The American right: armed and dangerous
Anyone who thinks the “threat” to the West from migration is a legitimate debating point, or who says antifa are the real fascists, or shares an alt-left meme about Soros, is complicit in this violence. https://t.co/WeoZgRhuFx— Bob From Brockley (@bobfrombrockley) October 27, 2018
I was struck by how much the apparent recent white nationalist terror attackers in the US, alleged pipe bomber Cesar Sayoc and alleged Pittsburgh shooter Robert Bowers, shared memes that were grimly familiar to me from encountering (mainly left-wing) Assad supporters on social media:
The suspected bomb maker appears to have been big on Syria conspiracy theories. Here are several posts conflating an FSA commander with the head of ISIS. https://t.co/F19sCTbY4t pic.twitter.com/G8mGXaICw2— Charles Davis (@charliearchy) October 26, 2018
Here they are claiming that Obama, Hillary and Soros armed ISIS. First screenshot is from PressTV. pic.twitter.com/BJrz904XXw— Charles Davis (@charliearchy) October 26, 2018
In the rest of this post, some important reads in light of last weeks racist attacks,
Deborah Lipstadt: Three lessons on antisemitism in the wake of Pittsburgh. Read the whole thing, but here are the three lessons:
- Do not look for haters only on the other side of the political transom. Those on the political left who only see antisemitism on the right have blinded themselves to what is happening in their own midst. Those on the political right, who are only concerned about the “lefties” on the campus and beyond, are blind to what is happening next to them.
- We may never change the minds of people who send pipe bombs or enter a sanctuary with guns blazing. But we can stop them from influencing others. This year, at Thanksgiving dinner, when your curmudgeon uncle or successful cousin (not all haters are old and ornery) begins to rant about Jews, Blacks, Muslims, and LGBTQs who are ruining this country, do not sit idly by. Challenge them. Do so, not to change their minds, but to reach others – especially young people – who are listening and watching and learning. Silence is an imprimatur for hate and prejudice.
- Do not think that this attack is only about Jews. It may start with the Jews, but it never ends there. And conversely, it may start with others – Muslims, African Americans, LGBTQ identifying folks – but it will ultimately reach Jews. Lost in the legitimate media attention to the pipe bomber and the Pittsburgh murderer was the fact a few days earlier in Kentucky two African Americans were murdered outside a supermarket by a white nationalist. He had tried to gain access to a predominantly African American church but found the doors locked. Instead, he went to the nearby mall to find some Blacks to kill. And he did.
- Mystical Politics: Antisemitism in the age of Trump
- NYT: How Vilification of George Soros Moved From the Fringes to the Mainstream
- CNN: On Cesar Sayoc's radicalisation
- Doug Saunders: How Mainstream Ideas Become Mass Murder: Anders Breivik and the Authors Who Inspired Him
- Hussein Ibish: What we need now is Jewish-Muslim unity
- Benjamin Kerstein: Yes, Trump has some responsibility for Pittsburgh
- Adam Serwer: Trumpism Is ‘Identity Politics’ for White People
- The Forward: When Mike Pence took Jews for Jesus to pray for Pittsburgh
- Hampton Stall: Right-wing militias evolve in the Trump era
- Betsy Woodruff: Homeland Security ignores White terrorism
- Ishaan Tharoor: Trump and the fascist playbook
- Aleksander Hemon: Fascism is Not an Idea to Be Debated, It’s a Set of Actions to Fight
- Spencer Sunshine: What the Alt Right is up to these days, the Proud Boys gang attack in NYC, and what kind of preparations we should be making as the U.S. continues to spiral into a racist delirium (a podcast)
- Bill Weinberg: The choice facing American Jews
- Jim Denham: When the Morning Star swallows false flag theories
- Johnny Lewis: Taking on the far right: a labour movement strategy
And it continues...
And this is a really fascinating long read, with my summary of it in the thread below the fold:
- Jay Firestone: Three Months Inside Alt-Right New York