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  1. Agent provocateur
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    A person employed by the police or other entity to act undercover to entice or provoke another person to commit an illegal act.
  2. Black Bloc
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    People who engage in protests wearing black clothing and masks and engaging in property damage. The tactic was developed in the 1980s by anti-nuclear activist autonomists, and was subsequently adopted by some anarchists, as well as some right-wing groups such as the autonomous nationalists of Europe. Black blocs lend themselves to infiltration by police and agents provocateurs, and it has often been alleged that their primary function, whether intentional or not, is to provide a pretext for police repression.
  3. The black bloc and the Battle of Seattle
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    Published: 2012
  4. Black bloc attack on massive trade union demo in October 2011
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    Published: 2011
    For most of the public, it is difficult to tell the black bloc from neo-nazi skins, and that is one of its problems.
  5. Black Brigades
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    Fascist paramilitary groups forming a bloc operating in the Italian Social Republic (in northern Italy), during the final years of World War II, and after the signing of the Italian Armistice in 1943.
  6. Black Hundreds
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    An ultra-nationalist bloc in Russia in the early 20th century noted for their direct action methods, including pogroms and terrorist attacks against liberals and leftists.
  7. Blackshirts
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    Fascist paramilitary groups in Italy who dressed in black, and assembled in blocs to attack unionists and leftists. Subsequently fascist groups in Germany and Britain also dressed in black and used similar direct action tactics.
  8. The Cancer in Occupy
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    Published: 2012
    The Black Bloc anarchists, who have been active on the streets in Oakland and other cities, are the cancer of the Occupy movement. The presence of Black Bloc anarchists — so named because they dress in black, obscure their faces, move as a unified mass, seek physical confrontations with police and destroy property — is a gift from heaven to the security and surveillance state.
  9. Chris Hedges and the black bloc
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    Published: 2012
    From its inception back in the European autonomist movements of the 1980s, the black-clad activists refuse to answer anybody outside of their ranks. Within the “affinity group”, everything is cool. Outside of it, who gives a shit? Ironically, this kind of elitism is not that different from the “vanguard party” posture which puts the needs of the sect above that of the mass movement.
  10. Communist Organizing in the Jim Crow South
    What's Not in The Great Debaters

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    Published: 2008
    The Great Debaters is a well-made movie. But in its paeans to dedication and debate, it downplays the real social struggle that was going on in the U.S. in the 1930s, including by black people in the South.
  11. Cut It Out: An Open Letter to Black Bloc Anarchists
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    Published: 2012
    Black Bloc tactics actually serve the cause of the 0.1%.
  12. Five Days in Seattle: A View from the Ground
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    Published: 1999
    About the 1999 protests in Seattle.
  13. The futility of activism using violence as catharsis
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    Published: 2010
    The anarchist practitioners of violence are fundamentally elitist. They do violence because it makes them feel good, and they don't care about the fact that it undermines the real work for social change that movement activists are doing.
  14. German autonomen: morality police
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    Published: 2011
    On the origins of "black bloc" tactics.
  15. How 'Antifa' Mirrors the 'Alt-Right'
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    Published: 2017
    Behind the rhetoric of the "alt-right" about white nativism and protecting American traditions, history and Christian values is the lust for violence. Behind the rhetoric of antifa, the Black Bloc and the so-called "alt-left" about capitalism, racism, state repression and corporate power is the same lust for violence.
  16. How the 'black bloc' protected the G20
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    Published: 2010
    The black-clad mob in Toronto has left a lot of people not only in the general public but in the wider nonviolent social/global justice movements in Canada feeling disgusted, demoralized and dispirited. Just the result you want if your goal is to marginalize and stifle dissent. The blocistes, in other words, are the most effective tool on the ground for silencing the valid concerns of the broad social movements.
  17. National Anarchism
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    National-Anarchism is a syncretic political current that was developed in the 1990s by former Third Positionists to reconcile anarchism with nationalism and in some cases racial separatism. It has philosophical roots in the writings of Julius Evola and the neo-Spenglerian Francis Parker Yockey, and claims Pierre-Joseph Proudhon, Mikhail Bakunin, Peter Kropotkin, Leo Tolstoy, and Max Stirner among its influences. Critics are concerned that national-anarchism may be the potential new face of fascism. They argue that by adopting selected symbols, slogans and stances of the left-wing anarchist movement in particular, this new form of post-war fascism hopes to avoid the stigma of the older tradition, while injecting its core fascist values into the newer movement of anti-globalization activists and related decentralized political groups.
  18. Other Voices: The Connexions Newsletter - October 9, 2017
    Meeting the Challenge of the Right

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    Published: 2017
    Challenging the Right requires not only anti-fascist actions in the street, but organizing to reach those who may be attracted the the appeal of the Right and offering an alternative social vision. This issue of Other Voices offers a number of articles, books, and films offering different perspectives on meeting the challenge of the right.
  19. The Politics of a Punch: Richard Spencer and the Black Bloc
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    Published: 2017
    Alt-right leader Richard Spencer was punched in the face by a man dressed in black bloc garb. Louis Proyect gives his interpretation of the punching incident.
  20. Shining a light on the black bloc, part 1: Italian autonomism
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    Published: 2011
    The combination of autonomist thuggery and Red Brigade terror had a lot to do with the implosion of the Italian left. While the Italian bourgeoisie was ready to carry out a repression even if the left had been far more intelligently organized, this was no excuse for carrying out tactics calculated to drive the average working class person into the arms of the government in the name of “security”. Revolutionary politics is really a project that is designed to win people to a cause. This involves patient explanation. Once someone develops a revolutionary consciousness, there is little that the state can do to vanquish it. A broken window can easily be replaced, but a revolutionary mind is permanent.
  21. Throwing Out the Master's Tools and Building a Better House
    Thoughts on the Importance of Nonviolence in the Occupy Revolution

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    Published: 2011
    Diversity of tactics does not mean that anything goes and that democratic decision-making doesn't apply. If you want to be part of a movement, treat the others with respect; don't spring unwanted surprises on them, particularly surprises that sabotage their own tactics -- and chase away the real diversity of the movement.
  22. What do the Autonomen want?
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    Published: 1988
    Autonomen are not a faction in the spectrum of anti-capitalist struggle. They are also not the radical wing of the protest movement. Autonomen consider rather each movement an opportunity to gratify their need for self-realization in battle.
  23. Who Controls The Black Bloc Anarchists?
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    Published: 2009
    Whose interests do the violent actions of the black bloc benefit? The interests of the general public in using free speech as a means of political change? Or the interests of the authorities in providing the perfect pretext with which to crush and outlaw that free speech? You can't overthrow the entire system by smashing one bank and starting a bonfire. Real political change takes generations of struggle, decades of building respected educational platforms, and a gargantuan grass-roots movement focused on taking power on the local level and expanding upwards. Throwing a brick through a window isn't going to achieve anything other than making the vast majority of the general public despise you even more, and support the very systems of power that you are supposedly opposing. The black bloc sect exist to provide the media with violent footage with which to demonize legitimate protesters.
  24. Why illegalism is stupid
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    Published: 2010
    Doing illegal things makes us look like criminals in the minds of most people.
  25. Why is the New York Times promoting the "black bloc"?
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    Published: 2017
    A New York Times article, which ran across four columns of the newspaper's front page under a huge photo of a black-masked individual preparing to break an office building window with an iron bar during Wednesday night's protests at the University of California, Berkeley, amounted to free publicity and promotion of the violent protests organized by elements identifying themselves as the "black bloc," anti-fascists and anarchists.

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