My article, “Understanding France’s General Strike in the Context of the Yellow Vests and Global Class Warfare,” which was workshopped and published here by RED, just came out here in CounterPunch.
Excerpt: “The credibility crisis of the Macron regime is thus connected to a broader legitimacy crisis for the international system of pseudo-representative governments working for the capitalist class. As William I. Robinson has explained in books like Global Capitalism and the Crisis of Humanity, the transnational elite has sought to establish a neoliberal consensus in the era of globalization, which has required the mobilization of a social base that consensually supports it. Although the ruling class has succeeded in integrating the upper-echelons of society and organic intellectuals through ideological and material rewards, the system of global capitalist accumulation has simultaneously undermined the basis for wider hegemonic rule by stripping the popular classes of the material base necessary for their consent. In this regard, the widespread discontent with Macron’s “government of the rich” is indicative of a broader crisis of legitimacy for the global elite technocracy, which is tasked with maintaining or increasing capitalist accumulation while pacifying or subduing all of those who suffer from it.”
My article, “Academic Black Shirts Brutally Assault Students in France,” was published here in CounterPunch and here on RED. A special thanks to John-Patrick Schultz for his insightful comments and suggestions.
In scenes reminiscent of Mussolini’s black shirts, a dozen or so militants dressed in black, some wearing ski masks, brutally beat peaceful protesters who were participating in a general assembly while occupying the School of Law and Political Science in Montpellier, France. Armed with Tasers, cudgels with nails, and reinforced punching gloves, the assailants unleashed a bloody assault on the night of March 22, sending three students to the hospital and injuring many more. The security guards at the university stood idly by and watched the beatings, while the police and riot forces remained outside the university and did not enter to prevent the assailants’ attack.
Wooden Shoe Books, 704 South St., Philadelphia
March 15, 2018, 7 p.m.
The Radical Education Department (RED), which I co-founded with John-Patrick Schultz and others, hosted a discussion about anti-fascist education in both senses of this expression: i) educating ourselves about the deep and broad history of anti-fascism; and ii) mobilizing education as a weapon for anti-fascist struggles today.
Please join the Radical Education Department (RED) and some of our allies for the event listed below. If you can’t make it, stay tuned for a video recording of the event.
“ANTIFASCIST EDUCATION” Wooden Shoe Books, 704 South St., Philadelphia
March 15, 2018, 7 p.m.
The Radical Education Department (RED) is hosting a discussion about anti-fascist education in both senses of this expression: i) educating ourselves about the deep and broad history of anti-fascism; and ii) mobilizing education as a weapon for anti-fascist struggles today.
The discussion will explore the connections between fascism, capitalism, the patriarchy, and racism, as well as the ways that liberal ideology abets fascist movements by misrepresenting issues such as violence and free speech. It will also point out the importance of linking the many sites of antifascist struggles at universities, prisons, public monuments, and beyond. Ultimately, the discussion will map possibilities for countering a rising tide of fascism with a broad radical left politics that isn’t only on the defensive but goes on the offensive!
This event has been organized by John-Patrick Schultz and Gabriel Rockhill, who are founding members of RED, an autonomous collective dedicated to the construction of a radical internationalist Left through the training and federation of its cultural warriors. They will be joined in the conversation by two longstanding activists: Ania Loomba, who has recently been involved with the Campus Antifascist Network, and Kempster (Ghani) Songster, co-founder of The Redemption Project. For more information and/or to get involved: https://radicaleducationdepartment.wordpress.com.
I was interviewed on KPFA’s Flashpoints regarding the article I co-wrote with RED‘s Ramona E. Durán for CounterPunch, entitled “It’s Time to Get Violence: Breaking Down the Assault on Antifa.” To listen to the interview online, click here; to access via iTunes, click here. The interview was broadcast on 9/7/2017, and the discussion with me begins at 16:00. A special thanks to KPFA, Flashpoints and Kevin Pina for organizing the interview.
I am very pleased to have launched, with a number of energetic collaborators, the Radical Education Department. RED is an autonomous collective dedicated to the construction of a radical internationalist Left through the training and federation of its cultural warriors. The full scope of RED’s initial project is outlined here in the “RED Alert Manifesto.” Our primary activities at this point include:
Direct action education, meaning both direct action as education and education regarding the powerful history of direct action.
The constitution of a network of invested cultural warriors and educators, who share the conviction that antifa resistance needs to be accompanied by the positive project of forging new practices of radical education for collective world transformation.
The development of tactics of guerrilla education, which brings radical pedagogical practice to areas where it might be least expected, ranging from corporate universities to the streets of consumerism.
The establishment of an underfunded, left-wing research collaborative as a counter-weight to all of the over-funded, reactionary ‘think-tanks’ and their academic extensions.
The injection of a hardy dose of hard left ideas into the ‘public sphere’ by working as public intellectuals, artists and writers.
The centralization of resources and the development of strategies for fellow travelers around the world.
We welcome collaborators and initiatives. Click here to contact us. If you are interested in getting involved and/or staying up on our activities, please follow our webpage here and like us here on FB. Stay tuned for further updates!