Tag: Fascism

So, by noon today I was so fatigued I almost couldn’t get from the couch to the bed, a distance of all of about two yards. Then I slept for three and a half hours. I wake up to a news alert that Mine Furor is about to speak, which of course I don’t watch. Apparently he threatens to invoke the Insurrection Act in any state where governors don’t call up the National Guard. Then the cops storm peaceful protestors away from the White House just to he can go stand in front of a church holding a Bible and get his picture taken. All of this after an unhinged telephone call where he told governors they had to “dominate” protestors or risk looking like “jerks”, his Defense Secretary said to dominate “the battlespace” when referring to American cities, and the governor of Illinois called him out. And that phone call came after an earlier one between Trump and…Putin?

It’s Monday.

Here’s a few more of the people Mine Furor is asking you to see as domestic terrorists: this, too, is antifa.





I Am Antifa

Mine Furor today announced, “The United States of America will be designating ANTIFA as a Terrorist Organization.” Antifa, of course isn’t an organization; it’s a principle: antifascism. Here’s a sampling of the people he’ll be designating as terrorists.



You’d also have to include groups like the 107 Independent Supporters’ Trust (a.k.a Timbers Army), and many other American soccer fan clubs.

This is not nit-picking. The control of language is important here. Mine Furor is telling Americans that they must choose between fascism and terrorism.

Let me be clear: I am antifa.

Addenda

  1. You know what local antifa has been up to lately? Making masks and hand sanitzier and other mutual aid activities.
  2. By contrast, Mine Furor has been running around the country without a mask on and telling people to look into injecting bleach. Who's the terrorist here?

“Today,” writes Jay Rosen, “my case to American journalists is this: You cannot keep from getting swept up in Trump’s agenda without a firm grasp on your own.” This does appear to be the crux of the problem in American journalism: they don’t seem to think they have, or should have, an agenda. Rosen offers a fairly disturbing quote from Peter Baker, who covers the White House for The New York Times.

As reporters, our job is to observe, not participate […].”

The thing is, journalism is a bit like quantum mechanics: you can’t merely observe. Reporting on events necessarily both partakes of those events and impacts those events, and Rosen is especially right that if journalists don’t have (yes) a political agenda of “fighting authoritarianism and the subversion of democracy”, then journalism itself effectively is a pointless and impotent exercise.

Because neither the news media nor the nation’s larger political culture has reckoned with the GOP’s authoritarian evolution, the habitual response is to mislabel GOP authoritarianism as hypocrisy. Calling out hypocrisy is a pointless shaming mechanism for a party that has broken free of shame. Worse, it camouflages a war on democracy as democratic politics as usual.

From American Politics Is Now Democrats Versus Authoritarians by Francis Wilkinson (via John Stoehr)

It’s distressing, maddening, saddening, exhausting, genuinely tragic. Lots of people are going to die. There’s so much wrong with what Patrick said – callous, eugenicist, immoral, based on false premises, obscures the real problem and motives, straight up evil – but one that keeps getting me is that he’s opposing any kind of economic restructuring in the name of these “grandchildren.” The economy, as is, works horribly for future generations. There’s a huge generational wealth gap, for example, that leaves younger generations with less money at the same age than any of their predecessors. It’s also causing environmental collapse that future generations will have to deal with. And employment-based health care, student debt, and other products of our current economy punish the youth as well. What he’s asking isn’t even for the immoral sacrifice he proposes – it’s that a lot of people sacrifice their lives so people in power can keep the illusion that nothing’s wrong.

From Imagining the future by David Iscoe

Just look at the two alerts below Mine Furor’s latest death cult announcement and tell me everything is going to be fine.

Trump ordered “federal health officials to treat top-level coronavirus meetings as classified”, says Reuters. Entirely consistent with the arc of other recent moves.

It’s “funny” that Mine Furor is banning all travel from Europe except for those Anglo-Saxons and anyone else who passes some sort of unspecified screening.

If the press corps does not act with suspicion toward the administration, I’m afraid it will fall back on its hoary habits, behaving, as it often does, with endless benefit-of-the-doubt. Even now, after knowing everything we know, the press corps still acts as if there’s something unknown, or unknowable, about how Trump will behave during a national emergency. Respectable journalists from the largest and most trusted news outlets continue, to this day, to demonstrate an unwillingness to accept that this president is no ordinary GOP partisan. Trump is a fascist with no hope of redemption.

From Amid a National Health Emergency, There’s No Hope for Redemption for Donald Trump by John Stoehr

“I would love to hear a believable explanation for all this,” challenges Heather Cox Richardson, “that does not lead to the conclusion that Republicans are willing to invite Russia—or any foreign power— into our elections, so long as it means they win.” Richardson’s newsletter, which I only just found, has been a daily accounting of the dismantling of the republic. If you’re into that sort of thing.

It’s telling that Stephen Miller effectively confesses to government officials that all he has is his seething racist xenophobia, and equally as telling that he’s Mine Furor’s longest-running staffer.

As the meeting ended, Miller held up his hand to make a final comment. “I didn’t mean to come across as harsh,” he said. His voice dropped. “It’s just that this is all I care about. I don’t have a family. I don’t have anything else. This is my life.”