Extreme right is gaining power – this fact is hard to ignore. Wave after wave of neofascist marches sweeps across the country, pogrom-style gatherings accompany leftist events, and beliefs from 1990s skinhead zines are now proclaimed from church pulpits, daytime TV and the parliamentary lectern. Statistics on violence against migrants, women, LGBT people are rising – together with the insolence and impunity of the perpetrators. Hitler’s collaborators are hailed as national heroes, and anti-fascist heroes are “lackeys of Moscow”. There is also incitements to war with most neighbours and half of world’s nations. All elements are in place to fulfil the textbook definition of emerging fascism.
But where these masses of frustrated young men, and their superannuated and cynical leaders – come from? Is the increase in extreme right sentiments related to the crisis of capitalism and democracy? How does it relate to the influx of migrants? And the most important question – what are we to do about it? Who can effectively oppose the brown wave? What criticism reaches the roots of fascism and what can propel it forward? Who is a worthy ally and who can’t be partnered with in building an effective alliance in this matter?
The Social School of Anti-capitalism emerged as a result of the discussion during the Polish Social Forum which was held in May 2019 and constitutes preparations of issues for next session of the Forum in autumn 2020.