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Book Review: Antifa: The Anti-Fascist Handbook by Mark Bray

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I just finished reading "Antifa: The Anti-Fascist Handbook" by Mark Bray. As I have been watching our nation fundamentally change here in 2020, I have been trying to better understand those that are changing it. I tweeted about Saul Alinsky recently as I reread his 'Rules for Radicals'. I noted how that book was disturbing and how conservatives better learn the rules, emulate the ones we can with a good conscience, and at least be prepared to fight the ones we cannot. Bray's 'Antifa' makes the Rules for Radicals seem reasonable and innocuous. While there are parts of Rules for Radicals that are smart and that can be emulated by conservatives, there is no part of this book that should be emulated by anyone that is sane.

Let me summarize the book briefly. It starts off with a short history of the fight against fascism. It talks about some of the clashes between Mussolini and leftist forces in Italy. It talks about the battles against Hitler and the Nazi'…

Chapter 5 - How the News Makes You Stupid

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[I am writing a book and plan to post chapters as I go, here is Chapter 5. I've already posted the introduction and first four and you can start here to read them. I will update with links to the future chapters when they are done.]


In the story of the Emperor's New Clothes, it was the those enlightened people that could see the clothes. The rabble could not. The more educated and knowledgeable someone was the better chance they had of seeing the clothes. In modern Western Culture one of the ways we educate ourselves is by careful attention to the news. Most college educated people are news watchers. We might flip on a cable news channel as we sip coffee in the morning. We scroll through CNN.com during the day. We check the opinion section of the Wall Street Journal. We see what is trending on twitter. We talk news with our friends at lunch. We post something about it on Facebook when we get home. We watch coverage on protests in Iran. We read about China's currency man…

Chapter 4 - Everything You Were Taught About History is a Lie

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[I am writing a book and plan to post chapters as I go, here is Chapter 4. I've already posted the introduction and first three and you can start here to read them. I will update with links to the future chapters when they are done.]

The turning point of history was really the Enlightenment. This is what I learned in my middle school history class. Ancient Rome was advanced. Ancient Egypt was advanced. Ancient China was advanced. But then Rome fell, Egypt faded, and China faltered. The world entered a period we call the Dark Ages in which people were very superstitious and uneducated. Life was gross. Doctors bled everyone. People didn't bathe. Witches were burned. And everyone died young. It was only with the onset of the Enlightenment when people set aside their superstitious ideas of God, embraced science, and focused on equality that things finally started to get better. Soon after that, slavery ended, modern medicine was invented,
How we tell history shapes our future. …

Chapter 3 - Future Generations Will Laugh About the LGBT+ Rights Movement

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[I am writing a book and plan to post chapters as I go, here is Chapter 3. I've already posted the introduction and first two and you can start here to read them. I will update with links to the future chapters when they are done.]