"This was a group of so-called alt-right protesters who decided that a socialist bookshop, which stocks radical literature and working-class history titles and provides stalls for national trade union conferences, was a legitimate target for violence."

If this kind of shit doesn't wake up people, then nothing will. Fascists attacking books is the last step before fascists attacking people.

@bob we're literally getting there again and nobody cares. I remember, as a kid, asking myself: "but why didn't people act when they saw the nazis?"... Now I know the answer: they don't care.

@Antanicus It's not necessarily that they don't care, it's that a lot of life only becomes interpretable with hindsight. At the time many events just seem like random BS since their significance has not yet crystalized into a narrative.

@bob this might have been an excuse in the 30s, when all this was "new". But today? We've been through this once, and most people have studied the consequences of nazism/fascism in school. There is literally no excuse for ignoring the rise of the neo-fascists in the XXI century.



@Antanicus fascists are attacking people already in multiple ways, and nobody cares yeah

@Antanicus Fascists attacking immigrants day in, day out should have been a more powerful indicator. They don't care about books anymore. Every important book written in history is available for free to anyone able in the western world. Nobody reads them.

Fascists are ahead of the curve taking new territories and the left worries about irrelevant things all the time, acting like the law and enlightenment still matter to fascists.

Fascists are at war, this is not a drill.

@Antanicus The bookstore owner pathetically whinged, “But what can you do? We can’t be having guards, we’re not a disco with bouncers, we’re a bookshop.” That’s about the size of the problem. Few enough on the Left have a realistic sense of the current threat condition.

@Shufei @Antanicus

I used to help put on "discos" (well quite large raves to be fair). those who didn't deploy /some/ kind of security (not always obvious "bouncer" types) soon found out the hard way why it might be needed. I've helped guard a few squats and I am not a big scary guy either!

Not all people who work in security related jobs are authoritarian knuckle dragging meatheads and some like to read books (and understand the need to protect them...)

@notclacke @Antanicus No, pleroma account, you completely missed my meaning. Read it again. “Hiring security” or “calling the police” are symptoms of the paradigmatic problem of cognitive framing here. Attacking leftish bookstores *is* the problem, and not to be wished away. The issue is we are living in that dystopia *now*, and have been for some time, so putting one’s head in the sand is the issue. Have a front line org? Institute some basic opsec.

@jeroenpraat @Antanicus

we have had this before in London too *and* fascists attacking real people as well.

As recently as early 1990s, when I was a teenager and living in London, I had to literally watch my back in the areas I lived in. (I am not white skinned btw)

I'm not overly paranoid/frightened about it as I've lived through such times before, but its disappointing to see my country sliding back 25-30 years like that..


Dort wo man Bücher verbrennt, verbrennt man auch am Ende Menschen.

--Heinrich Heine

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