Burley's meticulously observed, fluidly written collection is a must-read for anyone interested in the far-right's evolution during the Trump era, and its opposition. A collection that delves into the howling abyss and emerges with aplomb. --Talia Lavin, Culture Warlords: My Journey Into the Dark Web of White Supremacy
"Shane Burley's on-the-scene observations about the toxic presence of the Alt Right and other forms of far-right extremism have always been filled with keen insights, informed deeply by the realities he has witnessed and experienced. That same wisdom is also extraordinarily prescient about the challenges we all face in dealing with these realities, which remain very much with us going forward well past the Trump years. These essays are essential reading." --David Niewert, author of Red Pill, Blue Pill: How to Counteract the Conspiracy Theories That Are Killing Us
Why We Fight is a collection of essays written in the midst of the largest resurgence of the far-right in fifty years, and the explosion of antifascist, antiracist, and revolutionary organizing that has risen to fight it. The essays unpack the moment we live in, confronting the apocalyptic feelings brought on by nationalism, climate collapse, and the crisis of capitalism, but also delivering the clear message that a new world is possible through the struggles communities are leveraging today. Burley reminds us what we're fighting for not simply what we're fighting against.
While traditional media struggles to keep up with the rapidly evolving world of fascists, white nationalists, and the far-right, journalist Shane Burley has stayed ahead of the curve, updating his readers' understanding of our political situation. Shane has also always been a purveyor of the "moral clarity" reporters are now touting as the answer to journalism's, and society's, woes.
Since Fascism Today was published, Shane has become an even more prolific journalist and sought-after interviewee for the progressive and mainstream media, including PBS, NBC News, the Guardian, The Daily Beast, Huffington Post, and more. His readership had expanded greatly and he maintains a constant public presence.
While antifascism remains at the center of this collection, the essays tackle such themes as popular music, climate crisis, free speech, violence, blackface controversies, professional sports, and more.
Given the continued prominence of violent far-right groups in this country, and with the recent news that Trump's department of justice is investigating "antifa" (the shortened form of "antifascist"), Shane's work--and his public presence as a voice of reason on the left--will remain popular.
However the election turns out in November, the movements that have exploded over the past four years didn't come out of nowhere, nor will they be going aways anytime soon. Our society will still need thinkers like Shane to show the way.