't the White Nationalist M.O. If a White Nationalist carries out a spree killing, it's going to be in a place at a time where they can inflict the most casualties. A Wednesday night is not that time. Second, if your aim is to take out a Black church, you don't do it with a gun at 9pm on a Wednesday; you do it with fire and an accelerant on a Sunday. Third, White Nationalists, by and large, see Black folks as merely a pawn in an international Jewish conspiracy (often referred to as the Z.O.G. - Zionist Occupation Government).

The missing piece that folks appear to be missing in all this is that one of the nine dead was a Black state senator. This was a small gathering at which Roof knew the senator would be present, in close proximity, and would leave few if any witnesses. This was not a random shooting spree, this was a calculated assassination plot. I'm willing to bet anything.

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.