In response to Trump's ascendance, liberal centrists have clung to a paradoxical progress of conservation; they seem to long for the halcyon delusions of pre-November 8th, 2016. “America was always great” (it was never); “Not my president” (he is). The New York Times proclaims, “Truth can’t be manufactured” (it can, it is, and the Times should know); The Washington Post’s new tagline reads “Democracy dies in Darkness,” (it dies in broad daylight, too). This presentation and discussion, “The Liberal Authenticity Fetish: A Doomed Response to Fascism”, will address why the liberal calls for «authenticity», Truth, and debate fail to offer weapons, let alone a sturdy shield, against the fascism of the state, the white supremacist constellations it encourages, and the micro-fascisms that permeate daily life and habit.
READINGS TO BE DISCUSSED:
--«No Joke: Irony is not a gateway drug or alibi for racism“ — Natasha Lennard, 2018: https://reallifemag.com/no-joke/
--»Anti-fascist Practice and Impossible Non-Violence" — Natasha Lennard, 2018: https://evergreenreview.com/read/anti-fascist-practice-and-impossible-non-violence/
Natasha Lennard is a columnist for The Intercept and her work has appeared regularly in The Nation, Esquire, The New York Times, and The New Inquiry, among others. She teaches critical journalism at the New School For Social Research in New York. Her first book, Violence: Humans in Dark Times (with Brad Evans) was published by City Lights Books in 2018. Her second book, Being Numerous: Essays on Non-Fascist Life, will be published by Verso, May 2019.
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TENTATIVE CALENDAR for the Woodbine Research Group:
--Sunday December 2nd: Fred Moten on the Undercommons: https://facebook.com/events/581843122285678/
--Sunday December 9th: Daniel Tucker Presents “Local Control: Karl Hess in the World of Ideas”: https://facebook.com/events/571335786647923/
--Sunday December 16th, 4PM: Community Mapping Project
--Wednesday December 19th, 7PM: Decolonize This Place Presents…