These essays, many published here for the first time, cover the shifts in rhetoric and tactics of the Alt Right since their disastrous Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville in 2017, and the explosion of antifascist, antiracist, and revolutionary organizing that has risen to fight it. Burley unpacks the moment we live in, confronting the apocalyptic feelings brought on by nationalism, climate collapse, and the crisis of capitalism, but also delivering the clear message that a new world is possible through the struggles communities are leveraging today. Burley reminds us what we're fighting for not simply what we're fighting against.


“Burley’s meticulously observed, fluidly written collection is a must-read for anyone interested in the far-right’s evolution during the Trump era, and its opposition. A collection that delves into the howling abyss and emerges with aplomb.” —Talia Lavin, Culture Warlords: My Journey Into the Dark Web of White Supremacy


“Shane Burley’s on-the-scene observations about the toxic presence of the Alt Right and other forms of far-right extremism have always been filled with keen insights, informed deeply by the realities he has witnessed and experienced. That same wisdom is also extraordinarily prescient about the challenges we all face in dealing with these realities, which remain very much with us going forward well past the Trump years. These essays are essential reading.” —David Niewert, author of Red Pill, Blue Pill: How to Counteract the Conspiracy Theories That Are Killing Us


“Shane Burley’s work is invaluable to understanding fascism and the far-right in the U.S., as well as parsing the challenges facing the working class and political activists in our current moment. His reporting is thorough and imbued with critical nuance as well as deep compassion for the people whose stories he illuminates, and a principled commitment to the greater struggle for liberation. This collection of essays is a must for every radical bookshelf.” —Kim Kelly, Teen Vogue  

Why We Fight: Essays on Fascism, Resistance, and Surviving the Apocalypse

  • AK Press 2021

    New paperback

    340 pages