The Anti-fascist Handbook

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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

"Insurgent activist movements need spokesmen, intellectuals and apologists, and for the moment Mark Bray is filling in as all three... The book’s most enlightening contribution is on the history of anti-fascist efforts over the past century, but its most relevant for today is its justification for stifling speech and clobbering white supremacists."--THE WASHINGTON POST, Carlos Lozada

"An excellent primer and essential reading."--COUNTER PUNCH

In the wake of tragic events in Charlottesville, VA, and Donald Trump's initial refusal to denounce the white nationalists behind it all, the "antifa" opposition movement is suddenly appearing everywhere. But what is it, precisely? And where did it come from?

As long as there has been fascism, there has been anti-fascism — also known as “antifa.” Born out of resistance to Mussolini and Hitler in Europe during the 1920s and ’30s, the antifa movement has suddenly burst into the headlines amidst opposition to the Trump administration and the alt-right. They could be seen in news reports, often clad all in black with balaclavas covering their faces, demonstrating at the presidential inauguration, and on California college campuses protesting far-right speakers, and most recently, on the streets of Charlottesville, VA, protecting, among others, a group of ministers including Cornel West from neo-Nazi violence. (West would later tell reporters, "The anti-fascists saved our lives.")

Simply, antifa aims to deny fascists the opportunity to promote their oppressive politics, and to protect tolerant communities from acts of violence promulgated by fascists. 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.

In a smart and gripping investigation, historian and former Occupy Wall Street organizer 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. 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.

Publisher: Brooklyn :, Melville House,, 2017
ISBN: 9781612197036


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Sep 13, 2017

Heard a radio show program on Antifa by a member and lecturer at Dartmouth [immediately, I am becoming more suspicious] a short time ago on KEXP's Mind Over Matters show [Saturday and Sunday mornings from 6:00 am to 9:00 am]. The Dartmouth lecturer explained that it is pronounced AHHN-tifas, which surprised me since once would presume to pronounce anti as anti?!?!?! [The Dartmouth lecturer said he was highly annoyed at it constantly being mispronounced - - thank goodness he gets upset over monumental events!!]
Was not impressed with his lecture. Am not impressed by repeated attacks by antifas on police at those marches to insure civil behavior. Am also not impressed by rather revisionistic history of those supposedly // antifascist \\ organizations. Certainly first I have heard of them, and I've read a bit of history over the years. They obviously did not do a very good job of it, as they failed miserably, assuming this sudden historical narrative is accurate, which I've yet to see proven?!?!? [I always repeat the well-known refrain, Follow the money! Who is financing them, and who or what is financing any white supremacy groups?]


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