Socialist Feminism Reading Group: recognizing and resisting fascism

December 16, 2018 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

The Festival Center | 1640 Columbia Rd., NW | Washington, DC 20009

Event Page: https://www.meetup.com/mdcdsa/events/brfnzpyxqbnc/

Please read our updated reading group Participation Guide (https://docs.google.com/document/d/1L6bDa9rxgCCr5O0QT5dZdKvcSSk8Nwi0B6II5vAvVCQ/edit) and join us as we explore and discuss topics within Socialist Feminism. 🌹This month, our readings focus on recognizing and resisting fascism.
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Ur-Fascism. Umberto Eco, 06-22-95: “Fascism was a fuzzy totalitarianism, a collage of different philosophical and political ideas, a beehive of contradictions…. It is enough that one of [these 14 features] be present to allow fascism to coagulate around it.” http://www.pegc.us/archive/Articles/eco_ur-fascism.pdf (try https://pastebin.com/CMzCjiN2 for screen readers)
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Audre Lorde’s ABC’s of Fighting Fascism: It’s Time for All of Us to Face Our History. Alexis Pauline Gumbs, 02-17-17: “What does it mean for the most privileged among us to acknowledge how their understanding of reality is directly linked to a willful disbelief in the implications of the uninterrupted history of white supremacy?” https://www.bitchmedia.org/article/audre-lordes-abcs-fighting-facism
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Three Months Inside Alt-Right New York, Jay Firestone, Fall 2018: “For a white person living in America, it takes precious little time to tumble down the slippery slope from edgy racist humor to outright fascism. Just ask Peinovich, who woke up one day to find himself an Upper East Side neo-Nazi with a Jewish wife.” https://communemag.com/alt-right-new-york/
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What do incels, fascists and terrorists have in common? Violent misogyny. Jason Wilson, 05-04-18: “Rather than a thing, which is categorically distinct from other social and political systems, fascism is a process. This violence is celebrated as a natural end-point of their endeavours, and as a positive political value.” https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/may/04/what-do-incels-fascists-and-terrorists-have-in-common-violent-misogyny
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[content warning] When Women are the Enemy: The Intersection of Misogyny and White Supremacy. ADL Center on Extremism, 2018: “She’s well-rounded, reads, is interested fighting back against anti-white politics, keeps a nice home, raises the kids well, teaches them about their tribal ethnic consciousness, has a good marriage.” https://www.adl.org/resources/reports/when-women-are-the-enemy-the-intersection-of-misogyny-and-white-supremacy
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Neo-Nazis Are Giving Black Lives Matter and Antifa a Reason to Work Together. Tess Owen, 08-18-18: “That forges some bonds when people are willing to put their body on the line — for you…. You might not even know them, but they’re committed to this. It makes a lot of sense that there would be this kind of symbiosis.” https://news.vice.com/en_us/article/7xqjv9/neo-nazis-are-giving-black-lives-matter-and-antifa-a-reason-to-work-together
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Cornel West & Rev. Traci Blackmon: Clergy in Charlottesville Were Trapped by Torch-Wielding Nazis. 08-14-17: “I think what we’re really seeing is the American empire in decay, with the rule of big money, with massive militarism, facilitated by the scapegoating of the most vulnerable…. I’ve never seen that kind of hatred in my life.” https://www.democracynow.org/2017/8/14/cornel_west_rev_toni_blackmon_clergy
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The Importance of Antifa in Confronting Fascism. Mark Bray, 02-08-18: “It is vital to understand anti-fascism as a solitary component of a larger legacy of resistance to white supremacy in all its forms.” https://truthout.org/articles/the-importance-of-antifa-in-confronting-fascism/