I often find myself rereading Bertrand Russell's letter to Mosley:
"Thank you for your letter and for your enclosures. I have given some thought to our recent correspondence. It is always difficult to decide on how to respond to people whose ethos is so alien and, in fact, repellent to one’s own. It is not that I take exception to the general points made by you but that every ounce of my energy has been devoted to an active opposition to cruel bigotry, compulsive violence, and the sadistic persecution which has characterised the philosophy and practice of fascism.
I feel obliged to say that the emotional universes we inhabit are so distinct, and in deepest ways opposed, that nothing fruitful or sincere could ever emerge from association between us.
I should like you to understand the intensity of this conviction on my part. It is not out of any attempt to be rude that I say this but because of all that I value in human experience and human achievement."
Imagine seeing Russell's letter as a call to dialogue when it's literally the refusal of a public discussion (in the form of televised "debate")
Remember the three pillars of antifascism:
1. Deconstruct the rhetoric
2. Defend the streets
3. Deplatform the speakers
Nothing fruitful comes from dialogue with fascists, do not allow their views airtime in an attempt to have a good faith discussion, because it's impossible. Deconstruct, Defend and Deplatform.
"The three pillars of antifascist action. You must build all three, because if you only do two of them, you are likely to fail. The first thing to do is to DECONSTRUCT the slogans of the fascists. Because the fascist don't have an ideology. They have slogans. They take ideas from left and right. For example, that the problems are caused by the immigrants and not by the bankers. That the life of the common people here will be better if we throw the immigrants away. Something like that. You must deconstruct this."
A key example of this I can't recommend enough is the alt-right playbook, a YouTube series that dissects the meat of fascist arguments without giving them a platform (as so many so-called "antifascists" do with their point-and-response videos)
"The second pillar is that you don't allow them to TERRORIZE the streets, because they don't gather strength by their arguments, they gather strength by terrorizing people. We should not allow them to do this, we should form an anti-fascist mass movement to counter them on the streets."
What is the most visible form of antifascist action is only the second pillar of antifascism. We must oppose them in the streets. The most successful form of this was the battle of cable street, when 3,000 of Mosley's blackshirts (even with 6,000 pigs behind him) were prevented from marching through one of East London's Jewish communities, by an antifascist bloc 20,000 strong.
They shall not pass! #Nopasaran
"The third pillar is that you don't allow fascists to have PRESENCE in the institutions and organizations of the civil society. You don't allow them to come into the trade unions, in the cultural clubs, in the musical milieu, or in to the football matches. This is very very important, because if you allow them to appear there, you LEGITIMIZE them. You don't discuss with them. You say, YOU ARE AN ENEMY AND I DO NOT ACCEPT YOUR EXISTENCE."
This is why, contrary to what mastodon.social reply guys may think, Russell's letter is so important. It refuses to legitimize the horrific views of fascism, by treating them sincerely. If you have a platform and you give it to an fascist, even to try and "debate" or have "dialogue" with them, you are no antifascist. You are giving them a platform to fascist ideas, and you like them, must be stopped.
When a fascist tries to claim a public space as their platform you shut them down.
@GreenandBlack I accidentally read some of the comments on those videos, and ouch.
I almost exclusively use youtube through newpipe, which disables them as standard. I'm sorry about that, I hope it didn't affect you too badly
@GreenandBlack I'm OK. Thank you though.
It was certainly an interesting case study into the techniques described in the films!
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