Milan’s New Fashion

It’s retro this year and very radical-chic in full-time corrupt business tycoon and part-time sexual deviant Silvio Berlusconi’s Italy.  Italy is going ahead with legislation to allow a civilian paramilitary group to wear fascist-era uniforms featuring the imperial eagle and an armband with a pictures of the Sonnenrad, or black-rayed sun, an image found in a castle famously used by the Nazi SS.  The new militia grouping will help beef up security and crack down on illegal immigration in Italian cities and towns.

Also last night, clad in their new fascist-brown motifed uniforms, the Italian soccer team beat a shorthanded U.S. squad 3-1.  This is why, despite whatever some members of the DailyKos crowd say, it was a misnomer to label Dubya a “fascist.”  When real fascism hits you, it hits you like a ton of bricks.  Last time the far right had a resurgence in Italy in the 1960s and 70s, the left was a powerful force able to beat it back (at least in social and cultural spheres).  That era did however feature a spate of terrorism (most blamed inexplicably on Antonio Negri) and an increase in racially motivated attacks, reason enough for any center-left social democrat to mourn the woes of today’s anti-fascist radical left.

On the other hand the cute flopping that the Italian soccer team is known the world over for and their constant whining to officials will probably give neo-fascism a terrible name.



Be the first to comment

Revolution at the Crossroads: Igniting the Socialist Resistance Against Trump

February 17, 2017 · $20.00 USD

Location: MayDay Space
Where: 176 St Nicholas Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11237
When: Friday, February 17th at 6 PM to Sunday, February 19th to 4 PM

Political Context

This Presidents’ Day weekend, the Young Democratic Socialists will gather for our annual winter conference in New York City titled Revolution at the Crossroads: Igniting the Socialist Resistance Against Trump. We did not choose the name lightly. In doing so, we call for leftists to collectively confront Trump and Trumpism at every possible opportunity. When a Trump administration attempts mass deportations of undocumented workers, when it attempts to register Muslims or roll back worker protections, when it attempts to take away reproductive, LGTBQ, civil, or any other rights, then we must militantly resist to prevent such measures.

To succeed, this must be explicitly socialist resistance. With liberalism having repeatedly shown itself incapable of combating the far right, it is now the time for socialists to openly declare our place in building the mass, multi-racial, and working class movement necessary for defeating the Trump administration. In this struggle, millennials will play an outsized role. That is why this conference comes at such a critical time—together we must create spaces for democratic and strategic discussion, spaces to gain organizing skills, and most importantly, spaces to form networks of young radicals for the future struggles ahead. These spaces will only come together if socialists come together. Join us this Presidents Weekend and help ignite the movement to defeat the Trump administration, continue the political revolution, and build the socialist alternative.

Key Deadlines

  • January 8th: Travel Scholarship for Air Travel (for application see below)
  • January 15th: Travel Scholarship for Non-Air Travel (ex: bus, car, train, etc.)
  • February 3rd: Early Bird Registration Ends - Tickets prices go up from $5 to $10
  • February 10th: Free Housing - We have limited free housing. You need to first register, then you will be sent an application for free housing.

Apply for a travel scholarship here! (First Deadline January 8, 2017)

Check out the working program (subject to change)