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.
Dancing on ice... The holiday season in New York City is supposed to be magical, but it´s not yet Thanksgiving, and what´s happening isn´t that kind of magic. The fairy world seems to be bleeding into the human world. Strange white horses carry people into the Central Park lake. Children are disappearing from their beds. Unearthly snow flurries pepper the air while odd pockets of summer appear randomly in Central Park. There´s even a suspicious wave of injuries among Broadway dancers and ballerinas, who feel like they´ve danced all night. Noticing this, outside enchantresses are converging on New York to stop what they think is a fae incursion. Sophie Drake knows the fae aren´t to blame, and she suspects that one of the enchantresses is up to no good, creating a situation that will put her in power. But revealing how she knows what´s happening would mean revealing her own fae ties to the anti-fae enchantresses. Not that she has time to deal with any of this. She´s been offered a major ballet role in The Nutcracker - a chance to revive her dance career. She can´t miss a step onstage as she tries to thwart the power play and balance the realms without running afoul of the fae or the enchantresses. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Suzy Jackson. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/021697/bk_adbl_021697_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.