[Marxism] North America's first black bloc
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Sun Feb 19 09:35:49 MST 2012
Louis quoted Katsiaficas:
> To put it
mildly, the movement often fails to establish peaceful and supportive
community, and it also contains a dose of German national pride.
I have no idea what the hell Katsiaficas is talking about in that passage. The Autonomen and successors have been among the most consistently anti-national leftists around.
There has been a tendency in recent years for Neo-Nazi groups to adopt a sort of "black bloc chic", calling themselves "autonome Nationalisten" and wearing clothing previously associated with the left, like black hoodies, Che t-shirts, Keffiyahs, etc., but the "autonome Nationalisten" are explicitly Nazi groups, not wayward leftists who have adopted nationalist politics.
All the stuff he says about machismo etc., however is generally right on, but I would argue it was more prevalent in the Antifa movement of the 1990s, which was comprised of a different political generation than the classical Autonomen of the 1980s.
Finally, I think Louis' historical outlines are generally ok, but whether it's his intention or not, I think it's creating the impression that the classical Autonomen = black blocs. The movement was much broader than that.
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