Tackling Britain's New Far Right
This was an interesting lecture/discussion of which I only caught the end. It was part of The World Transformed, a political and cultural festival which runs parallel to the Labour Party conference. The panelists were Ash Sarkar, Alan Gibbons and Eleanor Penny.
• Territory vs. culture: the right wing is fitting the culture war, defence of 'our values' makes us look like the elites and then they look like the underdogs. Would it be more effective to squeeze out facets organising?
• Count-culture created in Liverpool through the campaign against The Sun
• Don't fuel the far-right's reliance on being the marginalised, special group which promises people dignity.
• 'Isolate, humiliate' the far-right.
• First people to go to when people are facing racism is that marginalised community itself: ask how we can support them.
• No such thing as the 'white working-class', only the working-class, this includes majority BAME population.
• Anti-fascist actives and groups need to be more inclusive - straight violent opposition not optimal.
• Violent, 'macho' anti-fascism renders the movement just a subculture - needs to be more than that. Similar issues with inaccessible 'academic' anti-fascism - should be creating a social reality: childcare, community support, etc.
• Government census and data collection a massive issue for aiding and abetting racial/religious persecution, see government data on refugees, Trump using Obama's huge data collection system.
• Connect with European and international anti-fascists to disrupt alt-right networks more cohesively.
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