In Defense of Self-Defense
Thoughts on violence & martial arts
TWACK! My fighting stick landed exactly where I aimed it—diagonally across the face of a fascist who was trying to rip down a banner a friend and I were holding, to which the stick was attached.
The blow struck him with such velocity that it snapped his head back while a rosette of blood gushed forth from his broken nose and split lips intermingled with a piece of a tooth and broken lenses from his glasses.
Dec 12, 2017
Antifa Author Mark Bray Meets the Professors
Related: see “Anti-Fascism 101,” FE #400, Spring, 2018.
About 100 people filled a small auditorium at Detroit’s Wayne State University, October 17, to hear a talk by Mark Bray, a Dartmouth College lecturer on human rights and author of Antifa: The Anti-Fascist Handbook.
Bray’s lecture followed the lines of his book, that fascism was and is an authentic threat which should be confronted by means appropriate to the dangers it poses. Tactically, he advocates alliances between anarchists, a tradition with which Bray identifies, and sectors of the left, without consideration of their authoritarian nature.
Mar 18, 2018
Anarchists & Guns
“Workingmen: Arm yourselves and appear in full force!”
—1886 Haymarket leaflet
The initial clamor about controlling gun violence following the horrible mass shooting at Parkland, Fla. high school this February mostly subsided following huge demonstrations of students across the country in March and April. Young students appeared everywhere in the media advocating reforms, but no legislation has passed that will staunch the blood flow, and probably none will be forthcoming.
Jul 4, 2018
Elections have consequences
but only direct action will get you satisfaction
“If voting could change anything, it would be illegal.”
—Anarchist anti-electoral slogan
It’s difficult to imagine that there isn’t at least some joy, even among the most ardent electoral abstentionists, about the losses Donald Trump and the Republicans suffered in the November mid-term elections.
Dec 11, 2018