It’s been a turbulent couple of weeks.
From sabotage against the Dakota Access Pipeline, baseball bats to buses carrying anti-trans Christian Dominionists, to the clashes that broke out on March 25th across the US as hardcore Trump supporters, ‘Deplorables,’ members of the Alt-Right, militia members, the Soldier of Odin, and neo-Nazis of all stripes took to the streets to support their billionaire “God Emperor.” Ironically, these #MAGAMARCH events are taking place at a time when support for the President has never been lower. Even sections of Trump’s former base are falling away, as poor and working-class people are starting to see just how much their lives will be impacted if various programs are attacked.
And if Trump’s budget proposal is any indication, two things are clear: we are likely heading to war soon and poor and working-class people are going to be hit the hardest while at the same time, are going to be sold ‘pie in the sky’ by Bannon, Trump, and the apologists for the regime.
Thank god we defeated globalism.
What lies ahead remains uncertain. If Trump is dethroned, which is of course is not certain, or is pushed out by a mass upheaval, if he steps down himself, or he is removed by the “deep State,” it is sure to provoke a response from the insurgent far-Right base in defense of the regime. Already at even ‘mainstream’ conservative events such as CPAC, we hear calls for the far-Right base to be ready to defend the State from ‘the Left.’ At the same time, it seems that even as Trump’s legitimacy itself falls apart, caused largely due to not only his policies being broad attacks on the population but also simply a continuation of business as usual, that chaos in itself feels like a threat to the far-Right. There is also the question of what happens when enough people on the Right grow tired of him. What comes next? We’re not rocket scientists, but we’re guessing it’s probably not good.
For the majority of Trump supporters, the desire to hold on to old systems of power and authority that are crumbling all around us also mirrors the desire held by a lot of liberals to cling to “progressive” ideas such as non-violence, respectability politics, reformism, and electoralism. The problem is, such systems of governance, be they laissez-faire capitalist, authoritarian, or progressive really don’t matter that much in the face of this empire and its infrastructure falling apart. Also, millions of millennials are being pushed into a world much worse than their parents encountered, working harder for less and less money, and seeing their ability to house, feed, and and take care of themselves and their families becoming more difficult. As time progresses, many young people are seeing capitalism itself as the problem generating these side effects, not easily selected targets of the far-Right such as feminists, liberals, Muslims, or immigrants.
Meanwhile, many everyday people on the Right think that a billionaire that has colluded with everyone from the Clintons to organized crime his entire life is somehow outside of the political class and will ‘shake things up,’ just as millions of liberals thought that Obama or Sanders represented a real threat to the existing power structure. But what both cling to overall is an unwavering belief in the State itself. At the heart of this is a desire to hold onto a system of management, albeit in slightly different forms. For both of them, they celebrate their own lack of agency and the primacy of ‘strong’ leaders to shape and change the world in ways that they think will somehow benefit them. What all of this misses is that the State, the economy, all of it – is not neutral. These things are not designed to benefit us, but instead use, exploit, and control us.
So much a part of being an American in today’s world is being awash in this spectacle of separation. Thus we constantly are complaining, but never doing anything about anything. We always have an opinion about everything under the sun, but never an overall analysis of the totality of the systems of power and control. Most Americans are in a constant state of passivity yet also extreme anxiety about our inability to change our surroundings, which often leaves us in a constant state of waiting for someone else to do it for us. Thus, many despise politicians, but also are always waiting around for the right one. And while we wait, this system gives us the ability to comment on everything and document every aspect of our lives, but never to examine the shallowness of these lives or what makes them so. To be an American is to celebrate the resignation of agency in the face of statism and the industrial capitalist economy, yet celebrate this reality as a virtue. “At least I know I’m free.”
This is also why the largest majority of Americans didn’t vote last November, and probably won’t in a few years. This is why so many people are becoming involved with actual movements and struggles with teeth, not passive pushing for policy, reform, and non-profit driven organizing that simply seeks to rearrange the deck chairs on the Titanic.
In that spirit, let’s get to the news.
Trump that Regime
This last few weeks saw Trump’s popularity continued to fall, first due to Trump complaining that President Obama had wiretapped his phones although offering no evidence. Then, Democrats pushed for probes into Trump’s connection to Russia which led to news breaking that the FBI had indeed begun to look into the Trump administration’s ties with Russia. Then there was the disastrous fallout within Republican circles over a new healthcare plan, with some siding with Trump, others with the freedom caucus, an a lot totally afraid of pissing of their working-class base. Trump’s former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn has also come forward to say that he willing to testify before federal and congressional investigators about ties to Russia if he is granted immunity. This continued fall from grace for Trump led some conservative establishment icons such as the Wall Street Journal to write off Trump as a “fake President,” and much fanfare in the liberal media has been given to former Trump supporters who have publicly begin to distance themselves from the administration.
While much of the Democratic Party machine plays up talks about Trump’s connections to Russia, they largely have been supportive of Trump’s plans, budget, attacks on immigrants, and push towards war. For the Democrats, they simply want to be back calling the shoots; they fundamentally have nothing against Trump’s overall push for ecocide, global war, and attacks on workers, the poor, immigrants, and communities of color.
But oh, how they want a coup against Trump!:
New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman addressed an open letter to a group of generals, deep state operatives and a corporate executive in President Trump’s cabinet, effectively calling on them to organize a palace coup.
The recipients of Friedman’s letter, code-named “Calling On a Few Good Men,” are three generals—Secretary of Defense James Mattis, National Security Adviser H. R. McMaster and Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly—along with CIA Director Mike Pompeo and the former oil tycoon and current Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.
Friedman gives voice to tendencies in and around the Democratic Party that are prepared, in pursuit of their McCarthyite-style demonization of Russia, to welcome a palace coup that would impose a military/intelligence/corporate junta on the American people. The wealthy and corrupt social layers for whom the millionaire columnist speaks are motivated by two primary concerns.
The Trump administration is also pushing to slash billions from social programs while moving that money towards the defense industry. Such a move is going to be disastrous, but will also open up opportunities for anarchists to come in and build dual-power structures as well as challenge the legitimacy of the government to do anything. If the popularity of the ‘anarchist pot hole fixers’ is any indication, now is the time to start thinking about how we can take power out of the hands of the State (or fill the vacuum left by budget cuts), with autonomy, community, and horizontal structures.
Nick Mulvaney, the man behind Trump’s budget plan.
As NYMag wrote on the coming cuts:
President Trump’s new budget would increase defense spending by $54 billion — while slashing funding for medical research, climate science, public housing, education, aid to the indigent, infrastructure, and many, many other things. On Thursday morning, the White House’s budget director Mick Mulvaney explained that these changes were inspired by one, simple question: “Can we ask the taxpayer to pay for this?”
Here’s what he said:
“When you start looking at places that we reduce spending, one of the questions we asked was, can we really continue to ask a coal miner in West Virginia or a single mom in Detroit to pay for these programs? The answer was no,” Mulvaney told MSNBC’s Morning Joe. “We can ask them to pay for defense, and we will, but we can’t ask them to continue to pay for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.”
Think kind of doublethink is as disgusting as it is dangerous, and tries to brush away the reality that millions of poor people depend on social programs from food stamps, support for survivors of domestic violence, to medicare, to Meals on Wheels – simply because they cannot get by under the current system. This is also a snake oil that Trump isn’t selling very well, as some Trump supporters are becoming angered at his broad attacks on the poor and working class. We’ve been seeing this reality play out for over a month now, as town hall meetings organized by both parties have bristled with anger over cuts to social programs and the proposed Republican health care plan. As anarchists, let’s try and play on these tensions. People expected Trump to shake things up and make their lives better; let’s continue to point out that Trump is business as usual to the extreme if anything. Let’s go beyond just being ‘anti-Trump’ and all this liberal nonsense about orange faces and tiny hands, Trump’s proto-fascist oligarchy is fucking disgusting and makes American great for the billionaires, not the majority of people who depend on wages, pensions, or assistance to get by.
Trump’s proposal cuts many programs that are more intuitively valuable to coal miners in West Virginia — and single mothers in Detroit — than a 10 percent increase in defense spending. The president’s budget cuts funding for early-childhood education, public housing, transit, food assistance, and job training — all programs that disproportionately benefit single mothers in cities with low median incomes. And it also abolishes the Appalachian Regional Commission and Rural Business-Cooperative Service, while shrinking the Labor Department — all moves that disadvantage coal miners.
Trump has also continued with much self-applause to tout that he is keeping jobs in the US and forcing various corporations to do so. As with everything about Trump, or any politician, this is largely a smokescreen, as Trump is using isolated incidents as evidence of broad policy changes:
In a statement posted Tuesday on Twitter, Trump wrote, “Big announcement by Ford today. Major investment to be made in three Michigan plants. Car companies coming back to US. JOBS! JOBS! JOBS!”
The comments were in response to an announcement by Ford that it was investing $1.2 billion in three Michigan plants. The company plans to invest $850 million at its Michigan Assembly Plant to make the new Ford Ranger and Bronco. It is also spending $150 million to expand capacity at its Romeo engine plant and is spending $200 million to build a new advanced data center next to its Flat Rock, Michigan, plant.
In fact, the Ford announcement did not represent new investments, but a restating of plans it agreed to as part of the 2015 contract negotiations with the United Auto Workers (UAW). Under terms of that sellout deal, the UAW agreed to allow the Detroit automakers to significantly expand the number of super-exploited temporary workers and provide paltry raises for senior workers while maintaining the hated two-tier wage system. The goal was to slash US production costs in line with the policy of “insourcing” by the Obama administration—i.e., luring investment in the US based on promises of cheap labor.
Trump’s role in supposedly saving jobs at Ford follows his trumpeting of claims to have preserved the jobs of workers at the Carrier heating furnace factory in Indianapolis, Indiana. The agreement negotiated by Trump was a boondoggle for Carrier. It only preserved a portion of the jobs at the plant in a deal that entailed federal tax changes and deregulation that would save the company more than the $65 million it would get by shifting production to Mexico.
The so-called jobs program of Trump is based on a massive intensification of the exploitation of the working class, combined with tax handouts to business and the elimination of environmental, health and safety regulations.
In short, Trump is making changes, but he’s working to push down standards, pay, and benefits offered to American workers as a way of moving more money to corporations and making the lives of workers more precarious and impoverished. This is not a shift away from neoliberalism, but its authoritarian conclusion.
The Trump administration also moved to attack internet privacy drastically:
The rules, which had not yet gone into effect, would have required Internet service providers to get your permission before collecting and sharing your data. The providers have data on your web browsing history, app usage and geo-location. Providers would also have been required to notify customers about the types of information collected and shared.
Republicans just voted to roll back FCC privacy protections that would have prevented your internet service provider from selling your private browsing history.
After passing the Senate earlier in the week, the House approved a measure on Tuesday which would allow broadband providers like AT&T, Spectrum or Comcast to sell your online data to marketers (as well as corporate and government spies).
The vote in both chambers was split along party lines, with the GOP voting in favor of selling your porn habits to just about anyone who cares to pay for them, including maybe future employers. Naturally, many of these legislators were also the recipient of large donations from the telecommunications industry.
The debacle over the proposed health-care bill shows many of the fissures within both the ruling class as well as the administration itself. Overall the proposed Republican plan was extremely unpopular, and pushed to slash coverage for people and also moved to take away medicare for millions of poor and working poor people. The plan also gives millions in tax cuts to the super rich. In short, if you’re poor or working class, this plan would probably have fucked you. If you’re super rich, you probably would have gotten richer.
Paul Ryan, an authoritarian Libertarian in many respects, praised this money because it was going after and destroying State safety nets for the working-class. Others, such as the those within the so-called “Freedom Caucus” thought that the plan didn’t go far enough, and called it “Obamacare Lite.” Basically, they were hoping for more of an Any Randian policy of total free market fucking us, rather than a mix of State and market fucking us. Many Republicans however were more worried about the threat of open class war within their base of support, which might revolt against them if their healthcare was threatened on a mass scale.
Steve Bannon, who has talked more shit about Paul Ryan than a first year rapper trying to get notice, has long painted Ryan part of the ‘globalist’ wing of the Republican party. Breitbart even panned the health-care bill. But like those within the Freedom Caucus, this opposition comes only because Bannon feels like Ryan’s health-care plan does not go far enough to attack the ‘administrative State,’ i.e. any sort of safety net for poor and working-class people. Interestingly enough, Bannon also threatened members of the Freedom Caucus, pushing them to vote for the plan, however this appears to have backfired and failed, with many Republicans laughing at Bannon and telling him to go “back to his website.”
The failure of the healthcare bill is a big blow for Trump, largely because his base of support wanted to attack and defeat Obamacare right out the gate with Trump’s Presidency. In many ways, the demonstrations on March 25th were in part supposed to be celebration rallies for the defeat of the ACA. The defeat of ‘Trumpcare’ however, shows both mass opposition to attacks on the already limited and weak health care offered by the ACA, but also the degree of disunity among the ranks of the Republican party.
This recent video (above) from Abby Martin on Empire Files serves as a pretty good introduction into Steve Bannon’s world view, but overall his fascination with war and a drive to have one in the next few years. Know your enemy.
Lastly, the counter-protests to the #MAGAMARCHES were by and large successful, although in some cities opposition did not materialize, and in others, such as Huntington Beach, violent clashes broke out and antifascists were very outnumbered.
Denver counter-Trump protest happening now "The People They Hate Make America Great" pic.twitter.com/1wMO7MRTWb
— Unicorn Riot (@UR_Ninja) March 25, 2017
It appears that these rallies will continue, although they may get smaller and more sporadic, but will also continue to move in a similar trajectory. This includes becoming more comprised of more hardcore far-Right elements while moving away from just being about Trump, but to being centered around support for veterans and law enforcement. This is why we saw much more of a ‘Blue Lives Matter’ presence at March 25th, along with a growth of far-Right biker and militia organizations. We will also continue to see members of the Alt-Right and neo-Nazis on the streets, as we saw at nearly every Trump event. In many cities, it was those on the far-Right who were attempting to keep the marches going.
With the information that we have from March 25th, we should work hard on mapping out the networks within the Right and exposing the contradictions. We should also push to not only chip away at support for Trump, but also find ways to out maneuver those organizing these demonstrations. While many of the March 25th events were great successes, such as in Philadelphia, Denver, Milwaukee, and elsewhere, other cities saw arrests and violent clashes. Let’s think how we can both move forward, and also not get stuck in a rut of reacting to the far-Right; in ceding ground to them and allowing them to call the shots for engagement.
In the end, our biggest weapons are the relationships that we can build and the networks we form. Let’s think about how we can bring new people into the work and also how we can use the ascended moment to win over public support.
— Smash Racism DC (@SmashRacismDC) March 31, 2017
Break the ICE
While Trump’s ratings have plummeted and much of his attempts and policy have failed time and again, the changes in immigration policies have led to a mass crackdown of immigrant communities and a string of raids.
Just this week, ICE agents in Chicago shot and injured someone in a raid that they later claimed, wasn’t even a suspect. Some local groups in Chicago wrote in a statement:
Yesterday Felix Torres, a 53-year-old resident of the Belmont-Cragin neighborhood, was shot by an immigration agent during a home raid in the northwest side of Chicago. Felix is currently hospitalized and according to reports he is in critical condition.
In response, the People’s Response Team, Organized Communities Against Deportations (OCAD), and Mijente put together the following joint statement.
Yesterday’s shooting of Felix Torres by an Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE) agent shows that immigration raids make our communities unsafe and expose the heightened militarized tactics utilized by ICE to detain people in our communities. It also highlights reasons why our local governments must take action to stand on the side of immigrant communities, demand accountability and transparency from ICE, and do everything in their power to help this family and prevent future raids from taking place.
The Chicago ICE Field office and its director, Ricardo Wong, have repeatedly planned and executed violent raids in homes, work places, churches, and locations where our communities are supposed to feel safe. These raids have involved firearms, physical force, threats, manipulation, biometric fingerprinting machines, and ruses with the intent to force their way into people’s homes. These are clear violations of our communities civil and human rights.
The shooting of Mr. Torres is disgusting, but shows what happens when immigration police are given extreme power to harass, repression, and attack working people. We need to sound the alarm on this incident, for it shows that such actions are a threat to entire communities, not select “bad apples” as suggested by the Trump regime.
In Watsonville, people protested a company with connections to the Border Wall:
— Indybay (@Indybay) March 31, 2017
Tess Owen wrote recently that ICE agents are coming down hard in sanctuary cities out of revenge for non-cooperation:
Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents conducted raids in retaliation against at least one sanctuary city that declined to cooperate with federal immigration laws, a federal judge determined. New reports indicate it might be more widespread than just his city.
U.S. Magistrate Judge Andrew Austin said in an immigration hearing Monday that the ICE carried out city-wide raids in Austin, TX that netted more than 50 people at the end of January to retaliate against the local sheriff’s department, which instituted a policy to limit cooperation with federal immigration law.
CNN, citing a senior US immigration official, reports Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents were also instructed to focus their efforts on sanctuary cities in general.
It’s important to remember that these raids in themselves involve massive amounts of violence and that further deaths and shootings are sure to follow as Trump continues to push for a broad crackdown:
Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raids continue to escalate throughout the country, from major cities such as Fort Worth, Texas, and Chicago, Illinois, to suburbs like Rockville, Maryland and rural towns like Geneseo, New York. These efforts involve mass arrests, the detention of entire families, including many with members who are US citizens, and an increased collaboration between ICE and local police officials.
These raids, carried out under the Orwellian banner of “securing the community” and “public safety,” are aimed at achieving the exact opposite: the spread of fear and intimidation within working class communities. These attacks are a manifestation of the ruthless elements of Trump’s “law and order” campaign against the most vulnerable layers of the working class.
The raids are combined with the first steps to carry out Trump’s notorious campaign pledge to build a wall across the entire southwest border of the United States. The White House sent a message to Congress Tuesday requesting $1 billion in funds to carry out construction, mainly in two key areas: a 28-mile segment of levee wall near McAllen, Texas, in the Rio Grande Valley; and two segments near San Diego, California, the most heavily used crossing between the US and Mexico, also totaling 28 miles. There are another six miles of wall in smaller projects.
These raids are also continuing to be carried out with military style toys, as the 1st of May Anarchist Alliance writes:
30-50 people were picked up by immigration in a raid on Saturday near Green & Lafayette in Detroit, Michigan. An armored personnel carrier was used as well as a mobile command center we were not able to photograph. 140 officers were involved in the operation and is being presented as the raiding of a chicken fighting investigation. More on that here
The Armored Personnel Carriers on our streets are for intimidation and creating a sense of fear, while being presented as “law and order”. It is unclear if authorities attempting to tie this to chicken fighting is part of a broader attempt to make the raids more acceptable. What is clear is that the extreme show of force (140 officers. wtf) and militarized equipment give us a sense of what undocumented folks are up against. We have a responsibility to stand with them against these attacks and attempts to paint this as a crackdown on “criminal activity”.
We can’t forget that a mass crackdown in happening all around us, often without much media coverage or protest from the Left. Let’s push to continue to get involved in the hard and longtime work of making relationships, but also keeping our eyes out for opportunities that this whole thing may crack open in the face of mass repression.
Also, we encourage people to check out the amazing recent documentaries that Unicorn Riot has put out, namely Crisis: Borderlands as well as a recent release on Jeanette Vizguerra, who has been resisting deportation by taking sanctuary in a Denver church.
— Unicorn Riot (@UR_Ninja) April 1, 2017
Throw Patriarchy Under the Bus
As we have already reported, the #FreeSpeechBus comes from a few mega Dominionist Christian and Catholic non-profits, who have essentially switched from using gay marriage to rake in money to now, targeting trans people.
Since their attempted tour began, they been met with fierce resistance. First in NYC, their goddamn bus was attacked with a fucking bat and “trans liberation” was written on the side of the bus. The reaction on social media to the attack is telling, as by and large those associated with the bus went and cried while most other people laughed at their expense. The vandalism also took the bus off the road for several days and focused a lot of media and scrutiny on the project behind the bus itself as well as kicked off a wave of copycat actions.
In short, the attack totally fucking worked. It changed the narrative that a passive and boring protest never could. It brought attention to what happen with an uncompromising statement of both attack and liberation. It also invited others to engage in similar or congruent actions as the tour continued. Plus, according to this article it forced the bus not only off the road but also kept them from even getting off the goddamn thing in some cities.
While the tour is now off it’s original dates, it appears to be heading to Philadelphia and then Washington DC next. More info here.
Plus, check out this shit:
— New York City Antifa (@NYCAntifa) March 31, 2017
New haven antifascists keeping it real pic.twitter.com/18Sk7Fxa8v
— ian ☭ Ⓐ ☕️ (@shitty_haircut) March 27, 2017
— New York City Antifa (@NYCAntifa) March 28, 2017
— It's Going Down (@IGD_News) March 30, 2017
If you see the #FreeSpeechBus, fuck it up.
— Thunderf33t (@Thunderf33t1) April 1, 2017
According to KilledbyPolice.net, since the start of 2017, 300 people have been killed by US law enforcement this year. That’s over 3 per day.
Victoria Law also has a new article out how cuts to prison visits are switching person to person visitation with “face-time” technology. Finally, Arkansas is pushing forward to execute eight inmates in eleven days:
Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson ordered the spree of executions on February 27 after learning that one of the drugs in the three-drug cocktail used in executions, midazolam, was set to expire at the end of April.
Despite the gruesome results from the use of midazolam, states continue to employ it in lethal injection drug cocktails. The Supreme Court ruled in 2015 that the use of midazolam did not constitute cruel and unusual punishment.
The use of midazolam and the accelerated execution schedule for the eight Arkansas inmates, which will place even greater pressure on the staff responsible for carrying out the killings, guarantees further botched executions.
Death to the Black Snakes
A suspect burned a hole into the Dakota Access Pipeline in Mahaska County, according to the sheriff’s office.
On March 13, an employee with the Dakota Access Pipeline reported the damage to the sheriff’s office. It occurred near the 2300 block of Queens Avenue in Oskaloosa.
Mahaska County Sheriff Russ VanRenterghem said someone took a blowtorch to the pipeline and burned a hole in it. He said the portion that was damaged was above ground and surrounded by a security fence with wire. The burned portion was a safety valve used to shut off that portion of the pipeline if a leak occurred, he said.
Sioux County Sheriff’s Office officials say the Dakota Access Pipeline was vandalized in two locations last week.
Authorities responded at 2 p.m. to two areas south of Hospers where they surmised that someone attempted to burn holes into the above-ground valves, a Sioux County Sheriff’s Office press release says. Deputies secured both locations.
The FBI will take over the investigation of the Sioux County vandalism. Their team is already investigating other instances of vandalism in Mahaska County and in South Dakota.
Meanwhile, pipeline battles continue across the US and so-called North America.
— Donny Lairson (@Donny_Lairson) March 31, 2017
White Power Failure
We here at IGD pride ourselves in making fun of Richie Richard Spencer for being a trust-fund fuck. But we had no idea how deep that hole went! Apparently Spency has been getting money from the government for a goddamn cotton farm!:
[Spencer said that] America’s rise was “not through black people” and “has nothing to do with slavery,” Spencer retorted. “White people could have figured out another way to pick cotton,” he said. “We do it now.”
He is in a position to know. Spencer, along with his mother and sister, are absentee landlords of 5,200 acres of cotton and corn fields in an impoverished, largely African American region of Louisiana, according to records examined by Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting. The farms, controlled by multiple family-owned businesses, are worth millions: A 1,600-acre parcel sold for $4.3 million in 2012.
The Spencer family’s farms are also subsidized by the federal government. From 2008 through 2015, the Spencers received $2 million in US farm subsidy payments, according to federal data.
While we doubt that this will matter to Spencer’s popularity with meme-frog fucks, it it hilarious to see the press attack Spencer with great zeal; as they have also revealed that he lost his non-profit tax exempt status recently.
Gavin McInnes, who looks like a hipster Stephen King monster, has recently received praise from neo-Nazis across the world and slid more and more into the realm of open anti-Semitism. According to Salon:
McInnes’ media personality involves a stance of “political incorrectness,” and he mostly spends his time titillating his audience by using racial slurs and pushing apseudo-edgy misogyny, a shtick that got him a spot as a Fox News contributor for several years as well as gigs hosting various video series and podcasts. But he has managed to keep one foot in more mainstream conservatism by avoiding the the overtly Nazi-style tropes of overt racism and anti-Semitism that have come to define the alt-right.
Until recently, that is. On March 11 a video was posted of McInnes coughing up a really elaborate apology for Holocaust denial and anti-Semitism. The social-media kerfuffle over this was enough to cause McInnes to do something he rarely does: backtrack, sort of.
Here’s some background: McInnes is part of The Rebel Media, a right-wing website run by Ezra Levant, who is more or less Canada’s answer to Glenn Beck. Recently, Levant and a handful of his hosts, including McInnes, went to Israel to generate a series of video reports using the ongoing conflicts in the Middle East to promote The Rebel’s Islamophobic views and its support for a more oppressive Israeli security state.
Avoiding all appearance of pandering to anti-Semitism would seem to be important in forging an alliance with the Israeli right. Apparently this expectation was more than McInnes could handle, because he put up a lengthy video rant on a non-Rebel feed where he minimized and made excuses for Holocaust denial and Nazism.
“I’m becoming anti-Semitic,” McInnes rambles in the video, which was excerpted by a YouTube user named Jason.
Protests continue to hound white nationalist and libertarian speaker Charles Murray, a eugenicist and author of The Bell Curve, which argued that there are differences in intelligence for races. The study has been universally attacked and debunked, but Murray is finding new life in the age of Trump and the Alt-Right. Keep the pressure on!
Students protest at Dr. Charles Murray's lecture at Villanova pic.twitter.com/AuOtZiiQHr
— Patrick Manning (@Manning_FoxNews) March 30, 2017
Lastly, Craig Cobb, best known for terrorizing a small town of almost all white people to the point where they kicked him and his friends in the National Socialist Movement out and burned down his house – had his new house burned down! Cobb has been trying to do the same thing he started to do in North Dakota several years ago, (as seen in the film, Welcome to Lief) start a white nationalist community in a small town and create a political base for power. Guess Cobb didn’t get too far. From one media report:
A church in Nome, N.D., purchased by self-proclaimed white supremacist Craig Cobb burned to the ground on Wednesday afternoon, police said.
The fire destroyed the over 100-year-old church in Nome, a town 70 miles southwest of Fargo. No one was in the church when the fire broke out, and no injuries were reported. The cause remains unknown.
Burn baby burn!
The General Defense Committee (GDC) of the IWW also organized rallies in Seattle and in Minneapolis against the shooting of one of its members by an Alt-Right Milo support in January. In Seattle, someone was de-arrested from police. Hell yeah!
— Unicorn Riot (@UR_Ninja) April 1, 2017
UW campus police just lost control & attacked a woman defending herself from a skinhead. pic.twitter.com/3JkPfPRbEl
— neal wells (@realnealwells) March 31, 2017
— neal wells (@realnealwells) March 31, 2017
Racist far-Right attacks continue:
— Imraan Siddiqi (@imraansiddiqi) March 29, 2017
Mass demonstrations also took place for Timothy Caughman, the 66 year old African-American man who was murdered by James Harris Jackson, a member of the Alt-Right. Jackson traveled to New York to kill black men, he stabbed Caughman with a sword, killing him. Jackson was a fan of The Daily Stormer and Richard Spencer.
On Friday night, hundreds of New Yorkers took the streets to lift up Timothy Caughman. pic.twitter.com/6fEHzwMFT9
— agitator in chief (@soit_goes) March 26, 2017
Lastly, mega fuck-boy and all around POS ‘Augustus Invictus’ is now crying about possibly being pied by Vermin Supreme at a Libertarian event that was shut down because he is coming to it. Invictus has truly reached a high point in an already shitty career.
If you want another reason why millennials need a revolution against capitalism, a new report shows that 1 in 8 junior college students is homeless. This endemic poverty has led to mass drug use, itself leading to overdose deaths of over 50,000 people. The tragedy of the Flint water crisis continues as thousands of AT&T workers are set to walk out on strike:
17,000 AT&T workers in California and Nevada walked out on strike today after the company violated their agreement: https://t.co/fwjYZvteZv
— Julia Carmel (@JuliaCarmel__) March 22, 2017
Meanwhile, in Chicago people are fighting back against water poisoning:
— Jordan (@JordanChariton) March 25, 2017
And in Long Beach renters are pushing for a rent strike:
— Housing Long Beach (@HousingLB) March 31, 2017
It’s Going Down!
It is now the ‘Week of Solidarity Against Repression!‘ Take action! Go hard! Stay strong!