Bash the Fash Reviewed

Reasserting the role played by anarchists in challenging fascism for control of the streets, Bash the Fash details, with honesty and humour, the involvement of the DAM [Direct Action Movement] in opposing fascism…

Visceral, uncompromising and unashamedly confrontational, Bash the Fash stands in the same tradition of militant anti-fascism as Morris Beckman’s 43 Group providing a brief yet exhilarating view of life at the sharp-end of the anti-fascist struggle during the 1990s.”

Of course, honesty dictates that we should point out that they also thought “Whilst providing an immediate and illuminating portrayal of the highs and lows of the anti-fascist struggle, Bash the Fash is less exacting in its’ failure to evaluate the success of the AFA’s tactics against those of the broader anti-fascist movement… Whilst Bash the Fash makes no claim to represent an analytical view of AFA, and even less so militant anti-fascism in the round, the publication of further autobiographical accounts, something which is currently envisaged by the Kate Sharpley Library, would undoubtedly provide significant raw material from which such analysis could be made.”

[Bash the Fash is still available. ISBN 1-873605-87-0 £5 (£2 to individuals.)

Any other anarchist autobiographical accounts (and not only anti-fascist ones) welcome…]

From: Labour History Review, Vol. 68, No. 3, December 2003. .