One of the few radical and exemplary analyses about the January 6th, 2021 far right invasion of the Capitol building in Washington, DC. A must read! Click the link.
Three points I want to add: A. The dominant use (recuperation)of “surreal” remains a dumb downed ahistorical way to describe often banal yet perceived as out of the ordinary incidents (Ex. It sounds surreal, but I had a real breakdown about saying goodbye to her.)and/or also a way to spice up consumer products, productions, and advertising. This buries the history of Surrealism’s subversive influence on much anti-Tankie Marxism( despite the errors the original Surrealists made by thinking a revolutionary collaboration was possible between the Surrealists poetic use of Freud’s psychoanalysis and maximalist profound liberation beyond mere political and economic tune ups and the state capitalist Stalinist dominated 30s Comintern via the French Communist Party), 60s to current anarchism, and to some degree post modernists/post structuralists such as Giles Deluze and Felix Guattari.
As someone who associates with Chicago and beyond Surrealists, Chicagoans Franklin and Penelope Rosemont rejuvenated international Surrealism in the mid 60s onwards after meeting Andre Breton in Paris who gave his blessings, I will let a Surrealist(among other things) comrade also have his say:
MISERABILISM RIDES AGAIN
It’s not fair to call Trump style neo-fascist / disaster capitalism –surrealism. Sure, there are shock-pundits using ‘edgy’ rhetoric based on the mystique of skin tone, but there’s also an outright rejection of ‘more reality’ in favor of Q-Anon New Age racialism & Covid denial.
Post-truth, dystopian racial capitalism is not surrealism, it’s miserabilism– the enemy of surrealism which undermines it. The early surrealists were already developing critiques of whiteness & capitalist civilization in the 20’s and 30s.
B. I am no fan of the national and international ruling class and capitalism but the friction between them, the police( with racist fascist sympathies as well as actual fascist infiltration of law enforcement and the military but also under attack by the far right…read this Hardcrackers analysis for more on the turn of the tide between the cops and the Amerikkkan Freikorps),and the far right is to our advantage. You don’t have to be Amadeo Bordiga https ://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amadeo_Bordiga or Otto Ruhle https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Otto_R%C3%BChle to know your enemies fighting and weakening each other helps global revolution that starts here.
I do want to show that there are Republicans, one caught on video for another deliberate security breach at a congressional hearing prior to January 6th, deluded and money hungry enough to aid the far right. Don’t underestimate the depths of corruption possible within hierarchical organization. The Republican Party predominantly became The Trump Party. The more reactionary white nationalist/QAnon friendly faction is under investigation. Hopefully a split with the moderates will weaken the Repuglicans further. https://www.cnn.com/videos/politics/2021/01/18/capitol-tour-boebert-vpx.cnn https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/video/2021/jan/12/republican-politician-opens-oregon-capitol-door-for-far-right-rioters-video https://www.nbcboston.com/news/politics/panic-buttons-removed-from-pressleys-congressional-office-ahead-of-riots-chief-of-staff/2279777/
C. The far right will continue to fracture to some degrees over political and strategic differences, power struggles, depth of commitment, etc. yet it will also welcome disillusioned Trumpists , especially QAnon fanatics, within fascist and militia groups plus, lone wolf actions will continue to happen, most likely to increase, as organizations, militias, crews, etc. cool down now and then to revaluate what, where, and when to strike. Most of the far right considers the DC attack to be the first battle of a new or continuation of the first civil war.
One other perhaps minor but also more potentially disturbing development will be calls for left-right unity. Some of you know about fascist use of elements from anarchism and state capitalist reaction based on Stalin, Mao, Pol Pot, etc. such as the National Anarchist https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/National-anarchism and Third Position https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Third_Position movements from the 90s. The confusion of far right delusion reaches pandemic levels globally. Expect those who want to build syncretic cults, militias, organizations, ethno states, and even initiate mutual aid for racially acceptable dispossessed people to try and recruit among punks, headbangers, noise mongers, (the “usual suspects”)as well as military cadets and sailors, vegans and vegetarians, health “nuts”, artists, business people, contractors, green and primitivist anarchists, survivalists, unemployed, Black and Brown iconoclasts, etc. These kinds of “rainbow” fascist formations also could serve as front groups for State intelligence as well.