The Autonomist Antifa movement (MP3), or anti–fascism, opposes the domination of subaltern (MP3) or marginalized races, ethnicities, nationalities, castes, and tribes. Autonomism (MP3), for its part, is an anti–authoritarian communism. Antifa is a tactic for diverting people from the false dichotomy between bourgeois social liberalism—namely, the faux left—and the right wing. There is, using a Venn diagram (), a limited overlap between social liberalism and the Left. The question is which of those two will emerge as the foundation for one’s assumptions. Alas, while advancing toward the pursuit of both collective and individual emancipation, the nascent class consciousness of New Deal progressivism, social democracy, or Keynesianism can be among the major impediments to full proletarian class consciousness.
The Antifa Luxemburgist Communist Collective™ (MP3; ALCC™) or Antifa Luxemburgism™ (MP3) is, by design, a unifying agent of left regroupment. ALCC remains nonviolent and nonconfrontational. Its practices are always protective and defensive, never aggressive and offensive. Regarding left refoundation, ALCC adopts Marxism–Luxemburgism (MP3) as the overall communist tendency with Bhaskarian critical realism (MP3) as the metatheory and intersectionality (MP3) and world–systems analysis (MP3) as key frameworks. When events warrant, activists may, for instance, escort targeted victims to safe areas. Strategically, union members alongside non–unionized workers can facilitate a coördinated transition to communism. Follow ALCC on NationStates () and dialogue with us on Facebook ().
Major sources of ALCC, a social–and–economic development (SED) project, are: The proto–left communist Rosa Luxemburg (MP3; 1871–1919) as a rightful successor to Karl Marx (MP3; 1818–1883) and Friedrich Engels (MP3; 1820–1895), the libertarian Marxist Roy Bhaskar (MP3; 1944–2014) who founded British critical realism, Kimberlé Crenshaw (born 1959) who started intersectionality, and the multi–tendency socialism from below. International socialism from neo–Trotskyist (MP3) Tony Cliff (1917–2000), Titoism (MP3) from Maršal J̌osip Broz Tito (Serbo–Croatian Cyrillic, Маршал Јосип Броз Тито [MP3], 1892–1980), workers’ self–directed coöperative enterprises from Richard D. Wolff (born 1942), and De Leonism (MP3) from Daniel De Leon (MP3; 1852–1914) are supplemental.
The above eleven perspectives, from Antifa to De Leonism, have been integrated into The Institute for Dialectical metaRealism™ (MP3) or IDmR™ and The Collective to Fight Neurelitism™ (MP3) or CFN™. Inspired by the revolutionary and transformative legacy of Red Rosa (German/Deutsch, rote Rosa [MP3]) , ALCC promotes democratic libertarian communism while avoiding partisan politics. ALCC is proudly a member of: rs21: revolutionary socialism in the 21ˢᵗ century (see also their Facebook page), the International Organization for a Participatory Society, the United Socialist Front, the Modern International Socialist Association, the International Association for Critical Realism, the Union for Radical Political Economics, Antifascist Action (Google+ Edition), F!ght✊Fasc!sm, and others.
Arguably, fascism is a form of liberation but altogether the wrong kind. Many fascists, oddly enough, apparently wish to liberate the oppressor from the oppressed. This pseudo–deliverance is unequivocally opposed by ALCC. Some fash crudely misappropriate the language and symbols of the Left, including populist references to revolution and the utilization of a fist clenched in solidarity. These confiscations, perhaps intended to hoodwink certain less informed people, may occasionally be successful. However, Antifa activists should persevere in an alertness to such deceptive activities and, when appropriate, directly and decisively challenge them. An indispensable facet of any effective praxis—which is far more important than one’s chosen leftist current—must be intellectual warfare.
Fascism and its ultra–right cousins—nazism, alt–rightism, neo–confederalism, white identitarianism and nationalism, nativism, ôðalism or odalism (MP3 and MP4), thuleanism (MP3), xenophobia (MP3), the neo–folkish movement (German, die neo–völkisch Bewegungen; MP3), third positionism, national syndicalism, national Bolshevism, and so on—negate the unifying essence of humanity. Turning a blind eye is unconscionable. An eradication of this virulent scourge of the Earth must become a universal moral responsibility. The assemblage of contradictions observed in fascistic ideologies should be dutifully acknowledged, established as ethically illegitimate, and then swiftly cast aside as untenable. ALCC is dedicated to the proposition that fascism can be thoroughly vanquished in the space of one or two generations.
ALCC accepts Rosa’s typology of spontaneity and organization. Spontaneous uprisings will be largely unplanned responses to continuing deteriorations in the capitalist world–system. They shall, quite likely, intensify over the coming months and years. Organized revolutionary activities, perhaps persisting for several centuries, will follow the collapse of capitalism. Communism, the completion of the dialectic, might then be established in two stages: first, a transnational state and, second, a localized global federation or administration. Yet, the political economy to come and corrally social institutions must be formulated by our heirs or beneficiaries. There are no road maps or manuals. If you happen to stumble upon Establishing Communism for Dummies, do not waste your money. No such book has been, or could be, written.
Antifa has, sadly, become one of the more favored objects of derision among left–wing populists. These individuals represent, in my view, the most menacing threat to the American Left since the McCarthyist era of the 1950s. My reflections on the issue of Antifa, as a focal point of contempt and mockery, often drift into many extraneous directions. However, to maintain focus, I shall conclude with a single thought. I would challenge the most virulent anti–Antifa left–wing populist to find a respectable sampling of Jewish libertarian communists, whether Marxist or anarchist, who oppose Antifa. Since I have done no independent research on this subject myself, my thoughts are, I fully admit, provisional. However, as a man—one born and raised in this demographic—I suspect that the scores will be underwhelming.
I despise fascism, nazism, the alt–right, and similar factions, but the only way to truly empathize with miscreants, however contemptible, is by honestly conversing with them. Sometimes fascists and their cohorts have even abandoned fascism or similar philosophies and become communists and revolutionary socialists. Dialogue is not appeasement. Presumably, my approach to this matter parallels one taken by most academic communists. I have, over my years in higher education, had students from various far–right fringe positions. One learns, through experience, to deal effectively with a broad spectrum of individuals without over–reacting. Becoming hysterical or terror–stricken only aids in achieving the objectives of one’s opponents. Yet, to be brutally honest, this skill was carefully cultivated. It did not develop naturally.
Antifa, while obviously far from perfect, is, however, the beloved. American Antifa, the most enduring legacy of the New Left, is a current or tendency of autonomist Marxism. As such, Antifa must be adored, nurtured, improved, and treasured. Simply dismissing it because of the possible excesses of some enthusiasts serves no purpose and, as the saying goes, throws out the baby with the bathwater. What more worthy duty can we have, as global citizens, than to fight neofascism and its kindred spirits? For myself, I plead guilty in trying to integrate Antifa with Luxemburgism, along with critical realism and various critical theories, into a version of left–refoundation and to promoting a cross–tendency left–regroupment. Perhaps this work at synthesis is, adopting a term popularizied by some religious groups, my calling.
I will conclude with a fragment of history. Within secondary schools and homes to higher education, The Students’ Democratic Coalition was, in years gone by, a social movement organization of the American New Left. In the view of this collective’s founder—a libertarian Marxist communist reared, since the relative antiquity of 1968, in that coalition—a vast panorama of traditionalisms and conservativisms appear starkly on the ascendent in the modern world. These last refuges of scoundrels are among the chief stumbling blocks or obstacles which confront the communism or revolutionary socialism of the present era. With a deliberative scrutiny, avoid these diversions like the plague. Struggle against the tide, through a heart filled with love and passion, for a world of inclusiveness and internationalism.
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