Militant Anti-Fascism: A Hundred Years of Resistance

Militant Anti Fascism A Hundred Years of Resistance Fascism is not a thing of the past In this era of crisis and austerity it is growing even stronger The question is How do we stop it According to M Testa the fight against it must be aggressive and

  • Title: Militant Anti-Fascism: A Hundred Years of Resistance
  • Author: M.Testa
  • ISBN: 9781849352031
  • Page: 383
  • Format: Paperback
  • Fascism is not a thing of the past In this era of crisis and austerity, it is growing even stronger The question is How do we stop it According to M Testa, the fight against it must be aggressive and unrelenting Using a mixture of orthodox history, eyewitness accounts, and unflinching analysis, he makes the case for a resolutely militant anti fascism, one that gives nFascism is not a thing of the past In this era of crisis and austerity, it is growing even stronger The question is How do we stop it According to M Testa, the fight against it must be aggressive and unrelenting Using a mixture of orthodox history, eyewitness accounts, and unflinching analysis, he makes the case for a resolutely militant anti fascism, one that gives no quarter and tolerates no excuses Unlike other partisan accounts of contemporary battles against fascism and ultra nationalism, Militant Anti Fascism takes us from proto fascists in nineteenth century Austria to modern day street fights in London, providing a broad context for its arguments and looking at numerous countries over a longer period of time The result is both a serious historical study and a story of victory and struggle, past and present, designed to inspire and energize militants.Lay aside, as M Testa does, your faith in liberal, legislative, and state approved approaches to today s fascist threat Start by reading this provocative and unapologetic overview of militant anti fascism and the strategies that have successfully confronted the far right when it has reappeared in its many guises.M Testa, undercover anti fascist blogger, has analyzed the changing fortunes of the British far right since 2009 He has written for the anarchist magazine Freedom and is a member of the Anti Fascist Network.

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    1. As the stubborn persistence of Trump has raised questions about fascism, what it is, and how to fight it a book like M. Testa's makes for an interesting read. The book has two distinct parts that are kind of odd put together. The first focuses on antifascist movements pre-world war two, the second on post war antifascism entirely in England.The first section does an excellent job of telling the story of antifascist movements in multiple countries. Some of these are struggles that many on the Lef [...]

    2. It may be that there is a target audience for this book and I am not it, but I couldn't finish it.It seems very unlikely that the problems with a book on militant anti-fascism would be that it was insufficiently political and excessively dry, but there you go.I was hoping for something that would give more of the cultural context, a description of tactics, etc. Instead what I got was an extremely dry account of various clashes and a long list of impossible to keep track of names and acronyms int [...]

    3. I thought that the last half often seemed repetitive, giving detailed accounts of different marches and actions which generally played out pretty similarly. But that level of detail is also what makes it a valuable reference for anyone interested in the history of antifa in Britain/Ireland

    4. 'Militant Anti-Fascism' is an excellent introduction to resistance to European fascism. This book takes a broader look than many of the other essential militant anti-fascist books such as 'No Retreat' by Hann/Tilzey, or 'Beating the Fascsists' Birchall. The introduction frames the books by explaining two things one should understand when looking back at 100 years of resistance. First, all successful anti-fascist movements have three elements: Physical resistance, political organization and propa [...]

    5. Militant Anti-Fascism by M. Testa is a great historical document, and more books like it need to be in wide circulation. However, I indeed was let down by the sheer density of the narratives set forth. The amount of abbreviated organizations is simply too much to handle (AFA, BNP, NF, ad infinitum) and I don't think Testa did a good enough job explaining what each acronym stood for, both literally and figuratively. I swear there are instances where the acronyms are used first, before their actua [...]

    6. Pretty good survey of European militant anti-fascist movements, with an emphasis on the action in the UK against the neo-Nazis, the British National Party, United Front, etc. After reading for a while, though, the text gets a tad monotonous. In the section on British anti-fascist movements, the various groups, referred to by their initials, gets a tad confusing, and the multitude of examples given ran a bit together for me after a while.Still, this is an important book and gives some excellent e [...]

    7. This was a pretty quick read - started it right after Charlottesville, after it had been sitting on my shelf for a long time. The background history was really great, as well as the deep dive into UK-based antifascist organizing. I do think that people in the U.S. looking for an up to date book on antifa would be better served with books that may have come out in the last year or two, but this was a great piece of subjective history and reflection.

    8. A pretty thorough view of antifascism and its functions through significant historical rises of fascism. It tends to get a little repetitive, but it does speak to a struggle that we as a people need to take up: opposition to fascist ideology and action at all cost.

    9. To start, this book was boring. Why, then, did I give it a five star rating? Because it's a damn good thing that this book is boring! It just goes to show that in the past 100 years of militant anti-fascism the tactics of no platform and no pasaran fucking work! This work shows to those today in the U.S. that the mundane critiques of Antifa as delimiting free speech and "being no better than the fascists" is just trite bullshit that has been leveled against them from the start. So please. Save m [...]

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