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Drawing Equivalencies Between Fascists and Anti-Fascists: A Pox on Both Their Houses

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  • Part 1: Antifa and Neo-Nazis: A Pox on Both their Houses
    • Both Antifa and the Neo-Nazis align themselves with ideologies that brought about the greatest human suffering the world has ever seen.
  • Part 2: Drawing Equivalencies Between Fascists and Anti-Fascists Is Not Just Wrong—It’s Dangerous
    • We must be very wary of any attempts to excuse or normalize white supremacy.

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Part 1: Antifa and Neo-Nazis: A Pox on Both their Houses

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Both Antifa and the Neo-Nazis align themselves with ideologies that brought about the greatest human suffering the world has ever seen.

Devin Foley, Intellectual Takeout

August 18, 2017 | Since the chaos at Charlottesville, media of various sorts have been hammering away at the evil of white supremacy and neo-Nazis while barely mentioning the evil of Antifa. It is as if we are to believe that we have a binary choice: Will you line up with neo-Nazis or will you line up with Antifa?

Worryingly, the whole situation is reminiscent of the street fights between the Communists and National Socialists (Nazis) that plagued the Weimar Republic during the 1920s. If you’re not familiar with the period, a weakened Germany, hollowed out by the Great War (1914-1919) and financially ruined by the Treaty of Versailles, was besieged by various totalitarian groups attempting to take over. As we know, the National Socialists eventually won, seizing power in 1933 under Adolf Hitler.

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Part 2: Drawing Equivalencies Between Fascists and Anti-Fascists Is Not Just Wrong—It’s Dangerous

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Neo-Nazis, white supremacists and fascists descended on Charlottesville, Virginia on August 12. (Photo by Albin Lohr-Jones/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)

  • The flaw in the “both sides” position is that the violent protest actions of antifa are equivalent to the violent actions of white supremacists. A brief examination of the two movements’ approaches to violence points to the fallacy of comparing the two.
  • We must be very wary of any attempts to excuse or normalize white supremacy.

Stanislav Vysotsky, In These Times

August 15, 2017 | After a fascist march in Charlottesville, Va. left one anti-Nazi protester dead and 19 others wounded, there has been widespread criticism of President Donald Trump’s failure to forcefully denounce white supremacists. However, this condemnation has rarely included a genuine understanding of the actions of antifascist protesters in Charlottesville and elsewhere, creating a continued justification for the “both sides” argument that paints antifascists, or antifa, as equivalent to the white supremacists they oppose.

As a researcher who has attended numerous political and social events with antifascist involvement, and interviewed many antifascists, it is clear to me that politicians and pundits are drawing a false equivalence between white supremacist and antifa actions—and ignoring the direct threat posed by supremacists that motivates antifascist responses. Antifascists often serve as the first line of defense when police and civil society fail to protect marginalized groups from fascist threat. Their actions must be understood in that context.

Stanislav Vysotsky is an Assistant Professor of Sociology and Criminology at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. His research focuses on the conflict between supremacist groups in contemporary American society and their militant antifascist opposition through ethnographic and interview research with antifascist activists, in order to understand the relationship between threat, space, subculture, and social movement activism.

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Optimism over Despair: On Capitalism, Empire, and Social Change ~ Noam Chomsky and C.J. Polychroniou

 

https://cdn-ed.haymarketbooks.org/images/000001/075/open-uri20160929-140-hfgweo-f_medium-400fc6b2c2237810bef80070091e69c2.Wide-ranging interviews on war, power, and politics with Noam Chomsky, the world's leading critic of US foreign policy.

Described in Haymarket Books

This volume offers readers a concise and accessible introduction to the ideas of Noam Chomsky, described by the New York Times as “arguably the most important intellectual alive.”

In these recent, wide-ranging interviews, conducted for Truthout by C. J. Polychroniou, Chomsky discusses his views on the “war on terror” and the rise of neoliberalism, the refugee crisis and cracks in the European Union, prospects for a just peace in Israel/Palestine, the rise of the Black Lives Matter movement, the dysfunctional US electoral system, the grave danger posed to humanity by the climate crisis, and the hopes, prospects, and challenges of building a movement for radical change.

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Noam Chomsky is an American linguist, philosopher, cognitive scientist, logician, political commentator and activist. He is perhaps best known as a critic of all forms of social control and a relentless advocate for community-centered approaches to democracy and freedom. Over the last several decades, Chomsky has championed a wide range of dissident actions, organizations and social movements.

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Charlottesville and Trump: A spiritual exercise for the overwhelmed and exhausted

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Two people comfort Joseph Culver of Charlottesville, Va., Aug. 12 as he kneels at a late night vigil to pay his respects for a friend injured in a car attack on counter-protesters rallying against white nationalists. (CNS photo/Jim Bourg, Reuters)

  • Each new day finds us inundated with more data, the latest takes and the prospect of another crisis.
  • How do you continue to “bear witness” when every three or four days there is another crisis?

Jim McDermott, America 

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August 16, 2017 | Five days after the horrific events in Charlottesville, Va., our country continues to grapple with their significance. As has been true from the start of the Trump administration, each new day finds us inundated with more data, the latest takes and the prospect of another crisis. Simply trying to keep up with it all can be difficult. Gaining a broader perspective seems at times near impossible.

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For instance, we have condemned those who marched at Charlottesville in the strongest of terms; they have been outed on social media and excoriated in the press. But stepping back, that seems to be exactly what these groups wanted. Waving Nazi flags, shouting racist, anti-Semitic and homophobic slurs, they certainly were not looking for approbation. No, they wanted a public spectacle of conflict. They wanted to provoke opponents to show up and get in fights with them; they wanted the press and others to mock and abuse them. Those moves serve their argument that the “other side” is just that: another position of equal standing, its supporters just as aggressive and partisan as them.

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A Murderous History of Korea

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In the West, treatment of North Korea is one-sided and ahistorical. No one even gets the names straight. But if American commentators and politicians are ignorant of Korea’s history, they ought at least to be aware of their own.

Bruce Cumings , London Review of Books

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https://cdn.lrb.co.uk/assets/covers/m/cov3910.jpg May 18, 2017 | More than four decades ago I went to lunch with a diplomatic historian who, like me, was going through Korea-related documents at the National Archives in Washington. He happened to remark that he sometimes wondered whether the Korean Demilitarised Zone might be ground zero for the end of the world. This April, Kim In-ryong, a North Korean diplomat at the UN, warned of ‘a dangerous situation in which a thermonuclear war may break out at any moment’. A few days later, President Trump told Reuters that ‘we could end up having a major, major conflict with North Korea.’ American atmospheric scientists have shown that even a relatively contained nuclear war would throw up enough soot and debris to threaten the global population: ‘A regional war between India and Pakistan, for instance, has the potential to dramatically damage Europe, the US and other regions through global ozone loss and climate change.’ How is it possible that we have come to this? How does a puffed-up, vainglorious narcissist, whose every other word may well be a lie (that applies to both of them, Trump and Kim Jong-un), come not only to hold the peace of the world in his hands but perhaps the future of the planet? We have arrived at this point because of an inveterate unwillingness on the part of Americans to look history in the face and a laser-like focus on that same history by the leaders of North Korea.


Bruce Cumings teaches at Chicago, and is the author of The Korean War: A History.


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A Forceful Essay Hits a Nerve

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  • The U.S. church is being asked to choose between the values of Francis and those of Trump.
  • Spadaro & Figueroa Are Onto Something

Anthony Annett, Commonweal

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July 28, 2017 | Over a decade ago, I was one of the co-founders of a small Catholic blog called Vox Nova. The goal of the blog was precisely that—to be a “new voice” for authentic and consistent Catholic social teaching. Most of us on that blog hewed to traditional teaching on social justice and were identified with the Catholic left. But we also tried hard to be consistent—we didn’t disdain Humanae Vitae, ignore abortion, call for women priests, or denigrate Church teachings on sexuality. In doing so, we sought to challenge the presumptions of those http://lacatholicworker.org/wp/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/faith-and-politics-sign.jpg   who monopolized the mantel of “faithful, orthodox Catholicism.” We were attacked relentlessly for exposing their inconsistency. But in an ocean of right-wing Catholic opinion, Vox Nova was easily drowned out, in the end making only the tiniest of ripples. 

The same cannot be said of the forceful essay in La Civiltà Cattolica by Fr. Antonio Spadaro, SJ, and Marcelo Figueroa, which shone a light on the pathologies of a certain brand of American Catholicism. And the extent and vitriol of the pushback from the highest echelons of American right-wing Catholicism only shows that Spadaro and Figueroa have hit a nerve. 

Anthony Annett is a climate change and sustainable development advisor at the Center for Sustainable Development - Earth Institute at Columbia University and in this position is affiliated with Religions for Peace.

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July 27, 2017 | Notice how more frequently we hear scientists tell us that we’re “wholly unprepared” for this peril or for that rising fatality toll? Turning away from such warnings may reduce immediate tension or anxiety, but only weakens the public awareness and distracts us from addressing the great challenges of our time, such as calamitous climate change, pandemics, and the rise of a host of other self-inflicted disasters.

Here are some warnings about rising and looming risks.

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1. The opioid epidemic is here now, and poised to become further exacerbated. It is the US’s deadliest drug overdose crisis ever, taking over 1000 lives a week. Even that figure is underestimated, according to a report by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). These fatalities, many of them affecting people in the prime of their life, stem from legally prescribed drugs taken to relieve chronic pain. Tragically ironic!

Congress is figuring out how to budget for many billions of dollars to combat this toll – much greater than the deaths by traffic crashes or AIDS. Republican and Democratic state officials are suing the drug companies for excessive, misleading promotion for profit. Still, the awful toll keeps rising.

Ralph Nader is a consumer advocate, lawyer, and author. His latest book is The Seventeen Solutions: Bold Ideas for Our American Future. Other recent books include, The Seventeen Traditions: Lessons from an American Childhood, Getting Steamed to Overcome Corporatism: Build It Together to Win, and "Only The Super-Rich Can Save Us" (a novel). 

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Fake Government & Politics News? What the Mainstream Media Is Not Telling You, Week Ending July 29, 2017

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If you solely rely on the Western media for enlightenment, your acquired knowledge is plain ignorance. You will never learn the truth because they simply manipulate the news. Learn the truth in our selection of articles below. 

  • Chomsky: Trump is a Distraction, Used by the Deep State to ‘Systematically Destroy’ America
  • It’s Not About Hating Trump: It’s About Regaining Comity
  • Trump Enablers: You’re The F*cking Reason We Can’t Have Nice Things
  • It's Time for Jared and Ivanka to Go, Jackie Speier

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Smashing the two party paradigm Noam Chomsky called out deep state democrats and republicans alike for using Trump as a distraction to destroy America.

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07/20/2017 | Comity has virtually disappeared from the White House.

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  • July 21, 2017 | You’re fucking up America, it truly is your fault, it’s not politics as usual, and when the shit hits the fan, you’re on your own. You are why we can’t have nice things. You don’t need “elitist liberals” and their fancy “civil rights” and “government protections.” You’re winners. You win bigly.
  • The sad part is I’m starting to believe the only way America will likely ever be great again, or even functional again, is if we let this train wreck play out to its grisly conclusion, casualties be damned.

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  • Their conflicts of interest are not just unfair and unethical, but potentially dangerous.
  • Nepotism is something more closely associated with dictatorships or puppet regimes, but it’s now been accepted with a shrug by Republicans as just how the Trump administration does business.

 

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