Slackwater Rising: An Open Letter to Rose City Antifa

My close friend and ally, Cathasaigh Ó Corcráin, responds to accusations made by Rose City Antifa that he and I are “Crypto Fascists.”

Míle Gaiscíoch

“This is the most immediate fruit of exile, of uprooting: the prevalence of the unreal over the real. Everyone dreamed past and future dreams, of slavery and redemption, of improbable paradises, of equally mythical and improbable enemies; cosmic enemies, perverse and subtle, who pervade everything like the air.” 

-Primo Levi, Se questo è un uomo

I am very sorry that you have chosen to back out of the upcoming gathering, Cascadia Rising: A Bioregional Confluence.  I feel that the perspective you folks have to offer, in regards to the tumultuous arguments that are ongoing in our various communities revolving around oppression and identity politics is a vital one.  I hope that you will reconsider your move to silence dialogue within the bioregional movement and a creative attempt to decolonize a stolen land base.  Please feel free to let you voices be heard.

I have been informed that your decision…

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5 Responses to Slackwater Rising: An Open Letter to Rose City Antifa

  1. The Rose City Antifa are a Chapter of Anti-Racist Action, whose website says that they oppose ‘nativism’. Apparently that applies to Native American Tribes – but not to the Judaic Tribe.

    “We oppose all forms of oppression and exploitation. We intend to do the hard work necessary to build a broad, strong movement of oppressed people centered on the working class against racism, sexism, nativism, anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, homophobia, transphobia, and discrimination against the disabled, the oldest, the youngest, and the most oppressed people.”
    – the Anti-Racist Action website homepage. –

    The Antifa, the Cascadia movement, and some other political movements are designed and manipulated by the Establishment to isolate or segregate the young activists (who are easily misled) from the older activists (who are not easily misled), so that the ‘counsel of the elders’ will be rejected by the young activists. Thus, the more experienced and knowledgable ‘head’ (the elders) gets detached from the active and vigorous body (the youth). The youth follow the Pied Piper of ‘politically correct’ conformism, while their elders shake their heads in dismay.

    Elitist, Establishmentarian ‘pseudo-activists’ are enticing the young activists with philosophies and agendas that pose as ‘progressive’ or ‘radical’, but which actually serve the Establishment’s goals. The ‘don’t trust anyone over thirty’ meme is alive and well, and young activists are disgusted with the elders in general – including the activist elders. This is yet another form of ‘Divide and Conquer’ — one of the Establishment’s techniques for controlling the masses.

    The young activists do not understand that the ‘alternative’ narrative that they follow has actually been scripted by the Establishment. This situation has developed because the Establishment has monopolized, and controls, the ‘alternative media’ — as well as the mainstream media, the
    entertainment industry, and academia.

    The elders – all of them – get blamed for the mythical Global Warming and other problems that the Establishment has either caused or invented.

    Young people are being brainwashed to want to be poor – to live in tiny apartments and never drive cars – while remaining quite tolerant of the fact that Mark Zuckerberg and Scarlet Johansson have no intention of ever being poor.

  2. Vince, your dismissal from the panel of the Cascadia Rising conference was a result of a ‘policing’ effort by the Rose City Antifa, the self-appointed vigilantes of ‘politically correct’ thinking and behavior in the Portland area. In their policy statements, the Rose City Antifa say that they oppose the Police, but what the RCA really wants to do is to replace the Police with themselves as the community police. The RCA and its parent organization, Anti-Racist Action, recieve covert funding and support from wealthy backers. Professor Stanislav Vysotsky (below) functions as one of their theorists; his linkedin profile talks about “how social movement activists engage in practices of policing in prefigurative spaces and activities.” That’s what happened to you with the Cascadia Rising conference — the Rose City Antifa ‘policed’ you out of a ‘prefigurative space and activity’. Congratulations, Vince — you’ve just been ‘policed’ by the Rose City Antifa.

    “Prefigurative politics are the modes of organization and social relationships that strive to reflect the future society being sought by the group.” —

    “Stanislav Vysotsky is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Willamette University in Salem, OR. Dr. Vysotsky’s research has focused on the conflict between supremacist groups in contemporary American society and their militant anti-fascist opposition through ethnographic and interview research with anti-fascist activists in order to understand the relationship between threat, space, subculture, and social movement activism. His current research is focused on understanding how social movement activists engage in practices of policing in prefigurative spaces and activities. In pursuit of this project he has conducted content analysis of the portrayal of the Occupy movement in the press and is currently interviewing activists who have engaged in policing practices as part of their social justice work.” —

  3. Steve Cleveland says:

    Hi Vince —

    Thanks for this forum.

    From what I have seen and from what the group says about itself, RCA has no interest whatsoever in dialogue or community.
    Rather, they insist they are right about everything, and once they brand someone as “fascist” or “racist” their only concern is to discredit that person, and often to harass that person as well,
    At least, this is what I have observed.
    Actual community evolves from open dialogue and critical thinking, and from humor and joy and beauty, not from
    monomaniacal self-righteous finger-pointing.
    As I understand it, Vince, you are interested in decentralization, and in not feeding energy into the State.
    Well, if Antifa is not actually “controlled opposition” sanctioned covertly by the State, it certainly seems that they would like to BE the State.
    As John Trudell, Gilad Atzmon, and many others have ponted out, identity politics has become a way to divide and control us. The fact that we are all human beings becomes forgotten amid all the politically-correct identifications with one group or another.

    I appreciate your rootedness in your culture as well as your openness to and respect for other tribes and cultures.

    Steve Cleveland

    • Vince says:

      “As I understand it, Vince, you are interested in decentralization, and in not feeding energy into the State.”

      Correct. I’m not interested in a civil war between blue states and red states. That puts me at odds with elements on both sides who see this struggle very, very differently. Thank you for the comment of support.

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