Viewing Totalitarianism

ADDED 11/21/2020

From China, France and Thomas Jefferson: history lessons for Donald Trump and Republicans on aristocratic excess

FROM 11/12/2020 | South China Morning Post

BY Martin Powers

“Let the constitution of a government be what it will, if there is but one man in it exempt from the laws, all the other members must necessarily be at his discretion.” Perhaps we should thank US President Donald Trump for demonstrating the truth of 18th-century French philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau’s insight. Buoyed by “presidential immunity” – […]

see source

ADDED 11/21/2020

The Rise Of The Anti-Fascist Videogame

FROM 11/18/2020 | ArtsHub

BY Edmond Tran

Our world has long been one where first-world dictators clog news feeds, and vision of civil unrest consistently comes through our televisions and timelines. So it’s only natural that our reality begins to be reflected through our screen art, too. For those in the Western world, we’re seemingly still in the midst of trying to […]

see source

ADDED 11/21/2020

Fascist infighting: Are The Proud Boys are now the Proud Goys?

FROM 11/19/2020 | Patheos

BY Barry Duke

IN THE run-up to the US presidential election, ardent Trump supporter and chairman of the far-right Proud Boys insisted in numerous interviews that his was not a fascist nor a white supremacist outfit. How could be when he, Enrique Tarrio, was black, for chrissake? Moreover, The Proud Boys – the group that Trump told to “stand […]

see source

ADDED 04/01/2019

This filmmaker spent months interviewing neo-Nazis and jihadists. Here’s what she learned.

FROM 03/17/2019 | Vox

BY Sean Illing

What’s the best way to fight racism and extremism? The impulse to dismiss extremists as unreachable fanatics is strong and at times justifiable. But perhaps it’s not always the most effective means of combating them. Deeyah Khan, a journalist and filmmaker, has decided to engage them directly as human beings. In two documentary films, White Right: […]

see source

ADDED 03/23/2019

“Lords of Chaos” Brings a White Nationalist’s Book to the Big Screen

FROM 03/19/2019 | Truthout

BY JONAS ÅCKLERLUND

In ancient, pre-Christian Nordic myths, the Oskorei is a collection of souls that jets through the night sky above the living, often with the god Odin leading the horde. On certain occasions, the Oskorei may swoop down to grapple with the living, faces adorned in white with black rims. Over the course of the 20th […]

see source

ADDED 02/22/2019

Blowback: An Inside Look at How US-Funded Fascists in Ukraine Mentor US White Supremacists

FROM 11/19/2018 | Mint Press News

BY Max Blumenthal

Not only are white supremacists from across the West flocking to Ukraine to learn from the combat experience of their fascist brothers-in-arms, they are doing so openly, under the nose of a shrugging law enforcement — chronicling their experiences on social media before they bring their lessons back home. Last month, an unsealed FBI indictment of four […]

see source

ADDED 01/31/2019

The World to Come

FROM 01/28/2019 | Truthdig

BY Chris Hedges

The ruling elites are painfully aware that the foundations of American power are rotting. The outsourcing of manufacturing in the United States and the plunging of over half the population into poverty will, they know, not be reversed. The self-destructive government shutdown has been only one of numerous assaults on the efficiency of the administrative […]

see source

ADDED 01/14/2019

Authoritarians, Fear, and the Culture Wars

FROM 01/10/2019 | Patheos

BY CAPTAIN CASSIDY

Today, we begin a new series of posts centering on authoritarian personalities. This concept is absolutely crucial to understanding those worst-of-the-worst Christians: culture warriors. To start us off, I’ll define these terms so we can begin exploring the two subtypes involved here, examine what motivates them, and then start looking at why authoritarians are like that. NOTE: […]

see source

ADDED 01/10/2019

Secular democracy in peril

FROM 01/04/2019 | The Hindu

BY Mohammed Ayoob

India is literally at the crossroads with the very future of its secular democracy at stake. With five important State Assembly elections in various stages of completion and the general election around the corner, the political temperature is at boiling point. Competitive Hindutva has become the name of the game, with the ostensibly secular Congress party trying […]

see source

ADDED 01/09/2019

What is the Precariat | Guy Standing | TEDxPrague

FROM 02/16/2017 | Youtube

BY Guy Standing

We’d better have nightmares about the future of milions of people who stand on the brim of unsustainable debt. Guy Standing pracuje na School of Oriental and African Studies – SOAS na University of London. Je autorem mnohých knih, z nichž nejznámnější je asi „Prekariát: Nová nebezpečná společenská třída“, která byla přeložena do 16 jazyků. […]

see source

ADDED 01/09/2019

Are ‘authoritarian’ governments ‘backing’ each other up?

FROM 01/09/2019 | The Online Citizen

BY TOC

American citizen William Nguyen of Vietnamese descent, is 33 years old this year. In the middle of last year, Nguyen hogged media headlines when he was beaten, dragged and arrested by plainclothes Vietnamese policemen in Ho Chi Minh City of Vietnam on 10 June. (Video of Nguyen being manhandled by Vietnamese authorities) Born and raised […]

see source

ADDED 01/03/2019

Liberia: The Unveiled Dictator – 20 Keen Observations and Interpretations of President Weah’s Statue

FROM 12/28/2018 | Front Page Africa

BY FPA

MONROVIA – In one of my latest articles titled “The early signs and symptoms of Dictatorship under ex-Soccer Legend George M. Weah”, I outlined almost ten (10) signs and symptoms. As though these justifiable signs and symptoms were enough to prove me right, another vicious sign has emerged in less than a year. This time around, […]

see source