In the last week in the so-called United States, there were three fascist attacks. A white supremacist killed two Black people in Kentucky. A neo-nazi murdered 11 in a synagogue in Pittsburgh. Several pipe bombs were sent all over the country to critics and political enemies of the Trump regime.
In Brazil last Sunday, open fascist Jair Bolsonaro was elected president.
The Trump regime and its allies in congress spread racist and anti-Semitic rumors and conspiracy theories with no pushback (and often with encouragement) from the corporate press.
We, as working and struggling people, have no allies but ourselves. We have no one to turn to to save us from the fascist onslaught. Fascism can’t be defeated with satire by comedians. It can’t be beaten by debate.
It can only be beaten by us. We have to build a movement of working people strong enough to smash fascism and make sure it never gets traction again.
Fascism is an admission by the ruling class that capitalism doesn’t work. The rich know they have to turn to fascism to maintain capitalism when it is in crisis. That’s the dirty secret they don’t want you to think about.
So what do we do now?
We have to start taking care of ourselves with mutual aid. We have to start politically organizing ourselves and educating ourselves politically.
What does that look like?
It means breaking out of our individual shells. This society doesn’t want us to be together. It means getting out of our comfort zone and spending time with others (even if it is online, for those who cannot leave their home easily).
It means forming study groups and talking about what is going on. It means reaching out to others who we know aren’t as politically active as we are, as uncomfortable as that may be. It means sometimes spending money that otherwise would go to something that would make us feel better on someone else that needs something more. It means getting into the real world.
None of this is easy, but it is now our burden to fight fascism and it while it may not be as glamorous as punching a neo-nazi in the street (although that is needed too), reaching out to others to help and educate is what is needed more than anything else in this moment.