[Marxism] English skinheads wave ... Israeli flag!

Eric Johnson ewjohnson72 at yahoo.com
Tue Sep 15 08:17:15 MDT 2009

I also was recruited to leftist politics out of the 1980's skinhead scene in the US.  I was redskin and a SHARP skin in the midwest. then became very active in ARA. street fights with the fascists in the 80's were extremely violent. For an (incomplete) history of that period go here: http://antiracistaction.org/index.php?page=history

--- On Tue, 9/15/09, Nick Fredman <n.fredman.11 at scu.edu.au> wrote:

> From: Nick Fredman <n.fredman.11 at scu.edu.au>
> Subject: Re: [Marxism] English skinheads wave ... Israeli flag!
> To: ewjohnson72 at yahoo.com
> Date: Tuesday, September 15, 2009, 8:11 AM
> A minor point, but "skinhead" is a
> stylistic rather than a political  
> position. The cropped head and Doc Marten footed look has
> historical  
> connections to ska and reggae, the 80s mod revival, and
> anti-racism  
> and leftist politics, as much as to the fascism for dummies
> and the  
> particularly stupid form of hardcore punk which are more
> popularly  
> associated with the term "skinhead". The latter grouping
> were often  
> termed "boneheads" by those identifying with the former set
> of  
> associations.
> Representative of the "left skins" in the 80s was a UK ska
> band, the  
> Redskins, members of the SWP.  Similarly in Australia
> there was the  
> Strange Tenants, members of the Moscow-line SPA. The latter
> played at  
> the first conference I went to, the Resistance national
> gathering in  
> 1990. There was a security detail (of more buff comrades
> than me) in  
> case the Nazi skins made an appearance, which they
> apparently were  
> wont to do at the Tenants' gigs previously. They didn't:
> the physical  
> confrontations between fascists and the left had peaked a
> year or two  
> before my involvement and boneheads have been pretty much
> invisible  
> here since (some no doubt graduating to One Nation in the
> 90s and  
> Australia First now). In contrast ska, which is almost by
> definition  
> anti-racist, seems to get revived at least every 5 years.
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