One year ago, we saw Donald Trump call forth and unleash fascist mobs to storm the U.S. Capitol. This was a violent coup attempt – the culmination of a rolling coup Trump had been announcing and carrying out for months.
While it failed in the immediate sense, January 6 became a dress rehearsal and rallying cry to further harden a now battle-tested fascist movement and Republi-fascist party. This vicious coup attempt morphed into a comprehensive strategy of election subversion and voter suppression, while Trump’s loyal mobs, to this day, continue to storm the public square with threats of violence and terror.
Wherever Republicans are in power, they have both rewritten laws and shredded the rule of law to hammer in their white supremacist, misogynist, and xenophobic fascist program. They have successfully undermined the very concept of truth, leaving tens of millions to be susceptible to the calls of demagogues and the vilest conspiracy theories.
Biden and the Democratic Party have not stopped or slowed the advance of these fascists. Trump roams free to cement his hold over the GOP and run for president in 2024, while across the country, we are losing the right to abortion, voting, protest, history education, and free speech. Death threats against public officials have become routine, and Christian fascists on the Supreme Court openly dehumanize women with Roe v. Wade in their crosshairs.
This past year has been marked not by healing and hope after the Trump years but by the continued aggression and achievements of an embittered fascist movement, without any accountability for the damage they’ve done.
The January 6 coup attempt demonstrated that fascism is not just the worst of a pendulum swing. It is an all-out assault on the rule of law aiming to strip democratic rights from whole groups of people they see as sub-human. Trump and his fascist movement have torn up the norms and thrown out the rule book, yet the outrage and hopes of people on the side of justice keep getting diverted into the very channels that are being eviscerated, and away from the kind of deep, mass, society-wide struggle that is needed.
The Democratic Party has largely led people into inaction, passivity, and conciliation with fascism. This is a reality that must be confronted: Fascism can, and is, happening here and it cannot simply be voted away. The question remains, what will the decent people do? Will the future be fascist, or will we act?
RefuseFascism.org unites with people from diverse perspectives to sound the alarm and prevent the consolidation of this American fascism. Now is the time for deep engagement on the roots, nature, and trajectory of the real and present danger of fascism and what is required to knock it off its course.
Since the founding of RefuseFascism.org our stand and resolve have not wavered:
We pledge to the people of the world:
In the Name of Humanity, We Refuse to Accept a Fascist America
The very real danger and threat of fascism coming to power in this country
RefuseFascism.org unites with people from diverse perspectives to sound the alarm and prevent the consolidation of this American fascism. Below, we share articles and other resources aimed at understanding and waging the commensurate response to this threat.
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Now is the time for everyone who believes that women and girls are full human beings – not incubators – to act to prevent a great horror.
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Sunsara Taylor Interview with Dahlia Lithwick:
“[The anti-abortion movement aims] to set the time marker back to sweep in not just abortion, all abortion, no exceptions for rape and incest, the health of the mother, but to sweep in contraception, to sweep in in vitro, to sweep in surrogacy. That’s the project now. And I just think that if we don’t see that as the stakes, then we are missing where this is going.”
On the Michael Slate Show (12/10, 2021), KPFK Los Angeles / Pacifica Network).
Andy Zee in Conversation with Paul Street on the Revolution Nothing Less show
Earth to Delusional “Movement Activists”: Abortion Pills and Identity Politics Are No Match for a Fascist State
“[I]nstead of calling forward furious outpourings of the millions of people who do not want to see women forced to choke on their dreams as their bodies and futures are hijacked by a patriarchal state that coerces them into bearing children against their will, the so-called ‘women’s movement’ is largely doing the opposite. …
“[The] assault on abortion is part of a larger fascist remaking of society to one in which unrestrained white supremacy, male supremacy, and crude America-First chauvinism are enforced by an open and aggressive dictatorship that tramples on and perverts the rule of law and relies on the violence and terror of fascist mobs.”
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Sam Goldman talks to Samuel Perry, associate professor of sociology at the University of Oklahoma, about his research into the American Christian Nationalist movement.
Coco Das shares observations on the new year in the context of the challenge that as long as the fascist threat looms, it is up to all of us to understand and act to stop fascism from consolidating; then Coco talks with historian Thomas Zimmer about the shared agenda of white Christian domination across a spectrum of right-wing political forces.
Commentary about the latest developments from the January 6 commission, plus two interviews this week about the fascist assault on the right to abortion and the re-assertion of violent misogyny that it is a part of: Soraya Chemaly, author of Rage Becomes Her and Chelsea Ebin, co-founder and fellow at the Institute for Research on Male Supremacism.
Understand, STOP this American Fascism
Fascism is not just a gross combination of horrific reactionary policies. It is a qualitative change in how society is governed. …What is crucial to understand is that once in power fascism essentially eliminates traditional democratic rights. – READ MORE
The Danger is FASCISM… What IS Fascism?
Andy Zee’s remarks from a panel hosted by Sunsara Taylor, host of the radio program We Only want the World and co-host of The RNL — Revolution, Nothing Less — Show.
By Coco Das
…Whatever moral and political stand the German people should have taken to defeat the Nazis early, however much determination they should have shown, applies to us tenfold now.- READ MORE
Presentation from Andy Zee at the panel discussion “Why did 74 million people vote for Trump? What is the danger and what do we do about it?”
Trump has cohered diverse reactionary and fascist movements that predated his regime into a force that has now tasted power, is embedded in key institutions especially the courts, and that lives and seethes in its own conspiracy laden universe of victimization that will propel an aggreived revanchism. This is a movement that is not going away. – READ ANDY ZEE’S PRESENTATION
Bob Avakian: THE TRUMP/PENCE REGIME MUST GO! In The Name of Humanity, We REFUSE To Accept a Fascist America: A Better World IS Possible!
Bob Avakian is the revolutionary leader who has – for decades – been warning of the development of a fascist movement in the US.
Organize / Resist – Resources
This round table on the abortion rights emergency sounds the alarm , deepens understanding of the stakes, arouses people’s fighting spirit to not let this go down, and explores what kind of future is possible and worth fighting for.
What is Refuse Fascism?
RefuseFascism.org was initiated on an emergency basis in the wake of the election of Trump and Pence in 2016. Our founding mission called on all who recognized the catastrophic danger of the Trump/Pence regime to unite and organize to drive the regime out of power through sustained, non-violent mass protest. We pledged to the world that we would not stand aside while there was still a chance to stop a regime that imperiled humanity and the earth itself. With our slogan: In the Name of Humanity, We REFUSE to Accept a Fascist America! And our single unifying demand: The Trump/Pence Regime Must Go!
This Pledge to the People of the World, initiated by Refuse Fascism, appeared in the New York Times on November 9, 2020
Co-initiator of Refuse Fascism Cornel West on the impact of the analysis and work of Refuse Fascism over the past five years
It was the Refuse Fascism movement … that has put fascism on the map for the past five years. And that needs to be said!