[Marxism] Fwd: The Fetishization of Violence: Reflections on Charlottesville, WWII and Activism
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Fri Aug 18 06:33:01 MDT 2017
Recently, I posted an article written by Louis Proyect entitled, “Antifa
and the Perils of Adventurism,” on social media and received some
limited backlash, but also some interesting reflections. Unfortunately,
it’s clear that many people in the U.S., including seasoned activists
and organizers, are having a very difficult time processing recent
events in a way that’s not overly emotional or irrational in nature.
One person wrote, “Bottom line: Either you’re with Antifa or you’re with
the Fascists!” This lack of nuance is symbolic of a Left that doesn’t
look in the mirror, a Left that refuses to ask serious questions about
its movements, organizations and members, and a Left that lacks
discipline, vision and strategy. Remember, vision should dictate
strategy, which in turn dictates tactics. Today, many leftists in the
U.S. have the equation backward: they focus on tactics first, fail to
discuss strategy, and a lack a long-term vision.
Existing anti-Fascist groups such as Antifa and the more militant
organization Redneck Revolt, have filled a vacuum at protests, but their
tactics are sloppy and their strategy and vision is non-existent. The
overwhelming majority of Antifa activists are white, male, middle-class
and disconnected from the ongoing day-to-day efforts of organizers and
activists. To be fair, some do all of the above, but that’s a rare breed.
Proyect’s point about ‘adventurism’ is well understood: I’ve encountered
many ‘adventurists’ over the years, especially during the Occupy Wall
Street protests. I also experienced similar phenomena at antiwar
protests during the Bush Era. In Charlottesville, the evidence is clear
that leftwing protesters weren’t prepared for the Right’s violence, nor
were they prepared to provide security for their marches.
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