Chris Hedges Breaks Down the Threat of Neoliberal Fascism

 
Chris Hedges is America’s greatest public intellectual and chronicler of the failure of our late-20th-century imperial experiment. His lived experience as a war reporter and author has brought him face-to-face with the ugly realities of the hoovering necessity of post-industrial capitalism around the globe. In this excerpt from his RT program “On Contact” Hedges identifies the universal representations of the oligarchic class currently taking power in the US, India, Israel, Brazil, Indonesia, Russia, China and too many other countries to name.

 

Here’s a cheat sheet for neoliberal fascist messaging:

  • Eschews verifiable fact for myth
  • Peddles nostalgia for lost glory
  • Attacks the spiritual bankruptcy of the modern technocratic world
  • Preaches xenophobia and celebrates hypermasculinity
  • Celebrates the cult of the warrior and acts of violence
  • Rallies around demagogues
  • Attacks artists and intellectuals
  • Equates dissent with treason
  • Persecutes ethnic and religious minorities
  • Calls for the subjugation of women
  • Peddles bizarre conspiracy theories
  • Communicates in the Orwellian Newspeak of alternative facts

ADDED 08/10/2018

The Rise of Hindu Fascism with Activist Shehla Rashid

FROM 02/22/2018 | TruthDig

BY Chris Hedges

In a recent episode of “On Contact,” host Chris Hedges and activist Shehla Rashid Shora discuss Hindutva fascism in India and draw parallels to the current situation in the United States. “Caste slavery is fascism,” says Rashid Shora, the face of the student movement in India, in conversation with the Truthdig columnist. “It is not […]

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ADDED 08/07/2018

Post-Communist Russia Is Not the Soviet Union

FROM 08/07/2018 | Real Clear Politics

BY Daniel J. Mahoney

The time has arrived for some moderation and clarity in thinking about contemporary Russia and its relationship to the Western world.  Ronald Reagan was not wrong in the 1980s to call the Soviet Union an “evil empire.” Its death in 1991 was a welcome victory for liberty, peace, and political civilization. But post-communist Russia is […]

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ADDED 08/06/2018

Authoritarianism expert warns GOP candidates may use claims of Russian hacking to avoid conceding lost seats in midterms

FROM 08/04/2018 | Raw Story

BY TOM BOGGIONI

Appearing on MSNBC on Saturday morning, authoritarian expert Sarah Kendzior expressed worry about the upcoming midterm elections, casting doubt of election security at the polls as the Russians continue their hacking attempts. Speaking with AM Joy host Joy Reid, Kenzior explained hacking is “still directly focused on Democrats.” “People are not worried enough,” she explained. […]

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ADDED 08/04/2018

When Fascists Turn Violent

FROM 08/03/2018 | The New Republic

BY PATRICK STRICKLAND

In Greece, a mob assault on a liberal mayor offers a disturbing view of where the current uptick in right-wing extremism can lead. Yiannis Boutaris stared back at a sea of angry faces on May 20—a few muttered insults. Boos erupted from pockets of the crowd. “Leave,” they demanded. The 76-year-old winemaker-turned-mayor’s body tensed: “I […]

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ADDED 08/03/2018

BJP rulers turning Tamil Nadu into fascism lab, repressive state imposing “development” projects: Civil society leaders

FROM 08/03/2018 | Counterview

BY Counterview

A civil society-sponsored public meeting in Delhi’s Press Club of India has alleged that Tamil Nadu has been turned into a fascist laboratory by India’s BJP rulers. Seeking to highlight the “voices from the south”, organized by the Delhi Solidarity Group, speakers at the meeting said that, over the past couple of months, the political […]

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ADDED 08/01/2018

Free Lula Festival Draws 80,000 in Rio de Janeiro

FROM 07/26/2018 | Brasil Wire

BY Brian Wier

On Saturday night, in front of a crowd of 80,000 and to chants of “Free Lula”, Chico Buarque and Gilberto Gil sang the legendary protest songCálice for the first time together since 1973, on a night when Military Dictatorship censors turned off Buarque’s microphone. It was a highlight of an evening with poetry and political speeches, […]

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