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A bloke excited to read more, hoping this will inspire better note taking and engagement with the texts. I apparently start most posts with something akin to "This book..."

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J Sakai, Mandy Hiscocks: Basic Politics of Movement Security (2014, Kersplebedeb Publishing) No rating

There are many books and articles reporting state repression, but not on that subject’s more …

Really interesting reflections of insights around undercover cops and police informant activities by Sakai, plus an interview from a G20 defendant. Published a decade ago, so I really appreciate Sakai's eschewing of technical solutions to security (it wouldn't have aged well otherwise).

Susan Rosenberg: An American Radical : Political Prisoner In My Own Country (Paperback, 2011, Citadel / Kensington) 5 stars

Susan Rosenberg was a political activist who served sixteen years in some of the worst …

A lot of punch in this readable, eloquent prison memoir

5 stars

I'm not usually a fan of poetry, I have a lot of taste in my mouth from bad, self-important and unpracticed open-mic performances over the years. But Rosenbergs wielding of words, prose and a few poems, in this book is pretty impressive. Her writing style is generally matter-of-fact but she's able to encapsulate rich emotional meaning in small moments that crack the surface.

I was enticed to read this book for a few reasons... First up, Susan Rosenberg will be speaking on a (n online) panel put on by our local anarchist bookstore alongside Herman Bell, David Gilbert and Eric King, all former political prisoners to speak about the recently published "Rattling The Cages" book (definitely worth a gander, lots of insights from former and current political prisoners on Turtle Island). Second, Susan was involved in the May 19th Communist Organization, a group I don't know a lot about besides …

Martin A. Lee: The Beast Reawakens (Paperback, 2000, Routledge) 4 stars

"If you thought Nazism dies with Hitler, think again. In The Beast Reawakens, journalist Marin …

The Legacy of US "denazification of post-WWII Germany"

4 stars

This book picks up where Blowback by Christopher Simpson left off, with OSS and CIA support and funding of nazi spies and soldiers as the US and others in the Allies occupied and divided former Axis powers. The book mainly follows two saviors of the Reich who met after the failed 20 July to assassinate Hitler by competing Nazis: Otto Skorzeny and Otto Ernst Remer. Lee documents these villains survival after the war, fostering domestic (Remer) and international (Skorzeny) networks of former SS & Nazi leaders who integrated into post-colonial military intelligences, founded arms companies and fostered grassroots neo-fascist movements around Europe, North and South America. There is a lot of history covered in this book and a lot of names (some I recognize, many I don't): it feels in many ways like a cousin project joining Blowback with Blood and Politics by focusing on the some of the cross-Atlantic …

Orisanmi Burton: Tip of the Spear (2023, University of California Press) 5 stars

Tip of the Spear centers Black revolutionary warfare and warriors seeking to explain them and …

This was a really good read. It situated the struggle by radical and radicalized prisoners in the period / region before /during / after the Attica Rebellion in an interesting way I wasn't aware of, telling stories I was ignorant of, and allowed the words of participants to show the revolutionary promise of the inside/outside uprising by Black and aligned radicals. A discussion of gender and sexuality during the revolts was quite interesting. While I was really hoping for more coverage of post-1971 FBI &/or CIA-driven counter-intelligence via programs like PRISACTS in New York or the SSU in California prisons, I hope that this book will help spur more scholarship uncovering the legacy of dirty-handed tactics to undermine truly revolutionary organizing against this white supremacist hellhole.

Leonard Zeskind: Blood and politics (2009, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, Farrar Straus Giroux) No rating

"More than fifteen years in the making, Blood and Politics is the most comprehensive history …

What a tome at nearly 550 pages.

The main thrust of the book follows Willis Carto, Yockeyan white nationalist fuhrer of Liberty Lobby (standing in for the Mainstreamers attempting to further normalize white supremacist talking points in US politics after WWII) and William Luther Pierce, little dictator of the National Alliance (standing in for the Vanguardists who thought to agitate the white population into immediately genocidal behavior). The book covers their endeavors, their overlaps, the growth of Holocaust denialism, various iterations of the KKK and a variety of other "white-ists" in and outside of US electoral politics and paramilitarism.

Additionally, I really appreciate the insights here into Christian Identity concepts of race and citizenship that bleed into the language of Posse Comitatus-adjacent movements and the origins / shape of the militia movement.

Anyway, there's a lot here and I feel like it certainly widens my understanding of the subject matter, …

Mark Sedgwick: Traditionalism (Hardcover, 2023, Oxford University Press, Incorporated) No rating

The definitive guide to Traditionalism: the world's least-known major philosophy, but one that is essential …

I heard this author mentioned in the "Kali-Yuga Reading Room" series on The Empire Never Ended podcast and saw that one of his titles had a contribution by Matthew N Lyons, so I was interested. This books is pretty good at being introductory but explaining key concepts in Traditionalism, helping undergird my understanding of this philosophy. I'm about 300 pages in and excited to come to more coverage of Dugin, Peterson and Bannon.

Attack International, C. Crowle: The Spirit Of Freedom: Anticolonial War & Uneasy Peace in Ireland (Paperback, 2023, Kerplebedeb) 5 stars

“This booklet sets out to explain what’s going on in Ireland. It shows why British …

"Parliament is the political wing of the British Army"

5 stars

This small booklet is quite a gift. An insightful summary and critique from an anti-statist, anti-colonial perspective published in 1989 by Attack! International as to why anarchists in the UK should support the struggle to decolonize Ireland while not whitewashing failures of past-attempts at class war across Protestant and Catholic communities on the Island as well as short comings of many of the parties involved in Nationalist struggle and the brutality of the occupation. This is sandwiched between (on the one side) perspectives on white settlers in the Irish diaspora who've embraced their heritage to wash away their current status in the core of the core of Empire and (on the other side) updates on the peace process, decommissioning and development of the parties involved in the struggle on both sides of Island up until this year. A great update to anyone with some background knowledge of the issues and …

David Broder: Mussolini's Grandchildren (2023, Pluto Press) 4 stars

The fastest-rising force in Italian politics is Giorgia Meloni's Fratelli d'Italia - a party with …

A really interesting read into a history I'm only vaguely aware of. The book follows the legacy from the Salo Republic (Italian Social Republic) of the Nazi re-imposition of Mussolini in the latter days of WWII, to the post-war neo-fascist resistance groups and foundation of the MSI (Italian Social Movement), largely made up of Salo veterans, through various factions (parliamentary and extra-parliamentary) up to today's ruling "postfascist" Fratelli d'Italia party of Giorgia Meloni. Two worthwhile take-aways for me were the discussion of the victimization narratives (particularly around the Fiobe and continued memorialization of Fascists really aptly compares to Lost Cause narratives and the continued celebration of CSA soldiers and officers in the USA and conflation of antifascism with Stalinism) and the way that the "post-fascists" pivoted and shifted after the fall of the Soviet Union and break up of Yugoslavia from uniting around the dogwhistle of anti-communism to Great Replacement …