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Ctrl-Alt-Delete (Paperback) (Matthew N. Lyons & Its Going Down & K. Kersplebedeb & Bromma)
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This booklet addresses the origins and rise of the so-called“alt-right,” the fascistic movement that grabbed headlines in the monthsleading up to the 2016 election of Donald Trump as president of theUnited States.The first essay, Matthew Lyons’s “CTRL-ALT-DELETE,” is a thorough surveyof the origins of the alt-right, a look at its constituent parts andbeliefs at the present time, as well as observations about how itsfuture relationship with the Trump administration may play out. Ofparticular interest, Lyons draws attention to the importance of sexismand misogyny within this movement, to its long-term “metapolitical”strategy, as well as to the tensions between the disparate groups thathave found their home under its banner.Supplementing “CTRL-ALT-DELETE” is an essay written by comrades from theIts Going Down website, “The Rich Kids of Fascism.” This is a view fromactivists currently involved in opposing both the far right and thestate, on the streets. As its title would imply, "Rich Kids" focuses onthe elitist class politics of the alt right, and how that sets it apartfrom other far right phenomenon like boneheads or militias. Looking atthe alt-right’s fortunes over the past few years, IGD show the roleplayed by both the media, and white racist fears about the ongoingstruggles of Black people and immigrants, in feeding this threat.An appendix, “Notes on Trump,” by Bromma, serves not so much as acounterpoint, as a contextualization. Not directly addressing thealt-right itself, Bromma’s Notes posit that the election of Trump andthe rise of the far right are not simple accidents of history, nor theresult of some single failure on our side or success on theirs, but areconjoined expressions of a deep shift within the world economy. As heargues, “What’s coming into view, semi-hidden underneath the frenziedsoap opera of reactionary populism, is that the tide of globalizationhas crested and started to recede.”The alt right in one expression of this reactionary moment. We mustoppose them, but also prepare ourselves to oppose what might come next.Understanding one’s enemy can only help in this regard, and indeed athorough understanding of an opposing political force can also help usprepare for future far right iterations.That is why this booklet is being offered now. A tool for work thatneeds doing. Let’s get started.
Number of Pages: 122
Genre: Political Science
Publisher: A K Pr Distribution
Author: Matthew N. Lyons & Its Going Down & K. Kersplebedeb & Bromma
Street Date: March 1, 2017
Item Number (DPCI): 248-45-2011
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