Another bloody year of semi-regular blogging …
Senator Fraser ‘Final Solution’ Anning held a rally in St.Kilda, Invasion Day witnessed large rallies (and some very smol opposition), while the White Rose Society published an exposé on the neo-Nazis, White supremacists and other fascist creeps who naturally flocked to Anning’s banner (oh and Queensland electrician Simon Hickey, ‘The Nazi Sparky’, got slapped in the courts).
To begin with, I examined the leading and ongoing role of Facebook in promoting race-hate and bigotry for profit, provided an updated version of A Brief Guide To The Australian Far Right, reported on ABC Radio National’s investigations into Final Solution’s crew, and finally wrote a few words on the same mAd bastard’s ultimately unsuccessful 2019 Australian federal election campaign.
After years of urging by conrads, in May I finally launched my patreon (mAssivE props to youse guise for your support!), took a brief look at left electoral campaigns ahead of the federal election, wrote about May Day & Repression of Anarchists in Indonesia and examined the very-sad-for-Shorten results of consuming Labor’s democracy sausage.
In the US, Andy Ngo was A Thing (tl;dr : he’s a threat to our community and provides kill lists for Atomwaffen), in Australia the ABC tried valiantly to manufacture an AltLeft, and in the UK right-wing propagandist Lucy Brown broke with her good chum Stephen Yaxley-Lennon (‘Tommy Robinson’).
One solitary, lonesome, single post in September concerned the local boneheads organising a gig for Skrewydriver Ian Stuart Donaldson (the brouhaha about the gig was quite revealing).
In November, Richard Spencer (remember him?) shockingly confirmed himself to be both: a) very anti-Semitic while; b) still being endorsed by Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey; the neo-Nazi website Iron March (what gave birth to Antipodean Resistance, inter alia) sprung a leak and; fascist dimwit Richard Wolstencroft’s MUFF won the (temporary) support of Chasers nightclub in Prahran.
Melbourne boy ‘Philthy’ Phil Galea was found guilty of terrorism after being convicted of conspiring to murder local anarchists and leftists (for which crime Lucky Phil will be sentenced in early 2020), while Tarrant’s ’emperor’ Blair Cottrell had his appeal against stirring up fine folks like Phil dismissed.
• Tarrant’s (alleged) mass murder in Christchurch in March was one of several culminating points for the Australian far right;
• Facebook and YouTube have functioned as a critical platform for the promotion of such activity and, with some minor modifications, will remain so for the forseeable future;
• There was a continuing downturn in far-right street protests following the Christchurch massacre, though Anning provided an electoral pole of attraction for the far right while also some monetary compensation for the handful of nazis he hired in order to produce dank memes;
• Exposure of and resistance to fascist organising, along with lawful penalty and electoral failure, means that in 2020 many right-wing partisans will resume or continue to engage in less public and more covert activities.
See also : Blogging 2018 : A Summary (December 23, 2018).