Fighting Fascism Is A Task For Us All (Antifa Statement)


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Sauce : Antifa England | Date : October 28, 2009

In the past in Britain (and still today in most other European countries) opposing fascism was considered a duty by almost all anarchists and socialists. Today, many (particularly within the British anarchist movement) have abdicated responsibility for taking on the fascists, and either ignore the issue completely, or at best seed responsibility to specialist antifascist groups such as Antifa. Opposing fascism is something ALL of us have to play a part in, particularly with the growing influence of fascist groups like the British National Party (BNP).

Organizations like ‘Unite Against Fascism’ (UAF) and ‘Hope Not Hate’ would probably agree with the above premise. However, while many of their rank and file supporters may be genuine in their intent, the organizations themselves have no real interest in defeating organized fascism. The UAF is a front-group dominated and controlled by the Trotskyite ‘Socialist Workers Party’ (SWP) who are far more interested in selling papers and recruiting members than in effectively confronting the BNP. ‘Hope Not Hate’ were set up by the State-affiliated entity ‘Searchlight’, who tell us we can stop the BNP by voting Labour and helping to strengthen the tools of the State itself (i.e. new laws). Both groups merely seek to manipulate and exploit antifascists, and arguably their stupid politics must take some of the share of responsibility for the rise of the BNP in the first place. At best they are a waste of time.

Antifa is a network of ordinary men and women opposed to the rise of the Far-Right. We work autonomously, but are united by a shared set of principles enshrined in our Founding Statement. If you support our position, you can get involved with one of our groups, or you could even set up your own. Ultimately however, we are not asking for people to join us; we are not asking for your contact details or for your money; we are simply asking for you to ACT.

While their true aims have not changed in the slightest, the BNP are trying to make the move from the shadows of neo-Nazism to mainstream politics. They are hiding their old swastika armbands under suit jackets and going out leafleting instead of petrol-bombing the homes of Asian families (leaving that kind of terror to their fascist allies and their ‘off-duty’ members). They stand candidates in elections and regularly hold stalls in town centres around the country. Going public in this way however, makes them vulnerable.

Besides the BNP, there are other fascist groups who must also be opposed when they come out onto the streets. They are in many ways even easier to combat. In fighting organized fascism the only limits are our imagination and courage, even small numbers of people can make a difference.

Antifa however, also believe in organizing within our own communities against the spread of racism stirred up by everyone from the mainstream media to New Labour, and against the fascism of the BNP. Only by organizing in our own communities and workplaces can we hope to defeat fascism once and for all. In the white working-class areas where the BNP have already gained a toe-hold (primarily former Labour strongholds where people rightly feel betrayed by the mainstream parties and have been conned into seeing the BNP as some form of ‘radical’ alternative), as well as confronting the BNP physically, we should aim to challenge the BNP’s fascist politics and replace them with our own anti-racist, anti-state, and pro working-class politics.

These are desperate times for antifascists and all of us must play our part in taking on organized fascism. Antifa believe we have already shown on numerous occasions that a relatively small number of dedicated antifascists can score decisive victories. Most of our actions and activities go unreported, but the fascists know and fear us. Imagine what a difference it would make if there were thousands of us.

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About @ndy

I live in Melbourne, Australia. I like anarchy. I don't like nazis. I enjoy eating pizza and drinking beer. I barrack for the greatest football team on Earth: Collingwood Magpies. The 2020 premiership's a cakewalk for the good old Collingwood.
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20 Responses to Fighting Fascism Is A Task For Us All (Antifa Statement)

  1. greg says:

    Complete bullocks!

    What in the hell do white people have to gain in fighting fascism. I mean, fascism is built towards helping whites?

  2. @ndy says:

    G’day “greg”.

    Some more bullocks:

  3. greg says:

    I vote for Australia first, because they care for white australian’s. Wouldn’t you agree?

  4. @ndy says:

    Is Dr James Saleam white?

  5. Refuting Kemp says:

    “Is Dr James Saleam white?”

    Ask Arthur Kemp.
    Sorry about feeding the spammers and trolls.

  6. weez says:

    I see you have a live one there, @ndy. 😀

  7. greg says:

    Sorry, but white Australian’s will be extinct by 2060.

  8. @ndy says:

    Sorry, but the world will end in 2012.

  9. Sam da Communist says:

    Stop deleting my fucking posts @NDY you fucking Anarchist. Why the fuck don[‘]t you try to educate this fucker! Our scientific, historical and ethical communist data can fucking whoop this Fascist Fucker’s arse.

    Stop mocking and needlessly infuriating Fascists!!! Stop trying to start a bloody mindless teenage Antifa war in Australia! Your Humour is Pathetic! GET SERIOUS!

  10. @ndy says:

    Sam,

    I’ve not deleted any of your ‘posts’ (that is, comments) — I did, however, decide not to publish a previous comment of yours on this post. I don’t recall exactly what you wrote, but I obviously decided that, whatever it was, it was not helpful. Leaving aside the fact that I’ve never promised to publish any, let alone all your comments, my comments policy is located elsewhere on my blog.

    As for educating “greg”, I’ve encountered numerous “gregs”, and educating “greg” is impossible. Besides which: a) it’s my belief that individuals are both responsible for and do in fact educate themselves, and; b) if you wish to educate “greg”, invite him to participate in an online discussion somewhere other than my blog.

    Finally: 1) I do not believe, as you appear to, that “our” (?) “scientific, historical and ethical communist data” can ‘defeat fascism’; 2) I’m not engaged in mocking and needlessly infuriating ‘Fascists’ — their upset proceeds from my anarchist convictions and their deployment against such ideologies, individuals and groups; 3) neither am I “trying to start a bloody mindless teenage Antifa war in Australia” — I am neither mindless nor a teenager; 4) I understand that my sense of humour appeals to some but not to others; 5) the seriousness with which I’ve documented and/or exposed fascist activity in Australia and elsewhere I think is fairly obvious to even a casual reader of my blog, let alone by way of my participation in FDB! over the last four-and-a-half years.

  11. Sam da Communist says:

    “5) the seriousness with which I’ve documented and/or exposed fascist activity in Australia and elsewhere I think is fairly obvious to even a casual reader of my blog, let alone by way of my participation in FDB! over the last four-and-a-half years.”

    FIRE UP ANARCHIST BOY! DAT IS WHAT I WANTED TO SEE COMRADE! DAT WAS WHAT I WANTED TO SEE!

    I never met a Revolutionary that was so feisty. Please don’t hurt me.

  12. Dr. Cam says:

    Goodness gracious.

  13. KinkyBoy says:

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  14. [KB] says:

    GET A FUCKING BLOG OF YOUR OWN!!!

  15. greg says:

    What do you lefties provide to us white fellows that Australia first does not?

  16. greg says:

    THOUGHT SO!!!!!!

    Lefties have nothing to provide for us.

  17. @ndy says:

    You’re funny greg / Full-wit Mick / Tony / Mick / Timmy / WR / Mick Reyfield / Tony Whitemore / Michael J Reyfield / Exchron / Big Beautiful Man / et. al..

  18. KB says:

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