Share to WhatsApp (JTA) — Asaf Zamir, Israel’s consul general to New York, resigned within hours of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu firing his defense minister, the latest salvo in the political crisis besetting Israel over Netanyahu’s planned radical changes to the judiciary.
Source: Calling Netanyahu’s latest move ‘dangerous,’ Israel’s top diplomat in New York resigns – Jewish Telegraphic Agency
Harvard Educated Fascist
DeSantis doesn’t pretend to be moderate; being a far-right culture warrior is his brand. Journalist/author and scholar Henry A. Giroux analyzes DeSantis’ appeal in a scathing article published by Truthout on December 16, and he doesn’t sugarcoat anything. DeSantis, Giroux warns, is “fueling the emergence of fascist politics in the United States.”
Source: How ‘authoritarian’ Ron DeSantis has made Florida a ‘laboratory of fascist politics’: scholar – Alternet.org
It’s here that we get to the real meat of the issue – the real reason white people are prepared to abandon liberal democracy in order to protect their precious privileges built into our political system.
It’s not that they love their country. It’s not that they love the Constitution. Their opposition to liberal democracy, and all that it costs them politically, does not rest on positive principle.
It rests on laziness.
Most white people don’t want to compete.
Source: The Face of Liberal Democracy’s Enemy Is White | The Smirking Chimp
People can no more be a little bit fascist than women can be a little bit pregnant. The parallels of our present dysfunction to Sinclair Lewis’s 1935 novel It Can’t Happen Here are haunting. Donald Trump is a real-life Berzelius “Buzz” Windrip. MAGA fulfills Lewis’s prophecy, depicted in his novel, of the League of Forgotten Men, while the army Trump commanded to storm the capital is the realization of Lewis’s Minute Men, a paramilitary force intervening in politics. His followers’ intent is to delegitimize any election results they don’t like and to take over every level of government. It IS happening here, and it must be stopped to prevent Civil War II, or the breakup of the United States.
Source: Ken Burns’ Holocaust Documentary should set our Hair on Fire about the Creep of Trumpian Fascism
My tweet about Ron DeSantis provoked outrage in rightwing media – perhaps it hit the nerve of the fascism now taking root in the Republican party?
Source: Maybe US mainstream media should begin using the term ‘fascism’ | Robert Reich | The Guardian
Reasons not to be American Australia.
We can’t pretend we don’t know what’s happening and where it will lead if it’s not stopped—the question is what we will do about it.
Source: Opinion | When the US Is Truly Run by These Fascists It Will Be Too Late | Thom Hartmann
The problem Hitler comitted suicide. Putin has the bomb and a bullet big big difference.
I believe Putin’s fascist Russia faces a serious risk of breakdown in the not-too-distant future. All that’s missing is a spark that will rile the people and elites and move them to take action. That could be an increase in fuel prices, the development that led to a citizen revolt in Kazakhstan earlier this year; a blatantly falsified election, such as the one that led to riots in autocratic Belarus in 2020; or thousands of body bags returning to Russia from the war in Ukraine.
Source: Yes, Putin and Russia are fascist – a political scientist shows how they meet the textbook definition
Don’t sleepwalk into a fascist Australia
We need to be vigilant, active and politically switched-on if we are to avoid scenes like those in Rome recently where fascist mobs ransacked a union headquarters and terrorised working-class and diverse communities. We had a taste in Melbourne with the attack on the CMFEU headquarters and violent rampages around the city. Now the mobs are planning another street rally in late November. We have to fight back, or they will overrun our city.
Source: Pro-vax, pro-union, anti-fascist: Three things to be proud of
When it’s a trend and not one off it’s systemic
An Intercept and SITU reconstruction of an incident in North Carolina last June shows police intentionally trapped and tear-gassed hundreds of peaceful protesters.
Source: Police Across the U.S. Deliberately Kettled Peaceful Protesters
World Mental Health Coalition Board member who has helped guide members in applying our mental health knowledge to the political domain as well as within the currents of history, to achieve our mission of bettering societal mental health.Fascism Expert: Donald Trump Has Turned Destructive and Vindictive — Like All Dictators | The Smirking Chimp
But there is no great mystery to Trumpian cultism. The answer is as old as human nature itself.
The two philosophies routinely viewed as polar opposites on the political spectrum are communism and fascism. To many, this distinction seems ludicrous given that, under both systems, brutal dictators emerged, millions of people were killed, and fundamental freedoms and human rights were often viciously suppressed.
But two fundamental pillars that differentiate these ideologies are their views of human nature and intangibility vs. tangibility.
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For four years America teetered on the brink of fascism, and I have no doubt that Trump’s reelection would have pushed it over the edge. I’ll be the first to admit that Biden is no panacea to what ails America, and Congress is still inundated with mendacious and hypocritical Trump sycophants like Lindsey Graham, Ted Cruz, and Mitch McConnell. So, while some may lament that Trump wasn’t given four more years, I still tremble at the thought of what those four more years would have wrought.There is no great mystery to Trumpian cultism. The answer is as old as human nature itself
Allegations of involuntary hysterectomies conducted on people in a migrant detention center? Record numbers of children going to bed hungry? The revelation that President Donald Trump sat on his hands upon learning that Russia paid bounties to kill American soldiers? It’s futile to pinpoint when exactly Trump’s America left the community of civilized peoples. It’s more important and useful to explain how we kid ourselves about the fascist impulses of his “ordinary” supporters that hide in plain sight.Trump’ Movement Is Shot Through With Fascism
Trump is setting up the commission to teach students ‘the miracle of American history’ – which sounds like a core part of the fascist process of taking powerTrump’s 1776 commission is proof America is spiraling toward facism | Arwa Mahdawi | Opinion | The Guardian
Is Trump on his way to becoming America’s Dictator? Mussolini had a Party behind him prepared to tear up Italy’s Constitution. Hitler modelled himself on Mussolini. and both ensured the separation of powers were literally non existant. Interest and Social Darwinism is all that counted reason rationality and science were not required. Sounds like Trump to a tee. GOP has made every effort to take over the courts and fund the police and Military at every opportunity. (ODT)
On Wednesday evening, an associate of Trump’s private lawyer said on national television that Trump knew all about their schemes to push the president of Ukraine into announcing a sham investigation of Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden and his son Hunter.
And on Thursday morning, the Government Accountability Office announced that the White House broke the law when it withheld security assistance for Ukraine in that effort to pressure Ukraine into doing Trump’s bidding.
It’s the same thing Republicans have been saying for months, even though the White House only released the Ukraine aid after learning that someone from within the administration had filed a formal whistleblower complaint about the illegal holdup.
via Republicans Shrug Off Damning Developments In Ukraine Scandal | HuffPost Australia
In this media-fabricated ecosystem, agency can only find its purpose and meaning in the coordinates of hate and anti-immigrant rhetoric and policies. Under Trump, reality has become a toxic melodrama played out through a relentless display of hypermasculinity, ultranationalism and a culture of utter cruelty that accelerates the death of the unwanted.
White nationalism is now being delivered nationally via emotional taunts parading as spectacle, entertainment and manufactured drama. The making of politics as theater opens up a new connection between contemporary fascist politics and a fascist past. Ilhan Omar was right in calling Trump a fascist.
via As Ilhan Omar Said, Trump Is a Fascist — and His Rallies Prove It | The Smirking Chimp
I keep hearing that the Democratic party has moved “left” and that Democratic candidates may be “too far left”.
But in an era of unprecedented concentration of wealth and political power at the top, I can’t help wondering what it means to be “left”.
A half-century ago, when America had a large and growing middle class, those on the “left” sought stronger social safety nets and more public investment in schools, roads and research. Those on the “right” sought greater reliance on the free market.
But as wealth and power have concentrated at the top, everyone else – whether on the old right or the old left – has become disempowered and less secure.
via There is no ‘right’ v ‘left’: it is Trump and the oligarchs against the rest | Robert Reich | Opinion | The Guardian
Informed Comment on the ignorance of Sky News efforts to equate Socialism and Fascism in an effort to promote the latter. Why appearing to be “nice” is dangerous. (ODT)
Fascism can only thrive if the streets are flowing with the blood of working-class militants and socialists.
That is why the lies conflating Left and Right being spread by Professors of Political Science are so insulting to real socialists and to anyone who actually understands the dangers of flirting with fascists.
You only have to read this poem by the German Protestant priest, Martin Niemöller, to know that van Onselen and others who promote the “Left are just like the Nazis” golden lie need to be challenged over every stupid tweet and mis-statement.
First, they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out —
Because I was not a Socialist.
Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out —
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out —
Because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me — and there was no one left to speak for me.
via Fascism claims another victim: Snowflake tantrum over misjudged tweet
2 Media Companies will control 86% of Australia’s Media we need the ABC more than ever but they are demanding the LNP destroy it as well, Where is free speech when it’s privatised and becomes just another product to sell to corporate buyers. (ODT)
In the 1980s, Keating as Treasurer had overseen new media rules that prevented media owners from owning both TV stations and newspapers. They had to choose, as he said, whether to be ”queens of the screen or princes of print”.
Packer thus was ring-fenced into being a queen of the screen, while Rupert Murdoch gained more and more of the nation’s print outlets.
Packer, from a newspaper-owning family, wasn’t suitably gratified. He wanted to get his hands on Fairfax and what he called its “rivers of gold” — massive income from classified advertisements in its newspapers.
And so, a feud grew.
Keating revealed his old penchant for doing over his enemies slowly.
“Kerry Packer had the Nine Network chase me in private life,” he said.
“But I’m a big boy, I know how to punch. People said to me after a whole series of things on 60 Minutes. They said, ‘Mr Keating, are you going to take Mr Packer to court for defamation?’ I said, ‘No, I have more expensive remedies in mind for Mr Packer’.
“That was taking Fairfax from him, which I had [Senator] Brian Harradine do in 1997 to 1998. In other words, I made sure he didn’t allow Howard to get a majority to let Turnbull do what he did today.”
via Paul Keating’s loathing of all things Packer will never die
that the longer the stagnation and rot of a dysfunctional democracy went unaddressed, the more attractive fascism would become.
Zetkin warned, arises when capitalism enters a period of crisis and breakdown of the democratic institutions that once offered the possibility of reform and protection from an uninhibited assault by the capitalist class. The unchecked capitalist assault pushes the middle class, the bulwark of a capitalist democracy, into the working class and often poverty. It strips workers of all protection and depresses wages. The longer the economic and social stagnation persists, the more attractive fascism becomes. Zetkin would have warned us that Donald Trump is not the danger; the danger is the growing social and economic inequality that concentrates wealth in the hands of an oligarchic elite and degrades the lives of citizens.
The Game Plan
Nunes and Trump know that Rupert Murdoch’s lying Fox Cable News will be happy to become The Nunes Memo Network 24/7. They know that Sinclair radio stations (which have virtually taken over radio news nationally) will play it up big time. They know that NewsMax and Breitbart and other right wing webzines will beat this drum continually. They know that YouTube celebrities with millions of followers such as Alex Jones will spread the word of the perfidy of the FBI, or the “Kenyan FBI” as they likely will call it.
They already have 36% of voters and just need to create doubts in or support for Trump in 15% of voters who are independents, and they keep winning politically.
Research shows that people with idees fixes don’t change their minds just because they are presented with factual information that challenges them. In fact, they dig in. Thus, by the time the minority Democratic report comes out, many Republicans will be so wedded to the Nunes narrative that it will be very difficult to dislodge their certainty.
Fascism pretends to incorporate the good of the masses (hence the phony Nazi claim on the word “socialism”) while in fact acting in barracuda fashion solely for the benefit of the corporations and elite. It is plutocracy dressed up as a mass movement. Its rhetoric separates out the good workers (white, native-born) from the bad workers (brown or black or Semite, immigrant) in hopes of setting them against one another, for the benefit of the rich spectators. Fascism separates out the poor (about 15 percent of Americans) as lazy burdens on the other workers and enacts punitive policies toward them. Thus, Trump portrays taking away health care insurance from 26 million people as a triumph for workers.
“Once you start to merge the judicial and the political, you begin to erode the separation of powers. It’s a really regrettable path to go down.”
Peter Dutton says the public should help choose judges and magistrates
Three bikies are convicted for walking to a car parked on the side of a Brisbane road, under Queensland’s VLAD laws that ban gang members congregating in public.
Source: Queensland bikies convicted of breaching anti-gang laws after they walked to a car – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
As we know, in the age of Trump, now more than ever, no one gets to say no to a police officer.
Source: Nurse Arrested For Refusing To Take Blood From Comatose Man Without A Warrant | Crooks and Liars
The president’s inner circle may yearn for totalitarian rule — but for Trump, it’s all narcissistic play-acting VIDEO
Source: Is Trump really building a fascist regime — or is it all just showmanship? Either way the threat to democracy is real – Salon.com
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) on Sunday accused President Donald Trump of perpetrating a “fraud” on American voters by cozying up to Wall Street bankers instead of keeping his campaign promises.
Source: ‘This Guy Is A Fraud’: Bernie Sanders Rips Trump’s Wall Street Hypocrisy | Crooks and Liars
“White America may be shocked by the election of Donald Trump, but black and brown America smelt it coming.”
Source: The foul stench of fascism in the US – News from Al Jazeera
In nature, phase transitions describe changes in states of matter. Depending on temperature, H20 can exist as solid (ice), liquid (water) or gas (water vapour). Societal crises behave similarly. Today, our economic problems have morphed into their social and political phases.
Source: The world’s economic crises are entering a political stage – and the results could be dangerous | Voices | The Independent
By Dr George Venturini* Grande finale A person who goes under the nom de blog of ‘Winifredjay’, and probably lives in Tasmania, collected sixteen memorable quotations from Tony Abbott. S/he thought that they would have been useful to remember “why he shouldn’t be Prime Minister” – the date: 9 October 2012. Well, yes, but many…
Source: The facets of Australian fascism: the Abbott Government experiment (Part 13) – » The Australian Independent Media Network
The facets of Australian fascism: the Abbott Part 12
The facets of Australian fascism: the Abbott Part 11
By Dr George Venturini* Should one call it pathocracy? The record of the devious, nay false, statements which preceded a turbulent period of tenure and of the two years of the Abbott Government – 18 September 2013 to 14 September 2015 is too well-know and too recent to be resumed here – although certain aspects…
Source: The facets of Australian fascism: the Abbott Government experiment (Part 10) – » The Australian Independent Media Network
“When Fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying a cross,” goes a saying that is widely attributed to the first American to win the Nobel Prize for Literature, Sinclair Lewis. In 1935, Lewis wrote a novel called “It Can’t Happen Here,” positing fascism’s rise in the United States. We were taught that fascism was defeated in 1945, with the surrender of Germany and Japan in World War II.
Source: Fascism: Can It Happen Here? | Common Dreams | Breaking News & Views for the Progressive Community
The left is still convinced its late-show hosts can take down the GOP frontrunner. It needs a better plan, and fast
Source: They’re not eviscerating Trump: John Oliver and Stephen Colbert will never save us from fascism – Salon.com