Antifascist Dispatches from a World in Crisis. by Shane Burley (Editor); Tal Lavin (Foreword); David Renton (Afterword). AK Press 2022
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Praise for ¡No Pasarán!
“Academics and pundits have made careers out of debating the definition of fascism. We are deluged with books, each bearing its own definitions, prognoses, caveats, and warnings, only to be bumped off the bestseller list by the next self-proclaimed fascism expert. ¡No Pasarán! is not that book. These writer-activists understand fascism to be a many-headed hydra that defies typologies and strongman tropes and can only be apprehended in the dialectic of resistance. Antifascism is not an exercise in abstract thinking but an active, collective struggle for a new world. This book will get dog-eared and dirty, but not by gathering dust.”
—Robin D. G. Kelley, author of Freedom Dreams: The Black Radical Imagination
“This diverse collection of writings by activists, journalists, and scholars is held together by one theme: understanding and defeating the fascist danger we face today. Our grave moment demands thinking that is both historically informed and attuned to new conditions, both critical and visionary, both militant and creative. ¡No Pasarán! brilliantly achieves all of this.”
—Joe Lowndes, co-author of Producers, Parasites, Patriots: Race and the New Right-Wing Politics of Precarity
“Shane Burley’s multifaceted compendium of writings on antifascist resistance and the far right considerably advances the breadth of resources available to researchers and activists. Drawing on many of the leading voices at the cutting edge of antifascist theory and scholarship, ¡No Pasarán! skewers the popular one-dimensional interpretation of antifascism to reveal how our struggle must challenge all forms of oppression if we are to ever truly build a world free from fascism.”
—Mark Bray, author of Antifa: The Anti-Fascist Handbook
“We can only really understand antifascism through the voices of those most committed to the cause. Above the hubbub of distortion, exaggeration and half-truths, antifascist voices need to ring loud and clear. In ¡No Pasarán!: Antifascist Dispatches from a World of Crisis, these voices are unmistakable. Drawing from rich stores of real-life experience, this forthright book wrestles with what it means for radical antifascists to resist the scourge of fascism and create a fascist-free future.”
—Nigel Copsey, professor of Modern History, Teesside University, UK
“¡No Pasarán!: Antifascist Dispatches from a World in Crisis is a much-needed collection of essays from some of the most notable anti-fascists writing today. Focusing on how we got here as it pertains to fascism and white supremacy, along with what we can do about it, from a diverse cross-section of people who are directly doing the work, this book is a vital read for activists, journalists, and academics alike. These are political stories, and they are deeply personal stories, humanizing ‘antifa’: while also detailing, with plenty of citations, why they—we—are absolutely necessary. Most importantly, these essays don’t just highlight the social problems; they empower the reader to step up with their local community to solve them.”
—Kitty Stryker, editor of Ask: Building Consent Culture
“Looking across history and around the world, ¡No Pasarán! is a must-read for today’s antifascists. These voices call us to embrace solidarity and self-defense and never abandon the fight for a better world as we confront the looming threat of far-right authoritarianism. This compendium of stories and analyses from the frontlines of antifascism will help us meet the daunting demands of our era with clarity, bravery, and camaraderie in the struggle.”
—Dan Berger, co-editor of Remaking Radicalism: A Grassroots Documentary Reader of the United States, 1973–2001
“This is one of my favorite kinds of book, an indispensable resource for creating a world where it would be useless. Equal parts handbook, history and theory, it is both an excellent overview of militant struggles against fascism and a powerful weapon for the fights to come.”
—Vicky Osterweil, author of In Defense of Looting: A Riotous History of Uncivil Action
Contributors include: Kim Kelly, Geo Maher, Hilary A. Moore, Daryle Lamont Jenkins, Emily Gorcenski, Maia Ramnath, Alexander Reid Ross, Matthew N. Lyons, Abner Häuge, Margaret Killjoy, Michael Novick, Jeanelle K. Hope, Maxililian Alvarez, Emmi Bevensee, Frank Miroslav, Ryan Smith, Leila al-Shami, Shon Meckfessel, Patrick Strickland, Mike Bento, Mirna Wabi-Sabi, Benjamin S. Case, Joan Braune, and Margaret Rex.
Shane Burley is an author based in Portland, Oregon. He is the author of Why We Fight: Essays on Fascism, Resistance, and Surviving the Apocalypse (AK Press, 2021) and Fascism Today: What It Is and How to End It (AK Press, 2017), and has appeared in a number of other anthologies and journals. His work has been featured in places such as NBC News, Al Jazeera, The Baffler, The Independent, Jacobin, The Daily Beast, Bandcamp Daily, Jewish Currents, Haaretz, and Full Stop.
David Renton is a barrister, historian, and antifascist activist. His previous books include The New Authoritarians and Fascism” History and Theory. He is based in London, England.
Tal Lavin, is author of Culture Warlords and has had bylines in The New Yorker, The New Republic, New York Times Book Review, Washington Post, the Village Voice, and more. Lavin lives in New York.
AK Press, 564 pages