antifa notes (july 5, 2015) : #ReclaimAustralia /// #UnitedPatriotsFront /// Neil Erikson ~versus~ Tanya Plibersek

Less than two weeks remain before the fascist rally of July 18 at Parliament House.

Prior to this weekend it was expected that ‘Reclaim Australia’ and the ‘United Patriots Front’ would rally jointly at 1pm as this was the time the UPF had declared as Hammer Time. On Saturday, however, ‘Reclaim Australia Melbourne’ (Bendigo businesswoman Monika Evers and her sidekick Julie Kendall) declared that they would be rallying at 11am. Subsequently, Shermon Burgess (UPF) has denounced Evers as a liar, a thief and ‘scum’. The bigots have been thrown into some turmoil as a result of this disorganisation but while a handful may have decided that they’ve had enough, the majority of the Reclaimers and UPF supporters will, one assumes, soldier on with their batshit antics.

Talking shit is something that’s been going around obviously, as Burgess’s neo-Nazi comrade Neil Erikson (UPF) has debuted another in a seemingly endless train-wreck of videos in which he alleges that Deputy Opposition leader Tanya Plibersek has been bankrolling opposition to Reclaim Australia. Further, he alleges that Plibersek has ‘strong ties’ to (accused teacher) Alex Gollan. (Erikson alleges that, rather than go to police to inform them of something-or-other to do with his pol.activism, Gollan went to Plibersek instead.) Erikson also invokes Alison Thorne, a Melbourne socialist who was interviewed by media on May 31 re the UPF rally. He describes her as being ‘pro-pedophile’ (she was ‘behind a movement that said pedophiles were nice people’).

Conclusion?

The communists have taken over our government. We’re in a political war right now. There’s two tribes. There’s the tribes that care about Australia and want it to succeed and then there’s a left-wing tribe who wants to destroy Australia from within. And who’s leading that? Tanya Plibersek. The liar, the criminal, the pedophile appeaser. Now I want a federal inquiry into her and the Labor government. I want to find out how deep this goes. Because if she was funding the counter-rallies, and she’s in support of pedophiles, she should be removed, at least. So patriots keep an eye out, this goes a lot deeper than you think.

Fortunately for the fascist meathead Erikson, Plibersek likely has better things to do than to sue a neo-Nazi for defamation.

In other news, the ‘Australian Defence League’ in Sydney has organised a busload of racists to travel to Melbourne for the July 18 hate rally. The bus has yet to fill but presumably will boast a full contingent before it leaves for Mexico. As it stands, the July 18 rally in Melbourne, whether at 11am (RA) or 1pm (UPF), has garnered the support of every anti-Semitic, fascist, White nationalist and neo-Nazi group in the country. Among others, this includes the neo-fascist/White nationalist Australia First Party, the neo-Nazi Greek Golden Dawn Party and even local supporters of the Croatian Ustasha (Ustaše) are expected to attend and show both their love for Straya and their hatred of Muslims, leftists and Jews (though not necessarily in that order). See also : Melbourne Croatia/Knights ultras still being d*ckheads (February 22, 2015) | Croatian fascism in Australia (January 20, 2010) | Restaurant honours mass murderer, James Campbell, Sunday Herald Sun, April 13, 2008.

In this context, it’s worth noting that the Jew-hating and Muslim-hating mobs that will descend on Parliament House on July 18 will be entering a city which has one of the largest populations per capita of Holocaust survivors in the world. Secondly, that the UPF in Melbourne is led by neo-Nazis: Blair Cottrell and Neil Erikson. Naturally, neither like The Jew very much, and while Erikson has a criminal conviction for anti-Semitic naughtiness, Cottrell too has views:

Zionists … I’m sick of hearing that coward word. Get some guts people and just say Jews, they are all Jews or Jewish servants. For thousands of years these Jews have been expelled and chased out of European Nations for the same shit. Napoleon and Hitler were the last to stand against them (please dont reply to this comment with ‘muh holocaust’ bullshit, cause that is a load of crap too) …

Curiously, one of the first Australian groups to have protested the maltreatment of Jews in Nazi Germany was the Australian Aborigines League. In November 1938, William Cooper led a delegation to the German consulate in Melbourne to present a resolution ‘condemning the persecution of Jews and Christians in Germany’ (see : Australia and the Holocaust: A Koori Perspective, Gary Foley, The Koori History Website (1997)). Coincidentally, William Cooper’s name is dropped in the latest (and quite terrific) release from Briggs & Co:

In terms of organising to oppose the July 18 rallies in Melbourne:

• Anti-fascists in Melbourne have organised a benefit gig ★ ROCK AGAINST RACISM! ★ to take place this Thursday (July 9) at The Evelyn Hotel in Fitzroy;
• The Melbourne Street Medics will be present and have asked for volunteers to contact them via their Facebook page before July 11;
• The Campaign Against Racism and Fascism has a Facebook page here and to stay in touch with updated rally details you can join CARF’s phone tree by texting ‘subscribe’ to 0422 726 843;
No Room For Racism has a Facebook page here and for text message updates text ‘no racism’ to 0432 447 036.

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#RockAgainstRacism /// #Antifa posters for July 18 #ReclaimAustralia /// #UnitedPatriotsFront rally (Melbourne)

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Next Thursday, July 9 @ The Evelyn Hotel (351 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy) from 8pm you can ‘Rock Against Racism’ w some cool punk + hiphop acts — proceeds to RISE and WAR (Warriors of the Aboriginal Resistance). Note: There’ll be cool merch for sale (+ anti-fascist infos) so bring yr $ eh …

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The Melbourne Anarchist Communist Group has produced an analysis of Reclaim Australia. It concludes:

Through our mobilisations we seek to halt the progress of the far Right. We must realise the far Right are only a symptom of the government push to criminalise Muslims, [I]ndigenous people, immigrants and people of colour. They label them as potential terrorists and thus enemies of some imagined “Australia”.

We must go a few steps further, therefore, than just engaging in anti-racist and antifascist organising. We must fight the ongoing displacement of Aboriginal people from their homelands in Western Australia. We must fight the mass incarceration and illegalisation of people seeking asylum in this country. We must confront all of these “single” issues. They are part of an entire attack against the working class and our communities, by the Government, capital and the State.

Capitalism generates racism and produces the potential for Fascist groups to emerge. To abolish racism and to eliminate the Fascist threat for good, we need a workers’ revolution to overthrow capitalism.

Read more on anarkismo.net.

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I’ve uploaded some posters + leaflets for the July 18 counter-rally. The first batch is via No Room For Racism; the second batch has been produced by other anti-fascists in Melbourne.

Please feel free to download, share + distro: I may upload other materials over the next two weeks.

No Room For Racism PDFs:

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a) Rally Against Racism A3 Orange poster : poster Rally Against Racism2 A3 Orange
b) Rally Against Racism A3 B&W poster : poster Rally Against Racism2 A3 B&W
c) Rally Against Racism A5 colour leaflet : UPDATED rally against racism 2 leaflet A5 colour
d) Rally Against Racism A5 B&W leaflet : UPDATED rally against racism 2 leaflet A5 b&w

Other stuff:

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In other news, the ‘Patriots Defence League of Australia’ has been deregistered in the state of Queensland, where it had fraudulently claimed to be an organisation dedicated to upholding the rights of women.

I don’t like the PDLA very much as one of its nominal Presidents, John Oliver of Newcastle, once opined that (after a man named Robert Godino had been nominated by local meatheads as the author of my blog): “Time to go on a good old fashion hunt I reckon. Drag this piece of shit out of his house by his nuts and cut the fuckers off and sew them to his forehead. Dog prick.”

John is obviously not. a. fan. but this and other such statements — “F*** his fb page, lets find this c*** and beat him to a pulp” — as well as John’s decision to publicly declare that he had established a fund in order to obtain my d0x so that my testicles could be removed and sown to my forehead and/or I could be beaten to a pulp (etc. — there’s lots more) doesn’t really seem to be in keeping with the group’s alleged commitment to ah, feminism.

See : Anti-Islam group deregistered for masquerading as domestic violence group, Bianca Hall, The Age, July 2, 2015.

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Victorian Trades Hall Council adopt motion on #ReclaimAustralia

First, they came for the Muslims …

On June 12, the Victorian Trades Hall Council Executive passed the following motion:

Reclaim Australia and Boycott Halal Movements

Recommendation:

That the VTHC celebrates the contribution to our community from Victorians of many cultures and faiths. There is no place in Victoria for discrimination or racism and we deplore those who would demonise any group by reason of their faith, race or culture. Affiliates pledge to work alongside groups and organisations representing our many faiths and communities to counter those that oppose multiculturalism and in particular those individuals and groups that are currently fostering anti-Muslim sentiment.

~ Victorian Trades Hall Council Executive Council minutes (June 12, 2015).

Apart from a statement issued by Unions WA (and the position adopted by Australia Asia Worker Links), this is the only statement I’m aware of by a union body on the subject of Reclaim Australia. It would be a useful and productive thing if union members in Victoria made inquiries of their union to ascertain what it’s doing in order to ‘work alongside’ of anti-racist and anti-fascist groups and projects. This is especially so in light of the July 18 ‘Reclaim Australia’ and ‘United Patriots Front’ rally — a public exercise in racial and religious vilification.

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A (very) brief guide to the contemporary Australian far right

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Recently I’ve received several requests for a guide to the Australian far right. Below is a very brief summary of most (but not all) of those groups and projects which I think can reasonably be placed in this category. I’ll add further detail and perhaps some links when I get a chance …

Anti-Antifa Australia

A project of neo-Nazi skinhead and Brisbane resident Chris Smith, AAF exists largely as an attempt to monitor and expose anti-fascists in Australia, details of which are published on Smith’s blog. Smith has a criminal record for robbery and assault.

Australia First Party (AF)

AF is the largest and most well-established of the far-right groups. Founded in 1996 by former Labor MP Graeme Campbell, AF is currently having its federal registration reviewed by the AEC. Dr James Saleam is the party’s current leader, a position he assumed a few years after being let out of prison for organising a shotgun assault upon the home of Eddie Funde (then the African National Congress representative in Australasia). Previously, Saleam was the leader of neo-Nazi group National Action and in the late 1960s/early 1970s a member of the Australian Nazi Party. The party regularly contests elections and its HQ is in Sydney — where it has the largest following. Two AF reps have been elected to local council (Bruce Preece in Adelaide and Maurice Girotto in Penrith – both resigned their memberships following their elections). Saleam and other party members frequently post on Stormfront (the world’s leading neo-Nazi/White supremacist website) and occasionally on Daily Stormer (another US-based neo-Nazi site).

Australian Defence League (ADL)

The ADL formed within the space of a year following the establishment of the English Defence League in 2009. Gaining only a fraction of the support the EDL did, the ADL has undergone numerous splits, fractures and changes in leadership, but of those who’ve nominated themselves its leader Martin Brennan and Ralph Cerminara – along with Nathan Abela – are probably the best-known, along with Shermon Burgess (‘The Great Aussie Patriot’). There have been dozens of Facebook pages created by and for the ADL and it exists as a very loose network of anti-Muslim activists. Sporadic public rallies in Melbourne and Sydney have been poorly-attended but the group has been very active on social media. See : Who Are The Australian Defence League?, New Matilda, January 29, 2014.

Australian League of Rights (ALOR)

The Grand Old Man of Australian fascism, the ALOR has been around for a very long time, successfully defending God, Queen & Country from the ravages of International Communism. The group’s weekly newsletter may be read online and is useful for gaining some insight into the ‘Lunar Right’ and the many, er, interesting, characters which populate its ranks.

Australian Liberty Alliance (ALA)

A yet-to-be-launched political party modelled on Geert Wilders’ Dutch party — largely the creation of The Q Society.

Australian Patriots Defence Movement (APDM)

Est by Darren Beatle Bailey-Morris, the APDM is (was) a short-lived, Brisbane-based project very similar to the ADL and PDLA. The APDM is largely defunct but may continue to eke out an existence online and has most recently been invoked as a supporting organisation to the UPF.

Australian Protectionist Party (APP)

The APP formed as a split from AF in 2007 when one of its Sydney branches – the two most prominent members of which were Nicholas (Hunter) Folkes and Darrin Hodges – elected to defect. It was active for a few years, producing propaganda and holding events, but is now largely moribund. Tasmanian Andrew Phillips is its leader.

Blood & Honour (B&H)

B&H is a neo-Nazi musical network, originally est in England in the late 1980s, and has been operating in Australia for over 20 years. Activities are generally confined to selling neo-Nazi muzak and merch (via 9% Productions) and holding gigs. It functions essentially as an adjunct to the SCHS.

Christian Identity (CI)

CI is a tiny sect on the fringes of the far right with a handful of adherents and a miniscule social media presence. One, James Lawrence, popped up at the May 31 UPF rally.

Christian Separatist

A tiny, bizarr0 White supremacist kvlt. ‘Pastor’ Ken Cratchley is its chief propagandist in Australia.

Citizens Electoral Council (CEC)

The CEC is the name under which the LaRouchite kvlt travels Down Under. Seemingly most active in Melbourne, the group presents a range of entertainingly batshit theories about the world Lyndon LaRouche inhabits.

Combat 18 (C18)

C18 is another foreign import, having its origins in England in the late 1980s. The group was est in order to protect B&H gigs and other fascist events from disruption by anti-fascists and has a rather bloody history. It’s widely suspected that it was infiltrated by British intelligence on account of the close relationship b/w C18 and Ulster paramilitaries. In Australia, the ‘brand’ has been adopted by a number of different neo-Nazis including in WA, where C18 was responsible for a poorly-executed attack upon a mosque (see Bradley Trappitt). AFAIK, its only active ‘branch’ currently is in Melbourne under Patrick O’Sullivan.

Creativity

A bizarre, White supremacist ‘religion’ est in the US some decades ago. It’s undergone numerous, often violent splits: its main exponent in Australia is Colin Campbell (Adelaide) and Patrick O’Sullivan (Melbourne). Scott Harrison was a ‘Reverend’ in the ‘church’ for many years before joining the Young Liberals.

Eureka Youth League (EYL)

AF’s yoof wing; largely inactive.

European Australian Civil Rights League (EARL)

A one-man band est a few years ago by Melbourne-based neo-Nazi activist Neil Erikson. EARL later morphed into NRG. Erikson has a criminal conviction for harassing a Melbourne rabbi and was close to the ‘Crazy White Boys’, a short-lived neo-Nazi group responsible for badly beating Vietnamese student Minh Duong in 2012.

Full Blooded Skips (FBS)

A White yoof gang based in Melbourne which emerged shortly after the SCS, the FBS are closely-linked to NRG and a shifting network of neo-Nazi skinheads. Several FBS members were present at the April 4 Reclaim Australia rally in Melbourne and the May 31 UPF rally in Richmond.

Golden Dawn (GD)

Golden Dawn is the Australian branch of the Greek neo-Nazi party. Its chief spokesperson in Australia is Iggy Gavrilidis. GD has a very small support base in Melbourne and Sydney and over the last few years has raised funds for its parent body and organised a handful of protests in conjunction with AF and a smattering of local neo-Nazis and fascists.

Klub Nation/Klub Naziya

A bizarr0 groupuscule based in Sydney. At one point KN attempted to infiltrate and take over the Humanist Society of NSW. It didn’t work, but the nazis had a red-hot go.

Ku Klux Klan (KKK)

With an obvious indebtedness to the US, in numerous, generally short-lived permutations and combinations, the KKK has been a minor player on the far right for decades. In one form or another, it continues to generate occasional stories and the image of the KKK is regularly invoked in various rural and regional settings, but the organisation itself is largely moribund.

Nationalist Alternative (NAlt)

NAlt is a neo-Nazi group which has its origins in anti-Muslim agitation in Melbourne. Its leader is Mark Hootsen, who has travelled to the US in order to receive political training with Stormfront. NAlt was present at the April 4 Reclaim Australia rally in Melbourne.

National Democratic Party of Australia

NPDA was launched by UPF activist Blair Cottrell following the April 4 RA rally. Based in Melbourne, the group is tiny but active. Cottrell is a neo-Nazi who believes in a Jewish conspiracy to control the world, is a Holocaust denialist, recommends Mein Kampf be read by every Australian school student and claims to have been imprisoned for arson.

Nationalist Republican Guard (NRG)

NRG is EARL rebranded and since the beginning of 2015 has worked closely with Reclaim Australia, UPF and Shermon Burgess in order to produce agitprop promoting these groups and individuals.

New Right (/National Anarchists) (NR)

The New Right emerged in the mid- to late-2000s as a project of Sydney-based fascist Welf Herfurth – Herfurth envisaged NR as the theoretical expression of ‘national anarchism’, a tendency on the far-right with origins in the UK fascist movement. It has produced some propaganda, staged a few publicity stunts, and attracted a handful of neo-Nazis (ex. Bradley Trappitt) and other fascists to its banner but is currently largely inactive.

One Nation Party (ONP)

See : Pauline Hanson. Initially a deeply attractive formation for the far right, the history of ONP since the mid-’90s is long and complex. Its activists belong to a broader far-right milieu, with some degree of overlap with groups like AF. The possibility of a reconsolidation of the far right in AF remains, though is somewhat complicated by Hanson’s periodic political revivals.

Party for Freedom (PfF)

Modelled on Geert Wilders’ Dutch party, PfF is what happened when the Sydney branch of APP decided to hold a public rally demanding that the Australian government blow up refugee boats. APP disavowed the action and so the Sydney branch of APP decamped to form PfF. It holds regular events in Sydney but has no discernible support outside of it. Chief spokesperson is Nicholas (Hunter) Folkes.

Patriotic Youth League (PYL)

The PYL was est in the early 2000s as the yoof wing of AF. It was not a successful venture and collapsed a few years later to be replaced by the EYL.

Patriots Defence League of Australia (PDLA)

An ADL splinter, the PDLA is largely a Facebook creation, with numerous, very small branches across the country which hold semi-regular, private meetings. In its latest incarnation, the PDLA was established as an incorporated association (Australian Defence League) which later changed its name to PDLA. Mark Lenthall, TJ (Torin) O’Brien and Daniel Sutcliffe are its current office bearers. Also prominent is John Oliver of Newcastle, who helped organise and spoke at the Reclaim Australia rally in Newcastle on April 4.

Q Society

The Q Society is an anti-Muslim propaganda group which functions as the ideological ballast for the anti-Muslim movement in Australia and largely consists of educated, middle class, bigots. See : International guests Q up for bigotry, Andy Fleming, Overland, March 10, 2014.

Reclaim Australia

Largely the brainchild of online activist and ADL member Shermon Burgess (‘The Great Aussie Patriot’), RA was the first anti-Muslim project of its kind to generate anything more than minimal public interest and to successfully mobilise anti-Muslim networks. Its April 4 rallies attracted several thousand supporters who attended over a dozen rallies across the country to which the largest and most effective opposition was in Melbourne. Following April 4, RA split and Burgess est the UPF. RA’s next series of anti-Muslim rallies is scheduled to take place on the weekend of July 18/19. Currently, RA’s online activities are largely directed by Bendigo businesswoman and anti-Muslim activist (‘Stop the Mosque in Bendigo’) Monika Evers.

Restore Australia

Another one-man band, Restore Australia is the political vehicle of Queensland-based anti-Muslim activist Mike Holt. Holt/Restore Australia is part of a shifting network of anti-Muslim activists, largely active online on sites like Facebook.

Rise Up Australia Party (RUAP)

The political vehicle of Christian fundamentalist Pastor Danny Nalliah (‘Catch the Fire Ministeries’) who is perhaps best known for blaming the Victorian bushfires of 2009 on the state government’s decision to decriminalise abortion. Recently, RUAP has entered into an alliance with RA and the UPF.

Southern Cross Hammerskins (SCHS)

SCHS is the Australian franchise of neo-Nazi skinhead gang the Hammerskins. It was introduced into Australia 20+ years ago via Scott McGuinness, the lead singer in neo-Nazi band Fortress (now defunct). The Hammerskins last came to world attention when in 2012 one of its members, Wade Michael Page, shot dead six worshippers at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin.

Southern Cross Soldiers (SCS)

A short-lived yoof gang from Melbourne which came to public attention following the police killing of Tyler Cassidy in 2008. The group has been re-invoked by Shermon Burgess as a supporter of the UPF.

Squadron 88 (S88)

S88 is a tiny neo-Nazi group based in Sydney. Its titular head is Ross ‘The Skull’ May, an ageing bonehead and one of Dr Jim Saleam’s closest allies. S88 has organised a protest against the construction of a mosque in Penrith and has obtained some small media traction via stuffing letterboxes in Sydney with badly-composed anti-Semitic tracts.

United Australian Front (UAF)

A new player on the far right block, the UAF brings together many of the leading organisers of RA and UPF. Its members were present at the RA rally of April 4 and UPF rally of May 31 sporting UAF merch.

United Patriots Front (UPF)

A recent split from RA, the UPF brings together neo-Nazis, fascists, White supremacists and Christian fundamentalists and conceives of itself as the Antipodean expression of various European fascist parties and movements. It organised an unsuccessful rally in Richmond on May 31 to protest socialism; the rally attracted around 50-70 participants. On June 27, the UPF staged a tiny rally outside ABC HQ in Melbourne to protest Islam and the presence of Zaky Mallah on the previous week’s episode of Q&A. Members present were Troy Bloodstone, Warren Broadhead, Blair Cottrell, Neil Erikson, Rod Mathers, Chris Shortis, Thomas Sewell and Linden Watson.

Volksfront (VF)

VF is another neo-Nazi skinhead organisation, a US import which was active for several years but whose current status is unknown. Its parent body in the US was declared dissolved after the massacre by VF associate Wade Michael Page. Its principal activist is Chris Smith (Anti-Antifa Australia) and while active VF worked closely with the NR (Welf Herfurth).

White Pride Coalition of Australia (WPCA)

The WPCA was est in the early 2000s as a coalition of neo-Nazi and White supremacist groups. It was eventually disbanded but briefly re-emerged last year before disappearing again. Prominent members include(d) neo-Nazis Peter Campbell (Sydney) and Jim Perren (Brisbane). Both men are responsible for the ‘Whitelaw Towers’ blog.

Women for Aryan Unity (WAU)

In Australia, WAU is a tiny group very closely associated with the SCHS. Recently, it raised funds to support the Azov battalion in the Ukraine, to which many neo-Nazis and other fascists across Europe have been drawn.

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antifa notes (june 27, 2015) : #UnitedPatriotsFront ~versus~ Your ABC

1) Reclaim Australia /// United Patriots Front

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The United Patriots Front (UPF) staged a small demo outside the ABC HQ in Melbourne today. The patriots consisted of Troy Bloodstone, Warren Broadhead, Blair Cottrell, Neil Erikson, Rod Mathers, Thomas Sewell, Chris Shortis, Linden Watson and some other bloke whose name I don’t remember. The boys delivered a pig on a spit, waved flags and presumably complained about the Jews and Communists what run the ABC and treasonously allowed Zaky Mallah to voice an opinion on Q&A. See : An Australian Love Story: The Truth Behind Zaky Mallah And The Media, Michael Brull, New Matilda, June 24, 2015.

The joint ‘Reclaim Australia’ (RA) / UPF rally in Melbourne is just three weeks away now. Scheduled to take place at Parliament House at 1pm on Saturday, July 18, a counter-rally has been organised — see : Melbourne Counter-Rally Against racism, Islamophobia and the far right (Campaign Against Racism and Fascism) and RALLY AGAINST RACISM – Stop ‘Reclaim Australia’ – Melbourne (No Room For Racism).

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As their failed rally in Richmond on May 31 suggests, the UPF has very limited support in Melbourne. Consequently, the boys have organised a busload of racists from Sydney to travel to Melbourne on July 18 in order to reinforce their numbers; a small number of UPF supporters from elsewhere in the country have declared that they’ll also be traveling to Melbourne to help swell the UPF’s puny ranks. As for RA in Melbourne, its chief organiser is Bendigo resident Monika Evers. To date, Evers has expressed no qualms about working with the fascists and neo-Nazis in Melbourne who have flocked to the UPF banner, and neither has Christian fundamentalist preacher Danny Nalliah. Obviously, fundamentalist Christianity and neo-Nazism makes for a more stable coalition that I’d previously anticipated …

Speaking of neo-Nazis, another present on May 31 was James Lawrence. A bonehead, Lawrence is also a Christian Identity activist.

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Elsewhere in the country, other folks are mobilising against RA/UPF. In Perth, the rally is scheduled to take place at Solidarity Park … though I suspect that it may once again be unavailable to the bigots. Serial pest Pauline Hanson — who spoke at the Brisbane rally last time — is scheduled to speak in Rockhampton. As on April 4, it seems likely that the largest RA/UPF rallies will be in Adelaide, Perth and Queensland (Brisbane, Cairns, Gold Coast, Mackay, Rockhampton, Sunshine Coast, Toowoomba).

2) Zack Davies /// National Action

In Wales, National Action’s Zack Davies guilty of attempted murder, having stabbed Dr Sarandar Bhambra at a Tesco’s in January, shouting: “This is for Lee Rigby.” Notably, the UPF has declared itself to be in political solidarity with National Action, along with a range of other European fascist parties, organisations and movements.

See also : Zack Davies: Tesco machete attack was an ‘act of terrorism’ says victim’s family, Steve Bagnall, Mirror, June 25, 2015 | Far-right extremism warning after ‘Lee Rigby revenge’ killing bid, BBC, June 26, 2015.

3) Dylann Roof /// Daily Stormer

In the United States, a lot of material has begun to appear tracking the online activities of accused mass murderer Dylann Roof, based in part on his manifesto and also his alleged use of Daily Stormer. (In an Australian context, Daily Stormer has won some small degree of notoriety for its online campaigns of harassment and defamation of several prominent Australians, as well as expressing support for RA and UPF.)

See : Expert: Obama ignored surge of rightwing extremism that inspired Charleston killer, Rania Khalek, The Electronic Intifada, June 26, 2015 | Never Patriotic: The Real Meaning of the Confederate Flag, Joe Conason, Real Clear Politics, June 26, 2015 | The Killing Season, Heidi Beirich, Hatewatch (SPLC), June 25, 2015.

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Dylann Roof’s manifesto … #CharlestonShooting

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*Dylann Roof is the 21yo man accused of having shot dead nine black worshipers at a church in Charleston. His website contains a number of photos and a manifesto. The photos include several containing the numbers 14/88 — ie, the ’14 Words’ of the White supremacist movement and ’88’ meaning ‘HH’ or ‘Heil Hitler’. BoingBoing documents the reaction of FoxNews and neo-Nazis to the shooting here.

Source : lastrhodesian.com. See also : “From Melbourne to Ramadi: My Journey” [Jake Bilardi] (March 12, 2015).

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I was not raised in a racist home or environment. Living in the South, almost every White person has a small amount of racial awareness, simply beause [sic] of the numbers of negroes in this part of the country. But it is a superficial awareness. Growing up, in school, the White and black kids would make racial jokes toward each other, but all they were were jokes. Me and White friends would sometimes would watch things that would make us think that “blacks were the real racists” and other elementary thoughts like this, but there was no real understanding behind it.

The event that truly awakened me was the Trayvon Martin case. I kept hearing and seeing his name, and eventually I decided to look him up. I read the Wikipedia article and right away I was unable to understand what the big deal was. It was obvious that Zimmerman was in the right. But more importantly this prompted me to type in the words “black on White crime” into Google, and I have never been the same since that day. The first website I came to was the Council of Conservative Citizens. There were pages upon pages of these brutal black on White murders. I was in disbelief. At this moment I realized that something was very wrong. How could the news be blowing up the Trayvon Martin case while hundreds of these black on White murders got ignored?

From this point I researched deeper and found out what was happening in Europe. I saw that the same things were happening in England and France, and in all the other Western European countries. Again I found myself in disbelief. As an American we are taught to accept living in the melting pot, and black and other minorities have just as much right to be here as we do, since we are all immigrants. But Europe is the homeland of White people, and in many ways the situation is even worse there. From here I found out about the Jewish problem and other issues facing our race, and I can say today that I am completely racially aware.

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I think it is is [sic] fitting to start off with the group I have the most real life experience with, and the group that is the biggest problem for Americans.
Niggers are stupid and violent. At the same time they have the capacity to be very slick. Black people view everything through a racial lense. Thats [sic] what racial awareness is, its [sic] viewing everything that happens through a racial lense. They are always thinking about the fact that they are black. This is part of the reason they get offended so easily, and think that some thing are [sic] intended to be racist towards them, even when a White person wouldnt [sic] be thinking about race. The other reason is the Jewish agitation of the black race.
Black people are racially aware almost from birth, but White people on average dont [sic] think about race in their daily lives. And this is our problem. We need to and have to.
Say you were to witness a dog being beat [sic] by a man. You are almost surely going to feel very sorry for that dog. But then say you were to witness a dog biting a man. You will most likely not feel the same pity you felt for the dog for the man. Why? Because dogs are lower than men.
This same analogy applies to black and White relations. Even today, blacks are subconsciously viewed by White people are [sic] lower beings. They are held to a lower standard in general. This is why they are able to get away with things like obnoxious behavior in public. Because it is expected of them.
Modern history classes instill a subconscious White superiority complex in Whites and an inferiority complex in blacks. This White superiority complex that comes from learning of how we dominated other peoples is also part of the problem I have just mentioned. But of course I dont [sic] deny that we are in fact superior.
I wish with a passion that niggers were treated terribly throughout history by Whites, that every White person had an ancestor who owned slaves, that segregation was an evil an [sic] oppressive institution, and so on. Because if it was all it [sic] true, it would make it so much easier for me to accept our current situation. But it isnt [sic] true. None of it is. We are told to accept what is happening to us because of ancestors [sic] wrong doing, but it is all based on historical lies, exaggerations and myths. I have tried endlessly to think of reasons we deserve this, and I have only came [sic] back more irritated because there are no reasons.
Only a fourth to a third of people in the South owned even one slave. Yet every White person is treated as if they had a slave owning ancestor. This applies to in [sic] the states where slavery never existed, as well as people whose families immigrated after slavery was abolished. I have read hundreds of slaves narratives from my state. And almost all of them were positive. One sticks out in my mind where an old ex-slave recounted how the day his mistress died was one of the saddest days of his life. And in many of these narratives the slaves told of how their masters didnt [sic] even allowing [sic] whipping on his plantation.
Segregation was not a bad thing. It was a defensive measure. Segregation did not exist to hold back negroes. It existed to protect us from them. And I mean that in multiple ways. Not only did it protect us from having to interact with them, and from being physically harmed by them, but it protected us from being brought down to their level. Integration has done nothing but bring Whites down to [sic] level of brute animals. The best example of this is obviously our school system.
Now White parents are forced to move to the suburbs to send their children to “good schools”. But what constitutes a “good school”? The fact is that how good a school is [sic] considered directly corresponds to how White it is. I hate with a passion the whole idea of the suburbs. To me it represents nothing but scared White people running. Running because they are too weak, scared, and brainwashed to fight. Why should we have to flee the cities we created for the security of the suburbs? Why are the suburbs secure in the first place? Because they are White. The pathetic part is that these White people dont [sic] even admit to themselves why they are moving. They tell themselves it is for better schools or simply to live in a nicer neighborhood. But it is honestly just a way to escape niggers and other minorities.
But what about the White people that are left behind? What about the White children who, because of school zoning laws, are forced to go to a school that is 90 percent black? Do we really think that that White kid will be able to go one day without being picked on for being White, or called a “white boy”? And who is fighting for him? Who is fighting for these White people forced by economic circumstances to live among negroes? No one, but someone has to.

Here I would also like to touch on the idea of a Norhtwest Front. I think this idea is beyond stupid. Why should I for example, give up the beauty and history of my state to go to the Norhthwest? To me the whole idea just parralells [sic] the concept of White people running to the suburbs. The whole idea is pathetic and just another way to run from the problem without facing it.
Some people feel as though the South is beyond saving, that we have too many blacks here. To this I say look at history. The South had a higher ratio of blacks when we were holding them as slaves. Look at South Africa, and how such a small minority held the black in apartheid for years and years. Speaking of South Africa, if anyone thinks that think [sic] will eventually just change for the better, consider how in South Africa they have affirmative action for the black population that makes up 80 percent of the population.
It is far from being too late for America or Europe. I believe that even if we made up only 30 percent of the population we could take it back completely. But by no means should we wait any longer to take drastic action.

Anyone who thinks that White and black people look as different as we do on the outside, but are somehow magically the same on the inside, is delusional. How could our faces, skin, hair, and body structure all be different, but our brains be exactly the same? This is the nonsense we are led to believe.
Negroes have lower Iqs [sic], lower impulse control, and higher testosterone levels in generals [sic]. These three things alone are a recipe for violent behavior. If a scientist publishes a paper on the differences between the races in Western Europe or Americans, he can expect to lose his job. There are personality traits within human families, and within different breeds of cats or dogs, so why not within the races?
A horse and a donkey can breed and make a mule, but they are still two completely different animals. Just because we can breed with the other races doesnt [sic] make us the same.
In a modern history class it is always emphasized that, when talking about “bad” things Whites have done in history, they were White. But when we lern [sic] about the numerous, almost countless wonderful things Whites have done, it is never pointed out that these people were White. Yet when we learn about anything important done by a black person in history, it is always pointed out repeatedly that they were black. For example when we learn about how George Washington carver [sic] was the first nigger smart enough to open a peanut.

On another subject I want to say this. Many White people feel as though they dont [sic] have a unique culture. The reason for this is that White culture is world culture. I dont [sic] mean that our culture is made up of other cultures, I mean that our culture has been adopted by everyone in the world. This makes us feel as though our culture isnt [sic] special or unique. Say for example that every business man in the world wore a kimono, that every skyscraper was in the shape of a pagoda, that every door was a sliding one, and that everyone ate every meal with chopsticks. This would probably make a Japanese man feel as though he had no unique traditional culture.

I have noticed a great disdain for race mixing White women within the White nationalists [sic] community, bordering on insanity it [sic]. These women are victims, and they can be saved. Stop.

Jews

Unlike many White naitonalists [sic], I am of the opinion that the majority of American and European jews are White. In my opinion the issues with jews is not their blood, but their identity. I think that if we could somehow destroy the jewish identity, then they wouldnt [sic] cause much of a problem. The problem is that Jews look White, and in many cases are White, yet they see themselves as minorities. Just like niggers, most jews are always thinking about the fact that they are jewish. The other issue is that they network. If we could somehow turn every jew blue for 24 hours, I think there would be a mass awakening, because people would be able to see plainly what is going on.

I dont [sic] pretend to understand why jews do what they do. They are enigma [sic].

Hispanics

Hispanics are obviously a huge problem for Americans. But there are good hispanics and bad hispanics. I remember while watching hispanic television stations, the shows and even the commercials were more White than our own. They have respect for White beauty, and a good portion of hispanics are White. It is a well known fact that White hispanics make up the elite of most hispanics [sic] countries. There is good White blood worht [sic] saving in Uruguay, Argentina, Chile and even Brasil.

But they are still our enemies.

East Asians

I have great respent [sic] for the East Asian races. Even if we were to go extinct they could carry something on. They are by nature very racist and could be great allies of the White race. I am not opposed at all to allies with the Northeast Asian races.

Patriotism

I hate the sight of the American flag. Modern American patriotism is an absolute joke. People pretending like they have something to be proud [sic] while White people are being murdered daily in the streets. Many veterans believe we owe them something for “protecting our way of life” or “protecting our freedom”. But im [sic] not sure what way of life they are talking about. How about we protect the White race and stop fighting for the jews. I will say this though, I myself would have rather [sic] lived in 1940’s American than Nazi Germany, and no this is not ignorance speaking, it is just my opinion. So I dont [sic] blame the veterans of any wars up until after Vietnam, because at least they had an American [sic] to be proud of and fight for.

An Explanation

To take a saying from a film, “I see all this stuff going on, and I dont [sic] see anyone doing anything about it. And it pisses me off.”. [A reference to American History X.] To take a saying from my favorite film, “Even if my life is worth less than a speck of dirt, I want to use it for the good of society.”. [Himizu.]

I have no choice. I am not in the position to, alone, go into the ghetto and fight. I chose Charleston because it is most historic city in my state, and at one time had the highest ratio of blacks to Whites in the country. We have no skinheads, no real KKK, no one doing anything but talking on the internet. Well someone has to have the bravery to take it to the real world, and I guess that has to be me.

Unfortunately at the time of writing I am in a great hurry and some of my best thoughts, actually many of them have been to be left out and lost forever. But I believe enough great White minds are out there already.

Please forgive any typos, I didnt [sic] have time to check it.

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antifa notes (june 17, 2015) : facebook, angry white males, united patriots front

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After an absence of many weeks, Facebook has opted to republish my original page, deleted after a campaign of mass reporting by radical right-wingers. The page may be found here and my back-up page here. No doubt both pages will continue to be subject to mass reporting so who knows how long they’ll stay up.

2)

The Australia First Party has jumped on board the Reclaim Australia (RA)/United Patriots Front (UPF) bandwagon — as has every far right group in the country, from the neo-Nazis of Nationalist Alternative through to Danny Nalliah‘s (Christian fundamentalist) Rise Up Australia Party. (Well, with the possible exception of Nick Folkes’ Party of Freedom.) The Melbourne RA/UPF rally is therefore shaping up as a Big Day Out for the far right, with the rally being aimed at both promoting Islamophobia and combating The Left. The emphasis upon Melbourne (other cities will be Reclaimed on July 19) reflects the difficulties experienced by Reclaimers on April 4 and the failure of the UPF rally of May 31. To supplement their rather meagre numbers of May 31, the UPF is collaborating with the remnants of the ‘Australian Defence League’ in Sydney to transport Islamophobes and ultra-nationalists by bus to Melbourne:

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3)

In addition to the joint RA/UPF rally in Melbourne, RA is organising rallies in other towns and cities across the country. Joining them will be counter-protesters. In Brisbane, Newcastle, Perth, Sydney and, perhaps, elsewhere …

Oh yeah, and as for angry white males, see : Reclaiming history from the angry white male, Sam Oldham, overland, June 17, 2015 | Neo-Nazi supporters arrested in Queensland drug raids, Kristian Silva, Brisbane Times, June 15, 2015 | The Other Terror Threat, Charles Kurzman and David Schanzerj, The New York Times, June 16, 2015.

… But headlines can mislead. The main terrorist threat in the United States is not from violent Muslim extremists, but from right-wing extremists. Just ask the police.

In a survey we conducted with the Police Executive Research Forum last year of 382 law enforcement agencies, 74 percent reported anti-government extremism as one of the top three terrorist threats in their jurisdiction; 39 percent listed extremism connected with Al Qaeda or like-minded terrorist organizations. And only 3 percent identified the threat from Muslim extremists as severe, compared with 7 percent for anti-government and other forms of extremism.

The self-proclaimed Islamic State’s efforts to radicalize American Muslims, which began just after the survey ended, may have increased threat perceptions somewhat, but not by much, as we found in follow-up interviews over the past year with counterterrorism specialists at 19 law enforcement agencies. These officers, selected from urban and rural areas around the country, said that radicalization from the Middle East was a concern, but not as dangerous as radicalization among right-wing extremists …

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#UnitedPatriotsFront rally @ Parliament House, July 18 #Melbourne

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As part of his ongoing crusade against Muslims and ‘The Left’, today Shermon Burgess (aka ‘The Great Aussie Patriot’) announced that the Reclaim Australia (RA) splinter group the ‘United Patriots Front’ (UPF) will be holding a rally at 1pm on Saturday, July 18 at Parliament House in Melbourne.

The first and to this date only rally organised by the UPF took place in Richmond on Sunday, May 31. The rally attracted around 50-70 people while a counter-rally drew several hundred in opposition. Previously, the RA rally of April 4 attracted hundreds of supporters and many more counter-protesters.

The leadership of the UPF in Melbourne consist of Blair Cottrell (aka ‘National Democratic Party of Australia’) and Neil Erikson (aka ‘Nationalist Republican Guard’/’European Australian Civil Rights League’). Both men are neo-Nazis, with Erikson having a criminal conviction for harrassing a local rabbi (Dovid Gutnick) and Cottrell both despising Jews (whom he holds responsible for The Decline of Western Civilization) and claiming to have been imprisoned for arson.

The last time the far right rallied at Parliament House was on March 18, 1995, when neo-Nazi group ‘National Action’ assembled 40 or so members and supporters, ostensibly in order to protest a racial vilification bill (later the Racial and Religious Tolerance Act 2001). NA’s fuehrer Michael Brander was later charged and convicted of assault after he struck a counter-protester with a flagpole.

It’s unclear at this stage if ‘Reclaim Australia Melbourne’ (aka Monika Evers) will be joining the UPF, having previously stated that their rally would take place at Flagstaff Gardens. In any case, the UPF is pulling out all stops for July 18 and every far right grouping in the country has pledged support, from the Sydney-based Australia First Party through to Nationalist Alternative in Melbourne and every anti-Muslim and anti-leftist Facebook group in-between. ‘Patriots’ from around the country have similarly pledged to travel from interstate to supplement the UPF’s rather modest support base in Melbourne.

Two Facebook pages have been established to promote attendance at a counter-rally on July 18 : RALLY AGAINST RACISM – Stop ‘Reclaim Australia’ – Melbourne and Melbourne Counter-Rally Against racism, Islamophobia and the far right.

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Some notes on anarchism + anti-fascism

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Prompted by the appearance of the above image on my Facebook page, someone wrote some comments which I thought it was worthwhile republishing here:

There[‘]s a difference between leaders and led. Some of those caught up in nationalist organisations and discourse are poor low skilled and low educated working class people that have been hit hard by globalisation. [Rhetoric] such as this is classist. These are people the Left should try and reach out to, to educate etc not ridicule. If [R]omper [S]tomper fascism is lifestylist fascism then punch ons with fascists in the streets is lifestylist anarchism. How about I see a post from you about poverty, inequality, unemployment, public housing etc. Furthermore your triumphalism only provokes violent thugs and helps fuel a street war. Think about that when we hear … that someone is in hospital or worse stabbed to death.

[I wrote the following in response:]

1) Yes, there’s leaders + followers. Yes, some of these followers are ‘uneducated’ +/or ‘unschooled’. Certainly, the periodic remarks rubbishing academics, students + institutions of higher learning which appear on pages like [The Great Aussie Patriot‘s] suggest a deep suspicion + resentment of ‘education’.

2) I’m not convinced that what is going on is simply a matter of unskilled or low-skilled workers somehow being ‘caught up’ in ‘nationalist organisations’, nor that ‘globalisation’ is to blame. Rather, what is being responded to is what is perceived to be an attack upon ‘Australia’, in which Muslims + leftists are understood to be the chief culprits.

3) I think you may be reading too much into the image. I posted it partly in response to an earlier conversation on my now-deleted page with some bloke who insisted that I was a supporter of the Islamic State. Obviously, he offered zero evidence to support this claim + when I pointed out that I’d actually written an article for New Matilda [October 21, 2014] on the subject denouncing IS he elected to ignore it. I came to the conclusion that the bloke was indeed an idiot.

4) I find the image amusing + indicative of many occasions when I’ve foolishly bothered to engage in a discussion with an idiot.

5) Education is a two-way process, ie, it requires a desire to learn in order for someone to be educated. Arguing with idiots is a waste of time.

6) This page has been live for about a week now. My previous page was deleted by Facebook following a campaign of mass reporting by local members of the radical right. This previous page was est in 2010 and carried numerous materials ‘about poverty, inequality, unemployment, public housing etc.’ + so too does my blog.

7) If you wish to engage in a discussion on The GAP’s page inre these or any other matters you believe are important you’re free to do so. I would guess that the results will be minimal + sooner rather than later you will be denounced as a leftist + a traitor. By the same token, you’re free to publish a blog +/or a Facebook page in which you delineate your views.

8) There’s a difference b/w fascism + anti-fascism. I think that, as well as arguing for grounds on which to reject the collapse of each into some variation of ‘extremism’ (in your terms, ‘lifestylist fascism’ versus ‘lifestylist anarchism’), Liz Fekete outlines some of the key differences well in her essay ‘Anti-extremism or anti-fascism?’ [Race + Class, Vol.55, No.4 (April–June 2014)].

9) You write: “Furthermore your triumphalism only provokes violent thugs and helps fuel a street war. Think about that when we hear … that someone is in hospital or worse stabbed to death.”

I’m not sure I understand this point or how it relates to the pigeon image: feel free to elaborate. In any case, I have heard of people that have ended up in hospital as a result of a racial attack. One in particular is Vietnamese student Minh Duong. In 2012 in Ascot Vale he was beaten almost to death by a group calling themselves the ‘Crazy White Boys’. These ‘Boys’ were drawn from precisely the same milieu as Neil Erikson, who was mates with the ‘Boys’, is himself convicted of harassing a local rabbi, + is now part of the leadership of the UPF.

[Note that Minh Duong’s story has a relatively happy ending. See : Minh Duong’s happy return to Australia, Diane Leow, meld magazine, March 4, 2014. In any case, this is the reply I received:]

I will respond by first considering your last point. Notice I expressly did refer to fascists as being violent thugs this I do not deny. That being the case why provoke them with cheap triumphal memes surely a predictable consequence of this is a violent act, in which case you would have a degree of moral culpability. My response to the pigeon image was not to the image but the repeated tone of your posts, as you surely well know, which make light of the intelligence of Reclaim Australia attendees. Some of these doubtless come from the growing underclass of neoliberal society. When you insult them by association you insult the growing “bogan” underclass which is an interesting thing for a left winger to do. In so far as reasoning on Facebook goes you do not understand my point. My point is the Left needs to get out of Richmond and St Kilda [Town Hall] and go to Struggle Street in the suburbs and mix it with the white underclass for example through teach ins on globalisation and racism in Melton. That’s hard. Punching a small group of fascists is easy and is a black bloc style “feel good” action that achieves little by way of altering opinions in working class [communities]. The street war we now have began when the Reclaim Australia rally was forcefully blocked. Nobody has the right to set the bounds of permissible discourse in society through the use of force. Bakunin correctly stated that freedom of speech is absolute and forceful blocking of peaceful rallies, no matter how vile the views, is contrary to free speech and in my view contrary to anarchist ideas. [Additionally], the spectacle of street battles beamed to the living rooms is used by the ruling class to discredit the left. The fascists [didn’t] achieve their objectives at Richmond Town Hall but the ruling class did a victory granted them by you. And that means those at the margins of society are the ultimate losers out of this. Occupy Wall Street translated anarchist ideas to the broader public. What you are doing is enabling the ruling class to tar anarchism with a violent brush. Continue like this and anarchism will remain ensconced in its little ghetto of little feel good actions that do little to make the world a better place.

In response:

1) Yes, you wrote that there were two species of ‘thug’ present on May 31: Romper Stomper or lifestylist fascists on the one hand and lifestylist anarchists on the other. I thought that your point was to draw a political equivalency between the two, ie, both groups embody a common political reference point: something called ‘lifestylism’. (Naturally, I’m aware of the debates within anarchist circles inre ‘lifestylism’.) FWIW, I don’t think that this is an accurate account of what happened on May 31 or the forces involved.

2) With regards ‘provocation’, it’s certainly true that I promoted the counter-rally (as I did the Socialist Party forum) however I don’t regard attendance at the counter-rally as a provocation. Admittedly, the ‘United Patriots Front’ (UPF) may well have preferred it if nobody showed up to rally against them – and on that basis opposition could be construed as ‘provocation’. That said, it could just as easily be argued, I think, that the UPF rally was itself a provocation: the basic line which the UPF advanced was that the presence of a socialist (Steve Jolly) on council required public denunciation by ‘patriots’. In other words, Jolly was tried and found guilty by the UPF of the crime of being a socialist — an ‘un-Australian traitor’, in their terms — and his sentence was to be subject of a rally denouncing him for said crime. Beyond this, I don’t agree that documenting the activities of the far right or occasionally castigating some individuals for their stoopid explains or justifies the frequently crazed responses I’ve received, any more than I believe that a Muslim woman wearing a headscarf in public deserves to be racially abused or another woman wearing a short skirt deserves to be sexually harassed — ‘provocation’ is a slippery slope to go down.

I could be wrong but what you seem to be suggesting is that Reclaim Australia (RA), the UPF and other, aligned ‘nationalist’ movements and ideologies are best ignored by anarchists and the left, who should instead be devoting their energies to – for example – organising workshops on the relationship between globalisation and racism for the benefit of the residents of Melton. In this context, I’d like to quote David Greason (I was a teenage fascist):

Since the early 1970s, the Australian left had been more gauche than sinister, despite what groups like People against Communism said. That was the appeal of the far-right, I guess: groups like the League and the Nazis were either nutty or offensive, both of which amused me no end; or it spoke such unambiguous commonsense (like the British NF or the Alliance) that you couldn’t help but identify with it. Well, at least I couldn’t. Most of the left, on the other hand, was dull and earnest and out of touch. You just had to read the left’s papers or, even better, look at the miserable faces of the people selling them. How they ever recruited was beyond me. I certainly didn’t fancy spending my Saturday afternoons in draughty meeting rooms discussing Marx’s Theory of Surplus Value. If I’d wanted to learn that sort of thing I’d have paid attention in fourth form economics classes.

To put it another way, the appeal of RA, UPF and allied groups is not their economic vision – they have none – but rather a crude form of Islamophobia. This is not an intellectual exercise but a gut-level revulsion, Muslims being understood as being essentially either terrorists or terrorists-in-waiting, and Islam an evil doctrine worthy only of eradication. In this view, mosques play the role of centres of indoctrination in subversion and terrorism and halal certification is a dastardly plot which aims at both accruing finance to sponsor terrorist actions and operates as a means of cultural subversion, acclimatising Australians to the presence of evil in their midst. The parallels that may be drawn between Islamophobia and anti-Semitism in this context are obvious and have been remarked upon, most recently by Guy Rundle. I think that, with some reservations, these comparisons are apt and it’s a useful exercise to compare contemporary Islamophobia with historical anti-Semitism.

I don’t believe that Islamophobia is best responded to by classes in economics; at the same time, I obviously support any educational initiatives which aim to demystify capitalist economics and to promote an understanding of the ways in which racism informs capitalist development, especially in the context of a colonial settler-state (Australia). I also don’t believe that promoting or engaging in anti-fascist counter-actions such as the mobilisations of April 4 and May 31, 2015 – or indeed April 9, 2010 and May 15, 2011 – in any way precludes the organisation of popular courses in self-education: the Melbourne Free University is one example of this, one which I support.

3) In terms of writing on subjects like poverty and unemployment, in the last year I’ve conducted radio interviews with members of the Australian Unemployment Union and Dole Action Group, promoted these organisations and their events, and also invoked the memory of the Dole Army. In order to better understand the neoliberal assault on working conditions I’ve republished articles by Verity Archer and Boris Frankel. I’m generally supportive of and try to help draw attention to the struggles of workers and unions, most recently inre the IFF dispute in Dandenong (early 2015) but prior to this the Domino’s Pizza dispute (late 2012), a dispute at the Tenants Union (early 2012), the Baiada dispute in late 2011, the work of the Workers Solidarity Network and Union Solidarity in general. I’ve paid critical attention to the failings of the AWU, SDA, other right-wing unions and the ALP, as well as the nexus between the state and corporate sector as it operates in the charity and prison industries.

4) Re Bakunin, anarchism and anti-fascism: I identify as an anarchist. I began writing about the far right on my blog about a decade ago (though my interest long predates this). I established my first (since deleted) Facebook page in 2010. In the last few years, my writings on the far right have also appeared on the New Matilda and Overland websites and my work has been reported on by The Saturday Paper, VICE and The 7.30 Report. When I’m asked by researchers and students about where my interest in anti-/fascism proceeds from, I invariably locate it within the context of my commitment to anarchism. (See also : Anarchism, Australia, Bob James, May 7, 2009; The Right Hand of Occupy Wall Street: From Libertarians to Nazis, the Fact and Fiction of Right-Wing Involvement, Spencer Sunshine, PRA.org, February 23, 2014.)

One of the main difficulties in discussing Bakunin’s ideas in the context of anti-/fascism is historical: Bakunin lived prior to the emergence of fascism as an ideology and movement. I would therefore suggest that a more productive discussion would examine not only how anarchists responded to fascism in the context of Fascist Italy, Nazi Germany and Francoist Spain but twentieth century Australia. Indeed, I’ve made reference to this history on a number of occasions on my blog, in the context of Melbourne in the 1990s and 1930s and more generally. (See : The Proletarian migrants: Fascism and Italian Anarchists in Australia, Gianfranco Cresciani, The Australian Quarterly, March, 1979.) I would argue that anarchists did not respond to fascism then as you suggest anarchists do now. On the contrary, militant opposition to fascism was a hallmark of anarchist practice and it’s this tendency that I identify with, informed both by an historical reading and a political understanding of the relationship between the two ideologies and movements. In 1936, Durruti summarised this as follows: “There are only two roads, victory for the working class, freedom, or victory for the fascists which means tyranny. Both combatants know what’s in store for the loser.”

Finally, a few brief points:

• In the context of ‘free speech’, I think it’s worthwhile making a distinction between the lawful capacity of the state to punish ‘bad’ speech and the capacity of fascist political formations to take to the streets unchallenged. From a libertarian perspective, I think the former is a matter of concern while opposing the latter is a form of justifiable and collective self-defence.
• I don’t agree that a ‘street war’ began on April 4. Rather, I believe that the undercurrent of racism, xenophobia and Islamophobia which has characterised the preceding period in Australian politics has begun, after a few false starts, to emerge as a semi-popular, extra-parliamentary force, one which is driven by convinced fascists on the one hand and Christian fundamentalists on the other. I think that’s a worrying trend and worth opposing, up to and including by means of counter-mobilisations.
• I agree that the mass media is a powerful tool in shaping popular consciousness. I don’t agree that the ruling class obtained a victory on May 31, that this victory was ‘granted to the ruling class’ by me or that what I’m doing is ‘enabling the ruling class to tar anarchism with a violent brush’.

But maybe that’s another story …

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antifa notes (june 6, 2015) : fascism consolidated

Zionists … I’m sick of hearing that coward word. Get some guts people and just say Jews, they are all Jews or Jewish servants. For thousands of years these Jews have been expelled and chased out of European Nations for the same shit. Napoleon and Hitler were the last to stand against them (please don’t reply to this comment with ‘muh holocaust’ bullshit, cause that is a load of crap too). I[‘]m fed up with all the tiptoe words like [I]lluminati and [Z]ionist … I’ve found that all these so-called ‘truth-seekers’ delve into free information until they hit the plateau of the real truth; that point at which they must admit that there is no [I]lluminati or [Z]ionist conspiracy, only a Jewish conspiracy. Very few people make it past that plateau, they are too pacifist and too egalitarian to accept the reality of the Jewish nature and so they become weird peace & love people who forever talk about the ‘universe’ because they failed to acknowledge the reality of racial dispositions of the Jews. There is no “new” conspiracy with an “[I]lluminati” or “Zionist” foundation, there is only Jews; the same old Jews from a thousand years ago practicing the same old shit, only now they are actually succeeding.

~ Blair Cottrell, leader of United Patriots Front (Melbourne)

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Above : Leader of the Rise Up Australia Party, Danny Nalliah, chillin’ with the United Patriots Front leadership (Blair Cottrell on far right).

1) Der Führer (Shermon Burgess AKA ‘The Great Aussie Patriot’) has declared that ‘patriotic’ members of the far right will be entering into a Grand Coalition in order to smash the left in Melbourne on July 18 (the date of the next ‘Reclaim Australia’ rally). As of this date, Burgess has declared that the alliance consists of Reclaim Australia and the United Patriots Front (two groups already on board with July 18), the Southern Cross Soldiers (a defunct group of white teenagers), a Facebook group called ‘Aussie Brotherhood’ and the (remnants of the) Australian Defence League. He further hopes to enlist the Australia First Party, the Patriots Defence League of Australia and a handful of other Facebook groups what hate Mooselems. (It seems likely that boneheads belonging to the ‘United Australian Front’ and the ‘Full Blooded Skips’ will also be ‘smashing the left’ in Melbourne on July 18.)

Ho hum.

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Beyond this, the UPF has begun to more solidly locate itself as the Antipodean expression of European fascism, being celebrated in a video which includes the Front National (France), Svoboda (Ukraine), Jobbik (Hungary), National Action (UK), Party of the Swedes (Sweden), Slovak National Party (Slovakia), Forza Nuova (Italy), Golden Dawn (Greece), The Immortals (Germany), Ataka (Bulgaria) and National Rebirth of Poland (Poland) — as well as Alianza Nacional (Spain), Britain First, British National Party, English Defence League and Party for Freedom (Geert Wilders’ mob, not Nick Folkes’).

(On the Front National, see : Front National’s victory will have a serious impact on both France and the future of Europe, Aurelien Mondon, May 27, 2014 | On Svoboda, see : Who are Ukraine’s fascists?, Matthew N Lyons, threewayfight, March 4, 2014 | On Jobbik, see : Hungary heads to the right, Deutsche Welle, May 13, 2015 | On National Action, see : #hitlerwasright: National Action and National Socialism for the 21st Century, Paul Jackson, Journal for Deradicalization (2014) and Anti-Fascist Network (UK) on ‘National Action’ | Note: The Party of the Swedes — a neo-Nazi organisation — announced its dissolution in May 2015. In March 2014 the Party celebrated International Womens’ Day by attacking and stabbing a group of feminists. | On Forza Nuova, see : The BNP Partied with European Fascists in Rome This Weekend, Leonardo Bianchi, VICE, March 5, 2014 and Tear gas, clashes as anti-nationalist rally in N. Italy turns violent (VIDEO), RT, October 19, 2014 | The leadership of the neo-Nazi Golden Dawn party in Greece is currently on trial; in Australia, nominal XA Australia leader Iggy (Akis) Gavrilidis has expressed support for both RA and moreover UPF. See also : So who were these nazis anyway? Australia First & Golden Dawn in Brisbane, May 4, 2014 | On the (now-defunct) German neo-Nazi project “The Immortals”, see : YouTube Neo-Nazis: The Far Right Updates Its Online Image, Sarah Mühlberger, Spiegel Online, February 12, 2013 | On the National Rebirth of Poland (NOP), National-Radical Camp (Polish: Obóz Narodowo-Radykalny, ONR) and Polish fascism, see : The Rebirth of Radical Nationalism: Welcome back to the ’30s (November 17, 2012) | On Ataka, see : What’s left when you are (far) right in Bulgaria?, Nikolay Nikolov, Open Democracy, April 29, 2014.)

Burgess’s followers tend to be political illiterates so may only be expected to thrill at what they understand to be ‘patriotic’ movements in Europe. Those with some grasp of European politics will understand that the UPF consciously wishes to emulate extreme-right parties and movements. In any case, the context of Burgess’s declaration of unity is the following:

• The launch of the UPF on May 31 was not very successful. The UPF failed both to hold a rally outside the Richmond Town Hall and to ‘smash the left’ and attracted only a relatively small number of supporters (between about 50-70).
• The presence of the nazi (Glenn Anderson) in the t-shirt — and the failure not only to eject him from the rally but to instead welcome and march alongside him — has not played very well, either in the eyes of the general public or among a very small segment of the UPF’s followers.
• As a result, the UPF has been forced to revise its position on the groups (RA especially) previously denounced as weaklings and traitors. In other words, the UPF has demonstrated it has even more limited appeal than RA and to attract hundreds if not thousands of ‘patriots’ to rally in Melbourne on July 18 requires reconciling with RA as well as attempting to draw together the dregs of the ADL, PDLA and other, principally social media creations.
• The fact that the leadership of the UPF in Melbourne — Blair Cottrell and Neil Erikson — are neo-Nazis does not register with Burgess’s followers and has received zero attention in mass media reporting to this date.
• There’s ample opportunity — time and other resources — available to ‘the left’ in Melbourne to organise to oppose and disrupt the fascist rally on July 18. Whether it does so is an open question. See : RALLY AGAINST RACISM – Stop ‘Reclaim Australia’ – Melbourne and Melbourne Counter-Rally Against racism, Islamophobia and the far right.

2) In Perth, a small group (perhaps a dozen or so) of anti-Muslim activists gathered in order to … have a slave auction. Or something. Anyway, the rally was ostensibly called in order to express solidarity with persecuted Christian minorities in Muslim countries. I dunno who organised it but a large group of counter-protesters rocked up anyway.

3) In the northern suburbs of Adelaide, some bloke has been stuffing letterboxes with leaflets promoting neo-Nazi group ‘Blood & Honour’. It’s not clear from the Channel 7 news report which faction of B&H distroed the leaflet: one faction is aligned with the (Southern Cross) Hammerskins, the other ‘Combat 18′. In Melbourne, the principal propagandist for C18 is Patrick O’Sullivan, who in March was kicked out of a gig for distributing flyers promoting ‘Reclaim Australia’, but is mostly known for slapping up poor-quality B&W stickers around town denouncing Muslims and praising ‘White Power’.

Curiously, Neil Erikson — one of the leaders of the UPF in Melbourne along with Blair Cottrell — has links to both B&H factions, having attended gigs organised by SCHS/B&H in Melbourne as well as having “Aussie Aryan friends” in the loose network of boneheads that is C18 in the city.

4) Finally, a mysterious cat with the body of a man is suspected of having stolen political maverick Buddy Rojek‘s cap from him when he attended the UPF rally on May 31. Accordingly, Rojek has been making noises online about organising a protest at Channel 7 studios in Melbourne in order to castigate the media for failing to highlight this dread crime.

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