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Our exciting fifth issue is almost ready to be sent to press! To give you a teaser of some of its contents, we’re sharing excerpts from the first three essays below. Don’t miss this one: subscribe now, or make sure to double-check your subscription status and personal details here if you’re already signed up.
Fight to Win
The resistance to Trump has so far sought only a return to liberalism. Instead, a new workers’ movement must fight for the world we want.
The question of the labor movement under fascism is the question of what to do when it is already too late. Racist vigilante attacks are intensifying, comrades are being indicted, workers are being deported, bosses are breaking labor law with even greater impunity, the press is under threat, civil liberties are disappearing, politicians are attempting to rule by diktat, police are even more out of control, war is on the horizon. Everywhere, the threadbare niceties of the state under liberalism have vanished.
We are not ready for this. The general strike seems like the only reasonable response, but the existing left and labor organizations have nowhere near the reach to mobilize for one. Everywhere, we are forced to summon up more organization and power than ever before, and everywhere we are falling short. What is this hell we are entering? How did we get here, and what role can the working class play in helping us find a way out?
A Dozen Shades of Far Right
Maik Fielitz and Laura Lotte Laloire
The growing threat of authoritarianism demands mass movements and broad-based anti-fascist action on the basis of internationalism and genuine solidarity.
Across Europe, far-right parties are steadily gaining the organizational capacity and electoral support needed to take control of democratic institutions. At the same time, extreme-right militias are attempting to reclaim the streets, while New Right “intellectual” circles have been pursuing a long-term strategy of setting the cultural stage for an authoritarian transformation of European societies. These multifaceted manifestations of the shift to the right all find their moment suprême in the confluence of the economic crisis and the so-called refugee crisis.
Most anti-fascist analyses therefore draw a direct line between the outbreak of the global financial crisis and the rise of the far right. “Capitalist crisis breeds fascism,” goes the oft-repeated battle cry — especially in countries that have borne the brunt of brutal austerity measures in recent years. There is indeed little doubt that the temporal acceleration and parallel appearance of similar right-wing phenomena should be considered within its appropriate economic context. Yet in the effort to detect the root causes of the far right’s ascendance, we should avoid falling back on overly simplistic explanatory schemes.
Beyond the structural dynamics driving the authoritarian turn of capitalist democracies, we should also pay close attention to the differential capacities, mobilization strategies and immediate crisis responses of the far right, which have fundamentally changed in recent years.
Anti-Fascism and Revolution
Alexander Reid Ross
Fighting fascism requires first and foremost that we recognize the complex ways in which the far right has taken up left-wing tactics and ideas.
Does anti-fascism bear revolutionary potential? This question lingers in today’s tense climes — yet the precise meaning of “revolution” remains unclear. At the Conservative Political Action Conference in the United States this year, former UKIP leader Nigel Farage identified the successes of Brexit and Donald Trump as the beginnings of a “great global revolution.” Either Trump and Farage have joined the revolutionary left — or reality is far more complicated.
To understand the rise of Trump and Brexit, we would do well to return to the notion of the “national revolution,” which has over the years led many members of the working class to actively support, or at least passively acquiesce to, the gains of reactionary movements worldwide. Only by understanding the complex intersections between left and right can we begin to develop the analytical and tactical tools to prevent the creep of the working class towards fascist ideology, and to clarify the necessity of anti-fascist struggle against the very state-form as such.
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