[Marxism] Fwd: How Should We Protest Neo-Nazis? Lessons From German History

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Fri Aug 25 19:19:04 MDT 2017

In the court of public opinion, accusations of mayhem and chaos in the 
streets will, as a rule, tend to stick against the left, not the right.

This was true in Germany in the 1920s. It was true even when opponents 
of fascism acted in self-defense or tried to use relatively mild 
tactics, such as heckling. It is true in the United States today, where 
even peaceful rallies against racist violence are branded riots in the 

Today, right extremists are going around the country staging rallies 
just like the one in 1927 in Wedding. According to the civil rights 
advocacy organization the Southern Poverty Law Center, they pick places 
where they know antifascists are present, like university campuses. They 
come spoiling for physical confrontation. Then they and their allies 
spin it to their advantage.


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