Jeannot Freitag gives his impressions of the nature and role of the so-called ‘Anti-Germans’ on the German left.
As I became politicised, in particular within Linksjugend, the youth organisation of Die Linke, I came across these militant nationalistic and pro-war activists at an early stage. I first had personal experience of BAK Shalom members at the federal conference of the … read this post
James Turley reviews Nigel Copsey’s Contemporary British fascism Palgrave Macmillan, 2007, pp264, £19.99
The rise and rise of the British National Party is a source of much consternation in contemporary Britain, among bourgeois society and the left alike.
The BNP is viewed as a fascist interloper, sneaking into ‘mainstream’ politics with murderous intent. Yet there is remarkably little analysis of … read this post
Calls for state, local government and BBC censorship and bans will inevitably backfire against the workers’ movement, argues Ben Lewis
Doubtless bolstered by the British National Party’s recent electoral success, there has been a rise in far-right street mobilisations, leading to tussles with the police, Muslim youth and left activists, including those from Unite Against Fascism. On top of pickets … read this post
James Turley asks why the working class should have any confidence in the protection of the bourgeois state
It is perhaps the biggest cock-up in the British National Party’s recent history.
Britain’s largest far-right group has been damaged by a number of shock documentaries that suggest the party’s core remains more enthusiastic about Hitler than its PR department would like … read this post
The article below was written for the last edition of Communist Student. Unfortunately we didn’t have the space to include it and a number of other articles in the print edition. It is written by a member of Permanent Revolution and author of the blog Infantile and Disorderly. I expect that it will prompt some debate…… read this post
Fascists, Fighting Squads and
This year’s NUS conference voted to support a motion (moved by Workers Power youth group Revo) calling for NUS to lobby the government for a ban of far-right websites such as Redwatch. Vicky T, an anti-fascist and libertarian communist, who was also a delegate from Manchester University at NUS conference, explains why she opposed this motion:
Like turkeys voting for … read this post
All democrats, socialists and democrats should reject efforts by student unions to actually increase state censorship. By Shelley Martin
The NUS has an automatic ‘no platform policy’ in place, which bans all members of the British National Party and the Islamic organisation Hizb ut-Tahrir from standing in NUS elections on any levels. It also bans them from participating in any … read this post
Communist Students members have continued to be at the forefront of a debate over the nature of fascism; whether the BNP is fascist; and which anti-fascist tactics are most applicable in this period. This debate was recently one of the main topics for discussion at a CPGB members aggregate, and has continued to be fought out in the pages of … read this post
Is ‘no platforming’ an unshakable principle or a tactic? Ted North reports on the discussion among Communist Students
The February 16 conference of Communist Students featured a debate on fascism and the tactics needed to defeat it.
It was introduced by Ben Klein, who argued that we must start from the premise of independent working class politics and the need … read this post
One of the most controversial debates in the run-up to the founding conference of Communist Students was on the question of fascism and the British National Party, and what the response of revolutionaries should be. The conference adopted a resolution highlighting the necessity of basing any anti-fascist fight on the “mobilisation of the working class movement” rather than calling upon… read this post
BNP leaders Nick Griffin and Mark Collett were recently cleared of inciting racial hatred at Leeds Crown Court. The results of the court case confirms the idiocy of relying on the state to deal with the BNP. It’s given them publicity money just cant buy.
But what is the BNP and how should socialists fight it?
The BNP isn’t just … read this post