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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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  • 21-08-2020

Glad I listened, but

I listened to this book on Audible. Monotonous, three chapter twisting story establishing the lineage of antifa back to the dark days of Europe after WWI. Factions from the right and left fight for the control of countries and people's minds using whatever means available. The novelty, then downright annoyance of pronouncing names and quotes in English in the accent of origin, e.g. German, French, etc..., along with the references to martial arts, and the obvious propaganda techniques used throughout gave this book a comic book quality. All that was missing was a 'Kerpow!' Finally, in chapters 4 - 6, Bray outlined basic truths of antifa, free-speech, and organizing. These last chapters were more informative and interesting than the first three. The conclusion, and then the appendix of quotes by former antifa round out this pamphlet. Did it convince me of the righteousness of the antifa movement? No, it convinced me this is a continuation of the fight between communism and capitalism. The false narrative that capitalism 'foments class struggle' and inequality is countered by reams of data and stories to the contrary. Bray argues antifa supports free speech, and gleefully points out the USA is 45th, yet forgets to mention the communist country rankings of China 177, Cuba 171, North Korea 180, and Vietnam 175. Bray and antifa group fascism and nazism in one category, yet the National Socialist German Workers Party, or Nazi, was merely a national versus international form of socialism/communism as practiced by the now defunct USSR. This book camouflages antifa intentions as helping others, instead of the actual truth of socialism/communism where a small group of rulers make decisions for all. I'll place this book in the rubbish heap of failed philosophical propaganda.

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  • J paslawski
  • 12-02-2019

i hated the accents

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

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  • Dan
  • 22-06-2020

Not as advertised.

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

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  • Robert C. Solomon
  • 27-06-2020

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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  • Jessica
  • 09-08-2018

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 19-07-2018

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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  • JoePro
  • 17-09-2019

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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  • Nicholas Terepka
  • 05-06-2018

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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  • Mitch Manning
  • 15-10-2020

Excellent book!

Lots of facts, and figures, and excellent explanations. I couldn’t have picked a better book dealing with antifa! Looking forward to your next book. Thank you very much, Mitch.

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  • michael
  • 15-10-2020

Not on my watch

I listen to this book specifically to find out more about antifa. What I found out was exactly what I was afraid of. The only people that really decide who is a fascist are the anti-fascists. I find it interesting that by their definition I would be considered fascist, but in truth I’m nowhere near fascist. Anti-fascist during World War II were doing something good. Anti-fascist today are truly terrorists

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  • Skiamakhos
  • 25-06-2020

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. Update: huge, huge load of history of the struggle against fascism. Very good. Cursory bit at the end about actually doing it. Not a handbook as such, but nonetheless a useful read.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 18-06-2020

Interesting

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

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  • Bo
  • 01-08-2018

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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