Sunday, January 22, 2017
The Long Dark Night of Fascism is Always Descending on the Right in America...
By any definition, Donald Trump is a fascist.Really? Here's one definition: A political system headed by a dictator in which the government controls business and labor and opposition is not permitted.
That's not what's happening. Calling President-Elect Trump a dictator before he entered office (as the ad did) is delusional under any definition.
Here's another: ...a form of political behavior marked by obsessive preoccupation with community decline, humiliation or victimhood and by compensatory cults of unity, energy and purity, in which a mass-based party of committed nationalist militants, working in uneasy but effective collaboration with traditional elites, abandons democratic liberties and pursues with redemptive violence and without ethical or legal restraints goals of internal cleansing and external expansion.
Ah, "redemptive violence." You mean the terror and destruction inflicted by the Black-shirts in Italy and the Brown-shirts in Germany? Why yes I think that term from a definition of fascism is precisely that. So who are the Brown shirts of today? Republicans?
Let me make a relevant comparison: Here are photos of German fascists on November 9-10, 1938**.
Here is a photo and and a video from two days ago:
Who are the fascist thugs now? Republicans? Really?
Apparently, it was a lot less violent and destructive, yesterday with the women's marches. Good for them.
* (h/t many right wing writers particularizing Revel)
** I apologize to the millions affected by the Holocaust for trivializing it by comparing it to the puerile, meaningless destruction the left indulges in nowadays.