“Three Pillars of the Alt Right: White Nationalism, Antisemitism, and Misogyny”

A number of progressive organizers have portrayed the fascist wing of the Alt Right, and related White Nationalists, as a merely a condensed form of the usual White supremacy in the United States. I explain why this is a mistaken perception of their political views, and why this matters in formulating strategies of resistance.

“The new wave of avowed White nationalists who have been energized by Donald Trump—most prominently the Alt Right—have held demonstrations across the United States, most famously in Charlottesville, Virginia in August 2017. Progressive activists have struggled to conceptualize and oppose the movement, and there have been a variety of different responses to it. However, some of these responses show a deep misunderstanding by progressives of what the Alt Right and other White nationalists believe. To misunderstand the multifaceted politics of fascism—and in particular, to ignore antisemitism—is to fail to comprehend the motivations and actions of the Alt Right and other White nationalists. It can also create a situation in which those who are targeted are left to fend off their would-be oppressors without solidarity.”

Read the rest at Political Research Associates.

Has the “Alt-Right” Met Its Gettysburg?

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.'”

Read the entire article at Truthout

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“A Guide to Who’s Coming to the Largest White Nationalist Rally in a Decade”

“The Unite the Right rally, which will take place in Charlottesville, Virginia on August 12, 2017, looks like it will be the largest White Nationalist rally in the United States in more than a decade. Between 500 and 1,000 people are expected to participate, while up to 4,000 counter-protestors may come. …

I have identified over thirty groups and prominent individuals who will be speaking at or attending the event, or have provided support for or endorsed it. This list includes Alt Right and Alt Lite members, neoconfederates, neonazis, racist pagans, Patriot movement paramilitaries, and even a European neonazi party.”

SPEAKERS:
Jason Kessler (Unity and Security for America)
Richard Spencer (AltRight.com, National Policy Institute)
Mathew Heimbach (Traditionalist Worker Party)
Mike Enoch (The Right Stuff)
Michael Hill (League of the South)
Augustus Invictus (Fraternal Order of Alt Knights, American Guard)
Baked Alaska
Pax Dickinson (Counter.Fund)
Christopher Cantwell
Johnny Monoxide 

LEGAL SUPPORT:
Foundation for the Marketplace of Ideas, Inc.

ATTENDING:
Daily Stormer
Fraternal Order of Alt-Knights (FOAK)
Brad Griffin (Occidental Dissent)
Identity Dixie
Identity Evropa
League of the South
National Socialist Movement
Nationalist Front
Stephen McNallen (Wotan Network)
Patriot Movement groups (inc. American Freedom Keepers and Pennsylvania Light Foot Militia)
Proud Boys
Red Elephants
Traditionalist Worker Party
Unity and Security for America
Vanguard America
“Wife With a Purpose” ministries

ENDORSEMENTS:
American Renaissance
David Duke
Golden Dawn

Read the whole article at Political Research Associates

“The Largest Fascist Rally in Recent Memory Is Expected This Week — Can the Left Unite Against It?”

“The August 12 ‘Unite the Right’ rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, looks like it will be the largest organized racist demonstration in recent memory. But that’s not the only reason it is important. First, while there have been dozens of far-right rallies since Trump’s election, this will be the first major, national rally run by the alt-right’s openly white nationalist wing. Second, after months of arguments, this is also an opportunity for a large swath of progressives to come together in opposition to the far right.”

Read the full article at Truthout

“Islamophobia Is the Glue That Unites Diverse Factions of the Far Right”

I have a new piece up at Truthout which shows how a range of Far Right actors are unifying around Islamophobia, which takes the place of (or works alongside) anti-Communism and antisemitism in their political cosmology.

“The nationwide ‘March Against Sharia’ rallies on June 10, 2017, brought an unholy alliance of far-right actors into the streets. While normally many of them would not be seen in the same room with each other, these different factions were drawn together by their mutual hatred of Muslims. Nazis and right-wing Zionists, LGBTQ activists and right-wing paramilitaries, “alt-lite” teens and hardened racist skinheads all took to the streets.

While the left was quick to loudly oppose the march, it has been slower to try and understand the changing role that Islamophobia is playing on the US far right. Islamophobia is increasingly uniting formerly disparate factions. It is more socially acceptable than anti-Semitism while still demonizing a minority group. Plus, its ostensible emphasis on religion is a way to avoid specifically naming race.”

Read the rest at Truthout.

Weds, June 28: Talk on “The Far Right Today in the U.S. & New York City”

I’ll be giving a talk at the Verso Books office in DUMBO on June 28 on the state of the Far Right in the US in general, and in NYC in particular. Please come down if you’re in the city!

“The Far Right Today in the U.S. & New York City”

Spencer Sunshine
Wednesday, June 28, 2017
7PM

Verso Books
20 Jay St, Suite 1010
DUMBO, Brooklyn, New York 11201
www.facebook.com/events/2022706404616282

Emboldened by Donald Trump, Far Right organizing is in full swing, from Islamophobes to the Alt Right to neo-Nazi parties. This movement is having biggest growth spurt since the 1980s and ‘90s – including here in New York City. Every week there are new demonstrations across the country, including ultra-nationalist events under the guise of “Free Speech,” support for Confederate memorials, and rallies which stoke hatred against Muslims. Hundreds of Far Right activists have taken to the streets in New York City in the last couple months at Islamophobic demonstrations.

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A June 10 Islamophobic demonstration, held in Foley Square in downtown NYC, drew an unholy alliance of the Right – including paramilitaries, neo-Nazis, racist hipsters, National Anarchists, Far Right skinheads, Alt Right livecasters and IRL trolls, Right Zionists, and others.


Spencer Sunshine, a veteran researcher of the Far Right, will breakdown what the different factions of the US Far Right look like and believe, and what their relationship is to each other and the Trump administration. He will also outline the patchwork of Far Right groups here New York City. These include right-wing paramilitaries, racist hipsters, new Alt Right groups, and Far Right skinhead gangs – all of whom have taken to the streets at recent Islamophobic rallies, and to harass the May Day demonstration.

Review of Meredith Tax’s “A Road Unforeseen: Women Fight the Islamic State”

The Feminist Transformation in Radical Kurdistan
Review of Meredith Tax’s A Road Unforeseen: Women Fight the Islamic State
(New York: Bellevue Literary Press, 2016)

After the fall of Aleppo, it’s only a matter of time until Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad fixates on the autonomous region of Rojava. As brutal civil war has devastated Syria and added to the massive refugee crisis, in Rojava—the predominately Kurdish region of northern Syria—a left-wing, feminist revolution is being carried out. This radical project has gained the support of a range of actors in the United States, with its combination of all-women militias; abandonment of the ethnic nation-state as the goal of revolution; and military victories over ISIS.

To be sure, the allure of far-away revolutions have led many to buyer’s remorse—including A Road Unforeseen’s author Meredith Tax, who visited Maoist China in 1973. Like many new Rojava supporters, Tax did not have a background in either Syrian or Kurdish politics, but was drawn to the struggle after seeing images of Kurdish women fighting in Kobane, the town in Rojava which fought off a bloody siege by ISIS from September 2014 to January 2015. Tax’s book is an on-the-fly intervention in an ongoing conflict. It smoothly shows many things at once, and she does a commendable job in creating a concise and readable account of this tangled situation. This includes: 1) the history of the Kurdish struggle, which spans multiple political parties in four countries; 2) the transformation of the PKK (Partiya Karkerên Kurdistanê, the Kurdistan Workers’ Party) from an orthodox Marxist-Leninist nationalist struggle into one advocating for feminist, multi-ethnic, political decentralization; 3) Rojava’s role in the Syrian civil war—infamous for its complex entanglement of multiple internal actors and numerous foreign governments; 4) the role of women in Kurdish society and political struggles; and 5) the evolution and spread of Al Qeada’s two offshoots in Syria, Al Nusra and ISIS.

Read the full review at Toward Freedom

“Trump’s Proposed Change Would Give Green Light to White Supremacist Violence”

The Trump administration’s reported new plan to change a federal program which combats violent “extremism” into a project focused exclusively on “radical Islam” looks like another step toward demonizing Muslims — while adding to concerns that the administration will actively empower open white supremacist groups. Reuters reports that multiple inside sources say the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) grant program will be being renamed either “Countering Islamic Extremism” or “Countering Radical Islamic Extremism.”

Almost every year, the white supremacist movement is the political movement that kills the most Americans. (In the rare year that they don’t come in first, they come in second.) But, for many years now, the federal government has refused to focus resources on violent far-right groups. Instead, efforts have been poured into surveilling the Muslim community at large — even going so far as to entrap Muslims in order to arrest them. The FBI also spent years fixating on eco-saboteurs and animal liberation activists, even though they had not killed anyone. The far right, however, has gotten a relative pass. This is despite white supremacists having committed mass shootings in Charleston, South Carolina and Oak Creek, Wisconsin; armed conflicts with patriot movement paramilitaries in rural Nevada and Oregon; and multiple police killings by sovereign citizens.

Read the full article at Truthout