Huh. Stumbled upon this blog, which carries a three-part series on a mob of fascist nutters calling themselves the Aryan Guard. This particular gang of racist frootloops have inspired the US-appointed moderator of SFDU Paul Innes, who reckons that repeating the nutty performance of the Aryan Guard in Calgary last year at a forthcoming academic conference on ‘Whiteness’ would be a neat idea (although Paul admits he may not have the opportunity to grace the event with his own presence). The angry Aryans have produced a video commemorating their ability to put one jackboot in front of the other in March, 2008; the soundtrack is provided by the Californian neo-Nazi band Final War, who played at the Melbourne Croatia Social Club in September last year for the annual Ian Stuart Donaldson memorial gig. According to Anti-Racist Canada:
This article, the first in a three part series, will act as a summary of what most already know about the recent troubles of the Aryan Guard. We will be publishing additional articles during the next few days. Consider this first article to be a refresher on the more recent Aryan Guard antics and an appetizer for the main course to come.
On March 21, 2008, between 25 and 40 members of the Aryan Guard, Western European Brotherhood (W.E.B.), Klan members, unaffiliated neo-Nazis, and National-Socialist Party of Canada leader Terry Tremaine marched in the name of “White Pride” (a euphemism for White Supremacy, intimidation, and ethnic hatred) on the day designated by the United Nations as the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. The spit in the face of Calgary civil society, organized by the Aryan Guard was opposed by 100s of anti-racist activists in Calgary. Though vastly outnumbered, that the Aryan Guard and their allies were able to march in the first place and to gather such a relatively large number of like-minded individuals indicated that they were a growing threat in the community…
Irish Pirate Review : Return of the Sea Battle
A month ’tis a long time to be abroad upon the waves but shore hoves into view just in time to hear news to give an old buccaneer great heart. And it is a welcome lift, for a heavy gloom has fallen upon the crew and upon their Captain most of all…”
Pirates. Irish Pirates.
The Pirate Creed
Arr Me Hearties!
Irish Pirate Review is a new pirate-y online magazine. It do have features, essays, articles and treasure maps all intended to reflect the Pirate cause. Whether ee call yourselves a buccaneer, a pirate, a wrecker or a rake, we seek to hold the common cause of piratical behaviour up as an example to all. The cause of Pirates is the only true way forward, but in recent years we have seen a slackening in resolve by even the Saltiest Sea Dog. The Irish Pirate Review will help those who have embraced the life on the ocean wave to explain the superiority of their choices to others- especially to those who would seek to have Pirates give way in the face of the endless triumphalism of the Landlubber…
Tools And Fools: Trotskyites Unmasked!
How The Trotskyites Serve The Boss Class And International Zionism,
Why They Deny The Australian Identity And Oppose National Independence.
Dr. Jim Saleam
A truly awesome analysis of those foolish toolish Trotskyites by everyone’s favourite
Lebanese 100% fair dinkum Aussie Nazi patriotic Doctor.
- “Yes, yes, yes! What a confession! As one worker said: “The Trotskyites consist of sexual perverts, not workers. They enter from behind – but not through the tradesman’s entrance”.”
“How do young Australian Trotskyites pay “physical tribute” to their leaders? We can expect that many will learn, to their sorrow, it is their immune systems and not the state, which ‘withers away’ under Trotskyism!”
“Take the ISO. It’s paper, Socialist Worker, like The Battler before it, is full of “worker talk”: “shit”, “piss off”, “f.. the boss”, “tell ’em to shove it” and so forth. And who writes this? Green-haired, ring through the nose, tattoo on the head, heroin-injector – dross! Does it impress the workers? Not a bit! To get recruits, the ISO must appeal to its target: feral yoof whose sexuality helps to bond them.”
“There is little doubt that we are dealing with a false and perverted movement, that preys upon vulnerable people. Even ferals have rights!”
“Because the nationalist programme offers a hope for the Australian people, it is the enemy of these would-be internationalist stormtroopers. It is a confrontation we cannot shirk!”
“The defeat of the Trotskyite globalisers in every contest is vital. In the schools, the universities, the factories and workplaces of Australia, we will drive the Trotskyite state-servers to rage, distraction and back to the margins (and toilet blocks) from which they sprang!”
Brilliant. And a textbook example of the importance of using exclamation marks to make a point!!!
Two new, intriguing titles! First! Contemporary British Fascism: The British National Party and the Quest for Legitimacy, Nigel Copsey, Palgrave Macmillan, 2008. “Copsey’s updated book on the BNP is essential reading for political scientists and extremism-watchers who want to gain deeper insight into the evolution of the extreme right in Britain. It also presents a meticulous case study in the way the irresistible forces of virulent racism and fascism that dominated crisis-stricken inter-war Europe are prepared to cynically domesticate and ‘democratize’ themselves to survive in a contemporary world of globalization, multiculturalism, and mindless consumerism in their pursuit of the chimera of national rebirth.” – Roger Griffin, Professor of Modern History, Oxford Brookes University, UK
Secondly! Imprisoning Resistance: Life and Death in an Australian Supermax, Bree Carlton, Federation Press, 2008.
29 October 2007 marks twenty years since the death of five prisoners in a riot and fire in the infamous Jika Jika high-security unit. This book resurrects these events and invites us to learn urgent lessons in our current age of supermax and privatised prisons, detention of asylum seekers [Cheers Gerry!] and the controversial use of indefinite detention under the banner of a ‘war on terror’. Imprisoning Resistance provides an experiential account of life and death in the controversial Pentridge Prison Jika Jika High-Security Unit in Victoria during the 1980s. One of Australia’s first hi-tech supermax prisons, Jika Jika was designed to house and manage the system’s ‘worst of the worst’ prisoners. Several years of deaths in custody, multiple escapes, assaults, murders, prisoner campaigns and protests, hunger strikes and allegations of prison staff brutality escalated in 1987 to a dramatic protest fire that resulted in the deaths of five prisoners. The prison was closed and a series of inquiries were commissioned. Bree Carlton revisits this uncomfortable past and reconstructs events leading up to and surrounding the fire and deaths, while critically analysing official responses to the discreditable episodes, crises and deaths that plagued Jika Jika.
And er, finally, a posi-review of Uri Gordon’s latest bestseller! Anarchy Alive!: Anti-authoritarian Politics from Practice to Theory (Pluto Press, 2008) by Lawrence Jarach, which appears in the latest # of Anarchy: A Journal of Desire Armed, still one of the best English-language anarchist publications. “An Oxford University trained sociologist wrote this book, a retooling of his doctoral thesis?! An activist with Indymedia, Peoples’ Global Action, and Anarchists Against the Wall?! A participant-observer in current anarchist-led and/or anarchist-oriented and/or anarchist-tinged struggles?! How dare he write a book about anarchist politics that attempts to break down the barriers of the (in)famous dichotomy between theory and practice, between writers and activists? The audacity! The gall!”
Lawrence addresses a number of key themes to occur in Uri’s book, one of which is the anarchist critique of democracy, and the related, and under-theorised, notion of enforcement:
- Not content to leave the question of violence to the pacifists and hand-wringing moralists, Gordon (re-) introduces the issue of power (both as personal/group capacity and as the ability to exert compulsion or coercion on others) into the discourse—despite each topic getting its own chapter, there are clearly overlaps. His style throughout the book is densely informative, and therefore worth quoting at length. Eventually, after some preliminary discussion of definitions of coercion and capacity, the idea of enforcement looms large and central.
Enforcement is coercion that follows formal procedures and guidelines… the means and protocols for enforcement are constantly available to the enforcer. The coercer, on the other hand, may have to ‘invent’ their own means and strategy for coercion… [W]hereas diffuse social sanctions are indeed coercive, they are hardly something on which an edifice of enforcement could be built… And aside from social sanctions, the available sanctions that can be exercised in a networked social movement are next to nil… [t]he lack of appropriate sanctions, then, makes enforcement not only undesirable for anarchists in their politics, but structurally impossible… I am not asking whether this absolute non-enforcement can or cannot work in an anarchist society and apply to all areas of life… [D]ecentralisation and autonomy are not just values but also facts on the ground. They are there because [of] the impossibility of rationalised, permanent enforcement… (pp.67-9)
And in the very next paragraph, he even manages to sneak in (well it’s not really that sneaky, but it was a bit unexpected nonetheless) a dig at the obnoxiously persistent topic of democracy as it relates—or more accurately, doesn’t—to anarchist practice. Most anarchist critics of democracy take issue with representation, or majority rule, and try to force democratic processes into a more familiar anarchist framework—using the strange and internally contradictory term “direct democracy” as if that somehow alters the tensions between no rule and majority rule. Gordon, however, due to his examination of enforcement, scrutinizes a more interesting theoretical objection to anarcho-democracy.
Once we shift our understanding… we are able to shift the mistake that most clouds our thinking over process – the continued couching of the debate in the language of democracy… Democratic discourse assumes without exception that the political process results, at some point, in collectively binding decisions… Binding means enforceable and enforceability is a background assumption of democracy. But the outcomes of anarchist process are inherently impossible to enforce. That is why the process is not ‘democratic’ at all, since in democracy the point of equal participation in determining decisions is that this is what legitimates these decisions’ subsequent enforcement – or simply sweetens the pill. Anarchism, then, represents not the most radical form of democracy, but an altogether different paradigm of collective action.
Which I think is a really interesting disco, especially given that, as Uri notes, “decentralisation and autonomy are not just values but also facts on the ground”.
But more on that later…
NEO-NAZIS CHARGED WITH MURDER. Neo-Nazis murdered a man in Kaluga, Russia, according to a Regnum news agency item dated September 23…
NEO-NAZIS CRITICALLY INJURE ANTI-FASCIST ACTIVIST. Neo-Nazis in Tolyatti, Russia (Samara Region) crushed the skull of an anti-fascist activist, according to a September 23 report by the Sova Information-Analytical Center. Doctors describe his condition as critical. In recent days, five different clashes between neo-Nazis and anti-fascists took place in the city.
RACISTS ATTACK NON-RUSSIAN BOY IN MOSCOW. On August 4, two men assaulted and robbed a 14 year old boy in Moscow while screaming racist insults, according to a September 19 report by the Sova Information-Analytical Center…
SHORT SENTENCES FOR NEO-NAZI KILLERS IN MOSCOW. The trial of a neo-Nazi youth gang accused of killing the internationally known chess player Sergey Nikolaev ended in shorter than expected sentences, according to a September 22 item posted on Jewish.ru…
~ Bigotry Monitor: Volume 8, Number 39 (September 26, 2008), Union of Councils for Jews in the Former Soviet Union
This new type of man… turns his interest away from life, persons, nature, ideas — in short from everything that is alive; he transforms all life into things, including himself and the manifestations of the human faculties of reasoning, seeing, hearing, tasting, loving. Sexuality becomes a technical skill; …feelings are flattened and sometimes substituted for by sentimentality; joy, the expression of intense aliveness, is replaced by “fun” or excitement; and whatever love and tenderness man has is directed toward machines and gadgets. The world becomes a sum of lifeless artifacts; from synthetic food to synthetic organs, the whole man becomes part of the total machinery that he controls and is simultaneously controlled by. He has no plan, no goal for life, except doing what the logic of technique determines him to do. He aspires to make robots as one of the greatest achievements of his technical mind, and some specialists assure us that the robot will hardly be distinguished from living men. This achievement will not seem so astonishing when man himself is hardly distinguishable from a robot.
The world of life has become a world of “no-life”; persons have becomes “non-persons”, a world of death.
–Erich Fromm, The Anatomy of Human Destructiveness, 1974