August 23, 2017
“Anti-fascism is fundamentally an activity of self-defense.”
by Melville House
“The anti-fascist argument more recently is that you don’t let fascism take even the first step towards normalizing itself, towards ascending the ladder toward power, because once that kind of slippery slope starts and you don’t resist it with your utmost abilities from the beginning, it can become too late.”
These words were spoken yesterday by Mark Bray, author of Antifa: The Anti-Fascist Handbook, on WNYC’s Brian Lehrer Show. As we wrote last week, we decided to publish the book way ahead of schedule in response to the horrific recent events in Charlottesville. Speaking to the Guardian’s Alison Flood this week, our co-founder and co-publisher Dennis Johnson explained, “When the president said what he said, it made the book seem even more urgent.”
Mark brings that urgency to all of his conversations about antifa and Antifa. In just the past two weeks, he’s brought it to the Washington Post, Democracy Now, Meet the Press (er, twice), and a number of other outlets. And yesterday he brought it to the Brian Lehrer Show, where he talked with Brian and took questions from New Yorkers — some in support of antifa, and some vehemently opposed to it. Pour yourself a coffee, settle in, and give it a listen right over here:
Antifa: The Anti-Fascist Handbook is on sale now. Buy your copy here, or at your neighborhood independent bookstore.