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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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A book for the mentally ill.

This book is a load of shite, wish i could get those 7 odd hours back.

Enjoy.

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based but dry

it's a well researched and well produced book but it's not very entertaining. A good resource on the history and philosophy of antifa but if you were hoping for something fun or easy listening, look elsewhere.

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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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  • NetBoss
  • 30-12-2020

Very informative

I downloaded this book because I wanted to know what ANTIFA was about from their own perspective. From what I could gather, they are against quite a number of things. Based upon what the book says, if you don’t agree with them, your a fascist, a racist, or both. If you say otherwise, they’ll shout you down, either literally, figuratively, or both. That seems pretty convenient.

I’m what people call a high functioning autistic person. I struggle in life in a couple of places; being blunt and saying what I think, and trying to process information when there is no sensible logic in an argument. My big question is, after the ANTIFA movement burns everything to the ground, then what? I couldn’t see what they were for. They are for free speech, but not if they don’t like it or disagree with it. In tat case they support violence to get their way.

Overall, the book espouses violence throughout, using of quite a number of gangster tactics to be used against actual fascists, oh, and anyone else they deem fascist, racist, or whatever else they decide. In the end, I see an angry, self-centered ideology without a substantive foundation, using Nazi brown shirt tactics to intimidate people who can’t even comprehend what they are about, because they aren’t really about anything except bearers of the old, time-tested, “Instill fear, create disenfranchisement, fein a solution, take power.” Done. You don’t you don’t have to be a genius to know the formula that works. It has been used throughout history.

There was also quite a bit of time spent pointing out the various failures of history, but in the end, ANTIFA is no different than any other despotic, oppressive power elite in history, clawing their way to absolute control by any means by deflecting their true aims by relying on the 99.9% sure bet that everyone hates fascism and racism.

Not knowing if they even believe in any kind of democratic power, except as a means to be exploited, I’d have to say their ideology is a perfect vacuum awaiting the perfect charismatic leader to pull it off. Beware of ANTIFA.

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  • Dr. Thaddeus Manfred Beauregard IV, PhD
  • 12-11-2020

A waste of time

I thought this book would be insightful about the current antifa movement. And if so, then the “movement” is a total joke. A bunch of self aggrandizing failed academics vying for the attention feeble minds by using made up words and characterizations. What a waste. Find something better to do with your time.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Tom
  • 30-11-2020

Propaganda

A piece of Antifa Propaganda. If you are a member of Antifa this book is for you.

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  • Rich Shields
  • 29-10-2020

Hate in the mirror

The ramblings of a third rate intellect consumed by the hate it pretends to despise. A total waste of time.

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  • Donald
  • 10-01-2021

Embarrassingly racist, ethnocentric and bombastic

It's a boring openly biased cherry picking of events in European history to convince you Antifa is great. It doesn't talk very much about contributions of people of color to the movement throughout history. And it's obsessed with the very white history of Italy and Europe. Don't be fooled, this author is a white supremacist trying to convince you otherwise. The reader uses extremely offensive stereotypical accents for quotes, so there should be some warning before the reader drops into that kind of speech. Overall I was really disappointed this was written in English and spoken in English. Antifa is a movement that transcends language and as such shouldn't preoccupy itself with colonizing languages. I appreciate the free read though Amazon, glad to see you are supporting Antifa!

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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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  • 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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  • Wild Bunny
  • 25-09-2021

Epic

Really loved this book and I'd recommend it to all antifascists. Bit short on time. Filling words out. Nice.

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  • Dan Thurley
  • 05-08-2021

interesting history

quite a detailed and interesting historical look at militant anti fascism in Europe and USA. I would've liked more academic interest, Bray touched on Aime Cesaire and Du Bois but I think a greater examination action of their work and inclusion of minds like Franz Fanon and Walter Benjamin and expanding the history of where fascism came from in relation to European colonialism would have been a nice historical touch.

I also found the accents the narrator uses to be a bit comical at times. gor blimey, guv nor luv a duck.

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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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