Antifa

The Anti-Fascist Handbook
By: Mark Bray
Narrated by: Keith Szarabajka
Length: 7 hrs and 37 mins
Categories: History, Europe
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In the wake of tragic events in Charlottesville, Virginia, 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 amid 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, Virginia, 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.

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i hated the accents

Book was good. informative. the accents while well sone, were unneccessary. worth the read. well written

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Kind of boring, but very informative

I decided to read this after learning that a family member has gotten deeply involved with white supremacy. I am already involved in many social justice causes but haven’t involved myself in the kind of direct action that Antifa is known for. Overall I enjoyed the book and felt I got a lot of very useful information out of it. I don’t see myself getting deeply involved in some of the more radical of antifa’s activities but I do think overall the movement is a good one, and the book did convince me to start taking some self defense training, just in case I find I need to defend myself from violent white supremecists in the course of my other activism work. It is pretty intellectual, so it felt slow to listen to at times. I guess I expected a book about militant, anti racist, punk rockers to be a little more riveting, lol. Also, I could have done without all the accents the dude reading it did, that was cheesy and obnoxious. Still, worth a listen!

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Super-informative and surprisingly objective

I'm impressed. Literature on this topic often appears to be filled with value judgements and poor reasoning. This book is nothing of the kind. It covers history and the philosophy and reasoning of these antifa groups while allowing the reader to draw their own conclusions.

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Great narrator, righties may be triggered

I thought the narrator was one of the best around. Easy listen. I'll probably listen another time through.

The book is thorough but makes necessary assumptions about the reader's knowledge of the subject matter. If you don't understand anarchist or socialist terminology and thought you might be occasionally lost. Expect to feel targeted by this book for occupying any proximity to the Alt-Right. The book makes no apologies for the use of violence against fascists, fascist look-alike's or potentially anyone who occupies space on the right. That said, it's also trying to be unapologetically historical and accurate in its telling of Antifa activities dating back 90 years, making it a refreshing and detailed testimony of fascist resistance activities into the present day.

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Excellent, concise historical account

I highly recommend this book for those interested in organizing history or in building their own activist network. Bray spends a lot of time covering many different conditions in various Western countries over a long period of time and the successes and failures of various antifascist organizers. While I enjoyed the content, the various accents the performer uses to differentiate between different quotes and persons felt unnecessary and quite forced, but not enough to detract.

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Dispels much anti-Antifa propaganda

Content was excellent! Great quick overview of Antifa; who they are, what they do, and why. Gives a history of Antifa in the US and various European countries. I enjoyed the narrator's voice and reading style for the most part. The only thing that irritated me was his attempt at accents when reading direct quotes. Since the book gets lots of material from interviews with Europeans, this happens frequently.

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Informative and Enlightening

I liked the review of Antifa’s preWW2 history and the development of the thesis that fascist ideology limits democratic values thereby limiting free speech thus necessitating the aggressive response thereto. Democracy that begets fascism is not democracy but protofascism under the guise of popular sovereignty.

Polemic literature is essentially biased and this is no exception-the attack on white identity unaccompanied by any exploration of positive aspects of European or American culture, of which there are many, as they pertain to the very ideals of free speech, rule of law...etc; or detailed exploration of fascistic ideology in the Islamic, East Asian, African, Latin American or minority groups within the US gives the idea that there is little antifascist activity in those areas or among those groups. The lack of this exploration creates the image that causes some of the issues that Antifa would like to eliminate-defensive ethnic nationalism being chief among them.

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A Book Filled with HATE and PROPAGANDA

This book is a hateful propaganda piece that wants to see anyone who has any type of Biblical values beat up, even killed, for speaking up for what the Bible says about the family unit, homosexuality, and self reliance. If you have any views on strong national borders, homosexuality being a sin, a man is the head of the house hold, or being self reliant—antifa wants to beat, imprison, or kill you.

The propaganda piece teaches that by smashing others property and violently attacking others for opposing beliefs is good.

The Author was disavowed by his alma mater because of his commitment and call to violence(from a news article)

Considering the evil works you see antifa doing in the news should be enough evidence that this book is garbage, but the following are some excerpts of the book I have paraphrased into my notes(in fact you will realize after reading this book that anyone involved in antifa is literally a criminal committing crimes)


Openingline is “fascism is not to be defeated, it is to be destroyed “

Militant anti fascism is a reasonable response

Antifa is short for radical anti fascism or militant anti fascism as known in America

Socialist fight back

They do not believe in what an American conservative or liberal might say about I will fight to death to protect your free speech, instead they would say I would fight any fascist to the death for fascist speech.

Their objective is to silence conservative by any means necessary from shouting over speeches, from breaking up conservative political rallies, disrupting rallies and conservative info dispersal newspaper, sowing discord by means of infiltration, doxing people,

Antifa is comprised of Marxist, anarchist, anti authoritarians,
In United States most groups have been anarchist or anti authoritarian since its modern emergence

When antifa smashed windows and caused 100,000 worth of damage, speaker milo Was canceled to speak citing safety concerns which was praised by the author because it saved time and means achieved the end goal. Which was slinecinf speech

Rose city antifa is most popular due to being oldest and first to adopt the name antifa

Sees no problem with antifa riots during trump election if smashed windows and such and damaged businesses. In fact says it was iconic when someone burned down a limo

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Not as advertised.

The accents were dumb. Less of a handbook. More a rambling history of random anti fascism.

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Excellent

The orator was great, he needs to work on his European accents though. They all sound Russian.

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  • Skiamakhos
  • 06-25-20

Great writing but basic pronunciation mistakes

Antifa = "anti fa(cism)", not "an tifa(cism)". It's basic common sense. Get that wrong & you sound like you don't know your stuff.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-18-20

Interesting

After Trump called Antifa a terrorist group I wanted to learn more. It's going down!

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  • mark
  • 08-01-18

Read this book folks!

Clear accessible thinking about how people have fought fascism in the past and valuable observations about this current moment.
Get it, read it, smash the fash!

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