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Confronting Fascism: Discussion Documents for a Militant Movement

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New discussions questioning and then overturning established radical theories about world fascism, it's revival, and what to do about it. From the ranks of militant anti-fascist activists, and produced in conjunction with Chicago Anti-Racist Action and Arsenal magazine. With contributions from Xtn, Don Hamerquist, J Sakai and Mark Salotte.
Paperback, 169 pages
Published October 10th 2002 by Kersplebedeb (first published 2002)
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Kate
Mar 08, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: pdf, theory, soc, nonfiction
3 stars because while it is an interesting text, it was difficult to get through due to the meandering, truncated, poorly edited quality of the writing.

The main idea presented by Hamerquist is that fascism has the potential to become a mass movement with a substantial and genuine element of revolutionary anti-capitalism. Fascism is not merely a tool used by capitalists when their power weakens that they can completely control and turn "on and off" at will; rather, modern fascism is "rooted in po
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Braden
Jan 27, 2017 rated it liked it
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Confronting Fascism has some important insights into the nature of the most deadly of isms. Mainly that it is possible for fascism to develop into a popular, mass movement rooted in the lower and middle classes that is entirely autonomous from the ruling class. This point is echoed in two other books I recently finished: David Renton's Fascism: Theory and Practice and Robert Paxton's The Anatomy of Fascism.

Renton describes fascism as a form of reactionary mass politics and Paxton does a deep di
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Kyle
Nov 10, 2010 rated it it was amazing
The two essays in this book basically destroy the 'official left' theory of fascism in the 1930s as a disciplinary measure of Big Capial and give it a life of its own. The consequences are that the actual policies and actions of fascists from futurist Italy to the Taliban's Afghanistan are much more frightening and more comprehensible than they seem to be according to the old way of thinking. Sakai in particular is able to fit the superficial anti-capitalism of early Nazism, the genocidal fantas ...more
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Lizzi Heaney
Sep 25, 2019 rated it it was ok
Just found this really difficult to get through. I highlighted some specific text I found useful but found the way the essays hung together to be very fragmentary and uneasy.
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