Tuesday, January 17, 2023

Ten books about combating far-right white nationalism through activism

Shane Burley is a journalist and filmmaker based in Portland, Oregon. He is the author of Fascism Today: What It Is and How to End it (2017) and Why We Fight: Essays on Fascism, Resistance, and Surviving the Apocalypse (2021), and the editor of the forthcoming anthology No Pasaran: Antifascist Dispatches from a World in Crisis (2022). His work has been featured in places such as NBC News, The Daily Beast, The Baffler, Full Stop, Al Jazeera, The Independent, Xtra, and Bandcamp Daily.

At Electric Lit Burley tagged "ten books to add to your own antifascist reading list to help counter the despair that white nationalists hope to impart with a heavy dose of rebellion." One title on the list:
V for Vendetta by Alan Moore

While famous in part for its film adaptation of the same name, Alan Moore’s V for Vendetta is one of the most challenging and bleak fictional projections of an increasingly possible future. Exploring a fascistic British society, the story centers on V, a revolutionary who does not simply want to restore the balance of liberal democracy, but instead presents anarchism as the only true solution to fascism. The graphic novel’s “battles of extremes” reflects the real-world contest of radical politics, demonstrating that (to use the fascism scholar Robert Paxton’s term) “mobilizing passions” run underneath revolutionary politics of all stripes. In Moore’s formulation, fascism is the inevitable result of the unstable and vastly unequal world we currently live in, and the only way to stop it is to tear our society from its roots and build a completely new, liberated civilization.
Read about another entry on the list.

V for Vendetta is among Nicole Hill's eleven books in which the main character dies, the Barnes & Noble Review's five top books on uprisings in pursuit of freedom, Lauren Davis's ten most depressing futuristic retirement scenarios in science fiction, and Malorie Blackman's top 10 graphic novels for teenagers.

--Marshal Zeringue