Antifa: The Anti-Fascist Handbook by Mark BrayAs long as there has been fascism, there has been anti-fascism—also known as antifa. Born out of resistance to Mussolini and Hitler in Europe during the 1920s and 30s, the antifa movement has suddenly burst into the headlines amidst opposition to the Trump administration and the alt-right. They could be seen in news reports, clad all in black with balaclavas covering their faces, fighting police at the presidential inauguration, and on California college campuses protesting right-wing speakers…
Simply, antifa aims to deny fascists the opportunity to promote their oppressive politics—by any means necessary. Critics say shutting down political adversaries is anti-democratic; antifa adherents argue that the horrors of fascism must never be allowed the slightest chance to triumph again.
In a smart and gripping investigation, historian and former Occupy Wall Street organizer Mark Bray provides a one-of-a-kind look inside the movement, including a detailed survey of its history from its origins to the present day—the first transnational history of postwar anti-fascism in English. Based on interviews with anti-fascists from around the world, Antifa details the tactics of the movement and the philosophy behind it, offering insight into the growing but little understood resistance fighting back against the alt-right.
Antifa (United States)
Activists involved in the movement tend to be anti-capitalists  and subscribe to a range of ideologies, typically on the left. They include anarchists , socialists and communists along with some liberals and social democrats. When Italian dictator Benito Mussolini consolidated power under his National Fascist Party in the mids, an oppositional anti-fascist movement surfaced both in Italy and countries such as the United States. Modern antifa politics can be traced to opposition to the infiltration of Britain's punk scene by white power skinheads in the s and s, and the emergence of neo-Nazism in Germany following the fall of the Berlin Wall. Hale , the head of the white supremacist group World Church of the Creator , resulting in a fight and twenty-five arrests. Other antifa groups in the U. The English word antifa is a loanword from German, taken from an abbreviation of the word antifaschistisch "anti-fascist" and the name of Antifaschistische Aktion.
But what is Antifa? They are socialists, communists and anarchists who reject the message of white supremacy coming out of the White House. Antifa is not an organized political group; it emerged more as a reaction to a rise in white nationalism. People associated with the movement are considered autonomous, anti-racist groups that monitor, track and actively oppose the movements of local fascist groups. They work to expose participants in pro-fascist rallies to their neighbors, friends, employers and to the general public.
A clash between conservative marchers and black-clad protesters in Portland, Ore. In Portland this weekend, activists in the trademark black uniforms associated with antifa, as well as anarchists and related movements, struck the journalist Andy Ngo in the face, sending him to the emergency room. Ngo, who was also pelted with milkshakes, reported the attack in a video live-streamed to his more than , Twitter followers. It is impossible to know how many people count themselves as members. Its followers acknowledge that the movement is secretive, without official leaders and organized into autonomous local cells.
Top definition. Short for militant leftists, or occasionally far leftists and radical leftists, often used as a generalization of people who commit to acts of violence against those on the Right side of the political spectrum. Antifa disrupted the right wing rally , we saw how antifa acted. Antifa unknown. Fascist Anti-Fascists.
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