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CTRL-ALT-DELETE by Matthew Lyons, Its Going Down, Bromma

This booklet addresses the origins and rise of the so-called

“alt-right,” the fascistic movement that grabbed headlines in the months

leading up to the 2016 election of Donald Trump as president of the

United States.

The first essay, Matthew Lyons’s “CTRL-ALT-DELETE,” is a thorough survey

of the origins of the alt-right, a look at its constituent parts and

beliefs at the present time, as well as observations about how its

future relationship with the Trump administration may play out. Of

particular interest, Lyons draws attention to the importance of sexism

and misogyny within this movement, to its long-term “metapolitical”

strategy, as well as to the tensions between the disparate groups that

have found their home under its banner.

Supplementing “CTRL-ALT-DELETE” is an essay written by comrades from the

Its Going Down website, “The Rich Kids of Fascism.” This is a view from

activists currently involved in opposing both the far right and the

state, on the streets. As its title would imply, "Rich Kids" focuses on

the elitist class politics of the alt right, and how that sets it apart

from other far right phenomenon like boneheads or militias. Looking at

the alt-right’s fortunes over the past few years, IGD show the role

played by both the media, and white racist fears about the ongoing

struggles of Black people and immigrants, in feeding this threat.

An appendix, “Notes on Trump,” by Bromma, serves not so much as a

counterpoint, as a contextualization. Not directly addressing the

alt-right itself, Bromma’s Notes posit that the election of Trump and

the rise of the far right are not simple accidents of history, nor the

result of some single failure on our side or success on theirs, but are

conjoined expressions of a deep shift within the world economy. As he

argues, “What’s coming into view, semi-hidden underneath the frenzied

soap opera of reactionary populism, is that the tide of globalization

has crested and started to recede.”

The alt right in one expression of this reactionary moment. We must

oppose them, but also prepare ourselves to oppose what might come next.

Understanding one’s enemy can only help in this regard, and indeed a

thorough understanding of an opposing political force can also help us

prepare for future far right iterations.

That is why this booklet is being offered now. A tool for work that

needs doing. Let’s get started.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781894946858
Publisher: Kersplebedeb Publishing
Publication date: 03/01/2017
Pages: 112
Sales rank: 1,302,106
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.50(d)

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