From Void to Hope
Joan Braune is delving into the socio-psychological roots of the fascist crisis and is helping us rebuild an empathetic, passionate, and vital social movement to protect our communities. This is an absolutely essential intervention that locates hope as a necessary weapon in the fight to stop the far right. Shane Burley, editor of "No Pasaran: Antifascist Dispatches from a World in Crisis" and author of "Fascism Today: What It Is and How to End It" In a political climate where fascism and the far right, once seen as historical outliers, are on the rise and becoming increasingly mainstream, the terms used for them are being problematically applied and contested, and responses to them are largely top-down, security orientated and privilege perpetrators, Joan Braunes Understanding and Countering Fascist Movements is a much needed intervention. The book is underpinned by philosophical insight, community engagement, activist experience, and anti-racist and anti-fascist principles and objectives. By doing so, it provides both an understanding of and response to fascism, and an important contribution to both the literature and fight. I highly recommend this book to scholars, students, and activists, as well as others trying to counter such movements. Aaron Winter, Senior Lecturer in Sociology (Race and Anti-Racism), Lancaster University, UK; author of "Reactionary Democracy: How Racism and the Populist Far Right Became Mainstream" and editor of "Researching the Far Right: Theory, Method and Practice"
Joan Braune is Lecturer in Philosophy at Gonzaga University, USA. She is author and co-editor of various titles, including two books on Erich Fromms critical theory and The Ethics of Researching the Far Right (forthcoming, 2024).
Introduction 1.Void and Idol 2. Destruction and Rebirth 3. Steve Bannons Kali-Yuga 4. Limitations of the Countering Extremism Model Conclusion: From Void to Hope