(episode #78), titled “A Gettysburg Moment: Charlottesville, Antifa, & The Future Of Resistance w/ Spencer Sunshine”
We get really in-depth about Alt Right organizing, and in the second half I explain what the antifa movement actually thinks and does.
For some reason the media hasn’t picked up on the fact that Richard Spencer’s AltRight.com is openly calling for “leaderless resistance” after Charlottesville.
“A website co-founded by white supremacist Richard Spencer has published articles calling on the alt-right to begin organizing in small cells and prepare for war.
Vincent Law, a regular writer for Spencer’s AltRight.com, wrote the articles after August 12’s fascist-led gathering in Charlottesville, Virginia, where one participant rammed his car into an anti-racist march, killing one and wounding 19.
The first essay, ‘The Alt Right is Finished Debating,’ was published ten days after Charlottesville. Using apocalyptic language, Law claimed that the Alt Right has ‘reached a point of no return,’ and there was no use in speaking to uncommitted fascists, seeking popular support nor recruiting new members.
‘There are no debates between foreign tribes, only war,’ Law wrote. ‘The debate happens on the battlefield.'”
Read the entire article at Revere Press
“Joey Gibson is a Far Right activist who, since March 2017, has made a name for himself by organizing confrontational rallies on the West Coast that have frequently descended into violence. Based in Vancouver, Washington (located across the Columbia River from Portland, Oregon) Gibson organizes events under the name Patriot Prayer. He draws support from the Patriot movement, the Alt Right and fascists, homophobic Christian nationalists, and right-wing bikers. Gibson goes to liberal enclaves and seeks to incite fights while simultaneously claiming he is merely advocating free speech, peace, love, dialogue, and tolerance. Patriot Prayer is the Alt Right version of the Westboro Baptist Church—they purposely antagonize people they perceived as opponents by engaging in public protests at sensitive times, and then in turn portray their targets as intolerant. Patriot Prayer has gone to the Bay Area in California; Portland, Oregon; and Seattle and Olympia, Washington to stoke confrontations.”
Read the full article at Political Research Associates
There’s been many “This is the last straw for the Alt Right!” articles, starting well before Trump took power. I’ve held my breath and said “Not yet” each time, but now I’m placing my bet. Post-Charlottesville there has a been, for the first time, a massive slew of arrests and firings, the loss of numerous internet platforms, movement leaders distancing themselves from the tarnished brand, the cancellation of two national rallies, Bannon’s departure from the White House and – for the first time – mass mobilizations against them, as we’ve seen in Boston and now San Francisco. They wanted to defend General Lee in Charlottesville, and I hope that what they got was their own private Gettysburg.
“The aftermath of the white nationalist ‘Unite the Right’ demonstration in Charlottesville, Virginia, on August 12 has dealt a major blow to the ‘alt-right,’ a far-right brand of politics that has coalesced around ideas based in white nationalism, xenophobia and misogyny. After many months of rapid expansion, the unfolding events seem to have broken the movement’s momentum. While the result of two new far right Bay Area rallies this weekend remain to be seen, if the left is lucky and the correct cards are dealt, this may turn out to be the Gettysburg of those who are called the ‘alt-right.'”
Note: Before someone makes another ignorant comment about my use of “[sic]” in this article, please look at what this word actually means. Thanks!
MoveOn gave me a couple minutes to explain what the Far Right believes — and how we can organize against it.
I did two interviews about the events in Charlottesville. Both are about 20 minutes long.
The first was on Make It Plain with Mark Thompson, which I did as soon as I returned from Virginia after the protest.
The second is on the podcast Politically Reactive, with W. Kamau Bell and Hari Kondabolu: “Charlottesville: Why did this happen and how do we move forward?”