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ADDED 04/01/2019

Benito Mussolini’s granddaughter lashes out at Jim Carrey over political sketch

FROM 04/01/2019 | The Independent

BY Clarisse Loughrey

Alessandra Mussolini, the Italian politician who is the granddaughter of Benito Mussolini, attacked Jim Carrey on Twitter over a political sketch. The actor shared an image he’d drawn of the former dictator and his mistress, Claretta Petacci, hanging upside down in Piazzale Loreto, Milan, after they were executed in April of 1945. Posted to Twitter, it was accompanied by the caption: “If […]

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ADDED 01/31/2019

In ‘The Coming Of The American Behemoth’ Fascism Hits Close To Home

FROM 01/29/2019 | WUNC

BY LAURA PELLICER & FRANK STASIO

Many Americans know fascism as an authoritarian ideology which blossomed in early 20th century Europe — first with Italian dictator Benito Mussolini and later with Adolf Hitler and the rise of Nazi Germany. But historian Michael Joseph Roberto argues that while Mussolini and Hitler were capturing the world’s attention, a type of fascist ideology was also taking […]

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ADDED 11/13/2018

Has America Gone Insane?

FROM 11/06/2018 | Truthdig

BY Jeffrey Bowers

What does United States of America stand for nowadays if political division is at an all time high? Is it still the land of the free if America has the highest rate of incarceration in the world? Are we still the home of the brave if we refuse to stand up to injustice, because it […]

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ADDED 11/02/2018

How the Proud Boys joined the Republican Party

FROM  | This is Hell!

BY Brendan O'Connor, Chuck Mertz

Part of the experience of the late 20th century and early 21st century is that the state is abdicating its monopoly on violence. And there are reactionaries and far-right ideologues who engage in violence in support of that political program. So the question becomes – do you just sit there and take it, or do […]

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ADDED 09/25/2018

Proud Boys Fascists Met With Berkeley City Councilman Ben Bartlett

FROM 09/25/2018 | East Bay Indie

BY Northern California Anti-Racist Action

NoCARA recently received an anonymous submission of documents disclosing communications as well as a meeting that took place between Berkeley City Councilman Ben Bartlett, conservative activist Ryoga Vee, and Bay Area Proud Boy Jarod Flores. This news comes at a time when Councilman Bartlett is under fire for abusing his authorityon multiple occasions in order to avoid […]

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ADDED 08/30/2018

An Authoritarian India Is Beginning to Emerge

FROM 08/30/2018 | The Wire

BY Alf Gunvald Nilsen

On Tuesday morning, both insult and injury were inflicted on the Indian democracy when in a nationwide sweep, the Pune Police raided the homes of several human rights activists and arrested five of them – Arun Ferreira, Sudha Bharadwaj, Varavara Rao, Gautam Navlakha and Vernon Gonsalves. The arrests, which were justified with reference to the violence that […]

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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 05/18/2018

Erdoğan’s Sarajevo rally and his relations with the West

FROM 05/18/2018 | Ahval News

BY Doğa Ulaş Eralp

I have been a keen follower of Turkey’s policies in Western Balkans for more than 15 years. I have lived and worked in different countries across the region in a period in which Turkey managed to develop its foreign policy tools to bolster its peacemaking capacity between former enemies in the region. Turkey long emphasised […]

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ADDED 05/11/2018

How Facebook fired workers who blocked ‘fake news’ — ‘After the Fact’ book excerpt

FROM 05/06/2018 | USA Today

BY Nathan Bomey

EDITOR’S NOTE: This excerpt is adapted from USA TODAY reporter Nathan Bomey‘s new book, After the Fact: The Erosion of Truth and the Inevitable Rise of Donald Trump, a nonpartisan analysis exploring society’s increasingly tenuous commitment to the facts. Printed with permission from Prometheus Books. Adam Schrader arrived for his secret job at Facebook one Friday morning in […]

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ADDED 05/03/2018

New Eugene Debs Film Does the Socialist Proud

FROM 04/26/2018 | The Indypendent

BY Michael Hirsch

A charismatic and militant labor leader, five-time Socialist Party presidential candidate, class-war prisoner jailed by the ostensibly liberal Woodrow Wilson administration for opposing U.S entry into World War 1 and a fiery, moral force in a corrupted era — Eugene Victor Debs was among the greatest orators this nation ever produced, yet no recording of his […]

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Name it. Face it.

We can’t name it. We can’t organize against it. We retreat to the false safety of personal utopias.

This thing we feel we hate about Trump is the same thing millions around the world feel they hate about their own local political malefactors. No one has any idea how to fight back because no one can agree what constitutes the threat. Politics is impotent. Online petitions are impotent. Massive street protests are impotent. All this impotence is the nameless monster’s goal.

The monster can be named. Some smart folks are working on this problem. Let’s take a look at three recent efforts to find names for the threat and its fallout.

  1. Adam Curtis his latest film “Hypernormalization” on Chapo Trap House .

  2. Guy Standing names the social fallout the monster has created.

  3. Timothy Snyder names the monster’s political ideology.

ADDED 03/07/2018

Revolution at the polls: How Italy made Steve Bannon’s “ultimate dream” come true

FROM 03/06/2018 | Quartz

BY Annalisa Merelli

Steve Bannon’s “ultimate dream” came true last night in Italy: Anti-establishmentarianism, isolationism, xenophobia and populism won the country’s general elections on March 4. On March 4, populist party Movimento Cinque Stelle (Five Star Movement) won the most votes. Meanwhile, radically xenophobic Lega Nord(Northern League) overtook center-right party Forza Italia. More than half of the parliament is now in the […]

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