In the wake of tragic events in Charlottesville, Virginia, and Donald Trump´s initial refusal to denounce the white nationalists behind it all, the ´´antifa´´ opposition movement is suddenly appearing everywhere. But what is it, precisely? And where did it come from? As long as there has been fascism, there has been anti-fascism - also known as ´´antifa.´´ Born out of resistance to Mussolini and Hitler in Europe during the 1920s and ´30s, the antifa movement has suddenly burst into the headlines amid opposition to the Trump administration and the alt-right. They could be seen in news reports, often clad all in black with balaclavas covering their faces, demonstrating at the presidential inauguration, and on California college campuses protesting far-right speakers, and most recently, on the streets of Charlottesville, Virginia, protecting, among others, a group of ministers including Cornel West from neo-Nazi violence. (West would later tell reporters, ´´The anti-fascists saved our lives.´´) Simply, antifa aims to deny fascists the opportunity to promote their oppressive politics, and to protect tolerant communities from acts of violence promulgated by fascists. Critics say shutting down political adversaries is anti-democratic; antifa adherents argue that the horrors of fascism must never be allowed the slightest chance to triumph again. In a smart and gripping investigation, historian and former Occupy Wall Street organizer Mark Bray provides a detailed survey of the full history of anti-fascism from its origins to the present day - the first transnational history of postwar anti-fascism in English. Based on interviews with anti-fascists from around the world, Antifa details the tactics of the movement and the philosophy behind it, offering insight into the growing but little-understood resistance fighting back against fascism in all its guises. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Keith Szarabajka. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/blak/010460/bk_blak_010460_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
First published in 1967, Guy Debord’s stinging revolutionary critique of contemporary society, The Society of the Spectacle, has since acquired cult status. Credited by many as being the inspiration for the revolutionary events of May 1968 in France, Debord’s pitiless attack on commodity fetishism and capitalism continues to burn brightly in today’s age of satellite television and the soundbite. In Comments on the Society of the Spectacle, published twenty years later, Debord returns to the themes of his previous analysis and demonstrates how they were all the more relevant in a period where the ´´integrated spectacle” was dominant. Resolutely refusing to be reconciled to the system, Debord trenchantly slices through the obfuscation and tinfoil mystification offered by journalists and pundits to show how aspects of reality as diverse as terrorism and the environment, the Mafia and the media, were caught up in the logic of the spectacular society. Pointing the finger clearly at those who benefit from the logic of domination, Debord’s final triumphant work conveys the revolutionary impulse at the heart of Situationism and later movements such as Occupy, Antifa, and Black Lives Matter. 1. Language: English. Narrator: David Bufton. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/113058/bk_acx0_113058_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The earthquake the nation never saw coming.The election of Donald J. Trump sent shockwaves around the world. Shock troops were deployed along with the predictable rent-a-mob who stormed the streets of our nation’s cities. Within hours a movement was born. The Trump agenda, promoted daily to millions of voters and adoring fans, was to ´´Make America Great Again”. It was an agenda focused on strengthening the economy, restoring the federal courts, addressing the overwhelming surge of illegal immigration, rebuilding the military, and uplifting America’s standing in the world. For the opposition, the objective was to impeach Donald Trump. Stephen E. Strang will explore the nature of this dramatic confrontation, covering various topics, including: The reactions of conservative and Christian voters to the Trump agendaInternational reactions to the electionThe economy, a look at the unprecedented market movementsFake news, the death of journalism, and the media’s war on the president Organizations such as Antifa and Black Lives MatterGeorge Soros: villain number oneIn Trump Aftershock, Strang explores and analyzes Trump’s effect on American culture from a Christian perspective, drawing upon interviews with many of the key players and offering insightful commentary on what the long-term prospects of the ongoing war of worldviews may portend. 1. Language: English. Narrator: John Pruden. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/hove/003739/bk_hove_003739_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.