The Politics of a Punch: Richard Spencer and the Black Bloc

Proyect, Louis
Date Written:  2017-01-27
Publisher:  CountePunch
Year Published:  2017
Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX20332

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.



The notion that breaking windows, burning limousines, knocking over trash cans or throwing rocks at the cops has anything to do with the epochal struggle against American capitalism must be interrogated. Keep in mind that this is a recent "tactic", for the lack of a better word, that emerged in the 1970s as a largely student movement grew frustrated over its ability to change society. If it was impossible to get steelworkers, truck drivers and oil refinery workers to join a revolutionary movement, maybe the next best thing would be to carry out "exemplary" actions that might encourage them to resist the ruling class.

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