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20 Aug 2002
Come to Washington DC on August 24th to smash the National Alliance! No Pasaran!
CALL FOR A REVOLUTIONARY ANTI-FASCIST BLOC
FOR A WORLD WITHOUT FASCISM
August 24th, the National Alliance, the largest and most active neo-nazi group in North America, will be marching in Washington, DC. Their march is a direct threat to the safety and well being of people of color, disabled people, queer people, trade unionists, and activists and radicals of all progressive movements. It's time for anarchists, and other anti-authoritarian, anti-state, anti-capitalist revolutionaries to confront them.
WHAT IS FASCISM?
Fascism is a failed movement that recruits from among the petty bourgeois, who fear the loss of their petty privileges in times of economic uncertainty; among the class traitors of cops and prison guards, and among the desperate unemployed who believe their only salvation will come through violent scapegoating of other members of the working class. Fascism forges a cross-class alliance in order to launch a distorted attack upon the existing capitalist state, not to abolish it, but to seize it. It violently reorganizes society to serve new parasitic state classes of warriors and administrators. It stops not at simply taking control of the state, but attempts to integrate the entirety of culture and capital into a military hierarchy with a racist caste system.
Fascism taps into the anger against the rich and distorts it. It glorifies the iron fist of the military and scorns the velvet glove of corporate executives and politicians. The anger is turned against immigrants and women. It feeds on envy of the rich. For the fascists, power should not based on stock holdings and votes, it should be based on blood and fire.
Fascism's patriarchy redefines women not as the property of individual men, but a resource of the state on the margins of a male society. It spurns the ruling class as soft, and raises patriarchal violence and machismo as ideal.
Its economy is driven by imperialism: war, looting and enslavement. It removes its members from the menial drudgery of every day work or the poverty of unemployment, super-elevating them into a new ruling class of repression, while forcing the labor of women, colonial prisoners and slaves. It is a form of extreme capitalism, which only comes into the mainstream in the context of a crisis of capitalism, and the loss of legitimacy of the ruling elite.
The totalitarian vision of fascists often resonates with the many statists who wish to unbind their hands from the pretense of "democratic" government and civil liberties. Like the right-wing death squads of Latin America and the night riders of the Klu Klux Klan, militias are a great temptation to those states that have to deal with the crisis of capitalism. Likewise, the local bourgeoisie is often willing to foot the bill, when they find the global new world order unresponsive to their petty problems.
This is why the capitalists turn towards fascists in emergencies, but then must fight to maintain their own control. Fascism is a creation of the irreconcilable contradictions of capitalism, and can not be simply reduced to a lackey of the established order.
The fascism of white racists, is a threat to any "non-white" people, the movement of the working classes, and genuine socialrevolution. It is a threat of false dreams, of real bullets and factories of genocide for those who it deems "inferior" or a threat to "the nation" or the "white race".
WHAT IS THE NATIONAL ALLIANCE?
The National Alliance has been the largest neo-nazi organization in North America for years. Founded by William Pierce in 1974, it has built an organization of over a thousand members with a dedicated cadre. Pierce's novel "The Turner Diaries" have served as a blueprint for many white supremacist mass murders, from those of "The Order" to Timothy McVeigh's Oklahoma City bombing. Recruitment from the militia movement and military bases like Fort Bragg has attracted a number of soldiers with fighting expertise to their ranks.
Acquisition of Resistance Records and Nordland Records, two well know white supremacist record labels, have not only earned the National Alliance a multi-million dollar annual income from music sales, but, more importantly, a greatly expanded involvement in the fascist youth subculture.
Meeting little opposition, the National Alliance is now presenting a more public face. With increasingly sophisticated political arguments, the National Alliance has sought to co-opt the struggle of Palestinians against the Israeli state to further its own anti-Jewish agenda. Further, with the creation of a front group, the "Anti-Globalism Action Network", it has sought to participate in the movement against neo-liberalism on an anti-immigrant platform, including a critique of mass media (by blaming a Jewish conspiracy).
They have clearly stated that they are now moving "beyond left and right", but still wholly towards fascism.
The National Alliance has taken front place in the ranks of racist organizations by organizing a string of successful demonstrations where they can field hundreds of fascists on the street. Their alliance with the Hammerskins through the medium of Resistance Records has given them virtual hegemony over the neo-nazi milieu in North America. Unlike the variety of religious cults, Hitler worshippers, confederate nostalgists, and Klan remnants, the National Alliance has more in common with the resurgent fascists of Europe, while still maintaining an insurrectionary appeal.
For all these reasons, they are more dangerous than the rest of the North American neo-nazi milieu combined.
AGAINST ALL FASCISM
The National Alliance claims to be supporting the Palestinians in their struggle against Israeli military occupation and colonialism. In this way, they are different from most of the Christian far-right, which is overwhelmingly pro-Israel in it's orientation. In the context of the brutal actions of the Israeli state, the NA is seeking to capitalize on the criminal actions of the Zionist state to build their organization by whipping up anti-Semitism against Jews here in North America.
Make no mistake, the NA and all such white racists despise and hate Arabs and Muslims along with Jewish people. They are using the increasingly widespread revulsion of the Israeli occupation to opportunistically build a racist organization that they will then use against other "non-white" groups when they feel strong enough.
As Anarchists we fight against Zionism and for Palestinian self determination as well as against anti-Semitism and fascist groups such as the National Alliance. Ironically, the Zionist ideology which created the Israeli state developed in the first half of the last century in congruence with Hitler's racist nazi ideology, as both found common grounds in a "solution" to the "Jewish problem" through the mass emigration of Jews out of Europe. The same congruence exists now, as by blaming "inherently evil" Jewish people as a whole for the actions of this state, the NA is further strengthening the hold of Zionist ideology over Jewish people in North America and thus the Israeli occupation itself.
As anarchists, we fight against anti-Semitism and all manifestations of racism, as well as supporting the Palestinian struggle for self determination. The Israeli occupation is a reprehensible colonial policy, which while not only being morally wrong and oppressing the Palestinian people, will only lead to disaster for the Jewish people as a whole, both inside and out of the Israeli state.
WHY CONFRONT THEM?
Fascist organizations, like the National Alliance, do not persuade people with savvy arguments of racial superiority. They persuade them with demonstrations of strength. Fascist ideology has long gone hand in hand with the might of the fist, the club, and the gun. The National Alliance uses large demonstrations such as the one they are planning on August 24th, to give their followers a feeling of power and control, a sense of military-like strength, and to legitimize themselves as a serious organization. Acts of violence against their declared enemies (people of color, immigrants, people with disabilities, Jews, queer people, anarchists, etc) often follow these demonstrations. Recent examples of fascist violence include a plot by Boston neo-nazis to bomb bridges and monuments named after Black and Jewish citizens, the manufacturing of pipe bombs by a bonehead in Baltimore, and many physical attacks on anarchists, leftists, people of color, punk-rockers and anti-fascist skinheads. For these reasons, fascists must not be allowed to use demonstrations as a tool for recruitment and empowerment. As revolutionary anarchists, we cannot allow this simplistic, yet effective organizing tool to remain unchallenged. This is why confrontation is necessary.
However, purely reactive strategies only assist the fascists. There are strategic questions that must be answered when we engage against the National Alliance on August 24th. What does this confrontation mean and how do we as anarchists take our message of anti-fascism out of an activist ghetto and into the minds and hearts of the working class? Who are we targeting when we engage in this confrontation? What tactics do we utilize against the National Alliance?
First, we must understand that to defeat fascism means hard work within our communities. As a federation NEFAC has prioritized participation around the issues of housing, poverty, and the workplace. These are the struggles that we are engaged in as class-struggle anarchists. It is our strategy that participation and intervention in these struggles, from an anarchist-communist viewpoint, will help radicalize them as well as many people in our class that we fight alongside in our neighborhoods and workplaces and that it will build a strong multi-racial movement capable of defeating the fascists. Slowly building a base for a truly mass revolutionary anarchist movement capable of defeating not only fascist organizations but also the combined forces of capital and the state.
It is this type of day-to-day, class struggle organizing that forms our base when we are forced to confront and defeat reactionary organizations, like the National Alliance, who pose both a political and a physical threat to anarchists and the working class movements we are a part of.
When we confront the National Alliance, we are also communicating with the white working class. We are showing them that fascism is a path that is far too dangerous to travel down and that there is a strong movement that opposes racist ideology. We do this in several ways. We must engage with members of our class in regards to what the National Alliance means to our communities and work towards politicizing our neighbors, co-workers, friends and family with the anarchist ideal. We must unceasingly work against the white supremacy that underpins our society. We must tactically engage in physical confrontations with the National Alliance and other hate-mongers at every opportunity. Crucially, even though we currently a mostly white organization, we must build principled links with communities and organizations of people of color, and engage in common struggle together against the fascists.
Thus, confrontation means principled support for all members of our class disenfranchised by capitalism and the articulation of anarchist solutions to the systemic imbalances we face. The class war is won or lost on the ability of the disenfranchised to unite against our common enemies. We must refuse to allow white supremacy to continue dividing the working class and carry out a meaningful dialogue within our class as to why racist and fascist beliefs are a dead end for the working class and why an anarchist social revolution is a goal to fight for. Confrontation also means being able to physically engagement with fascists in the streets. When they feel strong and safe, they become emboldened. When they feel emboldened, violence ensues. When they are physically driven from the streets they lose their sense of power and become disenchanted with their organizations.
Without wide dissemination of anarchist beliefs, strategies and goals, we leave the opportunity wide open for organizations like the National Alliance to spread their message within the general populace. Another vision for the world must be available and argued for.
What is the solution to fascism?
Anarchist social revolution!
NO PASARAN! THEY SHALL NOT PASS! ALL OUT TO STOP THE FASCISTS ON AUGUST 24TH IN WASHINGTON!
North Eastern Federation of Anarcho-Communists (NEFAC)
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