The Anti-Capitalist Politics Of Antifa

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By Stephanie Basile for Counter Punch – As antifa has burst into the mainstream in recent weeks, suddenly the efficacy of confronting Nazis in the streets is being debated on the national stage. Antifa is not one particular group, but a term used to describe anti-fascists committed to stamping out fascism before it can rise to power. The debate around antifa tends to stay narrowly focused on the use of physical self-defense in public spaces. What’s received less attention is the anti-capitalist politics of antifa, and how some anti-fascists and are putting these politics into practice through workplace organizing. When workers at the New York City feminist sex toy shop Babeland participated in a workplace action this past spring, it was the first time that every single NYC Babeland worker unanimously agreed on something: the company needed more diversity in its hiring practices. The Babeland workers, who in 2016 unionized with the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU), had negotiated language into their contract requiring their employer to seek diverse candidates when filling positions. When it became clear the company was violating this, the workers at Babeland all signed onto a letter called on the company to hire more workers of color and more trans workers.

Towards A New Anti-Capitalist Politics

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Jerome Roos for ROAR Magazine – Humanity finds itself at an inflexion point. On the one hand, global capitalism is producing and aggravating a series of existential crises that may well undermine the very preconditions for a dignified human life—or any form of human life—on this planet. On the other, the only political force that could possibly do something to counter this inexorable drive towards catastrophe—the international left—has long since been run into the ground by a four-decade neoliberal offensive, leaving its social base fragmented and atomized, its organizational structures in tatters.

Radicalized: A Revolutionary Documentary Film

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By Patti Beers in The AntiMedia. Los Angeles, CA – On October 1, 2011 I showed up for the revolution. That summer, I had been watching the Young Turks on Youtube and had come to the conclusion that Obama was not the great savior that was sold to us. It was clear to me— with Congress completely sold out to corporate interests and the Supreme Court’s-then recent, shady ruling regarding corporate personhood—that if Obama was not for the people, then revolution—peaceful if possible—was the only way to make things right. Looking back, I see myself as having a naive, reformist perspective. In college, I got an “A+” in Political Science without any effort. I had no idea how much education on politics, specifically on the subject of anarchy, that I was about to get from the Occupy experience and the events that happened after.