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London Protest Against Far-Right Italian National Populist Leader Salvini.

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London Protests Against No-Show Salvini.

Inspired by Italy’s anti-far right, and anti-Salvini movement, the Sardines, people protested in London yesterday against the visit of the Italian national populist leader to the British capital.

The fact that his flight was cancelled because of the Coronavirus did not stop people demonstrating.

This is the movement in Italy: Sardines against Salvini 

Socialist Resistance.

December 2019.

A few weeks ago four thirty year olds from Bologna were complaining about the victory of Salvini’s  hard right Lega (League) in the Umbrian regional elections and the danger of him winning their traditionally left of centre region in the January elections, writes Dave Kellaway. They then did something that is typical of angry thirty year olds. They went onto social media and cooked up the Sardines idea.

Put simply, it was to fill the squares of Italy with people against the Lega.  The reference to the sea was twofold. Firstly, small fish group together in massive shoals to defend themselves against predators and secondly Salvini was the notorious interior minister who was happy to let migrants die in the Mediterranean by closing the ports.

As sometimes happens, the whole idea exploded on social media and the squares of Bologna and other places across the region were successfully taken over by huge crowds. A majority were young but people of all ages came too.

On December 3 there were 25,000 in Milan and tens of thousands in Florence and Naples. The weather has been as bad in Italy recently as it has been here.  Given that the merest hint of rain on an Italian beach sees them emptied very quickly, this showed the strength of this movement as a sea of umbrellas covered the squares.

And:  New “sardine” movement in Italy. Hugh Edwards.

Solidarity.

December 2019.

In the past few weeks, as if from nowhere, a new movement, calling itself “the sardines”, has filled the squares of Italy, originating from Emilia Romagna’s capital city, Bologna.

25,000 came out in Milan on Sunday 1 December, and there will be a mass national demo of all groups and organisational conference in Rome on 15 December.

Drawing in thousands of the young, and often very young, the dynamic of the mobilisation is focused against the reactionary racist extremism of Matteo Salvini and his party, La Lega nationale.

Radical anti-Fascists took part.

This is the Sardines UK.

Written by Andrew Coates

March 4, 2020 at 2:19 pm

Russian Anti-Fascists Imprisoned. Defend our Comrades!

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You can support the “network” case defendants by sending them solidarity messages, donating to the support campaign, and spreading the word about the case.

See the Rupression site for details

Russia jails members of ‘non-existent’ terror group Set

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Seven Russian anarchists and anti-fascist activists have been handed lengthy jail terms on terror charges.

A court in the city of Penza sentenced the men – said to be part of a group known as Set, meaning Network – to between six and 18 years in penal colonies.

Russian authorities say they were plotting to overthrow the government.

But rights groups and lawyers say the charges were fabricated, and the men were tortured into confessing.

Prominent opposition figure Alexei Navalny described the sentences as “horrific” in a tweet, and called the Set group a “fictitious terrorist organisation”.

A spokesman for Russian President Vladimir Putin reportedly said he was aware of the case and had ordered authorities “to make sure everything is in line with the law”, but would not intervene.

The Guardian says,

Rights activists criticise trial, saying members of the Network were tortured.

A Russian court has issued harsh sentences to seven antifascist and anarchist activists in a controversial domestic terrorism case marred by claims that investigators tortured the defendants to elicit confessions.

The court in Penza, a city about 390 miles (630km) south-east of Moscow, sentenced the men to terms of six to 18 years in penal colonies for allegedly forming an organisation called Set, which translates as the Network, which prosecutors said planned to carry out future attacks inside Russia to overthrow the government. The men were also charged with an assortment of weapons and drugs charges.

Influential human rights groups have called the case fabricated and said the men may have been targeted for their political activism. Four of the men on trial said they had been tortured with beatings and electrocution during the investigation. In December, Memorial human rights centre, one of Russia’s oldest civil rights organisations, had called for the charges to be dropped.

The French Communist daily l’Humanité, runs the story,

RUSSIE LOURDES PEINES DE PRISON POUR DES ANTIFASCISTES

The left blog People and Nature reports,

Russia: “network” case anti-fascists jailed for 6 to 18 years

A military court yesterday convicted seven Russian anti-fascists of trumped-up charges in the “network” case, and sentenced them to between six and 18 years imprisonment. The trial of two more defendants continues in St Petersburg.

The frame-up of the “network” case defendants by security services (FSB) officers – and the repeated use of torture to obtain bogus confessions – has been denounced by human rights organisations. The jailed anti-fascists have been supported by an international solidarity campaign.

Here is a report from court yesterday, translated by the Russian Reader from Bumaga newspaper:

The Volga District Military Court, [sitting in Penza], has [convicted and] sentenced seven defendants in the Network Case.

Dmitry Pchelintsev was sentenced to 18 years in a maximum-security penal colony. Ilya Shakursky was sentenced to 16 years in a penal colony and fined 50,000 rubles.

Investigators claimed they were organizers of a “terrorist community.” Both men alleged that FSB officers had electrocuted them in order to obtain confessions.

Maxim Ivankin was given 13 years in a maximum-security penal colony, while Andrei Chernov was sentenced to 14 years, and Mikhail Kulkov, to 10 years. They were found guilty of involvement in a “terrorist community” and attempting to sell drugs.

Vasily Kuksov was sentenced to 9 years in a penal colony. He was accused of involvement in a “terrorist community” and illegal possession of a weapon. Another defendant, Arman Sagynbayev, received 6 years in prison.

The verdict handed down by the court in Penza suggests that the acquittal of the Petersburg defendants in the case is less likely, Viktor Cherkasov, the lawyer for Viktor Filinkov, a defendant in the Network Case, told Bumaga. “It sends a message,” said Cherkasov. “It is difficult to hope [for a positive outcome], but we are still determined to protect Filinkov’s interests.”

Cherkasov said that he planned in court to point to the faked evidence in the case. He also that he would take the case to the European Court of Human Rights if Filinkov were found guilty. The next hearing in the Network Case in Petersburg should take place between February 25 and February 28.

[In October 2017 and January 2018], antifascists and anarchists were detained in Penza and Petersburg. They were accused of organizing a “terrorist community,” allegedly called “the network”.

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At the end of the court hearing, Mediazona, the human rights defenders’ web site, reported:

The session is over. The sentence was read out in complete silence. Now, behind the court’s closed doors it is very noisy. Those who came to support the defendants are shouting: “Free political prisoners!”

“Stay strong, we are with you”, one of the support group shouted out.

“No, it’s we who are with you!” answered Dmitry Pchelintsev, one of the defendants. […]

People shouted “shame!” and “freedom!” […]

Outside court, a crowd gathered. Some people played drums, others sang, waiting for those convicted to be taken away in prison vans. Alongside stood security services officers in masks.

Vehicles left [the court] in a convoy. According to Mediazona’s correspondent, OMON [riot police] officers threw their coats over the convicts, so as to pass the crowds unseen. The supporters then began to go their separate ways.

 

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ABOUT THE CASE

In autumn 2017 6 people were arrested in Penza – to some of them weapons and explosives were thrown up. Then FSB tortured antifascists right in the pretrial detention center: connected electrodes to different parts of body and put the electricity on, beaten, hanged upside down. While torturing security chiefs forced activists to learn by heart the testimony which FSB wants, that they had founded and participate terrorist community “Network”. At the end of January 2018, three more antifascists were arrested in St. Petersburg. They were also beaten, electrocuted and forced to incriminate themselves – to confirm that they are members of the “Network”. And in July 2018 there was a last arrest of two persons in Moscow.

By forging the evidence and tortures, the FSB fabricates a case about terrorism against antifascists. The FSB claims that the detainees planned to arrange explosions during the presidential elections and the World Cup. All this – allegedly in order to “shake the masses to further destabilize the political situation in the country” and raise an armed rebellion. Now there are ten antifascists behind the bars. Arrested face from five years up to life sentence in prison.

After the case against antifascists and tortures became widely known- actions of solidarity took place in Russia and abroad. However, this led to new repressions. The participants of the actions from Moscow were detained and criminal proceedings were opened against them. Antifascists from Chelyabinsk were detained, electrocuted and a criminal case was also opened against them.

 

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Written by Andrew Coates

February 11, 2020 at 12:59 pm

Comrade Anti-Fascists, Greens, Kurds, Leftists: Check if you are on the ‘Counter-Terrorism’ List.

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Exclusive: Extinction Rebellion and Peta also named in anti-extremism briefing alongside Combat 18 and National Action.

Among the groups listed with no known link to terrorist violence or known threat to national security are Stop the War, the Palestinian Solidarity Campaign, the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, vegan activists, anti-fascist groups, anti-racist groups, an anti-police surveillance group and campaigners against airport expansion. Communist and socialist political parties are also on the list.

Let the Rozzers know: I have written for the Alliance for Workers’ Liberty Publication Solidarity and even been on CND protests and Stop the War Coalition marches against war on Iraq!

Mind you that Skinheads Against Racial Prejudice does look a dangerous crew.

Written by Andrew Coates

January 18, 2020 at 12:37 pm

Arron Banks, Leave EU, “Apologises” for ‘Kraut’ tweet as UK Politics Turns into a Carl Schmitt ‘Friend/Enemy’ Battle.

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Arron Banks Campaign on ‘the Enemy’.

Last night on Channel Four News Timothy Snyder talked about the  Schmittian turn of populist politics in the UK and the US.

Some of today’s politicians have learned propaganda tricks from 1930s fascists, says Yale professor

Democracy is a fragile creation, and the Yale professor and historian of fascism Timothy Snyder should know.

His best selling book, ‘On Tyranny’, offers some practical and political advice for resisting authoritarianism. Professor Snyder had the American reader in mind when he wrote it. But can we learn anything from his work?

I spoke to him earlier and I began by asking him if he saw parallels between the United States and what’s happening in British politics right now.

During the interview Snyder referred to Carl Schmitt and the Friend/Enemy Distinction at the foundation of his extreme right politics.

This, the Yale Professor  argued, is now influencing populism in the US and the UK.

The “Friend “Enemy” distinction outlined by the extreme right German theorist is summed up in the above image.

These are some some of his best-known quote on the topic,

The enemy is not merely any competitor or just any partner of a conflict in general. He is also not the private adversary whom one hates. An enemy exists only when, at least potentially, one fighting collectivity of people confronts a similar collectivity. The enemy is solely the public enemy, because everything that has a relationship to such a collectivity of men, particularly to a whole nation, becomes public by virtue of such a relationship.

Political thought and political instinct prove themselves theoretically and practically in the ability to distinguish friend and enemy. The high points of politics are simultaneously the moments in which the enemy is, in concrete clarity, recognized as the enemy.

From Banks to Cummings these words have become a reality in their  populist campaign to create a national neoliberal regime in Britain.

Leave.EU campaign apologises over tweet calling Merkel a ‘kraut’ and invoking world war

Leave.EU has made a rare apology for a tweet the organisation posted which showed a picture of Angela Merkel with the words: “We didn’t win two world wars to be pushed around by a Kraut.”

The tweet was apparently in response to unfounded reports from a “No 10 source” Ms Merkel had insisted in a phone call to Boris Johnson that Northern Ireland remains within the European Union’s customs union when the rest of the UK leaves the bloc.

After the tweet generated widespread outrage, co-founder of the organisation Arron Banks admitted it “went too far”, but said “the real outrage is the German suggestion that Northern Ireland be separated from the UK”.

He added: “On reflection the point could have been made better.”

Leave.EU tweeted “We’re sorry”, alongside an emoji of a downcast face.

This is a response from a comrade.

Merkel reacted with a great deal of decency to the refugee crisis, a mountain more decency than the UK government ever had,.

Being insulted by these racist pipsqueaks is blood boiling stuff.

Against the left internationalists also stands the Red Brown Front.

They do not just weaken our side by supporting the Brexit project but blur the lines between the left and the national populists with ideas constantly moving in the direction of the right.

Arron Banks – Leave UK – funded the Trade Unionists against the EU.

We await their apology for having anything to do with this gang.

The Morning Star continues to give publicity to Trade Unionists Against the EU, publishing this by the “national officer for Trade Unionists Against the EU” in support of the Tories.

Brexit: why October is good to go.

FAWZI IBRAHIM argues Labour should support the government’s determination to leave the EU at the end of next month

This is the latest project of the Red-Brown Front retweeted from the Full Brexit which the ‘trade unionists against the EU back.

 

Written by Andrew Coates

October 9, 2019 at 10:46 am

Key Thinkers of the Radical Right. Behind the New Threat to Liberal Democracy. Edited by Mark Sedgwick. Review.

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Key Thinkers of the Radical Right. Behind the New Threat to Liberal Democracy. Edited by Mark Sedgwick. Oxford University Press. 2019.

Thanks to Feminist Dissent.

“In order to prove effective,” the French far right theorist, Guillaume Faye (1949 – 2019), wrote in his critique of the intellectual strategy of the Nouvelle Droite, “ideological and cultural action must be supported by concrete political forces which it integrates and extends” (Archeofuturism 1998, English Translation. 2010) In the Introduction to this collection of studies on thinkers of the radical right Mark Sedgwick observes that “In Europe, ‘populist’ political parties have pulled the mainstream in their direction” and in the US, after the 2016 election of Donald Trump, “America’s liberal orthodoxy is also challenged”.

Over the last year the wider public has become aware of the radical right. The Christchurch Mosque killings in New Zealand brought the murderer’s reference to the ‘Great Replacement” (grand remplacement), the “contre-colonisation” of the West by immigrants, of Renaud Camus international notoriety. In waging a war, attributed to Antonio Gramsci, for cultural hegemony in the political field, fringe groups such as the “identitarians”, the decentralised US ‘alt-right’, those influenced by the ideas covered in Key Thinkers have become political actors. But perhaps one should follow the warning of a French long-term writer on the far right, Pierre-André Taguieff, and hesitate before aligning national populism, even the most ethnically based, with a radical right that contains overt white nationalism. (1)

Writing as “scholars not activists”, they paint a picture of people with four key themes. These are, apocalypticism, represented by Faye’s “converge of catastrophes”, propelling a war against the “barbarians already here”. There is the fear of global elites, the most widespread populist theme that invites comparison with the extreme right. The word “elite” could be called the greatest ‘floating signifier’, with constantly shifting content, and impossible to pint down, of all. Yet driving the radicals is a deep ‘friend-enemy’ distinction that impels us to take sides, “to preserve one’s own form of existence”, that Carl Schmitt (1888 – 1985) saw as the foundation of politics The Concept of the Political. 2007). Finally there is the strategy of “metapolitics”, the attempt to shape the political terrain as a whole.

Classic Thinkers.

The contributors to Key Thinkers offer introductions and explorations of ‘classic thinkers’. Oswald Spengler’s reflections on the ‘decline of the west’ the novelist of Great War heroism, Ernst Jünger, whose Stahlgewittern (Storm of Steel, 1920) is accused of “legitimising death and destruction”, could be contrasted with anti-war novels, such the left wing Henri Barbusse’s Le Feu (Under Fire. 1916) are cultural framers. These contributions are followed by a useful outline of Carl Schmitt’s “politics of Identity” by Reinhard Mehring, which could be usefully extended to the critical reading of Schmitt by writers such as the ‘left populist’ Chantal Mouffe. The varied writings of Julius Evola, from the ‘integral tradition’ to the lament, aimed at a “special human type” that, “that every organic unity has been dissolved or is dissolving: caste, stock, nation, homeland, and even the family.” (Ride the Tiger, Cavalcare la Tigre Translation, 2003). Evola inspired a “successful movement” writes H.Thonas Hakl, “Campo Hobbit”.

Today’s Ideologues and Identity.

Turning to today the articles deal with self-conscious ideologues, people inclined to offer lists of all the books they have read as ‘influences’. Excellent accounts of Alain de Benoist by Jean-Yves Camus and Stéphane François on Guillaume Faye and Archeofuturism make one regret that they were not preceded by some account of the importance of ‘classic’ influences on the French Nouvelle Droite, from Maurice Barrès to Charles Maurras. This, often warring, couple, have churned out a mountain of phrases over the years, some of which have attracted a wide audience, including the American leftist journal, Telos. Each has flirted with ‘anti-imperialism, the ‘third way’ call for the “peoples’ of the world to rule themselves, and measured positions on ‘the Jewish Question’, in Faye’s case veering from hostility to attacks on far-right Holocaust denial faced with the greater ‘enemy’ of Muslim migration. Faye was marked by this virulent hostility to Muslims (Benoist has been often favourable to Arab nationalism). They each have a different take on the need for ‘paganism’, though both incline in that direction. Underneath genuine learning (do not think that Benoist does not seriously know his ‘Indo-European’ linguistics), apparent liberalism, even their stand for pro-European unity, both writers’ ideas are ultra-conservative. They are best clarified by reference to Barrès on the primacy of memory-transmitted roots of “la terre et les morts” (the soil and the dead). Both are hostile to immigration (underneath Benoist’s belief that is not the immigrants’ fault). Faye has called them a colonising “fifth column” – linking him to Renaud Camus’s later pamphlet. This was his vision in Archeofuturism,

Tomorrow a people will return to be what it has always been, prior to the short interlude of modernity: ethnos, a community both cultural and biological. I insist on the importance of biological kinship to define peoples, and particularly the family of European peoples (as well as all others), not only because humanity – contrary to what the melting pot myth suggests – is increasingly defining itself through ‘ethno-biological blocs’, but also because the inherited characteristics of a people shape its culture and outlook.

This picture could be said to set the scene for the following chapters in Key Thinkers. From ‘paleoconservatism’ to Patrick J. Buchanan and the Death of the West we reach Jared Taylor and White Identity we reach the world of the American right. Unfamiliar with the milieu it is interesting to read of the friendship between ultra-conservative Paul Gottfried and Christopher Lasch. The author of the Culture of Narcissism (1979) described by Seth Bartee as a “right wing populist” is a reference to swathes of French former leftists, the John Humphreys of France’s intellectual life. Jared Taylor, whose White Identity, Racial Consciousness in the 21st Century (2011) reads like a sour parody of Ta-Nehisis Coates, is introduced. His attempt to blend his own “ethnonationalism and white identitarianism” on a European model. No doubt his dislike of immigration and “genetic” prejudice is not far off, but unpleasant references to Hispanics and the Spanish language in his writings suggests some substantial difference in that quarter. The preoccupation with “race”, biological race, is a distinguishing feature of the North American New Right, Graham Macklin suggests, in discussing Greg Johnson.

Eurasianism, propagated by the ‘organic intellectual’ of an invigorated Russian right, Alexander Dugin, with links with European far-rightists, national Stalinists, and the US alt right, – and forces ‘close’ to President Putin – is covered by Marlene Laruelle. It could be expanded into a book.

Key Thinkers covers much more. Some correspond to the conspiracy themes well-known on the far right. The writer Bat Ye’or (Gisèle Littmann), who begins with reasonable sounding criticism of the plight of non-Muslims in states run by Islamic Law, extends them to all Muslim influence in the West and suggests that there is a plan by ‘elites’ to turn Europe into ‘Eurabia’, “EEC and subsequently EU documents reveal the development of a new ideology that is producing demographic and cultural change for the purpose of creating conditions for the fulfillment of the Eurabian vision.”

Others defy easy classification. Used perhaps to the clearer waters of writers such as Louis Althusser it is hard for this reviewer to make head or tail out of Mencius Moldbug and the ‘dark enlightenment’ against the Cathedral. For the initiated there is much to follow up in the sympathetic response (said to have been written during a come-down from Speed), by ‘accelerationist’ Nick Land (The Dark Enlightenment). (4)

Key Thinkers is a valuable book, and essential reading for anybody who wishes to be informed about not just the ideologues behind the present day radical right, but about politics today. Many of their ideas about the people of the West under threat from ‘elites’ have seeped into the political culture of the right, and even the left. The right has seen the birth of their own identity politics. In defence of national populism, sovereignty and Brexit, former Marxist Frank Furedi is amongst many who call for recognition of the land and its dead. “Judaism and Christianity” their “moral principles” and the “contribution of the Ancients – Greeks and Romans – Christian philosophy and the Enlightenment”. Very few, for the moment, make the leap from that waffling to the radical right’s belief in “ethno-biological blocs”. Yet, Faye’s image of ‘archeofuturism’, a technologically ‘futurist’ world, in which the ‘archaic’, original, cultures of antiquity rule politics and society, remains suggestive of Populist ambitions. (5)

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  1. Pages 209 – 2013. Macron, miracle ou mirage? Pierre-André Taguieff. Edition l’observatoire. 2017 and La Revanche du nationalism. Pierre-André Taguieff. PUF 2015.
  2. Page 48. Archeofuturism. Guillaume Faye. English Translation. Arkotos. 2010
  3. Bat Ye’or Eurabia. The Euro Arab axis. 2005 Fairleigh Dickinson University Press.
  4. Nick Land (The Dark Enlightenment).
  5. Reclaiming Europe from the EU. The EU sees European history as a source of shame. It is wrong. Frank Furedi. 2016.

Review from the extreme right:  Mark Sedgwick’s Key Thinkers of the Radical Right. Greg Johnson.

Written by Andrew Coates

September 25, 2019 at 12:55 pm

Morning Star Backs “Spiked” Against “No Platforming” Eddie Dempsey.

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Morning Star Backs Red-Brown ‘Spiked’ on this.

As protests against the Johnson coup grow the Morning Star has nothing better to do than to defend Full Brexit Loudmouth and ‘Liberal’ loather Eddie Dempsey.

This is one of Dempsey’s many statements that met opposition from all progressives and people of good will.

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RMT’s Eddie Dempsey calls for unity against Boris Johnson after ‘no-platform’ bid by Owen Jones and Ash Sarkar

RMT activist Eddie Dempsey insisted that “bringing people together to call a general election” should be the left’s priority after two activist journalists pulled out of a rally because of his presence.

Ash Sarkar and Owen Jones said they would no longer speak at Tuesday’s People’s Assembly rally calling for a general election after an attack on Twitter by Pete Radcliff, who was expelled from Labour in 2016 for supporting the Alliance for Workers Liberty.

Mr Radcliff said he could not believe that they would “share a platform with someone like Eddie Dempsey who openly supports No Deal in complete opposition to Labour’s policy.”

Ms Sarkar then said that she had agreed “before I saw the speakers list” and would pull out. Owen Jones replied “same — and I’ll be focusing my energy on building for tomorrow’s big #StoptheCoup demo.”

But Mr Dempsey told the Morning Star that the fight to bring down Boris Johnson should not be policed on Leave or Remain lines.

“The referendum has brought out the limits of the political system and what happens when the people vote against that system’s interests,” he said.

“The royal prorogue is just another example and raises the question of moving beyond the last feudal relics of the system. An election is the only way out of this. That requires bringing people together on the socialist left whether they are Leave or Remain, as we have done before and will have to do again when all this is settled. The real problem is we need to own this country, and we don’t.”

Ash Sarkar says,

Others would be less generous, given the background of Dreadful Dempsey.

Here:

Written by Andrew Coates

August 31, 2019 at 10:54 am

After Portland, Trump Bows to Far-Right Demands to Consider ANTIFA “Organisation of Terror”.

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Proud Boys Deem Portland A Success Because Trump Sided With Right-Wing Extremists

Huff Post.

“Look at Trump’s Twitter … he’s watching antifa. That’s all we wanted,” boasts former Infowars staffer and protest organizer Joe Biggs

A former Infowars staffer who organized the Proud Boys protest in Portland Saturday deemed the “mission” a success Saturday because President Donald Trump sided with the right-wing extremist group against the anti-fascist “antifa.”

“Go look at President Trump’s Twitter,” Joe Biggs told the Oregonian (see the video above). “He talked about Portland, said he’s watching antifa. That’s all we wanted. We wanted national attention, and we got it. Mission success.”

Biggs said he was pleased with the relatively peaceful day between the Proud Boys — which describes its members as “western chauvinists” — and counter-protesters, who included antifa activists. Portland police reported that at least 13 people were arrested and six were injured.

The Proud Boys who organised the racist march:

The Proud Boys is a far-right neo-fascist[9][10] organization that admits only men as members and promotes political violence.[2][11][12][13] It is based in the United States and has a presence in CanadaAustralia, and the United Kingdom.[14][15] The group was started in 2016 by Vice Media co-founder and former commentator Gavin McInnes, taking its name from the song “Proud of Your Boy” from the Disney film Aladdin.[16][17] Proud Boys emerged as part of the alt-right, but in early 2017, McInnes began distancing himself from the alt-right, saying the alt-right’s focus is race while his focus is what he defines as “Western values”. This re-branding effort intensified after the Unite the Right Rally.[18][19]

This their presentation:

The Proud Boys are a men’s organization founded in 2016 by Vice Media co-founder Gavin McInnes. McInnes has described the Proud Boys as a pro-Western fraternal organization for men who refuse to apologize for creating the modern world; aka Western Chauvinists.

Proud Boys‘ values center on the following tenets:

Minimal Government
Maximum Freedom
Anti-Political Correctness
Anti-Drug War
Closed Borders
Anti-Racial Guilt
Anti-Racism
Pro-Free Speech (1st Amendment)
Pro-Gun Rights (2nd Amendment)
Glorifying the Entrepreneur
Venerating the Housewife
Reinstating a Spirit of Western Chauvinism

This caught my attention, “the Proud Boys organization was launched in September 2016, on the website of Taki’s Magazine, a far-right publication for which Richard Spencer was executive editor.”

There is a whole chapter on Richard B.Spencer in Key Thinkers of the Radical Right . Behind the New Threat to Liberal Democracy .(Edited by Mark Sedgwick 2019. Oxford.), Richard B. Spencer and the Alt Right by Tamir Bar-On. 

The Proud Boys say they are “not alt right”.

But their ideas seem to echo many of alt right Spencer’s themes.

He is absolutely barking,

Leftists (who sometimes understand us better than we understand ourselves) have always sensed this; they know that when we talk about immigration, we’re not really talking about immigration.

For us “immigration” is a proxy for race. In that way, immigration can be good or bad: it can be a conquest (as it seems now) . . . or a European in-gathering, something like White Zionism. It all depends on the immigrants. And we should open our minds to the positive possibilities of mass immigration from the White world.

And when White men talks about “restoring the Constitution”—or, more so, “Taking Our Country Back”— leftists and non-Whites are right to view this as threatening and racialist: it implies a return to origins and that the White man once owned America.

Today, in the public imagination, “ethnic-cleansing” has been associated with civil war and mass murder (understandably so). But this need not be the case. 1919 is a real example of successful ethnic redistribution—done by fiat, we should remember, but done peacefully.
The ideal I advocate is the creation of a White Ethno-State on the North American continent.

We must give up the false dreams of equality and democracy—not so that we could “wake up” to reality; reality is boring—but so that we can take up the new dreams of channelling our energies and labor towards the exploration of our universe, towards the fostering of a new people, who are healthier, stronger, more intelligent, more beautiful, more athletic.

And,

Hail Trump, hail our people, hail victory!”

That’s how Richard B. Spencer saluted more than 200 attendees on Saturday, gathered at the Ronald Reagan Building in Washington, D.C., for the annual conference of the National Policy Institute, which describes itself as “an independent organization dedicated to the heritage, identity, and future of  people of European descent in the United States, and around the world.”

Spencer has popularized the term “alt-right” to describe the movement he leads. Spencer has said his dream is “a new society, an ethno-state that would be a gathering point for all Europeans,” and has called for “peaceful ethnic cleansing.”

He thinks the march was “too weak”.

 

That the US President bows to their pressure is beneath contempt.

Spencer is said to be the person who created the term “alt right”, and is aligned with European Identitarians., although his call for a “white racial empire” is not widely, or publicly, shared on our continent.

Comrade Spencer Sunshine says,

SPENCER SUNSHINE: PROUD BOYS & THE RISE OF FAR RIGHT VIOLENCE

 

In this segment, I speak with Spencer Sunshine — researcher, journalist, activist, and political consultant regarding Far Right movements. Spencer discusses of the recent controversy surrounding Gavin McInnis, founder of the Proud Boys, and his invitation to speak at the Metropolitan Republican Club in New York City, in which a group of Proud Boys openly attacked protesters after the event. We discuss the lack of police interference in the beatings, and the overall trend in policing and law enforcement’s attitude toward Far Right movements in the US. We also discuss the differences and similarities between what has been defined as the “Alt-Right” and the “Alt-Lite,” and what these two camps of Far Right ideology have accomplished in the past year in the expansion and normalization of Far Right rhetoric and violence. We also discuss other strains of Far Right organization and ideology, including Joey Gibson and Patriot Prayer, as well the Left’s altogether lack of preparedness in addressing the looming threat posed by these groups.

 

Written by Andrew Coates

August 18, 2019 at 12:10 pm