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American Fascist


#1

American Fascist

Peter Dreier

I have watched, listened to, and read many commentaries on the inaugural address but so far none of the mainstream pundits have used the one word that best identifies Donald Trump: fascist.

The United States is not Weimar Germany. Our economic problems are nowhere as bad as those in Depression-era Germany. Nobody in the Trump administration (not even Steven Bannon) is calling for mass genocide (although saber-rattling with nuclear weapons could lead to global war if we’re not careful).


#2

Thanks for all you do Peter!

The trump speech was a shallow confection from a very shallow person, devoid of truth, moral compass and integrity.

An interview I heard and do not remember the woman's name, pretty much sums up trumps integrity.

"Trump says one thing at 9am, another at noon, and at 6pm denies he said either"


#3

He thinks he's King. But we are millions.


#4

"we are transferring power from Washington, D.C., and giving it back to you, the people.”

“January 20th, 2017, will be remembered as the day the people became the rulers of this nation again.” "

“We will no longer accept politicians who are all talk and no action,”

“harness the energies, industries and technologies of tomorrow.”

Exactly. We need to take his words to heart, and rule from every house but the White one. We need to make this country ungovernable from the Washington of the right wing, and we need to remove from power every politician not willing to act decisively and immediately on climate catastrophe, inequality, and racial, religious and class intolerance. We need to act, and encourage others to act, on these issues by engaging in peaceful protest and direct action that stops the fossil fuel, industrial ag and other destructive machines in their tracks. We must leave the 19th century and its fuels behind and move into the age of clean safe renewable energy--Sun, Wind, Earth and Water.

But in doing all this we need to not personalize it. Trump is not the problem, just one symptom, along with Congress and the courts. Getting rid of one person--or even dozens of them--won't help much if we don't change the psychology behind them and the system that supports them. While we're acting, we need to learn, to act deeply enough to change things.


#5

They have no morals and will simply shoot down the non-compliant, or else create the US version of the Killing Fields of Cambodia.


#6

I personally compare Trump to the likes of Kaiser Wilhelm II, or Tsar Nicholas II both born with silver spoon in hand, complete autocrats and in the case of the Tsar a believer in occultish crap. They also both destroyed their countries.


#7

The main priority is to expose and stop the GOP tactics to supress voters. Crosschecking allowed them to take millions of voters off the rolls. We do not focus on this enough. (until it is too late) Read Greg Palast's investigation on this very serious problem. If we ignore it, no matter what we work on will be a waste of time. I bet 90 percent of Americans do NOT know about crosschecking.


#8

QUOTE: The United States is not Weimar Germany. Our economic problems are nowhere as bad as those in Depression-era Germany. Nobody in the Trump administration (not even Steven Bannon) is calling for mass genocide (although saber-rattling with nuclear weapons could lead to global war if we’re not careful). UNQUOTE

Don’t feel too cocky about that:
Just like Trump with Muslims, Hitler won his election (w, 32%), partly because he campaigned against the Jews, who had some economic advantage with their connections outside of the realm of the Rentenmark, which had been in the throes of hyper inflation and thus the Jews were the envy of the suffering population.
He discriminated against the Jewish people, because he wanted them to leave the country (just like Trump gained the support of the white rednecks). Having 6 million potential enemies in the country during a war was not safe for his plans. He did not commence the actually genocide until the Kristallnacht, 9–10 November 1938. That was almost 5 years after seizing power. He NEVER spoke of genocide he just did it quietly behind the scenes and out of public view. He was a lot smarter than Trump, who is no doubt the dumbest of all fascist leaders.


#9

No, for many of us, this doesn't look like something "entirely new and different in American history." The US actually has been implementing fascism, by definition, for years -- slowly, and from the bottom up. Our more fortunate just didn't notice. This isn't the first time in our history that this has been attempted, but years of work went into ensuring its success this time.

Because the US itself is an economic entity, it makes sense that we would choose a class-based form of fascism. It's a complex issue, but note that we've already stripped our poor of a list of fundamental civil and human rights, thereby meeting the definition. Fascism isn't necessarily imposed by a violent military coup. It can be gradually embraced while the general public is re-educated in a way that makes it seem normal and right. And that's what the US did. We expect to now move up to the next level.


#10

Well, let us cry for a day or two and then get to work for a new progressive Congress in two years and let us hope, that the Constitution is still functional then and the Congress will still have the power to stop any insanities of the President
Where to start?
https://brandnewcongress.org
https://ourrevolution.com/
We do not have any time to waste!


#11

Did you know that over the past 20 years, the overall life expectancy of the US poor has fallen below that of every other developed nation? How about this: The overall quality of life in the US was rated at #1 when Reagan was first elected -- far from perfect, but much better. By the time Obama was elected, this had already plunged to #48.

The US shut down/shipped out a huge number of jobs since the 1980s, ended actual welfare aid in the 1990s. We then pursued the longest war in US history, draining the country militarily and economically, and we no longer have the means to rebuild. The portion of the population that still thinks things "aren't that bad" has been shrinking for years.


#12

OK, what's the agenda? You can't build a movement without a unifying message. How do you find such a message when the country is so split apart by class and race?


#13

Fascism, fascism, fascism!!!
Fascism is a far leftist system of government. The Nazis were the National Socialist party. Some of the 'protesters' (read rioters) in D.C. chanted "This is what fascism looks like'. They were ironically exactly correct. Their temper tantrum is fascist to the core.


#14

You cannot come up with a message that is ALL inclusive, but if you have paid attention to Bernie's campaign, his messages of Guarantied affordable health care for all, free secondary education, paid parental leave, to name a few, should appeal to the 99%.
And it is not a pipe dream. that all exists in most European countries already. some o them, Austria, Scandinavian countries and Germany even offer free education to academically qualified foreigners, including Americans. - a good way for young people to spend the next few years.


#15

The first thing that needs to be done is to make it possible to get money out of politics (and if Trump isn't a symptom of that, I don't know what is), by passing a 28th amendment saying that Corporations and NOT People and Money is NOT Speech! Sign on now at http://www.wolf-pac.com/


#16

The working class is, by definition, the majority (99%). The 1% tries to divide us using "identity politics" -- white vs. black, christian vs. muslim, or whatever works. But their power can be nullified if we can get money out of politics: Support http://www.wolf-pac.com/


#17

That is strictly, because we have neglected our resources since WWII in favor of unrestricted profits for the corporations.

Germany with one quarter of the population of US has shipped just as much production capacity to China as we.
• Germany led the world in solar panel technology, exported that to China. Now China out produces Germany and everybody else in that industry
• German companies built the first high speed rail installation in China from down town Shanghai to the airport. Now China has the by far largest high speed rail net in the world and exports their technology all over the planet.
But are the Germans crying? - Naah, they just do better.
Last time, I looked, about 400,000 (the US equivalent would be 1.6 million) openings in manufacturing went begging. Companies had to decline orders for lack of workforce.
The association was hoping that a lot of the newly arrived refugees could soon be trained to fill those vacancies.
See: https://www.asme.org/engineering-topics/articles/manufacturing-processing/how-does-germany-do-it

There are a lot of other things in which Germany has acted smarter than we, but that is for another post.


#19

The term 'fascism' is entirely independent from 'capitalism' or 'socialism'.
It describes politics based on enforcement of racial discrimination.
Such as is per example practiced in Israel today.


#21

Trump's appeal to populism and proclaiming that he is giving power back to the people is very reminiscent of some of Hitler's propaganda. Obviously, others have gone into more detail on the subject:


Hitler's Persuasive Method
"At this point in his career, Hitler began to unleash his propaganda upon all of Germany. He had previously used his persuasiveness to further himself in the Nazi Party and to gain supporters, but it was not until he was dictator that that his persuasive style was fully manifested. Adolf Hitler’s persuasive method was built upon the foundation of treating the German people as a group, rather than as individuals. He explained this technique in the following statement:

The receptivity of the great masses is very limited, their intelligence is small, but their power of forgetting is enormous. In consequence of these facts, all effective propaganda must be limited to a very few points and must harp on these in slogans until the last member of the public understands what you want him to understand by your slogan. As soon as you sacrifice this slogan and try to be many-sided, the effect will piddle away, for the crowd can neither digest nor retain the material offered. (“Adolf Hitler: quote on propaganda”)"


#22

Some additional history on the use of propaganda by the world's most famous fascist. Sound familiar in any way?

https://owlcation.com/humanities/Adolf-Hitlers-Tremendous-Persuasive-AbilityHitler and the Nazi

"Party treated the German people as if they were one entity, because individuals are rational, think for themselves, and are concerned about their own well-being; whereas groups are unintelligent and easily persuaded. Sigmund Freud stated that groups tend to have the characteristics of “weakness of intellectual ability,…lack of emotional restraint,...incapacity for moderation and delay, [and] the inclination to exceed every limit in the expression of emotion.” Freud went on to say that groups “show an unmistakable picture of a regression of mental activity to an earlier stage such as…children” (qtd. in Bosamajian 69). Hitler used this understanding of groups to strategically manipulate the German people.

Hitler and the Nazis recognized that if the German people had a group mentality they would be much more receptive to Nazi ideology and propaganda. To reinforce this mindset in the German people, or Volk, the Nazis held events that required mass participation and did not invite individuality, such as “parades, mass meetings, semi-religious rituals, [and] festivals” (Boasmajian 70). Anyone who did not openly participate or share the emotion of the rest of the crowd was easily identified and dealt with by either the crowd itself or by security personnel. One did not even have to be resistant or cause a disturbance to be viewed as subversive; indifference alone was enough to infuriate the crowd (Bosamajian 69-70).

Freud said that a crowd demands “strength or even violence” of its leaders: “It wants to be ruled and oppressed and to fear its master” (70). Hitler and the Nazis fulfilled this psychological need by infusing the Volk with the idea that the Nazi Party was strong and powerful, and thus, to the feeble mind of the crowd, trustworthy. This was accomplished through a myriad of ways, some obvious and others subtle. One of the most overt ways that Hitler conveyed a sense of strength and power was through his speeches, during which he would yell and wave his arms violently. The Nazis displayed strength through demonstrations of military might. During the frequent military parades, the army would march with its distinctive goose-step walk. The Heil salute made famous by the Nazis added to their powerful image, as did Hitler’s title, Der Führer, which meant “the leader.” Some of the more subtle ways that strength was portrayed include the excessive use of common Nazi symbols such as the eagle, the swastika, and trigger words such as “sword”, “fire”, and “blood” (Bosamajian 70)."