Liberal anti-fascism: from the ANL to UAF
UAF is a child of a strange marriage. One parent was the Anti-Nazi League (ANL), a front organisation of the Trotskyist Socialist Workers Party (SWP) originally launched in the 1970s to combat the National Front, then wound up for political reasons internal to the SWP, before being re-launched in the early 1990s to cater to the growing anti-fascist market due to the rise of the BNP. Its strategy was always to appeal to a low common denominator – the NF/BNP/EDL are constructed as “Nazis” and therefore to be automatically opposed by all decent people – via a combination of celebrity endorsements (from pop stars to Tory MPs) and the mobilisation of large numbers of passive bodies in heavily-policed High Street demonstrations.
- ANTI NAZI LEAGUE: A Critical Examination 1977-81/2 and 1992-95 A Resistance Pamphlet - produced by the Colin Roach Centre
- Trotwatch: Carry on recruiting! Why the Socialist Workers Party dumped the 'downturn' in a 'dash for growth'
- @ndy: Racism and fascism, punks and police: here and there, now and then…
- A short history of AFA
- Beating the Fascists
- What is liberal anti-fascism?