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ADDED 11/13/2018

How conservative corruption opened a fascist door in Rio

FROM 11/13/2018 | Brasil Wire

BY GABRIEL DESLANDES

Massive corruption in Rio de Janeiro’s disastrous Public/Private transportation partnerships brought an end to decades of MDB party hegemony, but the power vacuum that it opened was filled by neofascists. When the June, 2013 protests against bus fare hikes and lack of quality public transportation rocked Brazil, protesters in Rio de Janeiro had a clear […]

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ADDED 11/12/2018

CHRIS HEDGES ON ELECTIONS, “CHRISTIAN FASCISTS,” AND THE ROT WITHIN THE AMERICAN SYSTEM

FROM 11/07/2018 | Intercepted

BY Jeremy Scahill

POLITICIANS LOVE TO tell us every election is the “most important of our lifetime.” With Donald Trump in power, it rings true for many voters. This week on Intercepted: Journalist Chris Hedges has spent the past 15 years trying to ring the alarm about the dangers of the U.S. political system and the impact of a […]

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ADDED 11/12/2018

There is No “Mainstream” Conservatism

FROM 1/01/2018 | Jacobin

BY BRANKO MARCETIC

The line between the far right and “mainstream” conservatism is rapidly crumbling. But the two were never very far apart in the first place. If you go by most of what you see in the media, you would think politics is governed by some strange version of Newtonian physics. “Both sides” are perennially to blame, […]

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ADDED 11/02/2018

The Not-so Invisible Hand of Uncle Sam

FROM 11/01/2018 | BrasilWire

BY Bryan Pitts

The United States has spent over a century meddling in Latin America. Recent crusades against corruption in Latin America are only the latest chapter. Today Brazil is on the front lines of the US battle to re-establish its hegemony in the region. When you study Latin American history, as I have for well over a […]

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ADDED 11/02/2018

Illiberal Democracy Spreads in Israel

FROM 10/25/2018 | Tablet

BY Shany Mor

For two generations, Israeli politics has been riven by one question: the future of the West Bank. A loose coalition of right-wing factions, nationalists, and religious parties wants to keep the territory conquered in 1967 and settle it with Jewish civilians, and an even looser coalition of leftists, liberals, secularists, and Arabs opposes this. For […]

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ADDED 11/01/2018

Bolsonaro, ‘gender ideology’ and hegemonic masculinity in Brazil

FROM 10/31/2018 | Al Jazeera

BY Mariana Prandini Assis & Ana Carolina Ogando

Jair Bolsonaro’s rise to power marks the return of white, male, sexist and authoritarian politics in Brazil. Brazil has just elected Jair Bolsonaro as its next president – a man well-known nationally and internationally for his misogyny and homophobia. Although over the years, his rhetoric targeting women, the LGBTQI community and minorities grew increasingly obscene, it in no […]

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ADDED 11/01/2018

Venezuela’s Constituent Assembly and the Rise of Fascism: A Conversation with Julio Escalona

FROM  | Venezuelanalysis

BY Cira Pascual Marquina

Born in 1938, Julio Escalona began his revolutionary activity at an early age in the MIR (Left Revolutionary Movement). Later he helped to found the urban guerrilla OR (Organization of Revolutionaries) and its political arm the Socialist League. A professor of economy in Venezuela’s Central University, he has also been part of Venezuela’s UN delegation. Today, while […]

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ADDED 11/01/2018

There’s Money in Fascism

FROM 10/30/2018 | GQ

BY Drew Magary

Here are two awful things in a vast timeline of awful things: Over the weekend, Brazilians elected aspiring dictator Jair Bolsonaro to be their next president. You can find plenty of explainers online as to why Bolsonaro is a monster (naturally, President Trump offered him warm congratulations on his victory), but I can go ahead and give you a […]

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ADDED 10/29/2018

Aristocracy, Oligarchy, and Donald Trump

FROM 10/17/2018 | Letters and Politics

BY Mitch Jeserich

A conversation with Professor of History Arthur Eckstein about how democracies and republics fell apart into chaos or despotism in the ancient western world. A history that recounts the current state of the rise of  despotic demagogy in the White House. Guest:  Arthur Eckstein is Distinguished Scholar at the University of Maryland, College Park. He specializes in the history of […]

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ADDED 10/29/2018

The Common Thread That Unites Brazil and Global Resurgence of the Radical Right

FROM 10/29/2018 | Mint Press

BY Rob Urie

With Jair Bolsonaro’s electoral victory in Sunday’s runoff election for president of Brazil, a global resurgence of the radical right is indisputable. Mr. Bolsonaro is a particularly ugly representative of this movement, both politically repressive and culturally intolerant. The question being asked in the bourgeois press is: what psychological malady is taking hold that could […]

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ADDED 10/27/2018

Neoliberalism and Fascism: The Stealth Connection

FROM 10/27/2018 | Common Dreams

BY William E. Connolly

Neoliberalism is not fascism. But the fact that many famous neoliberals have been moved to support fascism to protect a regime from social democracy or socialism does give one pause. Hayek, Friedman, von Mises, among others, took such a turn under duress. They also had highly expansive views of what counted as a “socialist” threat. […]

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ADDED 10/21/2018

Psyops: Images from Bolsonaro’s illegal WhatsApp campaign

FROM 10/21/2018 | BrasilWire

BY Brian Wier

Bolsonaro’s illegal slush-fund financed social media campaign appears too sophisticated for his tiny political party to be doing on its own.   On the Friday before the October 7 Brazilian presidential elections, Brasil Wire ran two articles that proved to be prophetic. In the first I warned that the integrity of the election was being compromised by presidential […]

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