#112 | Good Night Alt-Right : Fascism Today & How To Stop It w/ Shane Burley

In this episode, I speak with Shane Burley, author of "Fascism Today: What It Is and How To End It." In the beginning of this interview, Shane provides a precise description of what fascism is, the historical context in which it first emerged, as well what fascist organizing in modern American society looks like. We discuss and break down the pseudo-scientific claims espoused by many of these groups regarding the concepts of race, as well as the reasons as to why and how these widely dismissed pseudo-scientific claims still exist and continue to spread among the far-right.

Shane also responds to a recent statement by Richard Spencer, the poster boy of the Alt-Right, in which he states that speaking at events to promote his views is no longer "fun" due to the fact that “Antifa [anti-fascist resistance] is winning."* Shane also describes the varied tactics used by anti-fascists that successfully undermine the ability of fascists groups to promote their ideology to the broader public, as well as their ability to effectively organize in the public sphere, as well as online. 

Shane Burley is a writer and filmmaker based in Portland, Oregon, who regularly reports on far-right movements in the US, as well as anti-fascist resistance.

*Source: https://wapo.st/2EGpWt3


Episode Notes:

- Learn more about and purchase Shane's book "Fascism Today: What It Is and How To End It" here: https://bit.ly/2JHcs3B

- Learn more about Shane and his work at his website: https://www.shaneburley.net

- Keep up to date on Shane's work by following him on Twitter: https://twitter.com/shane_burley1

- Read an excerpt of his book "Fascism Today" here: https://bit.ly/2HiftsU

- The music featured in this episode is "Ooh Baby I Like To Draw" by Mux Mool.

#78 | A Gettysburg Moment: Charlottesville, Antifa, & The Future Of Resistance w/ Spencer Sunshine

Spencer Sunshine, our guest for this episode, is a researcher, journalist, activist, and political consultant regarding Far Right movements. He holds a PhD in Sociology and has been an activist for over 25 years. 

Spencer and I discuss the recent events in Charlottesville, Virginia, where a collection of various loosely affiliated white nationalist groups, along with elements of the so-called "Alt-Right," attempted to produce a cohesive platform to unite under. Spencer was on the ground in Charlottesville, and he elaborates on what took place during the Unite The Right rally, as well as it's counter-protest, which he was apart of. 

Spencer puts the events in Charlottesville and its fallout in context, elaborating on the points brought up in his recent piece "Has the "Alt-Right" Met Its Gettysburg?" recently published in Truth-Out.  Spencer also goes over the much maligned and misunderstood Antifa, or anti-fascist movement, and provides much needed context on what the movement really is and does as a movement.


Episode Notes:

- Read "Alt-Right" Met Its Gettysburg?" here: http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/41736-has-the-alt-right-met-its-gettysburg

- Follow up on Spencer's work: https://spencersunshine.com

- Twitter: https://twitter.com/transform6789

- The songs featured in this episode are "The Night Bell With Lighting," "I Know," and "Good Day Today" by David Lynch, from the album Crazy Clown Time.