[Marxism] Fwd: A boom market in antifasplaining | Louis Proyect: The Unrepentant Marxist

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Tue Aug 29 11:27:29 MDT 2017

Almost every month a new antifa book or feature article comes out 
written by some young professor. As night follows day, publishing houses 
love to sell books and magazines love to sell articles. Luckily for 
them, there seems to be no topic more marketable right now. A lot of it 
has to do with the Trump presidency that many pundits considered to be 
the second coming of Adolph Hitler or Benito Mussolini. When it turned 
out that Trump was thwarted repeatedly, especially over immigration and 
Obamacare, and that leading Republicans began to disavow him, it hardly 
made sense to act as if it was 1933 all over again. Although I have 
little in common with Stanfield Smith politically, he made essential 
points in a March 21, 2017 CounterPunch article titled “First Two Months 
in Power: Hitler vs. Trump”:

	Little over two weeks in power, the Brownshirts had been handed the 
license to bully, beat, even kill leftists and Jews. In contrast, the 
two week old Trump presidency found its first anti-Muslim executive 
order blocked by a judge.

	Three weeks in power, 50,000 Brownshirts were made part of the police. 
They began unauthorized arrests, broke into public building and homes 
and made nightly raids to seize anti-Hitler opponents. Those seized were 
typically put in newly set up “camps.”

This has not stopped professors from churning out books that make it 
sound as if we faced a similar threat. This can only be done, of course, 
by ignoring crucial historical differences. In the German elections of 
1928, the Socialist Party received 9,152,979 votes, which at 29.8% was 
the highest number of any party. Meanwhile, its rivals in the Communist 
Party received the fourth highest vote total–3,264,793, which was 10.6%. 
If the two parties had been able to unite, there never would have been a 
Third Reich or World War Two. As it happened, the SP ruled Germany in 
about the same way that Obama ruled the USA while the CP was criminally 
ultraleft—supporting a Nazi referendum in 1931 to dissolve the 
SP-dominated parliament in Prussia.

full: https://louisproyect.org/2017/08/29/a-boom-market-in-antifasplaining/

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