Author Mark Bray on the antifa movement.

Do We Need a Violent Left?

Do We Need a Violent Left?

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Aug. 23 2017 7:24 PM

Sure, Punching Nazis Feels Good …

But are the antifa in the right?

Demonstrators march to protest the alt-right movement and to mourn the victims of the Aug. 12 rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Aug. 13 in Chicago.

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Listen to Episode 813 of Slate’s The Gist:


The antifa movement is resurging. It started in 1920s Europe to fight Hitler and Mussolini and has returned to oppose the current wave of xenophobia in the United States. Author Mark Bray walks us through the history of the antifa movement. Bray is the author of Antifa: The Anti-Fascist Handbook.

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Mike Pesca is the host of the Slate daily podcast The Gist. He also contributes reports and commentary to NPR.