Publisher: AK Press
Released: April 13, 2021
“A must-read for anyone interested in the far-right’s evolution during the Trump era, and its opposition. A collection that delves into the howling abyss and emerges with aplomb.” —Talia Lavin, author of Culture Warlords: My Journey Into the Dark Web of White Supremacy
“[Burley’s] reporting is thorough and imbued with critical nuance as well as deep compassion for the people whose stories he illuminates and a principled commitment to the greater struggle for liberation.” —Kim Kelly, labor journalist at Teen Vogue
“No writer is more knowledgeable about the recent politics and culture of fascism and antifascism in the US than Shane Burley. As a journalist, Burley has closely followed local and national struggles against white supremacy. As a theorist, he has helped us to situate the alt-right and anti-fascism within broader conceptual dynamics. Finally the broad range of his work . . . has been gathered together in Why We Fight—an invaluable resource for . . . imagining a new world in the 21st century.” —Mark Bray, author of Antifa: The Anti-Fascist Handbook
These essays, many published here for the first time, cover the shifts in rhetoric and tactics of the Alt Right since their disastrous Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville in 2017, and the explosion of antifascist, antiracist, and revolutionary organizing that has risen to fight it. Burley unpacks the moment we live in, confronting the apocalyptic feelings brought on by nationalism, climate collapse, and the crisis of capitalism, but also delivering the clear message that a new world is possible through the struggles communities are leveraging today. Burley reminds us what we're fighting for not simply what we're fighting against.
Shane Burley is a writer and filmmaker and author of Fascism Today: What It is and How to End It.
Natasha Lennard is the author of Being Numerous: Essays on Non-Fascist Life.