Here in the ludicrous post truth era, American Nazis and Fascists have finally gotten a place at the table, thanks to President-elect Trump.
Trump's senior advisor is a Nazi who for years has operated a white-supremacist/Nazi website.
Klan is marching again. Swastikas are appearing all over the country,
on signs and banners and defacing public and private buildings. But, we beat these bastards once, and we'll beat them again.
American Fascism is not new. There were plenty of Nazi sympathizers in this country going back to the 1930s and they have changed tactics and masks, but have never gone away. They plotted to overthrow president Roosevelt and install a fascist state. They murdered people and generally do what fascists do.
The fascist ideology conditions children to fear nonconformity and to blindly obey which ensures
their continued obedience as adults. The challenging task of engaging in how one
makes moral choices, or how to accept personal responsibility, or how to deal
with the chaotic reality of human life is handed over to God-like authority
figures. This process makes possible a perpetuation of childhood. It
allows adults to bask in the warm glow and magic of imagined divine
protections. It hides the array of human
weaknesses which include our deepest fears, our dread of irrelevance and
death, our uncertainty... our vulnerability. Belief systems such as this make it difficult to build mature, loving relationships. Fascism is in a sense, not a political ideology but a religion.
is told it is all about them, about their needs, their desires, and
above all, their protection and advancement. Relationships, even within
families, splinter and fracture. Those who adopt the belief system, who
find in the dictates of a fascist movement or a religion; a binary world
of black and white build an exclusive and intolerant camaraderie that shuns and condemns the “unbeliever.”
People are not valued by their intrinsic qualities. They are not judged by their actions, capacities, nor
compassion. They are valued for the rigidity of their obedience. Obedience defines the good and the bad, the patriot and the traitor, the Christian and the infidel. This obedience is a blunt and effective weapon against the possibility
of love that could overpower the dictates of hierarchy. In many
ways it is love itself, that the leaders fear most. Love unleashes
passions and bonds that defy the carefully constructed edifices that
keep followers trapped and enclosed. And while both fascists and self appointed religious leaders may speak often about
love, as they do about family, it is the cohesive bonds created by
family and love they actually wage war against. It is only through the destruction of these bonds that humanity can be divided into these black and white, good and bad factions. It is only through the destruction of truth, logic, and compassion that fascism thrives.
America's religious right was ripe for picking by fascists. They have a lot in common actually. Both utilize teachings that friends, neighbors, colleagues and family members who do not conform to
their ideology are gradually dehumanized. They are painted with the
despised characteristics. This attack is waged
in highly abstract terms, to negate the reality of concrete, specific
and unique human characteristics, to deny the possibility of goodness in
those who do not conform. Some human beings, their message goes, are no
longer human beings. They are "types". The exclusive community
fosters rigidity, conformity and intolerance. In this binary world,
segments of the human race are disqualified from moral and ethical
consideration. How else could the barbaric treatment of protesters at Standing Rock occur? How else could the news of such events be tolerated for one second? It's because fundamentalists of all stripes including fascists live in a binary
universe. Their capacity for seeing others as anything more than
inverted reflections of themselves has been destroyed. If they seek to destroy nonbelievers
to create a Christian America, then nonbelievers must be seeking to
destroy them. If they seek to destroy democracy to prevent some abstract 'liberalism" then in their minds liberals are plotting against them to destroy it first. If they conceive of science as an enemy, then science must be evil.
If you are taught that education is your enemy, then education is evil . This type of belief system negates the very possibility of an ethical
The "believer" fails to grasp that goodness must be sought outside the self
and that the best defense against evil is to seek it within. When a group of people
come to believe that they are immune from evil, that there is no
resemblance between themselves and those they define as their enemy, they inevitably grow to embody the very evil they believe they fight. It is only
by understanding one's own capacity for evil, one's own darkness, that we hold the capacity for evil at bay. When evil is purely external, then
moral purification always entails the eradication of others.
Human kindness is deeply subversive to totalitarian creeds, which seek
to thwart all compassion toward those deemed unworthy of moral
consideration, those branded as internal or external enemies.
To fight fascism, one thing you, yourself can do...every day is be kind.
To find compassion.
To seek the quality of mercy.
The fascist is a fundamentalist, and fundamentalists do not commit evil for evil’s sake.
They commit evil to "make a better
world". To attain this they believe, some must suffer and
be silenced, and eventually all those who oppose them must be
The worst suffering in human history has been carried out by
those who preach or believe this claptrap. In a serious twist of irony, it is indeed an idealism that leads radical fundamentalists and fascist followers to strip
human beings of their dignity and their sanctity and turn them into
abstractions. Yet it is only by holding on to the sanctity of each
individual, each human life, only by placing our faith in tiny, unheroic
acts of compassion and kindness, that we survive.
Both as communities and as
individual human beings.
These small acts of kindness are deeply feared
and subversive to these idealists.
On Thanksgiving I tried to find something to be thankful for.
I came up short.
It's costing American taxpayers $1 million per day to provide security for Trump and his family in New York City.
Ben Carson has accepted or is considering the office of
Secretary of HUD. Carson has absolutely no experience in public housing
or urban planning and has shown no interest whatsoever in it.
From what we've
seen during the 2016 when he was running for the GOP nomination,
he's pretty much an ignorant, bumbling fool.
Betsy Devos will head up the Education department. There couldn't be a
worse choice. She and her billionaire husband have devoted their
lives to the destruction of public education through privatization
and charter schools. She is an ultra-right wing fanatic Christian who
hates that public schools are the foundation of
democracy. She thinks education should be only for those in the upper classes who can pay for private schools, and seeks to destroy public schools by diverting their funding elsewhere...this is the tactic that will also be employed to destroy medicare and social security. Probably everything that citizens value about their citizenship.
entanglements make it impossible to function as president. He has already
compromised his ability to deal properly with foreign interests, owing hundreds of millions of dollars to Russian oligarchs, banks in China, and other
countries. The other day while speaking with President Erdogan of
Turkey, Trump promoted his business partner in that country, a clear
abrogation of his presidential responsibilities. This is a nightmare.
Trump's advisor on "Space" wants to defund NASA's climate work.
Although Trump knows nothing about foreign affairs or even how our
country works, he is blowing off the daily intelligence briefings. He's attended two such briefings
in the past two weeks. But then he has been awfully busy twitting about his
dislike of the cast of "Hamilton," and Saturday Night Live.
In a move to reward a supporter with a governorship, Trump appointed Nikki Haley, the governor of
South Carolina, as the U.S. Ambassador to the UN. Haley is an
ultra-right wing "birther" politico with no experience or expertise in foreign
policy, the United Nations, or anything else of importance.
but far from least, is Trump's appointment of Jeff Sessions, the Alabama
crackpot, as Attorney General. Sessions was rejected as a federal judge previously because of his blatant racism.
He is a bigot extraordinaire
and an out-and-out racist wanker.
Enjoy your holiday folks. (Try not to get indigestion!)
Remember, acts of compassion and kindness are blows against this empire.