Sound On For Solidarity : 2024 3CR Radiothon

G’day my fellow Aussie patriots!

Melbourne community radio station 3CR’s annual fundraiser runs throughout June. The station needs your support to continue to be an independent, community-controlled medium and — of course! — provide a space for Yeah Nah Pasaran! and scores of other shows:

Folks, every week on Yeah Nah Pasaran! we try to shine a light on a particular aspect of the global far-Right, be it the algorithmically-overcharged manosphere, Christian Nationalism’s holy crusade against queer identity, or even just old-fashioned goat-sacrificin’ accelerationists.

Let’s be honest: this is not a show that is going to go to air anywhere other than 3CR.

We need the support of people like you so we can keep the lights on, keep the amplitudes modulatin’, and keep pumping out radical anti-fascist radio every single week.

Any little bit you can spare counts! We really appreciate it.

Tomorrow’s episode of YNP! is our annual appeal for support for the show and, of course, the station: we’re hoping to raise $2,500.

You can donate via the 3CR website and also via GiveNow here.

Cheers!

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Yeah Nah Pasaran! #210 w Shane Burley and Ben Lorber on fighting antisemitism with solidarity : June 6, 2024

This week on Yeah Nah Pasaran! we talk to Shane Burley [X/Twitter] and Ben Lorber [Twitter/X], authors of the brand, spanking NEW! book Safety through Solidarity: A Radical Guide to Fighting Antisemitism (Melville House):

Antisemitism is on the rise today. From synagogue shootings by white nationalists, to right-wing politicians and media figures pushing George Soros conspiracy theories, it’s clear that exclusionary nationalist movements are growing. By spreading division and fear, they put Jews, along with other marginalized groups and multiracial democracy itself, at risk.

And since the outbreak of war in Gaza, debates around antisemitism have become more polarized and high-stakes than ever. How can we stand in solidarity with Palestinians seeking justice, while also avoiding antisemitism — and resisting those who seek to conflate the two? How do we forge the coalitions across communities that we need, in order to overcome the politics of division and fear?

See also : How to fight antisemitism – and win, Shane Burley and Ben Lorber, Vashti Media, June 2, 2024 | Zionism Will Never Be a Solution to Antisemitism, Ben Lorber and Shane Burley, truthout, May 16, 2024 /// Political opportunism in full flight, Sarah Schwartz, The Politics, June 4, 2024 | Frydenberg documentary ‘reframes’ legitimate protest as antisemitism, Tom Tanuki, Independent Australia, June 1, 2024 | Victorian MPs condemn anti-Semitic graffiti attack on Melbourne school, ABC, May 27, 2024.

4.30pm, Thursday, June 6, 2024 /// 3CR /// 855AM / streaming live on the 3CR website

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Yeah Nah Pasaran! #209 w Jason Wilson on Republicans and the far right : May 30, 2024

All hail

    Since our interview with Stephanie Wescott (May 9), previous episodes of Yeah Nah Pasaran! include Cam having a chat (May 16) with militias expert Dr Amy Cooter about her book Nostalgia, Nationalism and the US Militia Movement and Dr Spencer Sunshine (May 23) discussing his long-awaited book Neo-Nazi Terrorism and Countercultural Fascism: The Origins and Afterlife of James Mason’s Siege.

This week on YNP! we talk to our semi-regular US correspondent Jason Wilson [X/Twitter], whom we last spoke to about racist pseudo-science in February. For tomorrow’s episode, we spoke to Jason about some of his recent reportage, including the exposure of a US university lecturer as being behind a far-right Twitter account and publishing house, the extremist Maga lobbying group driving far-right Republican policies and about how at least 66 members of far-right group in rural Oregon standing for office.

4.30pm, Thursday, May 30, 2024 /// 3CR /// 855AM / streaming live on the 3CR website

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Yeah Nah Pasaran! #206 w Dr Stephanie Wescott on Andrew Tate & misogyny in the classroom : May 9, 2024

This week on Yeah Nah Pasaran! we talk to Dr Stephanie Wescott [X/Twitter]. Stephanie is a feminist researcher and lecturer in humanities and social sciences in the Faculty of Education’s School of Education, Culture and Society at Monash University and co-author (with Xuexen Hao and Steven Roberts) of Institutional responses to sexual harassment and misogyny towards women teachers from boys in Australian schools in the post-#metoo era (Journal of Educational Administration and History) and The problem of anti-feminist ‘manfluencer’ Andrew Tate in Australian schools: women teachers’ experiences of resurgent male supremacy (Gender & Education, Vol. 36, No.2, 2024).

We spoke to Stephanie about the impact Andrew Tate’s propaganda has had on Australian classrooms.

See also : Andrew Tate and brother Tristan to be tried in Romania on rape and trafficking charges, BBC, April 27, 2024 | Andrew Tate’s ideology driving sexual harassment, sexism and misogyny in Australian classrooms, Norman Hermant and Ahmed Yussuf, ABC 7.30, April 2, 2024 | Can we talk about Tate? The ‘manosphere’ in Australian schools, Lyndal Rowlands, Al Jazeera, March 24, 2024 | The Tate race, Anna Krien, The Monthly, March 2024 | Raewyn Connell on Masculinities.

4.30pm, Thursday, May 9, 2024 /// 3CR /// 855AM / streaming live on the 3CR website

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Yeah Nah Pasaran! #205 w Jordana Silverstein on history, Palestine, Zionism & more : May 2, 2024

This week on Yeah Nah Pasaran! we talk to Jordana (Jordy) Silverstein [X/Twitter]. Jordy is an academic based in Melbourne/Naarm and the author of Cruel Care: A History of Children at Our Borders (Monash University Publishing, 2023) and Anxious Histories: Narrating the Holocaust in Jewish Communities at the Beginning of the Twenty-First Century (Bergahn Books, 2015). We spoke to Jordy about her writing, education, student protest, scholasticide, the war on Gaza, antisemitism, anti-Zionism, Jewish histories and more.

See also : The evidence of emotions, Jordy Silverstein, Overland, April 4, 2024 | ‘Political arrest’ of Palestinian academic in Israel marks new civil liberties threat, Emma Graham-Harrison and Quique Kierszenbaum, The Guardian, April 26, 2024 | Jewish Council of Australia | Jewish Australians Are Rejecting the Zionist Establishment: An interview with Max Kaiser, Jacobin, April 27, 2024 /// We’re fighting to stop a genocide. Slanders against our movements are a distraction, Jewish Voice For Peace, April 25, 2024 /// We need an exodus from Zionism, Naomi Klein, The Guardian, April 24, 2024 | Scholars Against Genocide & Zionism vs. Anti-Zionism Ep. 1 w/ Shaul Magid & Zionism vs. Anti-Zionism Ep. 2 w/ Shaul Magid, The Dig Radio (April 19, 2024/December 7, 2023/December 15, 2023) | Free Voice of Labour: The Jewish Anarchists (1980).

4.30pm, Thursday, May 2, 2024 /// 3CR /// 855AM / streaming live on the 3CR website

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May Day in Melbourne : 2024

I’ve periodically written about May Day over the years, on the last occasion in 2021. In fact, I started blogging here on May Day in 2006 — 18 years ago! — and started my Patreon account on this date in 2019. In Melbourne (Naarm), May Day’s been a largely desultory affair during this period — and for many decades previous — which I think is both unfortunate but also explicable.

Who knows, maybe one (May) day things will change?

In any case, in 2024 I thought I’d once again cast my eye over whatever’s happening, and note the following:





Melbourne community radio 3CR has a special workers’ radio broadcast on May Day, beginning with a marathon edition of Talkback With Attitude from 12 midnight to 7.30am, followed by dedicated episodes of Wednesday Breakfast, Stick Together, City Limits, Anarchist World This Week, Bunjil’s Fire, Kultural Kinetics, Lazy Wednesday Afternoon, Radical Australia, Uprise Radio and concluding at 7pm with a special episode dedicated to the Pilbara Strike, ‘the longest strike in Australian history lasting 3 years, starting on 1 May 1946 and ending in 1949’.

Other May Day related events conducted under the auspices of VTHC include a wreath laying-ceremony and dinner on Thursday May 2, a rally and march on Sunday May 5, and guided tours of Trades Hall on Monday May 6 and Thursday May 9.

Also in Sydney on May Day, CFMEU and MUA members — along with other unionists and activists — will be taking part in a walk-out, march and rally to protest a proposed ban on duck hunting for workers’ rights, wage justice and in solidarity with the Palestinian people.

BONUS! historical note : The ACTU Institute artfully manages to provide an account of ‘The origins of May Day’ (April 27, 2022) without making mention of Haymarket, the Martyrs or anarchism. A more useful (and thorough) account is provided by Peter Linebaugh in The Incomplete, True, Authentic, and Wonderful History of May Day (PM Press/Spectre, 2016). By the same token, as Erica Lagalisse notes (Occult Features of Anarchism: With Attention to the Conspiracy of Kings and the Conspiracy of the Peoples, PM Press, 2019, pp.54–55):

Over time, these symbols [the red star and the circle-A] have developed a new complement of meanings — many twenty-first-century anarchists don’t even know that the star used by communists, anarchists, and Zapatistas alike is the pagan pentagram. They are not reminded of the mathematical perfection of cosmogony when they behold it, or of Giordano Bruno’s geometric arts of memory, nor do they necessarily realize there is a genealogical link between the (neo)pagan May Day celebration and today’s anarchist May Day marches. Nowadays the May Day march is taken to commemorate the Haymarket massacre (1886), yet it is no coincidence that there was much upheaval in Chicago that day, because revolutionaries had been honouring May Day since before the time of the Illuminati, which was also founded on this symbolic day. In the nineteenth century, these symbolic associations were well known by those involved.

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antifa notes (april 24, 2024) : right-wing extremism and inquiring minds

Following on from ex-blogger, proprietarian and 2016 Young Lolbertarian of the Year award-winner Senator James Paterson chairing an Inquiry into extremist movements and radicalism in Australia — born in December 2020, the Inquiry passed on, is no more, and ceased to be at the dissolution of the House of Representatives in April 2022 — a NEW! inquiry into Right wing extremist movements in Australia has entered into the discourse. Launched into Australian political airspace in December last year, this one is expected to crash back to Earth in December 2024. As I write, almost 30 submissions have been made available for the public to read — or, as is more likely, ignore. Most have been produced by relevant government agencies (AFP, ASIO) and departments (Attorney-General’s, Home Affairs), academic research centres (AVERT, CRIS) and NGOs (AMWCHR, MYAN).

I’m unsure how much attention the inquiry has gained thus far, but ‘active clubs’ gained some in an article by Josh Butler in The Guardian — Australian neo-Nazis must be monitored better, Senate inquiry told (April 4, 2024) — and there’s been a Rise in activity from rightwing extremists who want to trigger ‘race war’ in Australia, Asio warns (April 10, 2024). See also : Inquiry into far-right extremism in Victoria makes 12 recommendations to counter spread, ABC, August 30, 2022.

In other news, the very Active lads of the European Australian Movement/National Socialist Network (EAM/NSN) neo-Nazi Club secured another Total Aryan Victory in the Supreme Court yesterday as Victorian prosecutors lose bid to send neo-Nazis Thomas Sewell and Jacob Hersant back to jail (Kristian Silva, ABC, April 23, 2024). This was not an unexpected outcome. (See also : Thomas Sewell and Jacob Hersant: Neo-Nazis’ courtroom win after hiker attack appeal, Liam Beatty, NCA/news dot com dot au, April 23, 2024.)

Curiously:

There are a number of features which suggest that the offending [the young scamps took part in a group assault/’violent disorder’] was indeed serious in this case. Thus, there were in fact two groups which came together to constitute a larger group of some 10–15 black-uniformed males which ‘set upon’ the innocent hikers so as to intimidate them and force them to hand over their phones. The threat of unlawful violence was particularly serious in circumstances where members of the group were armed with knives, including a hunting knife.

And so on. FWIW, the EAM/NSN popped up again — also armed with knives — in September last year, but were chased away from the event they were actively trying to disrupt. Word on the street is that police are taking a keen interest in investigating those responsible for defending the space.

¯\_(ツ)_/¯

See also : Neo-Nazi Who Threatened Journalist With Death Is Sentenced to Prison, Lola Fadulu, The New York Times, April 19/22, 2024 (‘The white supremacist, Nicholas Welker, was sentenced to 44 months in federal prison after pleading guilty in September to conspiring to make interstate threats, prosecutors said. At the time of the threat, which he posted in an online public forum in August 2021, he was the leader of Feuerkrieg Division, a neo-Nazi hate group …’). | Neo-Nazi to face trial in killing of former high school classmate Blaze Bernstein, Ali Winston, The Guardian, April 7, 2024 | Satanist neo-Nazi jailed over terror offences, Daniel De Simone, BBC, March 24, 2024 | Far-right Austrian nationalist banned from Germany after neo-Nazi meeting, Jon Henley, the Guardian, March 20, 2024.

Note that Martin Sellner was a stellar influence on the Christchurch killer and also good chums with Lauren ‘The Great Replacement’ Southern, whose 2018 tour (with Race IQ Guy Stefan Molyneux) was happily-promoted by local Murdoch properties and whose security detail was provided by EAM/NSN (née The Lads Society): YUGE fans of St Tarrant. By the same token, Feuerkrieg Division was one of many groupuscules generated by Iron March, which in Australia was where Antipodean Resistance (now folded into the EAM/NSN), was also born.

As for our budding Führer, when An Hero Mr Hitler was convicted of high treason in April 1924, sentenced to five years and declared eligible for parole in 6 months, it was one of the most productive periods in his life, during which he cranked out Mein Kampf. In which case, I expect Mr Sewell to at least produce a pamphlet or two containing his own dramatic Bildungsroman about surviving the tough streets of Balwyn.

Finally, The ethics of researching the far right: Critical approaches and reflections, edited by Antonia Vaughan, Joan Braune, Meghan Tinsley and Aurelien Mondon (Manchester University Press) has just dropped, while Genealogies of Antifascism: Militancy, Critique, and the Three Way Fight by D.Z. Shaw (Kersplebedeb) is released next month and Safety through Solidarity: A Radical Guide to Fighting Antisemitism by Shane Burley and Ben Lorber comes out in June.

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Yeah Nah Pasaran! #204 w Fran Amery on ‘organised transphobia’ : April 25, 2024

This week on Yeah Nah Pasaran! we talk to Fran Amery [X/Twitter]. Fran is a feminist researcher, senior lecturer in politics at the University of Bath and the co-author, with Aurelien Mondon, of ‘Othering, peaking, populism and moral panics: The reactionary strategies of organised transphobia’ (The Sociological Review, April 16, 2024), which:

shows that organised transphobia is promoted using similar strategies and politics as the wider reactionary movement which has become increasingly mainstream. In particular, we outline the transphobic process of ‘othering’ based on moral panics, which seeks to construct, homogenise and exaggerate a threat and to naturalise it in the bodies and existence of the ‘Other’. Reactionary politics rely on authoritarian tendencies and strategies which aim to remove the rights of certain communities, and as such threaten wider demands for equal rights. They claim to speak on behalf of ‘the people’, in this case often (certain) women, against an elite which seeks to grant unfair rights and privileges to a mostly silent and silenced minority, even though said rights are precarious and limited, and power is rarely on their side. Rather than a bottom-up movement in defence of women, what we refer to as ‘organised transphobia’ is a top-down movement that relies on prominent platforms and privileged access to shaping public discourse to divert attention away from the real struggle most women and LGBTQ+ people are facing conjointly.

See also : Protecting children in ‘gender critical’ rhetoric and strategy: Regulating childhood for cisgender outcomes, DiGeSt – Journal of Diversity and Gender Studies, Vol.10, No.2 (2023) | Press release: The Cass Review is bad science and should not be taken seriously by policymakers, TransActual, April 11 (April 20), 2024 /// Trans Safety Network | The Vatican says gender theory threatens human dignity – but Judith Butler believes the ‘threat’ is social change, Louise Richardson-Self, The Conversation, April 9, 2024 /// Who’s Afraid of Gender?, Judith Butler, Allen Lane/Penguin, 2024.

4.30pm, Thursday, April 25, 2024 /// 3CR /// 855AM / streaming live on the 3CR website

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Yeah Nah Pasaran! #203 w Alex Hanna on AI hype, surveillance, war & work : April 18, 2024

Last week’s show was a repeat of our September 2023 interview with Emily M Bender. This week on Yeah Nah Pasaran! we talk to Alex Hanna [X/Twitter], Director of Research at the Distributed AI Research Institute (DAIR) and co-host, with Emily, of the Mystery AI Hype Theater 3000 podcast. Emily and Alex are also the co-authors of the forthcoming title The AI Con (Harper Books, 2025).

We spoke to Alex about some of her experiences working in the tech industry (and the situation of tech workers generally), AI hype, the use of AI in Israel’s war on Gaza (see : ‘Lavender’: The AI Machine directing Israel’s bombing spree in Gaza, Yuval Abraham, +972, April 6, 2023), facial recognition technologies, mapping protests and more.

4.30pm, Thursday, April 18, 2024 /// 3CR /// 855AM / streaming live on the 3CR website

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Yeah Nah Pasaran! #202 w Tyler West on Southern Africa in the political imagination of New Zealand’s radical right : April 4, 2024

This week on Yeah Nah Pasaran! on 3CR we talk to Tyler West. Tyler is an historian who blogs at Notes South From Nowhere and is the co-author, with Dr Sebastian Potgieter, of ‘‘A bastion of white supremacy’: Southern Africa in the political imagination of New Zealand’s radical right’, which ‘unearths a long history of rightist solidarity in New Zealand with the cause of white rule in Southern Africa’ (see : Histories of Hate: The Radical Right in Aotearoa New Zealand (Otago University Press, 2023)). We spoke to Tyler about this history and some of its contemporary resonances.

See also : A review of Histories of Hate by Rowan Light (Aotearoa New Zealand Review of Books, March 22, 2023) /// The tour that split the Nation – 1981 Springbok Tour to New Zealand, Te Ao with Moana, July 15, 2022 /// Patu!: a 1983 documentary film about the Springbok tour, directed by Merata Mita | It’s time the RSA acknowledged its ugly history of racism, Scott Hamilton, The Spinoff, April 21, 2021 /// Rhodesia and Apartheid South Africa in the Far Right Popular Imagination, Evan Smith, New Historical Express, June 19, 2015 | Yeah Nah Pasaran! #201 w Chris Wilson on the Christchurch terrorist, Australia & 4chan : March 28, 2024 /// Yeah Nah Pasaran! #175 w Matthew Cunningham on Histories of Hate: The Radical Right in Aotearoa New Zealand : August 24, 2023.

4.30pm, Thursday, April 4, 2024 /// 3CR /// 855AM / streaming live on the 3CR website

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