Radical Ecology Against Hipster-Fascism

This article by Sasha from Earth First! is partly a reportback from the confrontation at the recent Death in June show in Portland, Oregon. The full article is a longer analysis of what he calls the “hipster-fascist” trend that’s currently the rage in parts of the neofolk, radical ecological, occult, and related scenes, especially on the West Coast.

“Reportback: Fighting the Trojan Horse of Hipster-Fascism in Portland”

“No one surrounds themselves with Runes, totenkopfs and neofolk and REALLY likes the jews. They just pretend they do because they are cowards.”

– James Porrazzo, former leader of the American Front

Some who join me in coming from an ecological background might wonder, why would you protest Death in June, a subcultural neo-folk band that doesn’t really make any ecological claims? Why act against a musical act unless their music sucks? Why not protest somebody more mainstream who is using fascist propaganda, like Nicki Minaj? Then again, why fight people who are literally hipster-fascists, instead of fighting hipsters who are perpetrating gentrification and forwarding state capitalism (which seems, with its prison industry complex, to be almost indistinguishable from fascism).

To be honest, I’ve never listened to Death in June, though I generally dislike what I know about the cultish aspects of neo-folk. It’s not that big of a deal, and I don’t intend to give the band more attention than they’re worth (not a lot). What I’m most worried about, in fact, is the mass politics of the ecology movement becoming fascistic, and DIJ’s politics provide one among many models through which the infiltration of fascist ideas becomes possible.

I showed up to the concert to see whether I could talk to Death in June’s fans and get a sense of what they believe. We hung out outside with some protestors who had arrived early. We spoke about places we’d lived, and we talked a bit about the band. Some people of color showed up to the protest, some anti-racist skinheads, and the energy level was high in the crisp autumnal evening, with a deep sense of solidarity among our side.

As fans began to line up for the show, I took the handy megaphone that my cohort had borrowed from a friend, and I started to ask questions. To repeat: the reason I came to the event, in fact, was to discuss issue-oriented politics with the fans of Death in June, and to express my concern to them in a respectful manner. I prodded them: “Who knows where Death in June gets their name?”

They responded with zombie-like boredom: “We know.”

“Is it from the Nazis?”

“Yes, it’s from the Night of the Long Knives.” …

All these claims rolled like water off a ducks back off the concert-goers. Representing genocide? Situationism! Giving money to a genocidal military? No answer. The crowd continued to insist, “We’re not Nazis! We don’t like Nazis,” until some real Nazi skinheads started to show up and regulate. Even the fans that seemed less Nazi and more Indy (meaning independent, not Indo-European), wore the symbols that the band uses: the totenkopf (the SS’s skull and bones insignia) over a rainbow-colored background, for example. Indeed, the fact that the lead singer is gay is used by fans of the band to suggest the band is actually anti-Nazi. Then again, the leader of the SA, Ernst Röhm, was gay, and noted for hiring his lovers up the SA’s hierarchy. This, of course, did not stop some of the band’s fans from calling the group of around 50 antifascists who came to protest “homophobes.”

read the rest here: Sasha, “Reportback: Fighting the Trojan Horse of Hipster-Fascism in Portland” / Earth First! Newswire

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Darren Wilson is innocent? Indict America

From the Trayvon Martin Organizing Committee:

#INDICTAMERICA: National Day of Action for Mike Brown!

Troy Davis Park (Woodruff Park), 7 pm
Mckeldin Square, 4pm
Detroit Police Department- Eastern District, 7pm
MacGregor Park, 5 pm
Kansas City
Brush Creek Park, 7 pm
List of cities will be updated as more cities announce plans. If you are planning something in your city, contact us as trayvonoc@gmail.com. 

Darren Wilson is Innocent. Indict America.

America made Darren Wilson innocent. How long will we dispute these court rulings before we realize they’re telling the harsh truth? Killer cops are law abiding citizens. Darren Wilson says he was just doing his job. He’s right. Richard Haste, Ramarley Graham’s murderer, claims he did nothing wrong. He’s right. Cops who murder black and brown people in the name of capitalist white supremacy aren’t just innocent; they’re commended for a job well done.

We’re sick of pinning our hopes on the courts. Their justice system is a joke. White supremacist capitalism is the law of the land in the U.S., and no judge or jury can change that. Maybe a few cops will see some jail time if people get mad enough. But capitalist courts can never give us justice.

We’re sick of waiting for bogus legal decisions. We understand that people want closure, and our hearts go out to everyone who has lost someone to police murder. But the sooner we realize the courts are incapable of giving us closure, the better.

To America, Darren Wilson is innocent. George Zimmerman is innocent. Richard Haste is innocent. Paul Headley, Michael Carey, Marc Cooper, Gescard Isnora, and Michael Oliver — the pigs who pumped fifty bullets into Sean Bell — are only guilty of loving their jobs a little too much. They’re free to knock back beers with the pigs who murdered Amadou Diallo, and have a good laugh that we’re still holding out for a conviction, for capitalism to reform itself.

- Trayvon Martin Organizing Comittee
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TrayvonMartinOrganizingCommittee
Twitter: https://twitter.com/TrayvonMOC
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A Response to Sean Ragon

[Sobibór "Himmelstrasse"]

The original Heaven Street. Sobibor Concentration Camp, Poland

NYC Antifa presents this essay in order to further a constructive discussion on the growth of fascist aesthetics in New York’s punk scene. A major problem with asserting our opposition to racist and fascist bands in this scene is that they are entangled with respectable artists, labels, and shops. Nonetheless, the trend is worthy of critique.

Perhaps central to the problem is Sean Ragon, the friendly and generally well-liked singer of Cult of Youth and owner of Heaven Street Records in Bushwick. Ragon has collaborated with many of New York’s best new artists and his record store is an undeniable nexus of New York’s DIY punk scene, known for stocking new releases hard to find elsewhere and for selling exclusive tickets for larger shows and fests.

But for all Ragon’s contributions, he is a main figure in-between fascist music and the generally left-wing or apolitical New York noise, metal, industrial, and punk scenes. The most well-known instance being his support of Death in June through his band Cult of Youth (a euphemism for fascism) and Heaven Street Records (named after a Death in June song about the road in Sobibor concentration camp where up to 200,000 Jews were marched to gas chambers).

Ragon, we presume, is no fascist, he just promotes fascist imagery as way to challenge ideological “systems of control.” He elaborates in an interview with Noisey, Continue reading

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Chilean Neo-Nazis Murder Punk Rocker

The news this week that a neo-Nazi gang in Santiago, Chile has murdered a punk rocker unfortunately comes as little surprise. Numerous countries in Latin America and Asia are now rife with neo-Nazi groups. They are reinterpreting the old, white Nazi skinhead culture — and it’s spawn “Rock Against Communism” — to create a new kind of neo-Nazism that’s open to Latinos and other people of color.

“Neo-Nazis kill a young punk with swords and knives in the Plaza de Maipú [Santiago, Chile]“
October 23, 2014


Legion 38

Members of the gang known as “Legion 38″ ambushed a group of punks, beating them, leaving one dead and two wounded.

Security cameras at the intersection of Pajaritos and the 5th of April recorded the moments after the beating that killed Araya Isaac Herrera, 37, nicknamed “The Krusty”.

The man, from the punk subculture, was sharing beers with his friends in the Plaza de Maipú, when eight people approached from two vehicles attacking him with swords, stabbing him in the neck and abdomen. The man later died at the “El Carmen” Hospital.

The witnesses say it was a “raid” by a neo-Nazi gang known as “Legion 38″, who have photos on social networking sites with national socialist and anti-anarchist slogans. 

Friends of the dead man are waiting for the PDI [Investigative Police Force] to give information about the whereabouts of the assailants, otherwise they say there will be reprisals for what occurred.

Neonazis asesinaron a joven punk con sables y cuchillos en la Plaza de Maipú”


“Chile: The New Nazis” (slideshow)
“Neo-Nazism in Latin America”

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NYC Ukraine/Syria Photo Exhibit Attacked

Literature left at the exhibit  (photo: Benjamin Hiller)

Literature left at the exhibit (photo: Benjamin Hiller)

According to Hyperallergic, the curator of a photo exhibit about Syria and Ukraine called Material Evidence was attacked and maced on the morning of Friday, Oct0ber 3. Apparently two individuals entered the exhibit, held on West 21st Street in Manhattan (at the old Eyebeam space) and distributed propaganda in favor of  Ukrainian fascist groups (including the Azov Battalion), before a third came in and maced the exhibit’s curator, Benjamin Hiller. Regarding his assailant, Hiller said:

He asked me if I am the guy responsible for the exhibition, that we have brought shame on the Ukraine people. I tried to explain that we show also the killed [Euromaidan] protesters, but then he pulled out pepper spray, sprayed it in my face and kicked against the table and my laptop fell on the ground.

This is not the first time pro-fascist Ukrainian activists in the United States have attacked those who they perceive to be their opponents; in April, Right Sector activists stormed a meeting in Chicago.

Read the full story: Mostafa Heddaya, “NYC Photo Exhibition Vandalized, Curator Attacked”

See also: Colin Moynihan, “Exhibit on Ukraine Displays Signs of Vandalism

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