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A Diversity of Tactics is Not Enough; We Need Rules of Engagement

The following is part of a series of responses to the events of August 22, 2001 (A22) in Portland, Oregon. We support any and all genuine and honest discussion that is of use to our movements regardless of whether we agree with what is raised and put forward. We also understand that real debate ca…

It was no Harpers Ferry: August 22d wasn’t an accident, it was a product of our thinking

The following is part of a series of responses to the events of August 22, 2001 (A22) in Portland, Oregon. We support any and all genuine and honest discussion that is of use to our movements regardless of whether we agree with what is raised and put forward. We also understand that real debate can…

“Create a fire in you to fight injustice”: How some Christian theocrats co-opt liberatory themes

New Apostolic Reformers advocate Christian dominance through spiritual warfare, yet some of them also call for empowering women and combating racism. Charismatics seeking dominion over society The New Apostolic Reformation (NAR) is a powerful movement within the Christian right and a leading force f…

There Will Always Be More Of Us: Antifascist Organizing

In keeping with discussion and debate on A22 in PDX and its broader meanings for antifascism and developing a revolutionary liberatory vision, we post the following from Paul O'Banion in which, while making an assessment of that days organizing and actions, O'Banion also stresses that "Our fight aga…

Understanding A22 PDX: Response from a Comrade, “We Go Where They Go” as strategy for militant antifascism

A22 PDX. PB and antifascist confrontation. Photo via APby A ComradeI largely agree with many of the evaluations that the decision to go and confront the fascists at Parkrose was poorly executed and handed the fascists a victory. A lot of other writeups have covered things I would have covered, but I…

Understanding A22 PDX: Broader implications for militant movements

The following is a response by Don H. to the discussion. It goes beyond the specifics of PDX and looks more at the generalized meanings and risks of and for militant organizing, strategies and actions.militant movements can have features that undermine its political base and contribute to its premat…

Understanding A22 PDX: Never Let the Nazis Have the Story! The Narrative Aspect of Conflict

Proud Boys Rally at Delta Park, PDX in 2020. Photo from WaPo.comThe following is part of a series of responses to the events of August 22, 2001 (A22) in Portland, Oregon. They are part of the broader discussion surrounding A22 that we are highlighting. We support any and all genuine and honest disc…

Understanding A22 PDX: Three Responses

The following are three responses we received to the events of August 22, 2001 (A22) in Portland, Oregon. Three sets of voices, each with their own analysis. They are part of the broader discussion surrounding A22 that we are highlightling. These contributions do not represent the analysis or posit…

Understanding A22 PDX : discussion and analysis for the antifascist movements

Proud Boy attacks man in Portland, Aug 22, 2001. Photo Getty ImagesOn August 22nd (A22), Portland, Oregon, played host to another of the demonstration/counter-demonstrations/streetfights that have defined much of the political terrain over the past several years.Simultaneous with the growth of a mas…

Guest post: A Response to “Seven Thesis on the Three-Way Fight”

The concern is that the "everyday antifascism" the author is talking about, is a watered down version of antifascism which focuses too much on uniting with liberals and bourgeois democracy. We've seen some of this in the recent past where militant antifascists, even people who consider themselves to…

Seven Theses on the Three-Way Fight

By Devin Zane Shaw The seven theses I propose here were first published as part of a preface to T. Derbent’s German Communist Resistance 1933–1945, published by Foreign Languages Press (2020). I have reworked parts of that preface here as a standalone essay that aims to summarize the praxis of t…

Review of Robyn Marasco’s “Reconsidering the Sexual Politics of Fascism”

Memorial to Ashli Babbitt, killed during January 6 attack on U.S. Capitol Most critiques of the far right take women for granted. Either they ignore women entirely, or they assume that far right gender politics are simple and straightforward: The far right is really, really sexist. What more do we n…

The far right has entered a period of regrouping

This is the text of my presentation as part of the June 22nd panel, “Mapping Online Extremism and the Far Right” (Reactionary Digital Politics series). I have added some links and a short postscript. I want to give a few quick, general comments about recent developments in the U.S. far right—b…

“A demand that radicals tell the truth”: on three way fight politics and why it matters

Interview with rowanEditor’s note: This interview with a friend of the Three Way Fight project was conducted during the run up to the November 2020 election. Rowan lives in Portland Oregon where they parent a young daughter. They have participated in left wing politics and social movements since t…

Antifa Academics (review)

Guest post by Shane Burley Originally published at Full Stop. Republished with permission. Evan Smith, No Platform: A History of Anti-Fascism, Universities and the Limits of Free Speech (London: Routledge, 2020); Stanislav Vysotsky, American Antifa: The Tactics, Culture, and Practice of Militant An…

Network Contagion Research Institute: helping the state fight political infection left and right

A new “anti-hate” think tank says anarcho-socialists are almost as dangerous as genocidal racists. In the opening scene of Costa-Gavras’s classic film Z, about the lead-up to the 1967 military coup in Greece, the chief of police (referred to as the General) addresses a gathering of senior gove…

Review of Failed FĂŒhrers by Graham Macklin

Guest post by Spencer Sunshine Graham Macklin, Failed FĂŒhrers: A History of Britain’s Extreme Right (Routledge, 2020). Review by Spencer Sunshine Graham Macklin’s Failed FĂŒhrers is a major new study of the British fascist movement, and will likely be the central reference point for scholars of…

Behind the Capitol Storming: Breaking Down the New Far Right (Part 1)

In this interview, Three Way Fight contributors Matthew Lyons and Xloi discuss the far right forces involved in the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol. The interview was broadcast on Out-FM on WBAI radio on February 9, 2021. The interviewer was Bob Lederer. The original interview in both audio and…

Theater to Imagine Futures

Theater to Imagine Futures: A Bright Room Called Day and the 2020 Election Guest post by Taiga Christie Tony Kushner’s play A Bright Room Called Day is about a group of five friends—artists and activists navigating Germany’s descent into fascism from 1932-1933. It follows Agnes, the least poli…

Review of “The Trouble With National Action” by Mark Hayes

Mark Hayes, The Trouble With National Action London: Freedom Press, 2019 100 pp., ÂŁ5.00, ISBN: 978-1-904491-34-7 Reviewer: Matthew N. Lyons The following review is forthcoming in the journal Anarchist Studies and is posted here with their permission. In 2016, National Action became the first far ri…

Why Does the F-Word Matter So Much?

Guest post by Rebecca Hill[Rebecca Hill explores recent scholarly debates around whether Trumpism is a form of fascism.]  When I first wrote this, the United States was braced for political violence surrounding the transition of power from President Donald Trump to Joseph Biden. Over the weekend, t…

“Insurgent Supremacists” study guide available

Insurgent Supremacists: The U.S. Far Right’s Challenge to State and Empire, by Matthew N. Lyons, now has a study guide. The section-by-section series of discussion questions is designed for use by study groups or solo readers. The questions are below and a PDF version is available for download her…

“Insurgent Supremacists” and the evolution of Trumpism

Introduction—An analysis for this moment I finished the manuscript of Insurgent Supremacists: The U.S. Far Right’s Challenge to State and Empire in September 2017, a few weeks following the murderous Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. Now, as Donald Trump leaves the White House…

Le fascisme de la fenĂȘtre brisĂ©e

This is a translation of our January 6 post, "Broken windows fascism," courtesy of the French antifascist website La Horde. 1. Lorsque Donald Trump s’est prĂ©sentĂ© pour la premiĂšre fois Ă  la prĂ©sidence en 2015-2016, de nombreux membres de l’alt-right l’ont soutenu, non pas parce qu’ils p…

Insurgent Movement, Government Complicity, or Both?

By Xloi and B.Sandor This article by two Three Way Fight comrades highlights the interplay between insurgent far rightists and forces within the state itself in the Capitol takeover. We wrote this after discussing last week’s events on January 6 and watching this video (which has since been remove…


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