Jan 1, 2019
In this week’s episode of Coffee with Comrades, Pearson sits down with Shane Burley, author of Fascism Today: What It Is and How to End It. Shane is a film-maker and journalist based out of Portland, OR. His work has appeared in numerous outlets including Jacobin, Alternet, TruthOut, Salon, ThinkProgress, Waging Nonviolence, and many more.
Shane’s recent article from Commune magazine, A History of Violence, provides a historical context for the trial of James Alex Fields, the white nationalist who murdered Heather Heyer and injured dozens of others at Unite the Right in Charlottesville, VA back in 2017. We discuss the current state of the Alt-Right, the monsters of the past and present, the fascist creep, mainstream white supremacy vs. full-fledged white nationalism, the perverse psychological self-image of racists as both victim and conqueror simultaneously, and how we can defend ourselves and our communities from future lone wolf attacks.
Read Shane’s article, A History of Violence.
Buy Shane’s book, Fascism Today: What it Is and How to End It.
Follow Shane on Twitter.
Intro: “I Ain’t Got No Home in this World” by Woody Guthrie
Interlude: “All You Fascists Bound to Lose”
Outro: “Goodnight, Alt-Right” by Stray From the Path