I’ve come up with a quick fascism worry checklist. Consider this penance for trying to write believable (and therefore somewhat sympathetic) extreme right-wing characters. It is based on a definition of fascism by historian Robert Paxton as well as the experience of living with some very worrying people inhabiting my imagination and real life.
Source: Opinion | Top 10 Signs of Looming Fascism | Gary Engler
In the world’s largest democracies, far-right movements that embrace violence, reject democracy, and target the vulnerable are on the rise. By Walden Bello | May 5, 2021 The global spread of fascism is real, as real as the spread of COVID-19, and you better believe it.
Source: Fascism’s Global Spread is Real — As Real as the Spread of COVID-19
There remains a very vested interest in maintaining monuments celebrating Fascism. The History of companies and great men depend on it.(ODT)
via Franco’s Stooges Still Dominate the Spanish Economy
Almost dutifully, it seems, the left once again forms its traditional circular firing squad, a big one this year. We’re locked and loaded, ready to tear a new asshole–or a lot of them–shooting the shit out of each other in the interest of fighting fascism, all while arguing that the right wingers are a bunch of dumb fucks.
Yeah, right, THEY’RE the dumb fucks. And let’s never forget it.
It is not just governments or private businesses that undermine free speech. There is, for example, a vast army of people who blame the current societal problems on “the other” — the other being people like asylum seekers and refugees, or immigrants, or Indigenous Australians, or Muslims. When the great uniformity of their ideas is challenged, they go into overdrive to shut down dissident views.
The treatment of Channel Nine reporter Brooke Boney is an example. Brooke is a Gamilaroi woman. When interviewed recently about Australia Day, she had this to say:
‘… I can’t separate the 26th of January from the fact that my brothers are more likely to go to gaol than they are to go to school. Or that my little sisters and my mum are more likely to be beaten and raped than anyone else’s sisters or mum.’
She went on to make clear that this began because of the invasion that started on 26 January:
‘And that started from that day. So for me, that’s a difficult day and I don’t want to celebrate it… That’s the day it changed for us. That’s the beginning of what some people would say is the end. That’s the turning point.’
The “thought uniformists” responded, both in the media and online. The Daily Mail, for example, called it called it ‘an astonishing Australia Day rant’. Failed Labor leader and wannabe One Nation NSW Legislative Council member Mark Latham described Boney’s comments as “victimology” and “absurd“.
Even worse were the responses from many ordinary Australians, many of whom have been force fed and accepting of commercial TV propaganda for years. The backlash included hate speech and racism.
The aim of those who want everyone to bow before the flag – dressed according to Scott Morrison’s uniform standards – and stand when the band plays ‘God Save the Queen’, or ‘Advance Australia Fair’ or whatever, is to shut the rest of us up. They want to marginalise those who disagree with the deeply ingrained racism and xenophobia in Australia, let alone raise questions about the nature of society.
via Fascism, free speech and Facebook bans
As in the 1930s we have been witnessing for some time now in Australia how easy is it for these forces to normalise brutality towards vulnerable people, and how those same forces are deliberately creating a society of increasing inequality, distrust and fear of ‘otherness’, through racist dog-whistling about immigration and multiculturalism.
Just as in the 1930s Australian conservatives are again ideologically aligned with fascism. We need to remember the story of Lt-Col Scott of Gull Force, for his contemptuous and contemptible attitude to the fate of his own men is ultimately a classic example of the character and values of fascism in practice.
Australia’s history with fascism
The One Nation senator Pauline Hanson has been written into her party’s updated constitution as effective president for life.
With no term limits on her presidency, the constitution names Hanson as leader of the party’s national executive as well as the registered officer for its divisions, giving her considerable heft, News Corp reported.
“The president of the party is Pauline Lee Hanson,” the constitution now states. “Upon resigning from the position of president, Pauline Lee Hanson shall appoint her successor to become the next president of the party.”
via Pauline Hanson written into One Nation constitution as effective president for life | Australia news | The Guardian
Definitions of fascism tend to sound like neoliberalism’s mission statement, listing elements critical to the business model of … call them what you will: the wealthy elites, the one percent, the military/industrial complex, the economic rationalists, the political hard right, the corporate predators of neoliberalism … in other words, those who profit from chaos.
Socialism to fascists is what Kryptonite is to Superman. Fascists hate socialism, communism, even conservatism, which can appear too moderate in the eyes of these far-right bully boys. To fascists, concepts such as “human rights” and “social justice” are irrelevant.
Aspiring fascists prowl the corridors and back alleys of our federal parliament and public service.
Home Affairs, Immigration and Border Protection Minister Peter Dutton presides over a vast portfolio which, it could be argued, places too much power over others in the hands of one man.
via Fascism: History Repeats, Again – » The Australian Independent Media Network
Trump in black and white? No, Mussolini
In my view Mussolini’s fascism in Italy is a fair exemplar of the phenomenon. One characteristic fascist societies have in common is social hierarchy. Men are better than women, they hold. Men are entitled. Some ethnicity is better than all the other ethnicities. White people are entitled (even if some white supremacists in Anglo-Saxon societies wouldn’t consider Mussolini’s Italians or Franco’s Spanish to be “white.” Hitler put off an alliance with Italy because he was still hoping he could get the white British to join him and they seemed to him a superior race). A corollary is that some ethnicities are sick or polluting to society and need to be eliminated, made to emigrate or diminished in some more sinister way.
via No Normalization: All the Fascist Highlights Trump still Hits | Informed Comment
A driver swerved a van onto a pedestrian area in Barcelona’s historic Las Ramblas district, ramming into crowds and leaving at least 13 people dead.
Source: Barcelona: Pedestrians mowed down in deadly van terrorist attack
Trump’s failure to swiftly condemn racist violence is appalling. But he’s right that it’s always been part of this country’s story.
In the 18th and 19th centuries, Southern slaveholders said the Bible compelled them to hold slaves—that, in fact, civilizing black people was a good Christian way of “liberating” them from savagery. “Christians across the Confederacy were convinced that they were called not only to perpetuate slavery but also to ‘perfect’ it. And they understood the Bible to provide clear moral guidelines on how
to properly practice it,” wrote Thom Bassett in The New York Times.
Source: Fighting White Supremacy Means Owning Up to American History | The Nation
Environmental watchdog is refusing to release contamination reports to a Sydney landlord in dispute with his former tenant Woolworths.
Source: EPA refuses to give petrol-station pollution reports to landlord after Woolworths objects
How to spot Fascism before it’s too late
Source: Strength Through Unity – by Maia Kobabe
A man who spent two months as a member of an outlaw bikie gang is facing deportation back to the UK, where he has not been since he was two.
Source: Adelaide man Paul Burgess faces deportation after two months with Comancheros bikie gang – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
With all the frenzied hysteria comparing the election of Donald Trump to the second coming of Hitler, the media has been strangely silent on the assault by police, government, military and private security on water protectors protesting the North Dakota Access Pipeline. Over the course of months, peaceful protesters have been sprayed with water cannons in sub freezing temperatures,…
Source: Standing Rock: The true face of fascism – » The Australian Independent Media Network