Romper Stomper Pulls On Its Boots Again (But Forgets To Thread Its Laces)

WARNING : CONTAINS SPOILERS

Everything that needs be said about Stan’s new drama Romper Stomper has likely already been said, but for what it’s worth I thought I’d throw my two cents in.

To begin with, I suppose I should mention that I was contacted by the show’s producers back in August, asking me if I was interested in having a chat. I said yeah sure, but I never got a reply. In any event, I doubt very much anything I would’ve had to say would’ve made much difference to the final product, which adopts the conventional wisdom of liberal pundits: both neo-Nazis and anti-fascists are Bad because violence.

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Among folks I know who watched it, most but not all thought it was Pretty Bad: ‘enough plot holes to trigger trypophobia’; ‘the acting was woeful’; ‘underwhelming’. Among the experts, opinion on the show seems fairly-evenly divided between fanboy enthusiasm (academic Troy Whitford describes it as ‘a compelling investigation into Australia’s extremist politics’) and severe reservation (television critic Craig Matheson reckons it ‘commits a fatal error by rehabilitating extremists’). On the whole, I thought it was reasonably entertaining, if somewhat daft in its pretensions to documenting recent political conflicts in Melbourne; I’m also a sucker for any show which depicts the city and enjoy guessing the location shoots (which in this case were kinda odd).*

Written by director Geoffrey Wright, James Napier Robertson, Malcolm Knox and Omar Musa, the first episode begins with a peculiar re-telling of a ‘real life’ incident which occurred in April 2016, when the Sydney-based ‘Party for Freedom’ organised a picket outside the halal expo in Ascot Vale. The reality was fairly mundane: a small group of anTEEfa clashed with the picketers, nicked some of their tat, and one white supremacist, Ryan Fletcher, fell over and hurt himself. The fictional account, on the other hand, features a very elaborate display on the part of the ‘Antifasc’ and a near-total absence of police. (IRL, all of the patriotik events of 2015–2016, especially those in Melbourne, witnessed very large and often overwhelming police mobilisations.) It was also amusing to witness ‘Antifasc’ retrieving rocks from a bucket and their primitive battle formation. While the scene serves to underscore the amateurish and para-military nature of ‘Antifasc’, it could be that the spectacular was inspired by a similar scene at an anti-Trump rally in November 2016:

Barista, Barista! Antifascista!

The clash outside the halal expo is also recorded by one of the ‘Antifasc’ and this data is then fwded to ‘McKew’, a politics lecturer who performs the role of the bRanes behind ‘Antifasc’. McKew maintains a site called ‘The Slacker’s Guide to Fascists’ which helpfully contains the byline ‘This blog is for all things Antifascist based in Melbourne Australia’.

No prizes for guessing who inspired that hottt take.

Described as ‘A high stakes drama that follows a new generation of far right activists, their Anti-Fascist counterparts, and its impact on today’s multicultural society’, the most sympathetic rendering is reserved for those:

Caught up in the conflict … three young Muslim characters, Farid, a nurse at an aged care facility studying at university, his girlfriend Laila, a student who will be appropriated as a media star of the left by the antifascist group, and Malik, Farid’s brother and a talented MMA fighter. The revolutionary zeal of the antifascist movement is embodied in the ruthless Petra, her boyfriend Danny, and the ideological ringmaster McKew.

Both Laila and Petra are students of the ideological ringmaster McKew, and indeed ‘Antifasc’ is composed exclusively of Uni students. ‘Patriot Blue’, on the other hand, are salt-of-the-earth types who attended The School of Hard Knocks and The University of Life; leaving aside their leader Blake Farron’s penchant for the poetry of Henry Lawson, the patriotik volk have scant interest in knowledge, but are very committed to acquiring (white) power. While this depiction has some merit, the reality, which is rather more messy, is obviously a little too messy for the show’s writers, and I suppose it makes narrative sense to squash it into more-easily digestible stereotypes. Kane, the troubled yoof who eventually displaces Blake as fuehrer of ‘Patriot Blue’, is presumably meant to be a typical patriot, though his motivations for joining the fascists is never really properly explored.

Other than collect rocks in buckets, members of ‘Antifasc’ also run some kinda street kitchen — the only indication that they’re involved in other political activities — in which they serve ‘Chicken or tomato?’ soup to the homeless. This, presumably, is a reference to Food Not Bombs, which has been providing free vegan food to the public at regular street kitchens for about the last 20 years in Melbourne, and for around 40 years across the globe. It’s at one of these kitchens that ‘Antifasc’ meet with Kane’s li’l sis (recently escaped from juvenile detention). Within the space of a day or two after this fortuitous meeting (the script teems with such coincidences), she suddenly finds herself at the heart of their operations. This is rather poor OpSec, as well as unbelievable, but it serves the story, and reproduces the compressed narrative that describes the arc of almost all the main characters.

The ‘Antifasc’ crew are also rather derelict in their revolutionary duties when in episode four, ‘The Dark Heart of Things’, one of their members, Danny (Petra’s boyfriend), is hospitalised and placed into an induced coma following a bizarre set-piece with ‘Patriot Blue’ on St Kilda beach (which also served as the location of the halal expo in the first episode). Again, police are absent from this scenario, as they are generally, with the exception of one spook working for the AFP. Neither is it front page news — which is also rather remarkable. The episode, written by Musa, also introduces African gangbangers, who run into the ‘Patriot Blue’ crew outside a convenience store (located on Sydney Road in Brunswick). Later, the gangbangers Hyjak N Torcha one of the men they encounter outside the store. Speaking of which …

The interaction between the fictional world of Romper Stomper and reality has been at the centre of many debates regarding it, both in its original iteration as a film (1992) and as TV (2017). Thus when twice-convicted racist Neil Erikson adopted the name ‘Patriot Blue’ in an attempt to capitalise on the publicity surrounding the relaunch, Stan and Roadshow initiated legal action against him for copyright violation:

Stan and Roadshow Productions would like to clarify that while our series does refer to a purely fictional group created for the series called Patriot Blue, there is no association between our organisations or the Romper Stomper production team and those involved in yesterday’s incident [ie, the racist abuse of Labor MP Sam Dastyari at a bar at Victoria University]. We strongly condemn the actions of this group and racial discrimination in all its forms.

Be that as it may, in the last few weeks the actions of so-called #AfricanGangs has once again been in the news, part of a campaign spearheaded by the Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, Peter Dutton. Dutton, Newscorpse, and numerous trollumnists obviously hope to create a wedge issue by which they further hope that the Andrews Labor state government may be defeated at the 2018 state election. The SCREAMING HEADLINES! have also naturally triggered the methgoblins of the True Blue Crew. (Note that, in episode two, the ‘Patriot Blue’ street patrol not only string up graf artists, beat African yoof and hand out blankets to the homeless, they also smash a meth lab. Remarkably, none of these activities result in police intervention. IRL, just a few weeks ago Nathan Davidson, a neo-Nazi United Patriots Front fanboy from Canberra, was arrested and chargedagain — with possession of ‘600 grams of the drug ice, 1000 MDMA pills, as well as $90,000 in cash at his city home’, along with quantities of heroin, cocaine and anabolic steroids.)

Fourth Reich Fighting Men From Melton

Inspired by Dutton and the tabloids, the True Blue Crew has organised a meeting tomorrow to organise vigilantism directed at African yoof — the ones what stick guns in your face, kidnap and torture youse like what they do in ‘Romper Stomper’. Predictably, it’s received a ton of media attention, assurances from police that they’ll be keeping a close eye on the boys, and rapturous applause from the peanut gallery. If successful, the TBC (and the remnants of the UPF) will join the ranks of the Soldiers of Odin, A26A and Asolate Security in mounting street patrols and who knows, maybe even Avi Yemini will join the gang. And in another case of life-imitating-art-imitating-life, the same gang has refused to be SAD and have organised a BBQ for January 26.

On St Kilda beach.

Never Mind The Bollocks

Any body interested in the reality of anti-fascist activism should watch The Antifascists (2017).

See also : Romper stomped, Rick Kuhn, Red Flag, December 30, 2017 /// Romper stomping through the cliches, Nicola Paris, Medium, January 3, 2018.

* Kane and his sidekick Stix both reside at the Victoria Hotel in Brunswick, which also happens to be the favourite watering-hole of ‘Antifasc’.

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Police Arrest and Charge Four Right-Wing MILO Supporters With Assault in Melbourne


Above : ‘Patriot Blue’ & Co having a laff after The Three Stooges got convicted for inciting hatred for Muslims (L to R : George Jameson (Party For Freedom)*, Christoper Shortis (Australia First Party)**, Neil Erikson, Blair Cottrell (The Lads Society), Ricky/Rikki Turner, Garry Hume, Luke Phipps).

Briefly:

Over the course of the last week, police have arrested and charged four men in connection to alleged offences committed at the Milo Yiannopoulos event at Melbourne Pavilion in Melbourne on December 4.

The four are Neil Erikson (33, Wonthaggi), Ricky/Rikki Turner (28, Sunbury), Garry Hume (48, Eltham) and Richard Whelan (33, Surrey Hills); their trials commence on June 8.

See : Two Victorian men charged after Milo Yiannopoulos riots, Melissa Cunningham, The Age, December 30, 2017 /// Two more charged after violent protests outside Milo Yiannopoulos’ Melbourne event, Melissa Cunningham, The Age, January 2, 2018.

Neil has a long history as a far-right activist, while Ricky seems to have come on board the ‘Patriot Blue’ hate bus only last year. As for Garry, the Instant Australian has, like Ricky/Rikki, taken part in several Patriot Blue publicity stunts, including the boys’ racist abuse of Labor MP Sam Dastyari, and various local council disruptions. Back in November 2016, Garry was also one of the Complainey Janeys who took part in the protest — organised by the Sydney-based Party for Freedom and Bendigo- and Melton-based True Blue Crew — against the settlement of refugee families in Eltham.

Finally, Richard is an olde nazi mate of Neil’s who, for whatever reason, has also decided now is a rlly good time to pose as a patriot alongside Neil.

Silly bugger.


*There have been some ructions in the Party of late: allegedly, George and his partner Penny have been kicked out of the micro-party (for unknown reasons), leaving Toby Cook and Matt Lowe holding the bag.
**Chris Shortis has publicly demanded that Neil be charged for racial abuse over the Sam Dastyari incident, though authorities have so far refused to acquiesce to his angwy demand. Chris has also accused Neil of being a police informant … which I can state with complete certainty is untrue and also reassure patriots that Neil is a bloke they can trust.

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Romper Stomper ~versus~ slackbastard

I watched the nü TV show Romper Stomper. I may even write about it. But for now …

And check out The Slacker’s Guide To Fascists!

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Blogging 2017 : A Summary

January

The year began with some reflections on the May 2016 Coburg protests in light of Andy Blunden’s criticisms in Arena; New Yawk-based neo-Nazi and host of ‘The Daily Shoah’ (for which ‘The Convict Report’ is the local version) Mike Peinovich (‘Mike Enoch’) is d0xxed — and his Jewish(!) wife later leaves him; Richard Spencer’s Backpfeifengesicht is slapped; Reclaim Australia rallies in Sydney (for the first time since November 2015) and neo-Nazi Michael Holt goes on trial in antifa notes, and finally; I expose a bunch of lies about the Québéc mosque shooting.

February

The “UPF” Goes To Dimboola, starring Phill Galea’s mate ‘Farma’ John Wilkinson; there was lots of media blah about anTEEfa; semi-pro Islamophobes The Q Society held a function at Victoria University which was disrupted (making Kirralie Smith cry in the process); fearing a wipeout at the WA state election, Arthur Sinodinos praised the highly-sophisticated 21st century version of Pauline Hanson’s One Nation Party, and finally; you can watch antifascism on film.

March

Prepare & Repair : taking action & keeping safe at rallies, protests & direct actions is a handy guide to trouble-making; the sophisticated Pauline Hanson in WA, The Three Stooges go to court, the Victorian government introduces anti-protest legislation and a bonehead is spotted in Daylesford in antifa notes; The SUWA Show features Jason Wilson on Trump, Gorka and The Resistance.

April

antifa notes includes a reference to United Patriots Front (UPF) Canberra fanboy Nathan Davidson. Last week, neo-Nazi Nathan was again in the news on further drugs charges: ‘Nathan James Davidson, 34, was arrested overnight after police found more than 600 grams of the drug ice, 1000 MDMA pills, as well as $90,000 in cash at his city home’ (Civic man arrested after police seize almost $850,000 worth of drugs, Sherryn Groch, Alexandra Back, The Canberra Times, December 21, 2017). The post also examines the numerous fake anTEEfa social media accounts that have sprung up (and more); Jewish neo-Nazi and Australia First Party member Nathaniel Jacob Sassoon Sykes is exposed as a loathsome troll for US neo-Nazi website The Daily Stormer; more antifa notes details further fake anTEEfa accounts, looks back at Reclaim Australia and the UPF, Alex Jones is exposed as a fraud in court and NONE DARE CALL IT CONSPIRACY; anarchist notes contains news on the IWA-AIT and Michael Schmidt and finally; local UPF neo-Nazis celebrate Hitler’s birthday.

May

A relatively busy month: first, the rapid rise and precipitous fall of a weird0 ‘anarchist’ social media account (New Wave Army / @AnarchyMami : “anarchafeminist” wEiRdNeSs); antifa notes notes, inter alia, that the UPF was kicked off Facebook and Golden Dawn was distributing propaganda in Sydney; I reviewed John Safran’s book Depends What You Mean By Extremist, published a letter from accused ‘terrorist’ John Zakhariev (then on trial in Sofia, Bulgaria) and in further antifa notes noted The Three Stooges’ court appearance, some fakes and some boneheads; I also updated some links, Jason Wilson was again a guest on The SUWA Show, talking about that AltRight and finally: From Portland to Penrith takes note of the murders in Portland and fascist antics in Penrith.

June

In June 2017, Andrew Bolt glittered, the True Blue Crew (TBC) held a flagwit rally in Melbourne and Jewsagainstfascism was a guest on The SUWA Show.

July

July 25 is the International Day of Solidarity with Antifascist Prisoners: I wrote a thing for Overland about it. I also wrote about local ‘AltRight’ propagandists ‘The Convict Report’ and #DingoTwitter, wondered at Tim Anderson’s fascist friends, noted the fact that one of The Spectator’s contributors was booted for being an anti-Semite and finally promoted the Melbourne Anarchist Bookfair.

August

A very quiet month with just one post on Charlottesville. Note that JJJ’s Hack put to air an interview with one of the organisers of the UniteTheReich rally, Elliot Kline (‘Eli Mosley’), as well as several anti-Semitic callers posing as Jews.

September

In September, The Three Stooges — Blair Cottrell, Neil Erikson and Chris Shortis — were found guilty of inciting hatred for Muslims and were slapped with small fines; I exposed AltRight blogger and ex-Spectator contributor ‘Moses Apostaticus’ as a former high school teacher from Brisbane named David Hilton, examined What Chip Le Grand gets wrogn about the Australian ‘alt-right’, laffed at Avi Yemini’s antics, wrote about the rather pathetic anti-queer rally the Party for Freedom organised in Sydney, took some more antifa notes and finally, very partially d0xxed neo-Nazi grouplet Antipodean Resistance (of which there’ll be more next year).

October

In October, Stephen Johnson of The Daily Mail (Australia) availed himself of a troll account to write nonsense about ‘Melbourne Antifa’, comedian Shayne Hunter unveiled himself as the founder of anTEEfa in Australia (anTEEfa are terrorists who pose a graver threat to The West than ISIS) and why he quit (‘I was ideologically possessed for four years. I would speak louder on public transport so people could hear me speak, hoping they would hear my message’ LOL), the remains of the UPF changed its name to ‘The Lads Society’ and opened a neo-Nazi clubhouse at Unit 9/158 Chesterville Road, Cheltenham and next year something I helped write on the radical right Down Under will be published by OUP.

November

In November I looked at Neil Erikson’s latest self-promotional vehicle, ‘Patriot Blue’, and the totes not-crazy Phill Galea went to court, Richard Wolstencroft fell foul of The Pink Mafia and Nazi-sympathising paedophile apologist Milo Yiannopoulos announced a tour of The Colonies. From MUFF to Romper Stomper!

December

In December, Milo went to Festival Functions in Findon (Adelaide), the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre and to Melbourne Pavilion in Kensington. Also, the Australian Jewish Democratic Society issued a statement.

Note that yesterday, in the wake of protests at Milo’s appearance in Melbourne, a 33-year-old from Wonthaggi, Neil Erikson, and a 28-year-old from Sunbury, Ricky/Rikki Turner, were arrested and charged with riotous behaviour and affray: each were granted bail and will face Melbourne Magistrate’s Court in June, 2018. (Neil also has a court date in February as does Ricky/Rikki.)

Finally, The Australian’s Chip Le Grand wrote All About Antifa, the terrific documentary film The Antifascists was made available for viewing to the general public and the inaugural Australian Patriot Of The Year Award was launched.

HERE’S TO 2018!

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VOTE! for The 2017 Australian Patriot Of The Year Award!

G’day my fellow Aussie patriots,

It’s that time again, where we look back and remember the year that was and, more importantly, give recognition to the many patriots who have given so much over the course of 2017.

Below you’ll find a list of the 25 best patriots of 2017 as nominated by the slackbastard team.

It’s your job to vote for the bestest and most patriotest; the winner of the 2017 Australian Patriot of the Year Award™ will be announced on STRAYA Day as the climax of Triple M’s Ozzest100.

And the nominees are:

Australian Patriot Of The Year 2017

  • Shayne Hunter (31%, 232 Votes)
  • Neil Erikson (18%, 136 Votes)
  • Mark Latham (10%, 75 Votes)
  • Paul 'Guru' Franzi (7%, 49 Votes)
  • Blair Cottrell (6%, 42 Votes)
  • Mohammad Tawhidi (5%, 40 Votes)
  • Avi Yemini (5%, 39 Votes)
  • Bob Katter (4%, 31 Votes)
  • Phill Galea (4%, 31 Votes)
  • Shermon Burgess (2%, 13 Votes)
  • James Buckle (1%, 10 Votes)
  • Nick Folkes (1%, 10 Votes)
  • Nathaniel Jacob Sassoon Sykes (1%, 8 Votes)
  • Richard Wolstencroft (1%, 6 Votes)
  • Tom Sewell (1%, 5 Votes)
  • Bob Hart (1%, 4 Votes)
  • David Hilton (0%, 3 Votes)
  • Christopher Shortis (0%, 3 Votes)
  • Dan Evans (0%, 2 Votes)
  • Robert Wayne Edhouse (0%, 2 Votes)
  • 'Farma' John Wilkinson (0%, 2 Votes)
  • Iggy Gavrilidis (0%, 2 Votes)
  • Michael Holt (0%, 2 Votes)
  • Kane Miller (0%, 1 Votes)
  • Tim Wakeling (0%, 1 Votes)

Total Voters: 749

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James Buckle is The Quiet Achiever. A United Patriots Front (UPF) fanboy, James is also the President of lobby group ‘Firearm Owners United’, and is terribly excited to be part of the club at The Lads Society in Cheltenham, where they pump iron while they read Mein Kampf. And nothing says ‘patriot’ more than a liking for guns and Mister Hitler, amirite?


Shermon Burgess was previously known as ‘The Great Aussie Patriot’, and in this guise he did much to promote attendance at Reclaim Australia rallies in 2015. Shermon was also one of the co-founders and fuehrer of the UPF before being forced, sadly, to quit the group in late 2015 (after someone made a Facebook video poking fun at him). Based in Cooma, NSW, Shermon has quickly become one of the small town’s best-loved prophets, regularly uncovering the pernicious influence of George Soros and Agenda 21 on the town’s thriving industry. In 2017, Shermon jumped on the nazi bandwagon, proclaiming that Hitler was right and Jesus was wrogn. Aussie Pride!


Blair Cottrell was the fuehrer of the UPF until it got kicked off Facebook, after which the franchise basically collapsed. No longer welcome on Facebook (expect for when he uses his father’s account to post), Blair has reinvented himself as a Twitter personality, winning over many US-based nazis and of course Avi Yemini (see below). In media and other reportage, Blair is often depicted as a ‘controversial’ character: a reference both to his love of Mister Hitler and Nazi Germany and to his extensive criminal record. In September 2017, Blair, along with Neil Erikson and Christopher Shortis (see below), was convicted of serious religious vilification (Blair is appealing the decision). Prior to this, Blair did a few brief spells in prison after being convicted inter alia of stalking his ex-girlfriend, trying to set fire to her house and to kill her boyfriend. These and other efforts to combat Cultural Marxism make Blair a red-hot favourite to win the Award.


Robert Wayne Edhouse is currently awaiting trial for murder in Perth. A staunch patriot, Edhouse and his kameraden in the ‘Aryan Nations’ played happy hosts to the UPF when they journeyed to Perth for a Reclaim rally in November 2015. An enthusiastic participant in a range of wholesome political activities, Edhouse is an outside chance of taking the prize: fingers crossed he’ll be available to accept the Award if he wins!


Neil Erikson is the founder of a string of failed very popular social media projects, the latest called ‘Patriot Blue’ (see : Romper Stomper). A former member of neo-Nazi group ‘Nationalist Alternative’ and the short-lived bonehead gang ‘Crazy White Boys’ (the other members are currently in jail for attempted murder), Neil was convicted in February 2014 of stalking a rabbi and in September 2017 of serious religious vilification. Just like the the 4th Light Horse Brigade at Beersheba, Neil’s always charging into battle: this year he attempted to disrupt several Melbourne council meetings and public rallies and he famously confronted Labor MP Sam Dastyari in a Melbourne bar, calling him a ‘monkey’ and a ‘terrorist’ and telling him to ‘go back to Iran’. A former TOLL employee, Neil is currently battling the company over the very visible use of their uniform in his publicity stunts.


Dan Evans Based in Canberra, Dan is a Facebook personality who describes himself as an ‘Australian Conservative Capitalist’. A small businessman and aspiring politician, in 2016 Dan ran for a seat in the ACT Parliament. Sadly, 99.95% of voters in Yerrabi — the rotten communists — voted for somebody else. Still: AUSSIE AUSSIE AUSSIE!


Nick Folkes is another serial pest seasoned political campaigner and the leader of the Party For Freedom (PFF), a Sydney-based fascist patriotik groupuscule. Nick has been a patriotik activist for some years: as a member of the Australian Protectionist Party (APP), in June 2012 he organised a massive rally calling upon the Australian government to mass murder asylum seekers. #TrueStory. After that successful endeavour, Nick established the PFF. Largely confined to Sydney and Nick’s imagination, the PFF has made a small number of interventions locally, including a protest against a halal exhibition in April 2016 and another to oppose housing for refugees in November 2016. Undeterred by failure or common sense, and absent human decency and basic intelligence, Nick is a True Australian Patriot.


Paul ‘Guru’ Franzi is another Quiet Achiever, a man who can be relied upon to join any and every group going, from the Australian Defence League (ADL) to the UPF to the Soldiers of Odin (SOO) to Patriot Blue. Not quite The Unknown Soldier, but mos def The Volunteer, Stay-At-Home Patriot, Paul bravely battles the Islamic State presence from Bendigo to Melbourne and all places in-between.


Phill Galea is a strong contender for the Australian Patriot of the Year Award™. Active since 2010, Phill naturally gravitated towards Reclaim, the UPF and True Blue Crew (TBC) in 2015 and 2016. A True Australian Patriot, Phill’s troubles began when ZOG arrested him in November 2015 ahead of the Reclaim rally in Melton. Having previously been cited for bringing a knife to a patriot rally, Phill was jailed for one month after pleading guilty to possessing five Tasers and a quantity of mercury in the days before Melton. In January 2016, poor old Phill was once again the subject of ZOG’s ire. Bailed for the second time in weeks, Phill was rearrested when police accused him of breaching the terms of his bail by associating with other UPF gronks at a Sandringham pub. There he met another nominee, ‘Farma’ John Wilkinson (see below), who days later told police that he had bought up to 22 stun guns, some of which remained in circulation among patriotik volk. Worse was to come, however, as just a few months after he attended the joyous celebration that was the TBC flagwit parade in June, in August 2016 Phill was arrested and charged with terrorisms. Since then, Phill has been back and forth and back and forth from court on a number of occasions: ZOG is obviously desperate to stop him from prosecuting his Crusade against the evil anarcho-pinko-anarchist-islamic cabal of dirt. In 2017, given his frenetic activity and obvious commitment to his country, Phill is surely a very good chance of capturing the title of Australian Patriot of the Year.™


Iggy Gavrilidis is a Greek-born migrant, anti-immigrant activist, and fuehrer of Golden Dawn (GD) Australia: a True Australian Patriot if ever there was. Based in Sydney, Iggy is especially beloved of Greek neo-Nazis in Melbourne, who in recent times have taken the opportunity to express their appreciation of his werk on behalf of the Greek neo-Nazi party in a very personal manner. Iggy attended the 8th Congress of GD in Athens in March 2016, organised a GD conference in Sydney in October 2016, and in 2017 has kept busy making propaganda and raising funds for Greek patriots 15,000 kilometres away. Fair dinkum and strewth!


Bob Hart is a… brilliant man with lots of well thought-out, practical, ideas. He is ensuring the financial security of Australia for years to come. Oh yes, and his personal hygiene is above reproach.


David Hilton is a former high skool teach turned AltRight propagandist based in Brisbane. Formerly known as Moses Apostaticus, 2017 was a Big Year for David. No mere Spectator, David successfully stopped The Communist, The Jew and The Muslim from destroying Australian Civilisation As We Know It, won friends, and influenced many people. Australian Patriot Of The Year? We Report, You Decide!


Michael Holt Not to be confused with Phill Galea’s BFF and angry old man Mike Holt, Michael Holt is another patriot who has fallen foul of ZOG and the nefarious forces of Political Correctness. Thus in January 2017 the very patriotik Michael was allegedly stockpiling homemade guns and weapons across Sydney and expressed an intention to commit a mass shooting at a popular Westfield shopping centre (a known centre for the propagation of Cultural Marxism). In September 2017, Michael The Australian Patriot was sentenced to at least four and a half years in jail for weapons and child pornography offences. Still, if he wins, an Award will no doubt be waiting for him upon his release, and be presented to him by his Melbourne mate, Neil Erikson.


Shayne Hunter Until a few months ago, Shayne was the CEO of Antifa Australia Pty Ltd. In this role, Shayne’s primary responsibilities included making major corporate decisions, managing the overall operations and resources of Antifa Australia, acting as the main point of communication between Antifa Australia’s board of directors and its corporate operations, and ensuring that its operations were in accord with Sharia law (with a view to establishing a caliphate in Australia). Sadly, upon discovering that the board was steadfastly committed to furthering the aims of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi in Sydney and Brisbane by, inter alia, distributing the essays ‘Settler Colonialism and the Elimination of the Native’, ‘Moving Blackwards: Black Power and the Aboriginal Embassy’ and ‘Savagery and Urbanity: Struggles over Aboriginal Housing, Redfern, 1970–73’, after four years at the helm Shayne decided to resign from his position to return to his first love: comedy.


Bob Katter is your typical politician. His Daddy, Robert Carl Katter Sr., was bumped into the Australian federal parliament in 1966, and sat there until 1990. In 1974, at the ripe old age of 29, Bob Jr. was elected to the Queensland state parliament and sat there until 1992. In 1993, Bob moved from the Queensland state to the Australian federal parliament, where he’ll remain sitting until he’s dislodged (possibly by a relative). Like people everywhere, Australians love career politicians, which puts Bob in a very good position to scoop the 2017 Australian Patriot Of The Year Award™. Because in the meantime, every three months a person is torn to pieces by a crocodile in north Queensland. Fact!


Mark Latham is a man with a plan (and an $80,000+ p.a. parliamentary pension). When he’s not appearing on neo-Nazi podcasts, Mark hosts his own show which, sadly, nobody watches. While men who have lost their self esteem turn to domestic violence as a coping mechanism, Mark is blessed with a very healthy self-regard, and is using his position to undertake crucial political work. One of his latest campaigns is to stop Australia Day from falling victim to Bolshevism, and for it to continue to be celebrated as a public holiday on January 26 throughout Australia — just as it has since time immemorial 1994. Go Biffa!


Kane Miller is the level boss of the True Blue Crew (TBC): a racist gang straight outta Melton. Kane’s KKKrew was formed following the Reclaim rally in November 2015 and it held its first public rally in Coburg in May 2016 in support of racism, Islamophobia, the closure of remote Aboriginal communities, and the concentration camps on Manus and Nauru. Kane and the TBC have also organised two flagwit rallies in Melbourne (June 2016 and June 2017), which brought together the dregs of the far-right cream of the patriotik crop in Melbourne (some even performed the traditional Australian haka at the event!), and most recently the boys turned out to defend a Nazi-sympathising paedophile apologist named Milo Yiannopoulos.


Tom Sewell Like many Good Australians, Tom was born in New Zealand. In 2015, he became sidekick to Blair Cottrell. Tom is a natural economist with great ability in writing, organisation and the practice of discipline. Like his level boss, Tom’s also a big fan of Mister Hitler and Mein Kampf. AUSSIE AUSSIE AUSSIE!


Christopher Shortis is a Christian fun-da-mentalist preacher turned political activist. Chris joined the UPF when it formed in 2015 but left in 2016 after Fortitude — an attempt by the UPF to form a political party for which Chris was to be a senatorial candidate in Victoria — collapsed in a heap. A fighter undeterred by the law or good taste, Chris also lost his gun licence in December 2016 and in September 2017 was convicted of inciting hatred for Muslims. Since leaving the UPF, Chris has joined Dr Jim Saleam’s Australia First Party, a decision presumably in accord with his pledge that My duty before Jesus Christ my Lord is to witness the 3rd Angels message (Revelation 14:9-11) in the power of Elijah (Malachi 4:5). This world is to be judged. Choose this day whom you will serve. Praise The Lord And Pass The Ammunition.


Nathaniel Jacob Sassoon Sykes is an extremely rare species in the far-right ecosystem: a Jewish neo-Nazi. Nathan is also a contributor to ‘The Daily Stormer’ neo-Nazi website and a member of Dr Jim Saleam’s Australia First Party. He lives in Sydney, collects toy dolls and, along with Christopher Shortis, writes for the ‘United Nationalists of Australia’ blog and Facebook page.


Mohammad Tawhidi is the tabloids’ favourite Muslim, the man the mainstream Muslim community has dubbed Australia’s “fake sheikh.” Anointed as a religious leader by the tabloid media, this Shia extremist is using its newspapers and television programs to wage a sectarian war against Australia’s majority Sunni community. And their audiences can’t get enough. Along with Blair and Phill, the Iranian-born Iraqi Shiite cleric is a real chance of grabbing the 2017 Australian Patriot of the Year Award™.


Tim Wakeling is a UPF fanboy better known for being brother to Tory MP Nick Wakeling. When he’s not busy being the *cough* black sheep of the family, Tim may be found at patriotik events trying to pick fights. Timmeh! calls himself the “former head gas controller” at Auschwitz and says he went to the “school of ­Holocaust denial” on his ­Facebook page, which demonstrates both a keen sense of history and a great sense of humour. What’s not to love about this deeply-patriotik Aussie bloke?


‘Farma’ John Wilkinson is a ‘Farma’ and a UPF fanboy. He’s also handy with a stun gun, allegedly providing a small collection of them to his BFF Phill Galea, presumably with a view to their deeply patriotik use on nay-sayers. A stalwart at rallies — at the Reclaim rally in Melton in November 2015 John preached against ‘dirty Arabs’ polluting the suburb — John was spruiking the UPF in Dimboola in February, apparently having failed to receive the memo informing him that the UPF was moribund. Still, it’s that kind of dedication to flogging a dead horse that makes ‘Farma’ one of the contenders for the Australian Patriot Of The Year Award™.


Richard Wolstencroft has made a series of critically-acclaimed and wildly-popular films and, until very recently, was the Director of the Melbourne Underground Film festival (MUFF). Sadly, The GayBC and The Pink Mafia conspired to turn Melbourne against Richard. Perhaps a patriotic Award will be some consolation?


Avi Yemini Based in Melbourne, Avi is one of Australia’s leading public intellectuals, who makes frequent contributions to journals such as The Daily Mail (Australia). In September, he organised a wildly-successful and massively-popular rally against African crimens; the previous December, Avi organised a slightly-less-successful tour of Caulfield by Malcolm ‘Jew World Order’ Roberts and Pauline Hanson. Once touted as a future MP for One Nation, Avi has more recently decided to join up with the political juggernaut that is Cory Bernardi’s Conservatives. Fingers crossed, Avi will receive his Award not long before he enters Parliament.

Honourable Mentions : Andrew Bolt; Ross Cameron; Ralph Cerminara; George Christensen; Toby Cook; Kevin Coombes (‘Elijah Jacobson’); Rosalie Crestani; Rowan Dean; Julian de Ross; Miranda Devine; Ryan Fletcher; Pauline Hanson; Dennis Huts; George Jameson; Scott Moerland; Rita Panahi; George Pell; Kris0 Richardson; Liz Shepherd; Kirralie Smith; Lachlan/Logan Spalding; Ricky/Rikki Turner; Kim Vuga; Linden Watson; Andrew Wilson.

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The Antifascists (2017)

The documentary film The Antifascists has now had a public release on YouTube.

It is highly-recommended watching.

See also : antifascism on film (February 21, 2017) /// The Far Right and Antifa, Making Contact [podcast], December 13, 2017 /// The Nazi-Puncher’s Dilemma (‘Inside the antifa movement’s struggle to continue its long, colorful legacy of cracking white supremacist heads without alienating, well, just about everyone.’), Luke O’Brien, Huffington Post, December 11, 2017 /// Twenty-Five Theses On Fascism, Shane Burley, Black Rose Federation, December 6, 2017 /// Fascist ethnography and the importance and limits of Arendt’s ‘Banality of Evil’, Angela Mitropoulos, s0metim3s, December 5, 2017.

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Antifa Australia goes for the jugular (while I make some comments) …

On the weekend The Australian published a lengthy article by Chip Le Grand on antifa in Australia.

Below are some comments.

Antifa Australia goes for the jugular
Chip Le Grand
The Australian
December 9, 2017

The first rule of antifa is you do not talk about antifa. Not to a journalist, at any rate. It is less an organisation than a broad objective across the radical left; a determination to block, frustrate and ultimately silence far-right politics. It is fundamentally illiberal and necessarily secretive. For these reasons, it is poorly understood and readily mischaracterised.

Ssshhh …

To the best of my knowledge, there have only been one or two occasions on which anTEEfa in Australia have spoken to journalists. First, ‘Beneath the black mask: inside Australia’s anti-fascist Antifa groups’ (Peter Munro, The Sydney Morning Herald, May 21, 2016) contains interviews with three anti-fascists. Secondly, a former anti-fascist, Shayne Hunter, was recently interviewed for a piece in the Murdoch press (‘I established a terror movement in Australia, and I quit’, news.com.au, October 25, 2017). Perhaps the first time the term was used in media reportage in a local context was 2014 (Australia’s Golden Dawn Rally Falls Embarrassingly Flat, Lauren Gillin, VICE, May 7, 2014). See also : Cronulla protests: what is the anti-fascist group Antifa?, Michael McGowan, The Sydney Morning Herald, December 12, 2015 | Explainer: what is antifa, and where did it come from?, Troy Whitford, The Conversation, August 30, 2017.

Beyond that: while it’s true that ant-fascists generally seek to disrupt fascist organising, completely eradicating far-right and fascist politics is hardly an achievable objective. Instead, most seek to simply limit, as much as possible and given the means available, the growth of such political expressions. The liberality of these actions, as well as their public status, is generally determined by their context.

Antifa activists are not mindless thugs. They are well organised and, generally, experienced political and social activists who are prepared to resort to violence — they say reluctantly — to deny the far right any platform from which to promote its ideas. In Melbourne and Sydney this week, they mobilised more than 100 supporters within an hour to shout down a speaking event by the alt-right’s charismatic bomb thrower, Milo Yiannopoulos.

Leaving aside the alleged mindlessness and thuggery (and the claim that Milo is ‘charismatic’), the fact that several hundred people (ie, several hundred more than 100) mobilised in Melbourne in order to protest Milo Yiannopoulos’s performance at Melbourne Pavilion last Monday was. not. simply. the result of a preparedness to act at short notice, but rather active campaigning over months (and years).

[snip] The antifa view of the world is that far-right politics — particularly white supremacy, nationalist chauvinism and the kind of fascism that tore Europe apart in the middle of the 20th century — is again on the rise across Western democracies.

Accurate or otherwise, that’s not a view confined to those actively opposing white supremacy and ultra-nationalism, as a search for relevant materials would demonstrate. To put it another way: there’s a rational basis for concern over a resurgent far-right in Europe, both Western and Eastern. That said, Australia is somewhat peculiar in terms of Western democracies, a theme also explored in the relevant literature. Or as Oswald Mosley claimed in 1933: ‘I always thought it remarkable that Australia, without studying the Fascist political philosophy and methods, so spontaneously developed a form of fascism peculiarly suited to the needs of the British Empire.’ See also : Australian Critical Race and Whiteness Studies Association (ACRAWSA).

In the US, this conviction has made bedfellows of anarchists, Marxists, socialists, anti-racists and other militant activists beneath the antifa doona. In Australia, existing left-wing groups such as Socialist Alternative have diverted resources from other campaigns to fight what they describe as the fascist menace. New groups, such as Jews Against Fascism, have formed to fight the far right.

The start of this counterculture war can be traced to the Easter weekend two years ago when a large Reclaim Australia rally took over Melbourne’s Federation Square. Hassan is a 31-year-old bartender and events manager. He is also an active member of Socialist Alternative who contributes regularly to its online publication, Red Flag. “The size and breadth of that mobilisation of the far right shook many of us up,” he says. “Nationally, we decided to prioritise anti-fascist organising.”

The same event prompted Jordana Silverstein, a University of Melbourne academic, to form Jews Against Fascism. “We fundamentally disagree that if you ignore fascists they will go away,” she tells Inquirer. “They don’t. They become emboldened.”

In the US, contemporary antifa activity is generally traced back to the 1980s, when youth subcultures like skinhead and punk were the subject of concerted efforts at infiltration by the radical right, which in turn generated (militant) opposition. Hence it was in the late ’80s that Skin Heads Against Racial Prejudice (SHARP) formed in New York and Anti-Racist Action (ARA) was born, the groundwork for the latter being laid by a skinhead crew in Minneapolis called The Baldies. (ARA’s contemporary expression is the Torch network.) A lot has happened between Then and Now, but certainly the Trump era has given added impetus to antifa organising in the US. See also : Inside the Underground Anti-Racist Movement That Brings the Fight to White Supremacists, Wes Enzinna, Mother Jones, May/June 2017.

In Australia, I’d argue that ‘the start of this counterculture war’ was a little earlier than April 4, 2015. Certainly, if anti-fascism is ‘less an organisation than a broad objective across the radical left; a determination to block, frustrate and ultimately silence far-right politics’, then its origins in Australia may be traced back as far as the 1920s and to the Italian migrant anti-fascists (see : Fascism, Anti-Fascism and the Italians in Australia: 1922–1945, Gianfranco Crestiani, Australian National University, 1980). More recently, anti-fascists in Melbourne actively campaigned against Pauline Hanson’s One Nation Party and National Action in the 1990s. [For (Marxist) analysis, see : How we stopped Pauline Hanson last time, Tess Lee Ack, Marxist Left Review, No.12 (Winter 2016) / Understanding Hansonism (Ben Reid) & When the Australian ruling class embraced fascism (Louise O’Shea), Marxist Left Review, No.13 (Summer 2017).]

Otherwise: SAlt was largely absent on April 4, 2015, this also being the weekend of their annual Marxism conference, and the opposition to Reclaim on that occasion was drawn from other segments of Teh Left in Melbourne.

The antifa armoury includes more than protest chants and punches. Mark Bray, formerly an activist in the Occupy Wall Street movement, is the author of Antifa: The Anti-Fascist Handbook, published in Australia by Melbourne University Press. In interviews with anti-fascist activists in Europe and the US, Bray explores antifa tactics including the dark art of doxxing, a form of online sabotage pioneered by computer hackers.

In the antifa context, doxxing means the outing of Nazi sympathisers — the publication of ­information that identifies anonymous far-right bloggers or activists, which in turn puts pressure on employers to sack them. This year a University of Nebraska philosophy student, Cooper Ward, was doxxed and unmasked as the voice on an anti-Semitic podcast, The Daily Shoah. Bray says he was driven off campus and into hiding.

“Despite the media portrayal of a deranged, bloodthirsty antifa … the vast majority of anti-fascist tactics involve no physical violence whatsoever,” Bray writes.

“Anti-fascists conduct research on the far right online, in person and sometimes through infiltration; they dox them, push cultural milieux to disown them, pressure bosses to fire them and demand that venues cancel their shows, conferences and meetings; they organise educational events, reading groups, trainings, athletic tournaments and fundraisers; they write articles, leaflets and newspapers, drop banners, and make videos … But it is also true that some of them punch Nazis in the face and don’t apologise for it.”

Got d0x?

First, yes, ‘d0xxing’ is A Thing … though in Australia it tends not to extend as far as it does elsewhere. Thus, in my own case, while I’ve named a number of local AltRight figures — David Hilton (‘Moses Apostaticus’) is one recent example — I don’t publish full deets, most infos is drawn from open-sources and often relies upon simply drawing upon previous research (or is the result of a tip-off). Thus it’s also been possible to identify a number of the nazis who assembled outside Melbourne Pavilion last week simply by referring to previously published material. Inre Cooper Ward and ‘The Daily Shoah’, Ward was one of several neo-Nazis ‘outed’ at this time, including Mike Peinovich (‘Mike Enoch’). His outing as a neo-Nazi activist resulted, inter alia, in his separation from his (Jewish) wife — but the Shoah must and has gone on. Unmentioned but relevant in this context is that both the sitting MP George Christensen and former Labor leader turned angry old pensioner Mark Latham have appeared as guests on the podcast network TRS (for which ‘The Convict Report’ is the local expression).

[snip] A problem for the Australian antifa, and indeed for anti-fascist groups in Europe and the US, is that few people and organisations they oppose here have much to do with Nazism. Consider the rollcall of hard-right leaders who turned out in Kensington in support of Yian­nopoulos. Neil Erikson, a far-right agitator and leader of a small group known as Patriot Blue, used to be a Nazi but in recent years has publicly disavowed his former beliefs and now says he is a supporter of Israel.

Who you calling a Nazi, Nazi?

First, Erikson has publicly acknowledged the fact that, from his early- to mid- teens through until the end of 2015/beginning of 2016, he considered himself — and was considered by others — a neo-Nazi activist. A former member and/or associate of Blood & Honour and Nationalist Alternative, Erikson, in addition to having a criminal conviction for stalking a rabbi (February 2014), also ran with the short-lived gang ‘Crazy White Boys’, responsible for the attempted murder of Vietnamese student Minh Duong in 2012. Secondly, prior to ‘Patriot Blue’, Erikson had cycled through numerous other brands and Facebook platforms, and no doubt will jump on another bandwagon when it suits him. Finally, given his record, it’s not unreasonable to view Erikson’s posturings — first as a neo-Nazi, now as a ‘supporter of Israel’ — with some degree of skepticism, and to view his performances as being simply (and more accurately) opportunistic exercises by an attention-seeking, racist, meathead.

Blair Cottrell, the hulking former leader of the defunct United Patriots Front, is fascinated by Adolf Hitler as a historical figure but ridicules neo-Nazism as a contemporary political movement.

Or; Pull the other one (it’s got bells on).

Of course, being a semi-rational political actor, Cottrell doesn’t want to be known as a neo-Nazi. Like others, he understands that this is — still — a political kiss-of-death, properly the domain of uniform fetishists. That said, the reasons he may be described as one are rather more extensive than an apparent fascination with Mister Hitler: from celebrating his birthday to expressing a desire for every Australian school child to be issued with a copy of Mein Kampf … annually. Cottrell’s determination to fight the moral and political degeneracy allegedly caused by The Jew — of which ‘Cultural Marxism’, ‘feminism’ and ‘multiculturalism’ are major symptoms — lies at the heart of his political vision. I documented this in early 2015, collecting a series of his online postings on sites like Facebook and YouTube and republishing them as ‘Quotations From Chairman Blair Cottrell’ (July 27, 2015). Elements of this formed the basis of a The Sydney Morning Herald article published in October 2015 (Blair Cottrell, rising anti-Islam movement leader, wanted Hitler in the classroom, Michael Bachelard, Luke McMahon, October 17, 2015). Leaving aside the fact that Cottrell and the UPF lodged with members of Aryan Nations when they held a rally in Perth; that Queensland neo-Nazi Jim Perren, along with fellow neo-Nazi Bradley Trappitt (Combat 18), organised their failed party launch in Toowoomba in early 2016 (Perren described it as a mini-Nuremberg rally minus the swastikas); that in their internal discussions Cottrell recommended reading The Protocols; that the UPF gave birth to Antipodean Resistance and The Lads Society … leaving all that, and much more, aside, it’s also the case that Cottrell was denounced as a ‘Nazi’ by his former UPF colleagues Shermon Burgess and Neil Erikson. Finally, the words of Jean-Paul Sartre are rather apt in this context:

Never believe that anti-Semites are completely unaware of the absurdity of their replies. They know that their remarks are frivolous, open to challenge. But they are amusing themselves, for it is their adversary who is obliged to use words responsibly, since he believes in words. The anti-Semites have the right to play. They even like to play with discourse for, by giving ridiculous reasons, they discredit the seriousness of their interlocutors. They delight in acting in bad faith, since they seek not to persuade by sound argument but to intimidate and disconcert. If you press them too closely, they will abruptly fall silent, loftily indicating by some phrase that the time for argument is past.

To continue:

Avi Yemini, a tough-on-crime activist, is a former Israeli soldier. He recently joined Cory Bernardi’s Australian Conservatives and hopes to stand as a candidate in next year’s Victorian election.

Yemini is not a neo-Nazi, though he wouldn’t be the first Jew to assume such a mantle (cf. Danny Burros and Nathaniel Jacob Sassoon Sykes). Indeed, in May 2013, one Jewish bloke and Republican Party booster, David Cole/Stein, was exposed as a Holocaust denialist; most recently, he’s gone into bat for local ‘transcendental’ fascist Richard Wolstencroft. In any case, Yemini certainly loves associating with neo-Nazis and other fascists, and rarely misses an opportunity to join with them in castigating Bad People (leftists, Muslims, et. al.) for their crimes. On his relationship to the wider Jewish community, this statement by the Australian Jewish Democratic Society is germane.

As for Yiannopoulos, although some of his supporters are Nazi sympathisers — Inquirer was sent a picture of a man giving a Nazi salute as he walked out of his Kensington speaking engagement — there is scant evidence that he is.

When Yiannopoulos was preparing a treatise on the alt-right for the Breitbart website early last year, he sought the input of a white nationalist blogger and self-described Nazi, Andrew Auernheimer, and forwarded it along with contributions from other hard-right figures to his co-author, a Breitbart staff journalist. When the Buzzfeed news site obtained emails exchanged between Auernheimer and Yiannopoulos, it reported them as proof that “Breitbart and Milo smuggled Nazi and white nationalist ideas into the mainstream.” There was no smuggling involved, Nazi or otherwise; Yiannopoulos’s treatise was a rambling cook’s tour of right-wing groups, with Auernheimer quoted as an on-the-record source.

O RLLY.

Actually, the Buzzfeed article — Here’s How Breitbart And Milo Smuggled Nazi and White Nationalist Ideas Into The Mainstream (Joseph Bernstein, October 6, 2017) — does a little more than document the fact that Yiannopoulos sought the input of neo-Nazi weev into one article he — or rather one of his Breitbart lackeys — wrote. Inter alia, the article ‘also reported that Yiannopoulos’s passwords included references to Kristallnacht, the 1938 anti-Semitic German pogrom that historians mark as the beginning of the Holocaust, and the Night of the Long Knives, the murderous 1934 purge of Hitler’s onetime allies by Nazi paramilitaries.’ It also contains footage of Milo singing karaoke while his friends make Nazi salutes. In any case, Roger Mercer, the billionaire hedge-fund manager bankrolling Breitbart and Milo, recently withdrew his support (citing ‘personal reasons’ for doing so).

[snip] The fallout for antifa [from Milo’s cancelled gig at Berkeley] has been mixed. Speaking to Inquirer from New York, Bray says the movement is stronger and better organised than it was a year ago. “The spectacle of Berkeley and the precedent it set emboldened a lot of anti-racists and anti-fascists,’’ he says. “It was a call to arms for the movement.’’

Berkeley also set in train a series of events that last week culminated in FBI director Christopher Wray announcing that antifa activists were the subject of a counter-terrorism investigation. Wray told the US House of Representatives homeland security committee: “While we are not investigating antifa as antifa — that’s an ideology and we don’t investigate ideologies — we are investigating a number of what we would call anarchist-extremist … people who are motivated to commit violent criminal activity on a kind of antifa ideology.’’

(Don’t Talk To The) FBI

On June 15, 1917, President Wilson signed the Espionage Act, which delineated punishments for foreign spies and prohibited organized resistance to WWI. A great deal of repressive federal and state legislation followed, including the Trading with the Enemy and Sedition Acts. The government apparatus for enforcing these laws also expanded, including to the recently formed Bureau of Investigation (a precursor to the FBI). These mechanisms were used against anarchists, the IWW, and other left-wing organizations: on the same day that the Espionage Act took effect, police arrested Emma Goldman and Alexander Berkman. The leader of the Socialist Party, Eugene Debs, was sentenced to ten years in prison for delivering an antiwar speech in Ohio in June, 1918. The ‘Red Scare’ of 1917–1921 reached a peak with the Palmer Raids of November 1919 and the targeting of the Union of Russian Workers, an anarcho-syndicalist labour union composed of Russian immigrants. On November 8, 700 police raided seventy-three radical centres, arrested more than 500 individuals, and seized tons of literature. Many of those arrested were transported to Ellis Island and deported to Russia on the transport ship, the Buford. Over 3,000 people were deported in 1919, 2,000 in 1920 and over 4,500 in 1921.

Fast-forward to the early 2000s, and the Red Scare has become the Green Scare. In January 2015, one of its primary targets, Eric McDavid, was released from prison after serving almost nine years jail, his conviction the outcome of an FBI entrapment operation. See : Manufacturing Terror: An FBI Informant Seduced Eric McDavid Into a Bomb Plot. Then the Government Lied About It., Trevor Aaronson, Katie Galloway, The Intercept, November 10, 2015. The FBI has also been actively engaged in the infiltration and disruption of other groups, projects and social movements during this period. CrimethInc:

… starting with the entrapment case of Eric McDavid—framed for a single conspiracy charge by an infiltrator who used his attraction to her to manipulate him into discussing illegal actions—the FBI seem to have switched strategies, focusing on younger targets who haven’t actually carried out any actions.

They stepped up this new strategy during the 2008 Republican National Convention, at which FBI informants Brandon Darby and Andrew Darst set up David McKay, Bradley Crowder, and Matthew DePalma on charges of possessing Molotov cocktails in two separate incidents. It’s important to note that the only Molotov cocktails that figured in the RNC protests at any point were the ones used to entrap these young men: the FBI were not responding to a threat, but inventing one.

Over the past month, the FBI have shifted into high gear with this approach. Immediately before May Day, five young men were set up on terrorism charges in Cleveland after an FBI infiltrator apparently guided them into planning to bomb a bridge, in what would have been the only such bombing carried out by anarchists in living memory. During the protests against the NATO summit in Chicago, three young men were arrested and charged with terrorist conspiracy once again involving the only Molotov cocktails within hundreds of miles, set up by at least two FBI informants.

And so on and so forth. To cut a long story short, the fact that the FBI is investigating anTEEfa should surprise no-one. As Ward Churchill has written (“To Disrupt, Discredit and Destroy”: The FBI’s Secret War against the Black Panther Party, [PDF], 1988]):

The FBI’s politically repressive activities did not commence during the 1960s, nor did they end with the formal termination of COINTELPRO in 1971. On the contrary, such operations have been sustained for nearly a century, becoming ever more refined, comprehensive and efficient. This in itself implies a marked degradation of whatever genuinely democratic possibilities once imbued “the American experiment,” an effect amplified significantly by the fact that the Bureau has consistently selected as targets those groups which, whatever their imperfections, have been most clearly committed to the realization of egalitarian ideals. All things considered, to describe the resulting sociopolitical dynamic as “undemocratic” would be to fundamentally understate the case. The FBI is and has always been a frankly anti-democratic institution, as are the social, political and economic elements it was created and maintained to protect.

Naturally, anti-fascists organise not only to defeat fascism, but also to combat repression. The International Anti-Fascist Defence Fund is one such project, but there are others, and no doubt there’ll be more as the state — increasingly, in close collaboration with the corporate sector — acts to repress dissent.

See also : What Chip Le Grand gets wrogn about the Australian ‘alt-right’ (September 10, 2017) /// Three Way Fight /// Anti-Fascism Beyond the Headlines: Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore Interviews Mark Bray, LA Review of Books, December 11, 2017.

Now that Yiannopoulos’s tour has ended, antifa in Australia will readjust its sights to homegrown targets …

The risk here is that, in the absence of genuine Nazis to punch, antifa will employ its tactics against people who hold legitimate conservative political views.

Bray, who introduces his book as a “unashamedly partisan call to arms”, defends militant anti-fascism as a “reasonable, historically informed response to the fascist threat”. If that threat in Australia is more perceived [than] real, where does that leave antifa?

Bonus! Aamer

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Australian Jewish Democratic Society : Statement against fascism and Milo Yiannopoulos in Kensington

[Published December 7, 2017.]

>>> Around the world, and around this country, there is increasing support for far-right politics, fascism and neo-Nazism. At Milo Yiannopoulos’ talk on Monday night a group of around 40 far-right people, including some known neo-Nazis, gathered outside the talk to incite hatred and violence. As well as racist language and attacks on Muslims, a number of those present chanted the names of concentration camps at a young Jewish woman who was there with a group from Jews against Fascism.

Some people in line waiting to hear Milo were filmed doing Hitler salutes. One group of fascists violently assaulted three protesters as they were trying to leave. More reports are emerging of those who attended Milo’s talk assaulting residents of the Kensington Housing Estate. As Jews we know too well where such violence and hate speech leads. Dissidence and active resistance to the mainstreaming of these ideas is vital.

Although there are some who argue that Milo and his associates are not Nazis, we believe that attaching that badge is accurate and important. Milo and Avi Yemeni, who was with the far-right camp, deflect the idea that they are Nazis as preposterous because they are Jewish or have Jewish ancestry. Yet, they nonetheless organise with and alongside Nazis who espouse violent racist views which are clearly informed by, and continue a history of, those offered by the Nazi regime in fascist Europe. These gangs adopt the superior race Nazi ideology, provoke violence, and the use of Nazi references and imagery is always within arm’s reach. This is what we mean by Nazis. Buzzfeed, whilst exposing Yiannopoulos’ enthusiasm for working with Nazis, has also exposed that Milo has used passwords including Kristallnacht and other antisemitic references. One needn’t look far to discover the horrific and vitriolic things Milo has said and done, including being an apologist for paedophilia.

It is widely known and reported that Yemini has said he would be antisemitic if he weren’t Jewish. It’s time we in the Jewish community stopped letting these men and their supporters hide behind the façade that they cannot possibly be Nazis because of their Jewish identities.

We send our solidarity and support to the residents of the Kensington estate, many of whom are refugees, and a significant number of Muslims, who faced with bravery and resilience vile fascists using verbal and physical abuse, behind the protection of Victorian Police. Victoria Police, in turn, have a long recognised history of systemic racism, racial profiling, and harassment of this community, which came out on the night through their use of provocation, racial slurs, and intimidation.

In Australia at the present moment we can also clearly see the effects of racism on Aboriginal people, refugees, people seeking asylum and other marginalised peoples. There is a rise in Islamophobia and antisemitism. We send solidarity to all peoples facing the brunt of the rise of racism and fascism.

This solidarity can only be made tangible by us, as well as other Jewish groups and individuals, making clear our public opposition to fascism and neo-Nazism. As we are witnessing the rise in far-right politics, we are seeing a corresponding wave of active resistance and supportive networking, to which we are firmly committed. We look forward to working alongside other Jewish and non-Jewish organisations and peoples in order to oppose this fascist violence and change the discourses which currently dominate our society. <<<

Note : The following venues played host to Milo on his tour:

Adelaide (w Andrew Bolt) : December 1 : Festival Functions : 292 Findon Road, Findon
Perth (w Andrew Bolt) : December 2 : Perth Convention & Exhibition Centre : 21 Mounts Bay Road, Perth
Melbourne (w Ross Cameron) : December 4 : Melbourne Pavilion : 135-157 Racecourse Road, Kensington
Sydney (w Ross Cameron & Mark Latham) : December 5/6 : Le Montage : 38 Frazer Street, Lilyfield
Gold Coast (w Ross Cameron) : December 7 : Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre : 2684-2690 Gold Coast Highway, Broadbeach

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Milo Yiannopoulos @ Melbourne Pavilion (Kensington, December 4, 2017)

[Update (December 7, 2017) :

• As noted below, on Tuesday morning, Stephen Leane, Assistant Commissioner with overall responsibility for the police operation on Monday, was asked by a journalist ‘Did police enter the housing commission flats at any point?’, to which his response was ‘Not in the flats, no. We were certainly in Racecourse Road and we closed down traffic for some time.’ AFAIK, no media reportage has challenged this nonsense.

• Some local folks have composed an ‘open letter’ re the event, to which others are invited to add their names. It is a clear public statement against the hate and violence that occurred on Monday night during the Milo Yiannopoulos event at the Melbourne Pavilion. The letter is designed to allow local community members, representatives, businesses, organisations and community leaders to show a united voice in condemning the hate and abuse directed at particularly housing estate residents on the night.

• On Wednesday, it was also announced that Melbourne Pavilion and tour organisers will be sent an invoice for the costs of the police operation. It’ll be interesting to see if they actually cough up. See : Milo Yiannopoulos and his promoters will be billed at least $50k by Victoria Police for protests, Melissa Cunningham, The Age, December 6, 2017.

• Finally, The Australian has published a report that some of the nazis attracted to Milo’s event abused a Jewish woman: At first, she thought she’d misheard. Then she turned and looked at the faces of the men glaring at her, chanting in unison. “Auschwitz-­Birkenau, Bergen-Belsen, Buchenwald, Dachau.’’ She hadn’t misheard. There was no mistake; only a hatred deeper than Perry, a woman readily identifiable as Jewish, could have imagined.]

[Note : The venue for Milo’s performance in Sydney tonight is Le Montage.]


Above : Richard Wolstencroft.

Huh.

That was interesting.

On the Melbourne leg of his tour, Milo Yiannopoulos was kindly provided a platform by Melbourne Pavilion (135-157 Racecourse Rd, Kensington: Facebook): a venue which, prior to hosting the Nazi-sympathising paedophile apologist, was more widely known for staging wedding receptions and boxing matches.

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[On meathead and his tour, see : Milo Yiannopoulos speaks, and Australia’s respectable racists howl their approval, Jeff Sparrow, The Guardian, December 5, 2017 | Inside Milo: ‘He Dressed In Gay Frilly Stuff And Had Ridiculous Red Shiny Shoes’, Chris Graham, New Matilda, December 5, 2017 | Milo Has A Platform Because He Upholds The Status Quo, Which Speaks Volumes About Australia, Michael Brull, December 4, 2017 | Australia’s welcome mat for right-wing trolls, Richard Cooke, The Saturday Paper, October 21, 2017.]


Above : On L, Richard getting stuck in; on R, Richard with Neil Erikson, Mark Hootsen (Nationalist Alternative) and bonehead Joey Edwards.

Most of the reportage on the event (‘VIOLENCE! CLASHES! DALEKS!’) has concentrated upon one incident that took place early in the evening. (Indeed, the original account published in The Age suggests that the author left the rally to attend the event inside shortly after this occurred.) A little after 6pm, ‘Patriot Blue’ — on this occasion consisting of Neil Erikson, Garry Hume, Toll Group’s Ricky/Rikki Turner, Richard Whelan and possibly others — rocked up to the protest, which had assembled across one half of Stubbs Street at the Racecourse Road intersection, and immediately attempted to barge their way thru it. Consequently, there was a clash, police intervened (employing capsicum spray) and two men were detained: this appears to be the basis of the claim that two men were arrested on the night. (Note: As usual, police will be compiling and reviewing media in order to identify any potential wrongdoers, especially kids on the estate, with a view to laying charges; as is now customary, spray was fairly liberally dispensed throughout the evening.)

The Moles snuck into the Garden last night.

Beyond this, the evening mostly consisted of watching Milo fanboys (and some fangrrls), some wearing MAGA hats, and a handful chucking up Nazi salutes, slowly trickle their way thru to the venue, which was surrounded by hundreds of police whose job it was to guarantee their safe passage to and from it. There were a small number of clashes throughout the evening, and some folks misplaced their MAGA hats and Dangerous books; reportedly, one young patriot attempted to remove a Muslim woman’s headscarf at some point during the evening: a bad decision which left him feeling rather sick and sorry, but safely delivered back to Milo’s mob.

In a media conference this morning, Assistant Police Commissioner Stephen Leane, who had overall responsibility for the police operation, stated that there were three performances by Milo, each attracting 1,000 punters. This would seem to over-inflate the numbers actually attending: others say much fewer. Leane also exclaims over the fact that protesters were able to move about and, especially, around the police blockade established at the top of Stubbs Street … possibly through the use of an elaborate communication system involving hand signals, bells and whistles (rather than, say, bRanes) and one practiced in ‘open fields’, which is a new one. In any case, the movement around the blockade was, in reality, inspired by reports that the nazi mob (below) were trying to have a crack at locals — and by a desire to defend locals rather than simply mill about in Stubbs Street exchanging insults with the chuds.

In addition to the many hundreds of potatoes who threw money at Milo, a small group of 30–50 individuals, mostly consisting of members of the Soldiers of Odin and True Blue Crew, but including The Lads Society, Avi Yemini and his sidekick Daniel Jones, Julian de Ross (‘Hugh Pearson’) and even naughty little boy Lachlan/Logan Spalding and a handful of other faces, formed their own rally at the intersection of Racecourse Road and Stubbs Street. This was (mostly) kettled and police, for some reason, allowed them to maintain a presence at that location for several hours, just as increasing numbers of folks from the housing estate, eventually numbering in the hundreds, joined the protest. Note: the boys finally departed sometime around 8:30 to 9:00pm. As they did so, a small group of perhaps 20, including Blair Cottrell, members of SOO and TBC, jumped three protesters leaving the protest, who were beaten and eventually made their way to hospital.

More on that later.

The Best Laid Plans

According to police, the venue, Melbourne Pavilion, was not obtained by organisers until the day of the event. Situated across the road from Kensington public housing estate, it was not the ideal location for an anti-Muslim, anti-refugee and pro-paedophile bigot, especially given the large proportion of African and Muslim migrants living on the estate and the racial profiling residents are subject to. I suppose the sting in that tail is that police have declared that they’ll be issuing Melbourne Pavilion an invoice for the costs of the policing operation, which will surely be tens of thousands of dollars. This may cut somewhat into the profits the business hoped to earn thru facilitating expressions of hatred and bigotry, so is very richly deserved.

On the whole, it’s unclear precisely what the concrete, tactical objectives of the various maneuverings by the riot squad were, given both their actions and the context. Thus, by allowing a small clutch of nazis and other goons to hang about outside the estate for hours, it seemed as if the riot squad were actually intent on provoking one. Leftist protesters were joined by an increasingly large number of locals as the night wore on, and everybody’s patience at having Milo, potatoes and nazis on their doorstep also wore out.

Two final observations: first, a handful of malcontents managed to sneak into Milo’s performance, including two sex-worker anarchist women. At about 8:30pm, the dynamic duo let off personal alarms and shouted slogans; smoke from a small fire that was started in the venue toilets added to the general ambience. (One of the woman was escorted out by police and security, while the other was able to leave undetected.) Secondly, the bulk of the CARF contingent left the area after 10pm. From about 10:30pm, riot police made several attempts to storm the estate (car park and gardens) where local youth and a small contingent of anarchists were still gathered. According to one report, each time they were repelled by rocks and other projectiles and were unable to make any arrests or injure anybody and finally retreated to the other side of Racecourse Road (where the main group of police were congregated). Notably, during the course of his media conference, Assistant Commissioner Leane denied police entered the estate, which is biZaRrE, as there’s certainly no shortage of evidence to the contrary.

*I’ll probably add some more detail to the above account and share others, but in the meantime:

Weapon-wielding protesters clash outside Yiannopoulos talk
Simone Fox-Koob
The Australian
December 5, 2017

Extra security measures are to be put in place when controversial alt-right figure Milo Yiannopoulos visits Parliament House in Canberra today, after police came under attack outside a speaking engagement he hosted in Melbourne last night.

Protesters pelted police with rocks, glass bottles and sticks, as left and right-wing groups clashed violently outside the Melbourne Pavilion.

Numbers swelled to more than 500 at the violent protest, which saw several brawls break out and police forced to deploy capsicum spray in a bid to stop the fighting.

A police officer was injured and two men were arrested during the violence, with objects still being thrown at officers by what appeared to be groups of young people who lived nearby, even after the organised anti-fascist protesters left the area just after 10pm.

A Victoria Police spokesman said police arrested the two men for discharging missiles.

“A police member suffered minor injuries after being struck with a rock,” he said.

At one stage, several fireworks were also let off in the grounds outside the large block of flats opposite the venue.

About a dozen men were involved in the initial stoush that broke out about 6.20pm outside the venue in Melbourne’s inner northwest shortly after far-right provocateur Neil Erikson and members of his Patriot Blue group arrived.

Erikson was seen brandishing a stick before another man intervened and dragged him aside.

At least a dozen heavily padded riot police charged the group, with officers later seen leading away two men dressed in high-visibility shirts.

One of them appeared to be affected by capsicum spray. Police are understood to have made at least one arrest.

A second larger brawl broke out around 8pm, sparked by an attempt by two men to unfurl a large banner on the outskirts of the protest. Several members of a far-right group broke through a police line and tried to yank it from them. Riot police were again forced to use capsicum spray to break up the fight. [I think the author may well have got this arse-backwards, ie, the two men were unfurling a Trump banner.]

The size of the gathering swelled significantly throughout the evening as residents, believed to be from the nearby public housing blocks, emerged. At one stage a man with a loudspeaker and wearing a jumper with the logo “Soldiers of Odin” shouted abuse at the group, which appeared to include several Muslim women. [There were several LOldiers present.]

The Melbourne leg of Yiannolopous‘s show, The Troll Academy, attracted around 500 protesters, with police deploying around 100 officers, including about 40 members of the Riot Squad, in anticipation. At one stage police were pelted with rocks.

The crowd, which saw traffic blocked off for several hours, included opponents of the unapologetically contrarian commentator, who has sparked outrage for describing feminism as a cancer and likening Islam to Aids. [Also, inter alia, collaborating with neo-Nazis in the United States via Breitbart and being a apologist for child rape.] Groups included the left-wing Campaign Against Racism and Fascism, who held placards stating ‘F*** off Nazi scum’ and chanted “Hey Milo go to hell”, as well as right-wing groups Patriot Blue, Reclaim Australia[?], The Freedom Party [ie, George Jameson] and Soldiers of Odin.

Erikson, who is known for being one of the first people to be convicted under Victoria’s Racial and Religious Tolerance Act and last month accosted NSW Senator Sam Dastyari at a university pub, defended his role in the stoush, describing it as “democracy in Australia”.

“I know one of my guys was taken down. I got into a bit of a scuffle with a few,” he said.

“We had to defend ourselves.”

Two days earlier he had tweeted: “Got a big surprise for the feral left at the Milo event on Monday”.

Video footage posted on Erikson’s facebook page shows him with a loud speaker shouting religious abuse at a group of antifa protesters, who had been joined residents from the nearby housing block, some of whom wore Islamic religious garb.

“Mohammed is a paedophile,” he said repeatedly, in the footage which he appeared to film himself.

“The third world want to attack us.

“This is free speech,” he said.

The footage shows his associate Blair Cottrell, a founder of the far-right United Patriot’s Front, standing next to him.

Erikson claimed one of his associates had been arrested after a brawl and that another one of his associates had been hit in the head by a projectile.

See also : In my words: local communities assaulted by Milo fascists and riot police, Tasnim Sammak, Djed Press, December 5, 2017 | Melbourne protesters defy cops, challenge Milo Yiannopoulos, Vashti Kenway, Red Flag, December 6, 2017 | Monday night in Flemington, Vashti Kenway, Overland, December 6, 2017 | ‘They’re Trying To Change Our Holidays’: What Drew Young Australians To Milo Yiannopoulos?, Max Koslowski, New Matilda, December 6, 2017.

Bonus! LEGALS!

Melbourne Activist Legal Support states that policing at the protest against the Milo Yiannopoulos protest event in Flemington did not take into account or prioritise the safety of the local community. On the night, MALS attempted to communicate with senior police present to move the small right wing protest back down Stubbs [Street] and far away from the housing estate. They had ample power and means to do that.

Instead police cordons gave Soldiers of Odin and True Blue Crew a prominent location in the middle of Racecourse Road from where they were able to shout obscenities at local residents. Moving the right wing protest group further down Stubbs [Street] closer to the venue and away from the housing estate communities could have prioritised the safety of local residents and those most impacted by racist and Islamophobic abuse from those groups.

Whilst we have limited capacity to support follow up activities, we are awaiting advice from our allies at Flemington and Kensington Community Legal Centre as to further steps that will be taken. They have offered LEGAL SUPPORT for local people from the housing estate who were arrested and assaulted. You can get in touch with them. Contact details on their website.

Regarding any additional arrests of protesters we assume those who called the event will be supporting any activists arrested with connection to friendly lawyers.

For others who attended, we recommend debriefing with friends and family and ensuring injuries are documented, and footage backed up and secured should there be capacity for follow up [see : https://www.activist-trauma.net].

If there is capacity to collate witness statements and use evidence to demonstrate inappropriate conduct we suggest you consider the following:
* Ensure your footage is backed up in addition to your phone, and you have advised protest coordinators or anyone else tracking incidents of your contact details and what you have recorded if it demonstrates clear and useful detail.
* Write a witness statement if you recall details of specific incidents that may be useful later in court. Tips here: [PDF].

We would also like to suggest that people who were at the protest ensure they decontaminate themselves and their clothes appropriately, if they were subject to pepper/OC spray, to avoid further injury and discomfort. Don’t cross contaminate clothes when washing. Some information here.

Look after each other folks. If we become aware of any further updates regarding follow up we will keep you advised.

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Spotless Group Sponsors A Class Act In Milo Yiannopoulos

Milo Y spoke to a large kkkrowd at Perth Convention & Entertainment Centre (PCEC) last night, an event which was given a glowing review by The Daily Mail.

Managed by Spotless Group, Milo took a moment at PCEC last night to have a crack at writer Clementine Ford, who has spitefully refused his invitation to join him at the Troll Academy.

An extremely-talented performer, Milo has responded by using an image of Ford to which he’s appended the word ‘unfuckable’ (as well as riffed on the fact that she was apparently born in Queensland yadda yadda).

According to one fanboy, Milo was hugely entertaining, and the event was ‘99% funny, but one joke failed about people dying in boats on the sea … shark food, nobody laughed, in the whole crowd. A really good crowd, you could take them home.’

Milo also appears to be Cory Bernardi‘s fave gay d00d, and even though it was confornting he too was delighted by Milo’s sophisticated comedy stylings in Adelaide the previous evening, and looks forward to hearing him again when he speaks at federal parliament:

Milo will be appearing again in Melbourne tomorrow (December 4).

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