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Withstanding Fascism & Brutality

Fascism, however we "define" it, has meant a particularly brutal and harsh form of governance within imperial metropoles, a much more active pursuit of genocide, a more naked and totalitarian form of domination of labor and other mass organizations. fascism distinguishes itself by seeking to reconstitute the individual personality and the state in a 'revolutionary; fashion.
Withstanding Fascism & Brutality

Fascism, however we "define" it, has meant a particularly brutal and harsh form of governance within imperial metropoles, a much more active pursuit of genocide, a more naked and totalitarian form of domination of labor and other mass organizations. This is not a linguistic question. Other forms of social and political organization are also capable of excesses, but fascism distinguishes itself by seeking to reconstitute the individual personality and the state in a 'revolutionary; fashion. In the third world, imperialism has long operated through dictatorial, militaristic puppet regimes that carried out bloody repression. Whether those can correctly be called "fascist" is arguable -- they are responding to pressures from above and outside their own societies and often have a limited mass base within. But if we are facing anything close to that, we need to adjust our organizing dramatically.

I think the current political context in the US, whether we label it fascist or not, calls for a whole range of things connected to the idea of more clandestine struggle (I am not thinking of illegal or armed action here). Nonetheless, we do need to incorporate the same sense that 'from-below" fascist forces have long grasped - that independent political action must make use of all forms of struggle and all means of exerting countervailing power. The abiding lesson of fascism is that the alleged state monopoly on armed power is a polite fiction aimed at disarming the oppressed.

We need to strategize based on an understanding that mainstream media work is almost entirely pointless, at least as currently conceived. The FCC has put the finishing stroke on a set of media "regulations" that will finalize the transformation of "journalism" and "entertainment" into corporate/state propaganda. Simply turning back the final straw, after the camel's back has been broken, is not enough. Previous court rulings have made it clear that freedom of speech and the press are essentially protected only for corporate interests. Mainstream electoral work -- in an era when the Supreme Court has ruled, and enforced the doctrine, that there is no individual right to vote in the US -- is similarly pointless. I think some alternatives are happening -- developing our own media, pirate radio, webcasting, using indymedia -- but remember, the Internet is closely monitored and subject to being choked off. I think we might want to look back into bulletin board systems (direct connect phone call into a computer storing information).

We need to cultivate relationships with media that serve people of color. There was a significant difference between the attitudes of people of color towards the war and coverage of the war in POC media (even bourgeois, mainstream, corporate POC media), and those of the white population and the general media. Chicken or egg doesn't matter here, but in NY, Chicago, LA, Atlanta etc. there are Black, Spanish-language, Asian and other "minority" oriented media outlets that still provide a little room and outlet that is unavailable in general-audience print and broadcast media.

Relatedly, we need to focus more energy on less public forms of organizing -- something besides demonstrations. I think we need to organize deeper and more sustained initiatives of our own away from public scrutiny, not simply reacting to state and fascist provocations. We need to listen more, as a means not only of intelligence gathering on the enemy, but also of understanding what's on the minds of the people we want to work with and among. We need to develop community-based grass roots anti-racist and anti-empire work that has endurance, and that rewards people in the doing of it. I am not saying to abandon confrontation with nazis, but public venues are going to be increasingly controlled and subject to massive repression. The same holds true for anti-globalization protests at WTO-type gatherings. We need to think about methods of infiltration and subversion of state and fascist initiatives, as well as counter-organizing a base for anti-racist culture and resistance among people who would otherwise be drawn to the nazi "solution."

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We need a Womyn's Progressive Political Party! 08.Dec.2004 19:30

Wollstonecraft

The exclusion of the "anti-sexist" agenda from this article is one of the main reasons why womyn must organize a political arm to dismantle the mecanisms that give rise to fascism. The Patriarchal culture with a male-dominate State create a culture where inequality and injustice are made acceptable and the norm.
Yes, a few token wo-men mostly from the middle class intelligentsia were allowed in (ie., tolerated) provided they did not rock the Patriarch's boat too much. The likes of Maggie Thatcher, Madeleine Albright and Hilary Clinton will still be welcomed because they believe in the capitalist patriarchal killing machine.

But, it is important to publicize that womyn are the majority of the population of registered voters and those who actually go to the polls - that's a lot of power - wasted. Injustice,inequality,exclusion of womyn and violence are the components of the Patriarchal state so it doesn't matter who is voted in Kerry or Bush. Nothing will change for womyn.

Until the day, womyn start using their power at the ballot box and in the consumer world to dismantle the corporate state and the Patriarchal religions. Corporations need consumers and womyn make up the bulk of consumers. The world needs peace and womyn can oppose the militarization of culture in many ways. Womyn and children have always been the innocent victims of male-originated wars but now it's getting worse: they have become accepted targets in war torn zones.

A Political Progressive Womyn's Party with a militant base can bring back hope to the millions and millions of womyn who suffer because the system excludes them from the decision-making process.