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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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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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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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not really a handbook.....

This book was more of a telling of antics activity than a handbook. I thought it was a bit boring. But it will educate a person on what antics is.

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Poison

just a book that advocates for violence against anyone the author calls facist and the oppression of white people

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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!