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It’s May Day and I’ve decided to open a patreon account!

… Since 2015, and the emergence of ‘Reclaim Australia’, the ‘United Patriots Front’ and allied groups, but especially since the election of Trump in the United States and the re-emergence of movements of the far right in many other countries, a lot more people are paying attention to fascism and the far right and my work has begun to reach a wider audience. Unfortunately, monitoring and analysing these ideologies and movements is both very time-consuming and completely unrewarding financially, so while to date I’ve not asked for any form of financial support, it’s now gotten to the stage that, without some form of subsidy, I’ll have to stop doing this work and do something else to pay the rent. So … if you’ve found what I’ve had to contribute to political discussions over the past few years to be of value, and you’d like to see me continue to do so, please consider making a donation …

Assuming the account stays up, I’ll be adding to it over time, and also giving away stickers and other stuff — more deets to come.

Cheers!

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antifa notes (october 21, 2019)

Proudly Marching For Babies

Last year, Bernie Finn MP’s annual ‘March for the Babies’ employed members of the neo-Nazi groupuscule The Lads Society to provide security for the event; this year, the Lads were replaced by members of the Proud Boys, a number of whom also joined ex-Senator Fraser Anning’s parade in St Kilda in January.

Far right figures feature at abortion rally
Tom Minear
Herald Sun
October 14, 2019

Far-right extremists have joined Liberal MP Bernie Finn at his annual pro-life march to push changes to Victoria’s abortion laws.

Mr Finn, the president of March for the Babies, led the rally through the city last Saturday, which was also reportedly attended by Liberal colleague Neil Angus.

Members of the male-only far-right “Proud Boys” were seen at the rally, with a post on the group’s website describing a confrontation after the march with a counter-protester at a CBD bar.

Mr Finn told the crowd that Victoria “still has the worst, most extreme abortion law in Australia and one of the worst in the world”.

He also gave an interview at the rally to Dia Beltran, who runs a far-right YouTube channel which has featured notorious extremists Neil Erikson and Blair Cottrell, and who reportedly attended a Liberal fundraiser recently.

Health Minister Jenny Mikakos called on the Liberal Party to condemn extremists “instead of walking in lock-step” with them.

“This is just more of the same from the leaderless Victorian Liberal Party and shows once again they are being infiltrated by elements of the far-right,” she said.

Mr Finn said he knew “precisely nothing about the Proud Boys”, and that Ms Beltran had introduced herself on Saturday as a blogger and had asked for the interview.

He said it was a “sensational” day with a crowd of more than 4000 people.

Asked if any far-right extremists had attended, he told the Herald Sun: “I don’t know anybody who fits that description to tell you the truth.”

Other attendees reportedly included far-right activist Avi Yemini and Kathy Clubb, a mother of 13 children who launched a failed challenge to laws that ban protesters harassing patients outside abortion clinics.

The crowd also heard from New South Wales Liberal MP Nathaniel Smith, who recently said he was “disgusted” at changes to abortion laws in his home state.

Reason Party leader Fiona Patten, who attended a rival pro-choice rally on Saturday, also questioned Mr Finn’s “disturbing embrace of the far-right and their ideas”.

But Mr Finn said: “I’m not aware of any undesirable elements turning up at all, apart from Fiona Patten.”

Note that:

Above : Proud Boys Australia lvl boss Nicholas Stone with recently-retired AltRight propagandist Lauren Southern during her tour last year. Like Bernie Finn, the organiser of Southern & Molyneux’s tour, Christian fun-da-mentalist Dave Pellowe, also hired The Lads Society to provide security for the tour (George Christensen MP was a very special guest of Pellowe’s).

• The Proud Boy Australia website is registered to and maintained by NSW resident Nicholas Stone, who works in the security industry;
• In addition to interviewing Finn, Erikson, Cottrell and various other luminaries, AltLite YouTube personality Claudia Benitez (‘Dia Beltran’) recently attended Hawthorn Uniting Church in order to disrupt a church meeting. Erikson, one of her comrades on that occasion, has subsequently been charged with Disturbing religious worship; he returns to court on November 4;
• Avi Yemini was convicted in July of unlawfully assaulting his former partner, using a carriage service to harass on three occasions and breaching a personal safety order; he returns to court to face other charges on November 6 and 28;
• In the last few months Finn’s other mates in The Lads Society have decided to be open about their embrace of neo-Nazism, by way of declaring themselves a national socialist project and expressing particular appreciation for Nazi ideology on women;
Samantha Kutner keeps track of Proud Boys activity in North America by way of various writings on the subject and this map.

Phillip Galea

Above : Neil Erikson interviews Phil Galea.

100% Dinky-Di True-Blue Aussie Patriot Phillip Galea is currently on trial in Melbourne for alleged terrorisms, viz plotting terrorist attacks on Trades Hall in Carlton, The Melbourne Anarchist Club in Northcote and the Resistance Centre in the city. Inter alia, it was revealed last week that Galea allegedly told others he wanted to cut the throats of people in the CBD and create a “line of dead lefties”.

Freedom to Jock Palfreeman

Cafe Gummo is hosting a benefit gig for Jock Palfreeman on Thursday, November 7, featuring the fabulous talents of HORNY ELKS (‘Local ska punks of Russian descent, horns meet jarring riffs; break out the vodka and get ready to party’), WHEN OUR TURN COMES (‘The radical left rockers return to the Gummo stage to deliver another round of hiphop infused punk’), MISHA DOUMNOV (‘After many years living overseas, Misha plays his first return gig of improvised noise /// a storm of eastern darkness’) & more TBA.

• $10 Waged /// $5 Unwaged /// Free for First Nations Mob, Asylum Seekers & Refugees;
• Door charge & cut of bar takings will go directly to Jock to help him pay legal fees & living expenses pending his safe return;
• Additional solidarity donations welcome /// BPRA merch available on the night (cash only).

This event will take place on the land of the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation. We wish to pay our respects to their Elders past, present, and emerging, and acknowledge that sovereignty has never been ceded.

See also : ‘Everybody hates us’: on Sofia’s streets, Roma face racism every day, Vivek Chaudhary, The Guardian, October 20, 2019.

Bonus! Milo

Nazi-sympathising pedophile apologist and #PellDefender Milo Yiannopoulos — a Proud Boys favourite — has lost his Dangerous website (possibly SOLD! to an obscure Left-wing gay blog, who knows …).

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Solidarity with Jock Palfreeman : Solidemo, Melbourne, OCT 19, 2019

The Strange Case of Jock Palfreeman keeps evolving. As I write, Jock has been released from Busmantsi Detention Centre in Sofia, but is unable to leave Bulgaria until such time as the Prosecutor-General says so. I’ll probably write more on the case later, but in the meantime:

1) There’s a solidemo on Saturday, October 19 at midday at the State Library of Victoria. For more infos, please see the Facebook event page.

2) Jock needs money: ‘Please donate to support Jock Palfreeman’s expenses in prison and defending himself against the attacks of the Head Prosecutor of Bulgaria. There is no minimum donation required. Money raised will cover a variety of ongoing expenses of Jock’s day to day life and legal situation.’

3) A petition to Bring Jock Home remains in circulation and has obtained almost 7,000 signatures.

4) ABC’s Australian Story is featuring Jock on Monday, October 21: ‘When Jock was released on parole recently having served 12 years in jail, he and his father, Simon Palfreeman, could have been forgiven for thinking their nightmare was over. But a new crisis unfolded when Jock was caught up in a bitter stoush when politicians argued against his parole. He remains in limbo. Airs Monday October 21, 8pm (AEDT), on ABCTV and iview.’

5) A benefit gig is being organised for a coupla weeks from now …

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antifa notes (october 10, 2019) : Neo-Nazi gig in Melbourne this Saturday, OCT 12 &&&

Update (October 16, 2019) : According to this report by Zach Hope (The Age), the nazi pop concert was cancelled … No show: Melbourne’s neo-Nazi concert ‘cancelled’.

See also : Deadly attack targets synagogue in Germany — as it happened, Elizabeth Schumacher, Deutsche Welle, October 9, 2019 (‘A shooting outside a synagogue in the eastern German city of Halle left two people dead and two injured. Interior Minister Seehofer confirmed an anti-Semitic motive’) | Anti-Semitic bullying at Melbourne schools prompts call for more Holocaust education, SBS (AAP), October 3, 2019.

Boneheads

As noted previously, this Saturday, October 12, Melbourne plays host to a gig organised by two local neo-Nazi groupuscules, ‘Blood & Honour Australia’ and the ‘Southern Cross Hammerskins’.

The gig — contrary to ABC reportage — is the Ian Stuart Donaldson memorial gig, not the Hammered Festival; Donaldson, who died in a car crash in 1993, was the person chiefly responsible, along with fellow bonehead Nicky Crane, for establishing B&H in the UK in 1987.

The ISD gig, which has been held in Melbourne annually for about the last 25 years, is as in years previous being held at an undisclosed location. (Previous venues have included the Birmingham Hotel in Fitzroy, the Melbourne Croatia Social Club in Sunshine, the Beaconsfield Hotel and river cruises on the Yarra.)

Unlike previous years, and presumably as a result of the Christchurch and other recent massacres by extreme-right actors, this year’s gig has generated some media attention and also opposition. Among other things, GetUp! has generated a petition with 28,000 signatures to ‘demand the Federal and Victorian Governments shut this concert down and ensure neo-Nazis have no place to spread hate in our community’.

The Andrews’ state government has responded by noting that the neo-Nazi gathering is entirely lawful.

In addition, Jews Against Fascism, the Australian Jewish Democratic Society and Jewish Labour Bund (Melbourne) have published a petition to demand ‘No Platform for Hate! Demand webpage hosts deregister neo-Nazi gig organisers’:

Since the petition went up, Fast2Host (UK) have removed the Southern Cross Hammerskins website from their server, but GoDaddy (US) is committed to ensuring that 9% Productions and Blood & Honour Australia are able to promote neo-Nazism.

So … the gig is going ahead, there’ll be a gathering of around 50–100 neo-Nazis in Melbourne this weekend, and if you spot any, feel free to lemme know.

Australia First Party & The Lads Society Say “Boo China!”

Along with Andrew Bolt, both AFP and TLS are hopping-mad about the fact that, on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China, Box Hill cop shop briefly flew the Chinese flag. But while the Pell Defender will presumably be busy doing other things on Saturday, AFP and The Lads will be gathering outside the police station to have a whinge. Previously, Lads fuehrer Tom Sewell ranted about China and Japan outside the station to an audience of a handful of other neo-Nazi Lads.

¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Speaking of nazis with bad tempers …

Trial for far-right NSW man over threats
Australian Associated Press
October 8, 2019

A Sydney man linked to a white nationalist party has been committed to stand trial after allegedly threatening to smash a Melbourne lawyer and journalist “to a pulp”.

Nathan Jacob Sykes, aged in his 50s, has been charged with five offences after he allegedly used a communications device to threaten serious harm, menace and harass freelance investigative journalist Luke McMahon.

Sykes, who has denied the charges, said nothing in Downing Centre Local Court on Tuesday as magistrate Jennifer Atkinson committed him for trial in the District Court on October 25.

He was accompanied by his lawyer but – unlike his first court mention in April – far-right extremist and leader of the Australia First Party Jim Saleam was not by his side.

Saleam has repeatedly blogged about the case and Mr McMahon since charges were laid, naming Sykes as an AFP member.

According to the police charge sheet, Sykes threatened the journalist in January 2018 that people would “stick you out in Melbourne and smash you to a f***ing pulp”.

“You dumb f*** you’re out of your f***ing league and you’re dead,” police allege Sykes said.

Another offence the same month allegedly involved a threat to “stamp your f***ing teeth into the sidewalk”.

His bail conditions ban him from entering Victoria, going within two kilometres of the University of Sydney or leaving the country.

Sykes is also banned from contacting Mr McMahon or posting comments on social media or traditional media that relate to the lawyer or his family.

• Oh. Also on Saturday there’s the annual ‘March for Babies’. Last year, the march organisers employed TLS to provide security for the event, which naturally attracted the support of all the usual dregs. Speaking of which …

• Avi Yemini has recently joined Neil Erikson in trying to troll protesters in Melbourne. Both naughty boys have upcoming court dates for engaging in similar acts of idiocy in the past, and can be guaranteed to carry on in precisely the same manner in future. Thus a few weeks ago Yeminem announced that he’d been charged with five offences over his conduct at last year’s state election; in July, he was found guilty of unlawfully assaulting his former partner, using a carriage service to harass, and breaching an IVO. He got some tiny fines as a result. Yemini’s next court dates are in Melbourne Magistrates’ (November 6) and Moorabbin (November 28), while Erikson’s next court dates are scheduled for November 1 (below Erikson & Yeminem have a yarn at a right-wing rally).

See also : Australia isn’t taking the national security threat from far-right extremism seriously enough, Greg Barton, The Conversation, October 3, 2019.

Bonus! Ustahsa Rampant

Oh yeah — a shity rock band in Sydney called ‘The Rampants’ caused a fuss at a gig in Sydney at the beginning of the month, when they attacked some teenagers at a show at Staves Brewery. See : Riot averted at teen punk show in Sydney, The Music Network, October 1, 2019.

The responsible band — not mentioned in the report — is called ‘The Rampants’. They’ve since deleted their Facebook page — https://facebook.com/therampantspunk — but are still cranking out the hits on Bandcamp. The band is very closely connected to Sydney United Supporters / Cheeky Terrace Youth, who are mAdly in love with Mister Adolf Hitler & Mister Ante Pavelić. One band member, Christian Pervan (vox/gits), has been a very naughty boy in the past: in 2015, he copped a 5-year ban by Football NSW (PDF).

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Free Jock Palfreeman (October 2019 Edition)

Update (October 16, 2019) : Jock Palfreeman released from Bulgarian detention centre after being granted parole, ABC. Jock needs financial support for ongoing legal costs and living expenses while he awaits the court’s decision. You can donate to him here.

Update (October 7, 2019) : The court met but has reserved its decision for some point in the future — probably several months. Jock, meanwhile, is forced to reside in detention. See : Jock Palfreeman’s fate unclear after Bulgarian court adjourns Australian’s parole hearing, Bridget Brennan, ABC | Jock Palfreeman remains in limbo as Bulgarian court adjourns his case, Josh Dye, The Age | Jock Palfreeman remains behind bars as Bulgarian court adjourns hearing, Ben Doherty, The Guardian | Jock Palfreeman could face further two months behind Bulgarian bars after case adjourned, SBS (AAP).

Update (October 2, 2019) : Originally scheduled to meet on October 23, Bulgaria’s Supreme Court of Cassation is instead convening on October 7 to address the application from Bulgaria’s Prosecutor-General to overturn Jock’s parole.

Oh hai.

• As you may be aware, Jock Palfreeman is currently languishing in a migrant detention centre in Sofia, despite having won his parole a few weeks ago.

• I’ve written an article about Jock’s situation for Overland, which you can read here.

• Last week, Cam & I interviewed Caro Staples about Jock’s case, which you can listen to here.

• Ash Dupre started this petition to Scott Morrison (Prime Minister of Australia) to Bring Jock Home, which you can sign here.

Antifa International has published a call-to-action:

IT’S TIME FOR US TO TAKE ACTION TO DEFEND JOCK!

1) Write to the Bulgarian ambassador in your country to demand that Sotir Tsatsarov revoke his appeal of Jock’s parole and that Bulgaria immediately release Jock. Find a list of Bulgarian embassies here.

2) Contact the Bulgarian Prosecutor’s office to demand that Tsatsarov revoke his appeal of Jock’s parole and that Bulgaria immediately release Jock. Contact information here.

3) Contact Australian foreign minister Marise Payne and demand that Australia take the strongest action possible to convince the Bulgarian government to revise the appeal of Jock’s parole and release Jock to Australia immediately. Contact information here.

4) Contact Australian prime minister Scott Morrison and demand that Australia take the strongest action possible to convince the Bulgarian government to revise the appeal of Jock’s parole and release Jock to Australia immediately. Contact information here.

5) Share this information widely – an immediate, large, and vocal response from Jock’s supporters around the world may be the difference between Jock’s freedom and nine more years in a Bulgarian prison!

• A solidemo has been organised for Thursday, October 10 in Sydney:

WHEN : 5.30PM
WHERE : Sydney Town Hall (483 George Street, Sydney)
WHY : Bring Jock Home
MORE INFOS : Facebook

#FreeJock

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‘White supremacists condemned’ : Blood & Honour, Melbourne (October 12, 2019)

[Update (September 18, 2019) : The Age (‘Not now, not ever’: Demands to shut down Melbourne neo-Nazi concert, Zach Hope, September 17, 2019) and ToneDeaf (A Neo-nazi concert has been announced for Melbourne and… can we, like, not?, Mike Hohnen, September 16, 2019) have published articles about the gig.]


Above : Members of the Southern Cross Hammerskins & feeder organisation Crew 38 (c. 2010).

Last week, 7 News reported that on Saturday, October 12 a ‘white power’ concert organised by Blood & Honour Australia will be taking place in Melbourne.

Below are some comments in response.

To begin with:

1) The gig is being organised by two neo-Nazi grouplets: Blood & Honour (B&H) Australia — see Blut Und Ehre — and the Southern Cross Hammerskins (SCHS).

2) The event is organised annually, on or about the anniversary of the death of B&H founder Ian Stuart Donaldson (1957–1993). It’s been held in Melbourne, uninterrupted, for the last 25 years.

3) The organisation and promotion of the gig is lawful activity.

4) It’s a private affair, held at a non-disclosed venue, and attendees are vetted by organisers. Previous venues have included The Birmingham Hotel in Fitzroy, Melbourne Croatian Social Club (2007), community centres, river cruises and (semi-)rural properties.

5) The organisers are known to authorities, and accounts of the event are regularly published in the B&H zine.

6) Fortress, the headline act, is described in the report as a well-known band on the Australian ‘white power’ music scene. That’s kinda sorta correct, however: there’s only a handful of WP bands in Australia; Fortress is Big In Japan Europe. Thus one of their last gigs was in Verona, Italy to celebrate Hitler’s birthday (April 20), while the band has also played in Germany since reforming in 2017.

7) The report concludes by noting that: The Blood and Honour Australia group refuses to speak to journalists, believing the media is controlled by Jewish interests. Its chapter in Germany was banned in 2000 for promoting music that allegedly inspired a string of attacks on foreigners.

The group’s refusal is a sensible policy, as there’s nothing to be gained from speaking to (((the media))), who regularly promote their events in any case. Further, and somewhat oddly, while B&H is banned in Germany (2000), it’s also banned in Spain (2010) and Russia (2012) and earlier this year Canadian authorities proscribed it as a ‘terrorist’ organisation (though this would appear to apply to the Combat 18 splinter). B&H/C18 has also been linked to the assassination of German politician Walter Lübcke in June of this year.

As for the Hammerskins, they’re banned in Spain (2009) and Portugal (2010?). In 2016 in Portugal, 20 members were arrested and charged with hate crimes, attempted murder and robbery; in 2017, German members of the Hammerskins attacked a gig in Mallorca.

Of course, the most serious act of violence carried out by a Hammerskin was the massacre of Sikhs in Wisconsin in 2012.

8) I haven’t paid all that much attention to B&H/SCHS in the last few years (it’s pretty much steady-as-she-goes) but in September last year I did note that:

Pioneering Aussie reich ‘n’ rollers Fortress have recorded a new album: ‘Brothers of the Storm’. The release comes in the wake of renewed touring by the band in Europe, with the boys playing a Hammerskins event in Frankreich (FRA) on March 18 last year, the annual memorial to Skrewydriver Ian Stuart Donaldson in Melbourne (AUS) on October 14, 2017 and another bonehead gig in Queensland on July 21, 2018.

9) The gig regularly attracts anywhere from 50 to 100 neo-Nazis. They spend the weekend partying in Melbourne and may sometimes be found doing so in English theme pubs, German restaurants and the like. So from October 11-13, please be aware they will be about … See : Dahlonega rally organizer on probation for 2016 assault in local bar, Chris Joyner, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, September 13, 2019 (A police report from that night describes Doles as the leader of a group of Hammerskins, a racist skinhead gang with chapters around the nation, who fought with other bar patrons. According to a witness statement, Doles “went wild and began striking people indiscriminately” in response to a patron who said they hated skinheads, but then fled the scene when police were called and had to be tracked down near the campus of the University of North Georgia.).

For news on the many crimes & misdemenours of the Hammerskins in the US, see : SPLC Hatewatch on Hammerskins; see also : A Brief History Of Neo-Nazi Music In Australia (December 2, 2010).

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antifa notes (august 28, 2019) : Evans / (Ngo) Boys / Lads

Dr Cam & I done a interview with Robert Evans (Behind the Bastards /// bellingcat) for the August edition of Floating Anarchy on The SUWA Show on 3CR.

You can listen to the podcast version here.

I also recommend listening to Evans’ audiobook, The War On Everyone, from Chapter 1: The Eternal Fascist — ‘There is nothing new under the sun. In this chapter, you’ll learn about “Ur-Fascism”, and how humor and irony have historically been used to enable its rise’ — to Chapter 7: The Digital Reich — ‘This is where we are now: an era where a distributed network of individual extremists are able to radicalize each other and inspire acts of violence worldwide. This is not the result of an unhappy accident, or an unforeseen consequence of the digital era. It’s the result of decades of careful planning.’

No Ngo No

Quillette, ‘The Magazine of Contemporary Phrenology’, has lost one of its contributing editors: Andy Ngo.

You may remember Ngo from when he was mUrdErEd by a hit squad of anTEEfa supersoldiers in Portland a few months ago.

Well … kinda. Actually, Ngo survived his brain injury well enough to tell lies about the El Paso shooting. Hence:

Far-right networks on Twitter are trying to use a hoax spread by an American Conservative news and opinion website a few days ago to blame a mass shooting in El Paso on “antifa” — a loose collective of left-wing activists who focus on combating racism, sexism, xenophobia and other oppressive ideologies … In its July 30 story, the Daily Caller cited Andy Ngo as its source for the claim … And as one of the most prominent foot soldiers in the right-wing’s war on antifa, Ngo never misses a chance to manufacture fear-mongering propaganda targeting his foes.

Anyway, Ngo’s departure from that august intellectual journal Quillette was immediately preceded by the public exposure of his participation in a group which attacked Portland venue Cider Riot on May Day 2019. This has been helpfully documented by Some Guy called ‘Ben’, who infiltrated the group. See : Undercover in Patriot Prayer: Insights From a Vancouver Democrat Who’s Been Working Against the Far-Right Group from the Inside, Alex Zielinski, Portland Mercury, August 26, 2019.

See also : Super Awkward for Right-Wing Blogger Andy Ngo to Make a Cameo in Video of Plot Against Antifa, Tess Owen, VICE, August 28 2019 | Right-Wing Star Andy Ngo Exits Quillette After Damning Video Surfaces, Will Sommer, The Daily Beast, August 26, 2019 | Portland’s Andy Ngo Is the Most Dangerous Grifter in America, Arun Gupta, Jacobin, August 16, 2019 | We’re Being Played, Shane Burley, Commune, August 1, 2019 | Andy Ngo Has The Newest New Media Career. It’s Made Him A Victim And A Star, Joseph Bernstein, BuzzFeed, July 18, 2019.

Ngo’s departure from Quillette also followed on from an American Guard/Patriot Prayer/Proud Boys rally in Portland on August 17 to ‘End Domestic Terrorism’ (by way of criminalising anti-fascism). Trump was a YUGE fan of the rally, but it attracted more counter-protesters than it did supporters and, on the whole, apart from a supportive tweet from Cheeto Mussolini — along with celebrations by Fox (etc.) — it was not a suckcess. On the plus side: These Fascists Inadvertently Raised Over $35,000 For A Cause They Hate, Christopher Mathias, The Huffington Post, August 25, 2019 (‘For each member of the Proud Boys or other fascist groups that marched in Portland, counterprotesters pledged money to an Oregon immigrant rights group‘). See also : 1 hammer, 1 ‘antifa mob chase’: A closer look at Portland’s viral protest moments, Shane Dixon Kavanaugh, The Oregonian, August 19, 2019.

Lads

Neo-Nazi groupuscule ‘The Lads Society’ looks set to lose its organising centre in Ashfield in Sydney soon.

Things have been a little tougher for the Lads since: a) their chum Brenton Tarrant slaughtered 51 Muslims in Christchurch and; b) Gruppenführer Tom Sewell declared that if his Lads weren’t able to maintain their cubby huts in Melbourne and Sydney (and Brisbane), they might be tempted, like Tarrant, to turn to violence.

¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Finally:

• Last week, convicted racist and serial pest Neil Erikson was (again) charged with disturbing a religious service, after he & AltLite YouTube micro-celebrity Claudia Benitez (‘Dia Beltran’) gate crashed a queer-friendly Christian church in Hawthorn on May 12. Erikson has previously been charged with disturbing a Muslim prayer service in Fed Square in Melbourne and, while a warrant has reportedly been issued for his arrest, has yet to face court for disrupting a church service in Gosford, NSW.

• Also last week, Law & Order campaigner Kim Vuga of the ‘Love Australia or Leave’ micro-party has been embarrassed by the (alleged) criminal antics of her son, Jaimee Ronald Madden, who’s been charged with 15 offences, including armed robbery and carjacking, after an incident in Southport, Queensland.

• Simon Hickey, ‘The Nazi Sparky’ and sometime sponsor of Andrew Anglin’s neo-Nazi website The Daily Stormer, appears not to have enjoyed commercial success by way of his open endorsement of neo-Nazism. Back in late 2018/early 2019, Hickey lost some legal battles; last month (July), Hickey announced that he would be shutting up shop.

“Thanks Trotsky!”

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antifa notes (august 7, 2019) : The Zodiac Killer ~versus~ anTEEfa! (on the criminalisation of anti-fascism in the united states)

In the United States, moves are being made to criminalise ‘antifa’ as a ‘terrorist organization’; viz, by way of S.Res.279 – A resolution calling for the designation of Antifa as a domestic terrorist organization. The resolution, introduced into Congress on July 18, is sponsored by Louisiana Senator Bill ‘They’re comin’ right for us!’ Cassidy and co-sponsored by The Zodiac Killer (AKA Texas Senator Ted Cruz).

Calling for the designation of Antifa as a domestic terrorist organization.

Whereas members of Antifa, because they believe that free speech is equivalent to violence, have used threats of violence in the pursuit of suppressing opposing political ideologies;

Whereas Antifa represents opposition to the democratic ideals of peaceful assembly and free speech for all;

Whereas members of Antifa have physically assaulted journalists and other individuals during protests and riots in Berkeley, California;

Whereas in February of 2018, journalist Andy Ngo was intimidated and threatened with violence by protestors affiliated with Antifa;

Whereas, on June 29, 2019, while covering demonstrations in Portland, Oregon, journalist Andy Ngo was physically attacked by protestors affiliated with Antifa;

Whereas employees of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (referred to in this preamble as “ICE”) were subjected to doxxing and violent threats after their social media profiles, phone numbers, and home addresses were posted on the internet by left wing activists;

Whereas according to the Wall Street Journal [in an August 3, 2018 opinion piece published by the aforementioned Ngo, which cites an anonymous ICE officer], an ICE officer was followed by left wing activists and “confronted when he went to pick up his daughter from summer camp”, and another “had his name and photo plastered on flyers outside his home accusing him of being part of the ‘Gestapo’”;

Whereas the ICE office in southwest Portland, Oregon, was shut down for days due to threats and occupation by Antifa members;

Whereas Rose City Antifa, an Antifa group founded in 2007 in Portland, Oregon, explicitly rejects the authority of law enforcement officers in the United States, and Federal, State, and local governments, to protect free speech and stop acts of violence;

Whereas Rose City Antifa rejects* the civil treatment of individuals the group labels as fascists, stating: “We can’t just argue against them; we have to prevent them from organizing by any means necessary.”; and

Whereas there is no place for violence in the discourse between people in the United States, or in any civil society, because the United States is a place where there is a diversity of ideas and opinions: Now, therefore, be it

Resolved, That the Senate—

(1) calls for the groups and organizations across the country who act under the banner of Antifa to be designated as domestic terrorist organizations;

(2) unequivocally condemns the violent actions of Antifa groups as unacceptable acts for anyone in the United States;

(3) expresses the need for the peaceful communication of varied ideas in the United States;

(4) urges any group or organizations in the United States to voice its opinions without using violence or threatening the health, safety, or well-being of any other persons, groups, or law enforcement officers in the United States; and

(5) calls upon the Federal Government to redouble its efforts, using all available and appropriate tools, to combat the spread of all forms of domestic terrorism, including White supremacist terrorism.

The Resolution is interesting for a number of reasons:

• It indicates that the Republicans believe that — along with the routine demonisation and criminalisation of anTEEfa — the passage of this Resolution will assist in God Emperor Trump’s 2020 re-election bid;
• It was followed, just a few weeks later, by the conduct of another massacre by a Trump supporter in El Paso in The Zodiac Killer’s home state;
• It explicitly and repeatedly refers to one organisation, Rose City Antifa (RCA), which has played a key role in fighting fascism and the far right in Portland, the site of a concerted effort by fascists to antagonise, provoke and punish the residents of a ‘liberal’ city;
• RCA has published a Statement on the Far-Right’s Attempt to Criminalize Protest of Concentration Camp Deaths and Hate Groups (July 25, 2019) which is required reading:

On July 18, 2019, two U.S. Senators introduced a resolution attempting to designate “antifa” as a domestic terrorist organization. In a week that saw a Trump rally featuring a racist chant for the deportation of a progressive, black Muslim congresswoman, there can be no clearer sign as to where we are at, than this effort to declare anti-fascism itself illegal. The Republican party is explicitly targeting political opposition. There is no definition of “antifa” outlined in the resolution. “Antifa” is used as a warning. It is shorthand for the dissenters who won’t be brought to heel. If passed, this resolution would be a powerful new weapon for silencing leftists and dissent in the U.S.

In this resolution, the Senators specifically mentioned anti-fascists in Portland, targeting our community for defending itself from the fascists, neo-Nazis, and white supremacists who have assaulted our city for the past three years. Portland has been a target for the most violent elements of the right because of its progressive character. The strategy of the far-right has been to attack the left wherever we have the audacity to exist: in higher education, in Berkeley, at Pride events, at union meetings, at Planned Parenthood, and in a symbolic city of progressive values such as Portland. It is not enough for them to have their own conservative communities, the presidency, the Supreme Court, the Senate, the massive right-wing media apparatus and funding base; they also must harass, violently attack, and terrorize anyone anywhere who dares to disagree with their oppressive views.

The rationale for this resolution is a manufactured threat which only exists in the absence of critical thought and inquiry. The greatest domestic political threat in the U.S. today is the far-right. The far-right committed 98% of ideologically-driven murders in 2018. We have seen that death toll here in Portland. Larnell Bruce, a black teenager, was brutally murdered by a white supremacist outside a 7-11 in 2016. In 2017, Jeremy Christian, a Patriot Prayer rally attendee and white supremacist, fatally stabbed two passengers and seriously injured a third passenger on a Portland MAX train after they attempted to stop him from harassing two women of color. Proud Boys have driven around our city streets looking for people to assault. LGBT+ community members have been repeatedly attacked, and they have been called liars when they organize to defend themselves. The Portland Police Bureau has assisted the right at every turn. Stories like this are echoed all over the country. This is the true threat of our times …

A little later (July 28), Cheeto Mussolini made noises about joining the anti-antifa crusade, twatting that ‘Consideration is being given to declaring ANTIFA, the gutless Radical Left Wack Jobs who go around hitting (only non-fighters) people over the heads with baseball bats, a major Organization of Terror (along with MS-13 & others). Would make it easier for police to do their job!’.

Uh-huh.

For what it’s worth, MS-13 is a crime gang with origins in California in the 1980s (see : MS-13: A GANG PROFILE, Jennifer J. Adams and Jesenia M. Pizarro, Journal of Gang Research, Vol.16, No.4, Summer 2009 [PDF]). MS-13 occupies considerable space not only in California but in the US President’s bRanes, and often serves as a substitute for ‘Hispanic immigrant’ in Republican discourse. MS-13 also has a lengthy record of spectacular violence, but to the best of my knowledge, only one person has been killed by anTEEfa in the US in the last 25 years. Thus on January 1, 1993 in Portland there was an altercation between armed boneheads and SHARPs, and one of the boneheads, Erik Banks, was shot dead by one of the SHARPs, who was later sentenced to five years in prison for first degree manslaughter.

The Presidential vomit of July 28 was apparently inspired by an unsuccessful petition organised by Proud Boy führer (and ‘Unite The Right’ attendee) Enrique Tarrio (pictured above with Cruz). Thus on June 30, 2019, Tarrio wanted his Daddy to ‘label Antifa a domestic terrorist organization’, claiming inter alia that ‘members of Antifa brutally assaulted an independent journalist, who remains hospitalized with a brain bleed after being viciously beaten and doused in liquid concrete’, a reference to right-wing propagandist and Quillette editor Andy Ngo’s adventures in Portland at a Proud Boy rally. See : This Week in Fascism #20: Cruzin’ for a Bruising, It’s Going Down, July 29, 2019.

For more general reflections, see : Antifa Panic: Blaming the Left for Terrorism, Spencer Sunshine, The Battleground, August 5, 2019 | We’re Being Played: Milkshakes aren’t terorism, Shane Burley, Commune, August 3, 2019 (‘Antifa itself has become a punching bag in a way few could have predicted’).

D. S. A.

The Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) held its national convention in Atlanta over the weekend. Among the various resolutions debated and discussed at the convention was Resolution #9: “Establishing a National Anti-Fascist and Direct Action Working Group”.

The resolution was narrowly passed (521 votes FOR vs. 493 votes AGAINST), but what this means in terms of praaaxis is unclear. Opposition to the resolution was presumably for a range of reasons, but This Guy provides a summary, which hinges upon the ways in which the resolution may provide a pretext for the political repression of the DSA, along with some general observations about anti-fascist work and whether or not the DSA is best-placed to undertake it.

See also : Left Voice on DSA.

8ch.net

Finally, 8chan is undergoing some technical difficulties at the moment, prompted by the El Paso killer’s posting his manifesto to the site, the subsequent removal of Cloudflare protection, the h8ball being picked up by Epik’s BitMitigate, then Epik being dropped by its provider, Voxility. So: it may be a few days before 8chan is back up and running and resumes pumping out neo-Nazi and white supremacist propaganda.

See also : Online Hate Prevention Institute on 8chan (on ABC).

* This passage is an extract from RAC’s FAQ: The best way to defeat fascism is to let them express their views so that everyone can see how ignorant they are. Can’t we refute them more effectively with ideas than force?

People don’t become fascists simply because they’re persuaded by their ideas. Fascism claims to offer power to those who feel threatened by shifting social and economic realities. The fact that their analysis of these shifts are ignorant misses the point; do we need to cite examples of how dumb ideas have proved massively popular throughout history? From Italy to Germany to streets around the world today, fascists haven’t gained strength through rational argument, but through organizing to wield power at the expense of others. To counter this, we can’t just argue against them; we have to prevent them from organizing by any means necessary. We can debate their ideas all day long, but if we don’t prevent them from building the capacity to make them reality, it won’t matter. Only popular self-defense, not simply debate, has succeeded in stopping fascism.

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antifa notes (july 28, 2019) : frownshirts

Update (August 1, 2019) : After pleading guilty to the unlawful assault upon and harassment of his former wife, Stephen Yaxley-Lennon substitute Avi Yemini was given small fines by the court on Tuesday, July 30; Tiny returns to court on August 14 on other matters.

Avi Yemini’s ex-wife reveals personal toll of his assault and harassment
Jon Andrews
Moorabbin Glen Eira Leader
July 30, 2019

The former wife of far-right activist Avi Yemini has broken down in court as she read out her victim impact statement after he was sentenced on unlawful assault and harassment charges.

Yemini’s former wife wept as she described how Yemini, real first name Avraham, had “broken her spirit”, and “destroyed her self-worth” with his “torment”.

She said she “lived in a state of uncertainty”, felt anxious all the time and had panic attacks, and had to regularly see a counsellor.

Yemini showed no emotion as he was convicted and fined on charges of unlawful assault, using a carriage service to harass on three occasions and breaching a personal safety order at Moorabbin Magistrates’ Court this morning.

The 33-year-old from Berwick had earlier pleaded guilty to throwing a chopping board that hit his former wife on her head while she prepared dinner in their Caulfield North home, and texting her vile and explicit messages.

The chopping board incident, which left her with a lump on her forehead, happened in March 2016, while the three harassing messages, which included calling her a “P.O.S” and a “c***”, occurred between July 2017 and November 2018.

The breach order relates to another person and not his former wife after Yemini failed to take down an online video as ordered by the court.

Yemini’s ex-wife said she had tried to leave him eight times but couldn’t go through with it.

“It was like I didn’t exist as a human being, I was just a vessel for his hatred”, she said.

“He terrorised me. I can’t imagine how it will be possible for me to have a relationship in the future.”

She said he also blamed her for the assault.

“What I will never forget is that he didn’t flinch when it happened”, she said.

“He didn’t ask if I was okay. he just walked by; I was left to tend to my own injuries and finish making the dinner.”

The former Israel Defence Force soldier has a large Facebook following under his page Avi Yemini Unbanned and has tens of thousands of fans on Twitter.

Yemini’s defence lawyer Deborah Mandie said he had already been “destroyed” in the media even though he was a “cleanskin” with no priors.

“The digital material has been absolutely brutal about my client”, Ms Mandie said.

“It’s become almost a meme, humiliating my client over and over. This is part of the punishment he is wearing for the matter.”

At a previous hearing Ms Mandie said Yemini didn’t intend to hit her with the chopping board, and it was an isolated incident across 10 years of a volatile relationship.

Magistrate Charles Tan said Yemini may have “paid a price” through the publicity surrounding the case, but he was there to sentence on the charges, not the community reaction.

He said his ex-partner’s own words showed she felt distressed, humiliated and terrified by Yemini’s actions, and they could “not be described as of a trivial nature”.

“It was offending against a female in her own home, involving her suffering an injury”, Mr Tan said.

He thanked her for her bravery in reading our her statement, which she said she wanted to be made public.

Yemini was convicted and fined a total of $3600.

turn that frown upside-down (lucy brown)

Lucy Brown, a fashion photographer turned right-wing propagandist, is a former employee of Stephen Yaxley-Lennon AKA ‘Tommy Robinson’. Sadly, Brown got into some hottt water recently for dissing her former boss Tommy, along with STRAYA’s No.1 Tommy fanboy ‘Tiny’ Avi Yemini, & various other dropkicks. Read All About It (& More) c/o HnH: ‘Tommy Robinson in drugs shocker’: Coke, Cash, Commissions and Smashing the windows of Cultural Marxism, July 25, 2019:

Fresh from the unlikely story that Stephen Lennon, aka criminal thug Tommy Robinson took an unlikely pasting in the showers at Belmarsh Prison, comes a further stunning revelation: It has been alleged the fake journalist spent donations from supporters on drugs.

The allegation that Lennon spent other people’s money on Colombian marching powder to power his faux journalism will shock few people. After all, we hardly expected him to use his own money, did we? That the allegation (I’m certain there will be more) comes from Lennon’s former co-conspirator in begging emails and vlogs, Lucy Brown, should also come as little surprise.

The yuppie fashionista has since closed her Gab and Twitter accounts, Facebook page, and DELed vids from her YouTube channel, but remains an Instagram, tumblr and subscribestar.

For his part Yemini, as Brown makes reference to in her diatribe, has also recently pleaded guilty to abusing his former partner: ‘As well as the unlawful assault charge Yemini pleaded guilty to using a carriage service to harass by sending abusive text messages to her, and one charge of breaching an intervention order relating to a video of a man.’

Right-wing activist and “online journalist” Avi Yemini has admitted he threw a chopping board that hit his former wife on her forehead.

Yemini, real first name Avraham, pleading guilty to unlawful assault and two other charges at Moorabbin Magistrates’ Court yesterday.

The chopping board smacked the woman squarely on the forehead, giving her a large lump.

His defence lawyer Deborah Mandie said the “flinging” of the board happened in a moment of anger, and the contact was incidental as he was not aiming to hit her.

As well as the unlawful assault charge Yemini pleaded guilty to using a carriage service to harass by sending abusive text messages to her, and one charge of breaching an intervention order relating to a video of a man.

Several other charges against the 33-year-old from Berwick, including recklessly causing injury, were dropped.

The court heard on March 18, 2016 Yemini was arguing with his former wife over meal preparation in their Caulfield North kitchen.

He lashed out and in a fit of pique threw the chopping board and it hit her on the head.

She didn’t receive any hospital treatment at the time and it wasn’t reported to police until several years later.

On three occasions between July 2017 and November 2018 he sent harassing text messages, which included calling her a “POS (piece of s***)” and “an actual c***”.

Ms Mandie told the court her client and the woman were in a “mutually dysfunctional and volatile” marriage and he accepted he had been “a bad husband”.

But she said he didn’t have any intention to injure her, and that the chopping board incident was an “impetuous moment”.

“He was flinging something in anger, not at his partner,” Ms Mandie said.

“It is an isolated incident across 10 years of a relationship that was not good.”

Ms Mandie said his ex-wife was not a fan of his growing political activism role, which stressed the relationship between the couple even more.

The former Israel Defence Force soldier has a large Facebook following under his page Avi Yemini Unbanned and has tens of thousands of fans on Twitter.

Considered a far-right activist, he failed in his political bid last year to become an Upper House Victorian MP.

“My client is a journalist, he’s online, he has followers,” she said.

“He is an online journalism personality.”

She said he was repentant, regretful and accepted his responsibility for his crimes.

The ex-wife came to court to read out her victim impact statement, but that was contested by the defence because it may have contained prejudicial material not relevant to these charges.

She will read out her revised statement at the next hearing.

Yemini will be sentenced on July 30.

frankston fuehrer

nazi e-celeb Blair Cottrell was in (((court))) a few weeks ago, fighting for his Freeze Peach. He goes back on August 8.

Far right activist Blair Cottrell fails in Supreme Court racial vilification appeal bid
AAP
July 16, 2019

Right-wing activist Blair Cottrell has failed in his bid to elevate his racial vilification appeal to a higher Victorian court.

The Supreme Court of Victoria will not hear his appeal, following a decision on Tuesday, but will stay in the County Court as per usual process.

The [former] United Patriots Front leader, and two of his supporters [Neil Erikson and Chris Shortis, but not Linden Watson or John Wilkinson], were convicted in September 2017 of inciting hatred, contempt and ridicule of Muslims after making a video beheading a dummy in protest of a Bendigo mosque.

Following the Magistrates Court decision that the trio had “crossed the line”, Cottrell made an immediate bid for appeal.

In February, his application to elevate the matter to the High Court was rejected, after arguing he was convicted by an “invalid” law under the Australian constitution.

He then tried to take the matter to the Supreme Court, via its Court of Appeal. Cottrell’s lawyer John Bolton argued Victoria’s Racial and Religious Tolerance Act 2001 impermissibl[y] burdened the freedom to communicate.

County Court Judge Lisa Hannan on Tuesday dismissed the application, saying there were factual matters still to be decided — such as Cottrell’s intentions in making the video — before the case went to a higher court. She said her court was adequately equipped to hear the matter, and referring it on at this stage would only “fragment” the case.

Judge Hannan accepted the case was important to Cottrell and could be an issue of significance to the community, but it was neither “novel nor complex”.

Cottrell, a self-described “dissident”, was not in court for the decision, but afterwards slammed on social media what he described as “fake news” surrounding his case.

Cottrell, who is banned from Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and other platforms, posted via “Gab Social”, known for its far-right user base.

“What the petty-bourgeois media class is producing is not only misinformation, but straight-out lies as usual,” he said.

“I haven’t failed anything, the trial hasn’t begun yet. I have been simply trying to refer the matter to a higher court because I believe higher courts are less susceptible to media pressure and the bureaucratic tentacles of state corruption.”

He said his attempts to elevate the matter were “aggressively” opposed by Victoria’s legal representatives to keep his appeal at the lower courts “and assist in my prosecution”.

In May, Attorney General Jill Hennessy said she would intervene in the case to argue the state legislation was not unconstitutional.

In September 2017, Cottrell and supporters Neil Erikson and Christopher Neil Shortis were convicted and fined $2000 each, the first convictions under the Racial and Religious Tolerance Act.

The County Court appeal is set down for a 10-day hearing, starting August 8.

Speaking of nazi eejits, Cottrell’s stoopid mate Neil Erikson was recently charged with ‘Disturbing religious worship’ after disrupting a Muslim prayer service at Federation Square in April, but has yet to be charged over the church invasion he conducted with right-wing blabbermouth Claudia Benitez, and a court date in Gosford (NSW) over another church invasion awaits.

Erikson and Cottrell, along with Australia First Party’s Chris Shortis, were convicted in September 2017 after doing a stoopid publicity stunt in Bendigo in order to promote one of the UPF’s Little Nuremberg rallies in October 2015. The boys vowed at the time that the mosque upon which they were hoping to construct political careers — and which they claimed would be The Largest Mosque in the Southern Hemisphere!!!!!! — would Never Never be built, but last week it was announced that the project would indeed be going ahead, and the first sod was turned by among others Victoria’s Ghey Communist Premier, Dan Andrews. (See : Bendigo mosque construction begins as Premier Daniel Andrews turns first sod, Larissa Romensky and Natalie Kerr, ABC, July 26, 2019.) for what it’s worth, the UPF rallied in Bendigo in August and October 2015, and returned to town in February 2016 to launch their stillborn political party, ‘Fortitude’.

Of the other key players in the anti-Muslim agitation in Bendigo, poor old Julie Hoskin first went bankrupt and then had the privilege of running as a candidate for Fraser ‘Final Solution’ Anning’s party at the 2019 federal election, gaining a mere 1,667 votes or 1.64%. Like Hoskin, fellow agitator (and ex-councillor) Elise Chapman has had their share of legal and financial trouble

A single governance matter related to the conduct of former councillor Elise Chapman cost the council $140,469.35.

VCAT found Ms Chapman guilty of misconduct in 2017, following a graphic tweet featuring an image of five children with bloodied and mutilated genitals. Ms Chapman sent the tweet while serving on council in 2012.

An appeal against council’s decision to grant a planning permit for Bendigo’s first mosque cost the city $123,907.48.

VCAT upheld the council’s decision. But it wasn’t until 2016, after challenges in the Court of Appeal and the High Court, that the plans finally got the go-ahead.

¯\_(ツ)_/¯

jock

I wrote a thing on Jock Palfreeman for Freedom. You can read it here. See also : Today is the International Day of Solidarity with Antifascist Prisoners, Andy Fleming, Overland, July 25, 2017 | Bulgarian Prisoners’ Association.

no platform

On last week’s (July 26) edition of ‘fL0aTiNg AnArChY’ on ‘The SUWA Show’, Dr Cam & I poke to Evan Smith about his upcoming book No Platfom and an academic symposium on Histories of Fascism and Anti-Fascism in Australasia.

cheeto mussolini

The Shitposting God Emperor has been tweeting about anTEEfa. Agen. In doing so, The Orange Shitgibbon is joining the likes of The Zodiac Killer, who just a few days ago declared their intention to criminalise anti-fascism. See : As Far-Right Violence Surges, Ted Cruz Seeks To Brand Antifa A Terrorist Organization, Mary Papenfuss, Huffington Post, July 22, 2019 | Ted Cruz’s “Antifa Are Terrorists” Resolution Seeks to Stifle the Left, Spencer Sunshine, truthout, July 24, 2019 | From Trump to Johnson, nationalists are on the rise – backed by billionaire oligarchs, George Monbiot, The Guardian, July 26, 2019.

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When The Alt-Left Attacks! (Also: Scary Reds)

The ABC published a very silly article on the weekend. Variously titled “The alt-right has been under the media spotlight — but should we be concerned about the ‘alt-left’?” and “‘Bad people from both sides’: Should we be concerned of [sic] a rising alt-left?”, the URL reads “what-is-the-alt-left-and-does-it-actually-exist”.

Ho hum.

The clickbait has generated a very healthy ratio on Twitter, and responses by Helen Razer (Breaking: state media cannot tell left from right. Crash fears prompt calls to revoke license.) and Evan Smith (There is no such thing as the ‘alt left’).

So yeah: a very silly article, and for a number of reasons, including but not limited to the fact that:

• The only academic study cited (February 2019) concludes that the Alt Left as such is ‘fake’ or faux. Trump supporters have succeeded in creating a fictional anti-public, the Alt Left, associating it with violence, as a form of moral equivalency to the Alt Right after Charlottesville, and mainstreaming it in the news. Which fact might render the article as a whole either: a) very brief or; b) entirely redundant.

• Of the two experts quoted, one is a student tutor (‘a political theorist from the Australian National University’) who, as best I can tell, has published nothing little on the alt-left, alt-right or antifa*, and the sociologist Steve Fuller, whose main contribution to the field is a blogpost from January 2018 titled ‘We have seen the Alt-Right, but what about the Alt-Left?’. It argues that those wanting a proper Alt-Left should take a page from the Alt-Right’s own playbook and delve deep into the Left’s own psyche to redraw its ideological ground – in particular, to rediscover its own positive understanding of freedom. A rather vacuous line of thinking, as it happens, but also one very much in evidence among the former partisans of the Revolutionary Communist Party (UK). It was for the benefit of an RCP front group, the ‘Institute of Ideas’, that Fuller has performed at a number of events organised by newly-elected Brexit Party MEP, Claire Fox. See also : Bosnian Muslims mark 1995 massacre of thousands with burials, The Washington Post, Darko Bandic, July 10, 2019.

• The article collapses the distinction between the alt-left, far left, and antifa, though all are understood to exist at the extreme opposite end of the political spectrum to neo-Nazis, racists, fascist[s]; the beliefs of which are, we’re assured, seen as a departure from mainstream values(!). Presumably, then, and insofar as the ABC embodies these mainstream values, it may be a while before we see an article titled ‘The Protocols of the Meetings of the Learned Elders of Zion has been under the media spotlight — but should we be concerned about The Jew?’.

• Rather than examine the recent history of, say, antifascist activism in the United States, the frame of reference provided for understanding the alt-left is frankly bizarre:

Unlike the far right and the alt-right, the far left do not call or associate themselves with the term alt-left.

They do, however, also have a history of violence and the prospect of a militant left actively fighting its ideological opposite is not far removed from history.

The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), Shining Path, and the 19th of April Movement were involved in bloody conflicts in South America in the 1970s, while the Red Army faction carried out a series of terrorist attacks in the 1970s and remained active for more than 20 years.

However, whether we will see the resurgence of a militant far left to counter the rising far right remains to be seen.

In reality — and leaving aside the fact that anti-fascists have been countering fascism and the far right for about a century now — FARC, Sendero Luminoso (‘Shining Path’) and M-19 were three of the more well-known armed struggle groups in Colombia and Peru during roughly this period, although quite how these alt-left (sic) formations have contributed to the development of, say, Redneck Revolt (or Rose City Antifa), is unexplained. Further, while ‘The 1970s’ were indeed an interesting period in the history of the ‘non-tolerant left’, Sendero Luminoso only launched its struggle against the Peruvian state in 1980, collapsed in 1992 following the capture of its leader and, while massively-reduced in its capacities, continued to undertake armed action into the 21st century; FARC, meanwhile, signed a (shaky) peace treaty with the Colombian state in 2016, having engaged in a 50-years long campaign against it, while M-19 continued its armed assaults into the 1980s (before opting for the parliamentary road). As for the Rote Armee Fraktion (1970–1998), that too is a long and interesting story, though like Colombian and Peruvian armed struggle groups, it’s one that took place quite some distance from Trump’s American “alt-left” of 2017. Thus, a semi-coherent account of an imaginary alt-left might look at the left tradition in the US, perhaps by way of relying less on, say, Chairman Gonzalo Thought! and more, perhaps, on the United Front Against Fascism (UFAF) conference of 1969, or even This Nonviolent Stuff′ll Get You Killed: How Guns Made the Civil Rights Movement Possible.

*shrugs*

One thing I don’t understand about the article is the timing. I mean, Trump invoked the ‘alt-left’ in August 2017 (post-Charlottesville), and the one academic study cited — which concludes that it’s a nonsense term — was published four months ago. And while the term is bunkum, it entered into usage some years ago: one of the earliest expressions I can find is from a blog dating back to November 2015 (in which it’s understood to appeal to racially-conscious white semi-progressives), though astrologer turned US foreign policy critic Caitlin Johnstone copped some flak in 2017 for suggesting that Lefties Need To Stop Being Shy About Working With The Anti-Establishment Right.

*See : Fascism and Fracture: On Gregor von Rezzori’s “Abel and Cain”, Cleveland Review of Books, July 2, 2019 | Make Postmodernism Great Again: On the Ills of Blaming Theory for Trump, demos, June 14, 2017 & Bearing Witness: Three Digressions Through Art, May 6, 2016.

Scawy Reds / Red Scare

Speaking of the Revolutionary Communist Party/spiked online, earlier this month, one of its scribblers penned ‘Meet the anti-woke left’, starring ‘dirtbag’ leftists Amber A’Lee Frost and Anna Khachiyan. Frost is a member of the Chapo Trap House mob and a sometime contributor to The Baffler; Khachiyan is a ‘bohemian layabout’ from Brooklyn. The article is — like the one published by the ABC, or almost anything by iamverysmart spiked contributor, frequent ABC guest commentator and professional whiner Brendon O’Neill — very (very) silly, but also useful — presumably — in expanding their market.

See : What is Red Scare and Am I Exempt From Caring About It? A Brief Guide to the Podcast World’s Laziest Provocateurs, Anna Merlan, July 11, 2019 | Have We Got A Podcast? A Guide (June 8, 2019).

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“Ngo, You Are!” notes on antifa, portland, and so on and so forth *sniffs*

What Antifa activists did to Andy Ngo was just awful. But also Antifa are socially irrelevant numpties who (just like their far right opponents) have been given outsize attention — and thereby encouraged — by mainstream media and politicos running a culture war about Trump.

Gee whizz.

But, better still:

The really great thing about your work [Andy] is that it empirically verifies the very good news that the far right remains utterly socially marginal in Australia.

Cheeky! Still, like everything else in life, responding is pointless.

And yet — here we are.

So …

Where to begin? Regarding Quillette editor Andy Ngo: he got milkshaked at a counter-protest in Portland on the weekend, becoming a martyr in the process and, with the help of fellow propagandist Michelle Malkin, scored himself a very cool USD190K (and counting) for his troubles.

Props!

The assault on Ngo — he was milkshaked, punched, and sprayed with silly string — has triggered some YUGE disco on anTEEfa, jernalisms and violence. It also inspired a naughty troll to send a sneaky message to the Portland Police Bureau about anTEEfa super-soldiers concealing concrete mix in their vegan, PopMob milkshakes, which PPB faithfully repeated for the benefit of Fox News and their other allies in the meeja.

Unbelievable! No RLLY!

Still, such nonsense is to be expected, and the lies and the stoopid about concrete milkshakes, urine-filled balloons and other amateur weapons of mass destruction has a long history. While there are innumerable other examples, in the Australian context, see : G20: And balloons filled with… urine? (November 23, 2006) and, earlier (1991), AIDEX:

What most infuriated those opposed to AIDEX however was a series of bizarre police allegations that were aired in the closing days of the protest. The Canberra Times variously reported that protesters had wielded vegetables stuffed with nails and needles, a spear gun, knives, Molotov cocktails, pieces of wood stuffed with nails, steel spikes and acid filled condoms. On top of this, demonstrators had supposedly laid booby traps made out of wood studded with spikes, bashed police in packs, cut the brake lines and slashed the [tyres] of police cars, attempted to electrify NATEX’s fences, covered themselves in faeces and urine, and abandoned small children on the picket lines for police to rescue …

Despite none of the police injuries being consistent with the use of such weapons and no one being charged with possessing or using such weapons, the police allegations were nevertheless presented as fact in both the Canberra Times and much of the commercial news media. Similarly, a lack of footage or photos of anyone using or displaying such weapons was never questioned despite the only evidence of their existence being a motley collection of pocket knives, steel drink bottles, soiled condoms and other items that were presented at a police press conference.

See/hear also : Aidex ’91: inside the Australian arms trade, john jacobs, EngageMedia, August 22, 2012.

Regarding Quillette, it became the centre of a controversy recently when it published an essay by Internet troll ‘ProgDad’ (AKA Eoin Lenihan) which purported — using SCIENCE, LOGIC and FACTS — to demonstrate that ‘It’s Not Your Imagination: The Journalists Writing About Antifa Are Often Their Cheerleaders’ (May 29, 2019). Of the fifteen doubleplusungood journalists identified, only a handful are named: Christopher Mathias (Huffington Post), Kit O’Connell (freelance), Patrick Strickland (freelance) and Jason Wilson (The Guardian). According to Jared Holt in the Columbia Journalism Review (Right-wing publications launder an anti-journalist smear campaign, June 12, 2019):

The Quillette article was circulated approvingly on white supremacist forum Stormfront the day after its publication; a day later, a YouTube user uploaded a video of imagery of mass shooters intercut with images of the reporters mentioned by Lenihan under the heading “Sunset the Media.” Some reporters who do not cover the far-right but were listed as “connected” to antifascists by Lenihan appeared in the video…

Quillette writer Andy Ngo, who called attention to Lenihan’s work on Twitter and whose work Lenihan cites in his article, insisted that the legitimacy of Lenihan’s findings was self-evident from Lenihan’s Twitter posts.

Uh-huh. See also : I was the target of alt-right death threats across the internet – here’s what happened next, Shane Burley and Alexander Reid Ross, The Independent, June 19, 2019 | Quillette’s “Antifa Journalists” List Could’ve Gotten Me Killed, Kim Kelly, New Republic, June 14, 2019.

On Portland, Rose City Antifa is my go-to, but this thread by ‘It’s Going Down’ provides a useful summary of political conditions in that rosy place. (Bizarrely, Ngo’s Republican lawyer, Harmeet Dhillon, attributed the production of the non-existent concrete milkshakes to Rose City: ‘The Rose City Antifa criminal enterprise that made the concrete milkshakes to assault our client [Ngo] had custom cups printed up with their criminal gang symbol. Who is the printer? Can anyone identify who made these cups?’) Further coverage of the protest and counter-protest is available via Far-Right Extremists Wanted Blood In Portland’s Streets. Once Again, They Got It., Andy Campbell, Huffington Post, June 27, 2019 (‘It’s not a surprise a conservative writer was bloodied in a street brawl in Portland ― far-right extremists have been freely hosting skirmishes there for years’) and Portland police clash with protesters and make ‘cement milkshake’ claim, Jason Wilson, The Guardian, June 30, 2019 and Massive Anti-Fascist Coalition Rebuffs Far-Right Proud Boys in Portland, Shane Burley, truthout, July 3, 2019.

In terms of police and the far-right, this August 2018 article by Robert Evans of bellingcat — Fascist Activists Have Spent The Last Year Trying to Win Over Police — is also required reading, exposing the ways in which facho and other jerks in Portland have been seeking to cultivate closer ties with police (the ranks of which contain more than one sympathiser) in that fine city. More broadly, Kathleen Belew’s recent title Bring the War Home: The White Power Movement and Paramilitary America is a brilliant account of the development of the white power movement in the United States in the post-Vietnam era through to the mid- to late-1990s, one which locates so-called ‘lone wolves’ within the wider context of the movement in which they are embedded. The failure to learn from this history — a failure shared by not only government actors but scholars and journalists — is one that has consequences for the contemporary white power movement and efforts to confront it.

With regards this opposition, Stanislav Vysotsky provides some political clarity on anTEEfa here. Comrade Vysotsky has also penned an article for Haaretz, ‘On America’s Streets, Militant Anti-fascism Isn’t Terrorism – It’s Self-defense’, which concludes:

In response to fascist organizing and even threats of violence, antifa activists mobilize public shaming and confrontational protest. They do so as part of a countermovement strategy designed to demobilize the fascist movement, and in doing so secure the safety of themselves, vulnerable populations, and their communities.

Much more could be said on this subject, and happily enough Vysotsky is publishing American Antifa: The Tactics, Culture & Practice of Militant Anti-Fascism through AK Press later this year.

Three cheers and a loud huzzah!

At approximately the same time as the fascist parade in Portland was taking place, Deutsche Welle published an article detailing how German neo-Nazi doomsday prepper network ‘ordered body bags, made kill lists’ (June 26, 2019). Weeks prior to this, of course, German conservative politician Walter Lübcke was shot dead by a right-wing extremist; in England, a plot by another neo-Nazi to kill another politician, Rosie Cooper, was spoiled thanks to the work of Hope Not Hate, though sadly the life of Jo Cox MP (June 22, 1974 -– June 16, 2016) was unable to be saved. See also : Germany Has a Neo-Nazi Terrorism Epidemic, Peter Kuras, Foreign Policy, July 2, 2019 (‘How many political murders do far-right extremists have to commit before the German government does something about it?’).

Anyways, back to Dr_Tad:

[redwog] By awful do you mean politically, morally or ethically?

[Dr_Tad] Politically idiotic. Although that’s par for the course with them. But also just plain nasty.

[Dr_Tad] What unpleasant people.

LOL.

[hailants] It’s socially irrelevant to make fascists afraid?

[Dr_Tad] When the fascists themselves are socially irrelevant, yep.

[hailants] Fascists are murdering folks left right and centre… so your definition of socially irrelevant is totally deranged.

[Dr_Tad] Actually politically motivated murders by the far right are at historically very low levels in the USA, and there is no evidence of a trend upwards from that very low level.

Well, actually … I’m not so sure about that. Thus according to the ADL’s COE (Murder and Extremism in the United States in 2018 [PDF]), the ‘Five Most Deadly Years for Domestic Extremist Killings (1970-2018)’ were:

Year : Deaths

1995 : 184 Oklahoma City bombing (168 deaths)
2016 : 72 Orlando nightclub shooting (49 deaths)
2015 : 70 San Bernardino, Chattanooga, Charleston shootings (28 deaths total)
2018 : 50 Pittsburgh synagogue, Parkland High School shootings (28 deaths total)
2009 : 46 Ft. Hood shooting (13 deaths)

Further:

In terms of lethal violence, 2018 was dominated by right-wing extremism. Every one of the 50 murders documented by the COE was committed by a person or persons with ties to right-wing extremism, although in one incident the perpetrator had switched from white supremacist to radical Islamist beliefs prior to committing the murder. In fact, 2018 saw the highest percentage (98%) of right-wing extremist-related killings since 2012, the last year when all documented killings were by right-wing extremists. Right-wing extremists also killed more people in 2018 than in any year since 1995. For comparison, only 62% of extremist killings in 2017 were committed by right-wing extremists, and only 21% in 2016.

Of course, questions of methodology are very important. In which case, it seems germane to draw attention to the work of the Brennan Center:

In Fighting Far-Right Violence and Hate Crimes: Resetting Federal Law Enforcement Priorities, authors and Brennan Center Fellows Michael German and Emmanuel Mauleón write that ill-conceived Justice Department and FBI policies result in uneven enforcement, unequal protection of targeted communities and unreliable data that mask the extent of the problem. The government does not keep accurate statistics on far-right violence and hate crimes, despite a congressional mandate to do so.

“As a result,” the report warns, “the Justice Department doesn’t know how many people far-right militants attack each year in the United States, which leaves intelligence analysts and policy makers in the dark about the impact this violence inflicts on our society and how to best address it.”

There are, of course, other analyses available in the relevant literature which contradict Dr_Tad’s claim that ‘politically motivated murders by the far right are at historically very low levels in the USA, and there is no evidence of a trend upwards from that very low level’; in fact I would suggest the opposite is the case, ie, politically-motivated murders (and other, non-lethal forms of violence) by the far right are at historically-significant levels, and if there’s a trend, it’s upwards: see the invaluable work of Spencer Sunshine, for example, or read David Neiwert’s Alt America (which in some ways could be read as an extension of Belew’s work on the white power movement up until the Oklahoma bombing).

But whatever. (For a contrary view, see : Right-wing terrorism and violence may actually have declined, Jacob Aasland Ravndal, The Washington Post, April 2, 2019.)

As for the far right and political and social marginality, a few remarks are in order.

First, in the US context, the election of Trump is significant. And while there’s been a mountain of commentary on The Trump Effect, to cite just one example, Michael German of the Brennan Center argued in February 2017 that ‘The new president has given white supremacists plenty of reasons to feel he’s copacetic with their agenda’, and I’m not aware of any evidence since that this is not in fact a feature of his Presidency.

Secondly, the relationship between the (political) margin and the centre is not straightforward, and it’s obviously possible for seemingly marginal political phenomena to both exercise influence and to grow. A useful examination of the relationship between the margin, the mainstream and the far right is available in Aaron Winter and Aurelien Mondon’s Understanding the mainstreaming of the far right (Open Democracy, August 26, 2018). Or as Shane Burley writes:

White nationalist violence has to be understood within the complicated social framework in which it exists, a framework intended to manipulate the fringes of the movement to take on the dirty work and carry out its underlying methodology. The fact that [James Fields, the Charlottesville killer] may not have been a formal member of one of its coalition organizations, or even a part of a tangible friendship circle, does not take away from his membership in a movement. Instead, he is the perfect image of what their movement creates, the clearest example of who they are and what they do.

So Fields is guilty. They are all guilty.

Thirdly, in the Australian context (which which I’m more familiar than the US), I maintain that, in the last few years, the far right has been struggling to ESC its ‘utterly socially marginal status’, with many failures but also with some degree of success. This progress is less about building a political party than a political movement — if we exclude PHONy, then Fraser Anning’s Conservative National Party is the likeliest candidate in this sense — and, crucially, seeking to influence political discourse. Perhaps the most obvious success in this regard is the passage of the ‘It’s OK To Be White’ meme from the chans to Pauline Hanson to the ruling Coalition (with the government voting in favour of its adoption by the federal parliament), but there are certainly others, many of which may be found on the blog.

Finally, I might also add that, in January 2013, Dr_Tad was able to inform me that as far as Australian fascism was concerned, ‘There are some groups, thankfully marginal right now’ but on a cautionary note ‘But then so was Golden Dawn for many years’. I’m unsure what’s happened to the doctor to cause him to reverse perspective in the interim, but GD is still kicking goals. See : Racist attacks rise in Greece as landmark neo-Nazi trial enters fifth year, Billy Briggs, The Ferret, May 23, 2019 (also : The killing of Zak: the astonishing violence and impunity of Greek police, Mariniki Alevizopoulou and Augustine Zenakos, Open Democracy, October 31, 2018).

To conclude, it’s certainly the case that questions of strategy & tactics are important, and any sensible anTEEfa (or anti-fascist) must necessarily pay careful attention to such matters. But the slew of ill-informed opinion which surrounds and crowds out any sensible discussion of such things does take some effort to cut through. For a rational accounting see, for example, Antifa: The anti-fascist handbook, Mark Bray, Melbourne University Press, 2017.

See also : Antifa is liberalism, feminism is cancer, and I’m a monkey’s uncle (April 18, 2018).

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