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Friday, July 26, 2019

We asked experts to break down the elements of this resurgent form of right-wing extremism and the parallels in modern America. To find out if America could actually slide into bona fide fascism, I asked a couple political science professors -- Indiana University's Jeffrey Isaac, and Amherst College's Thomas Dumm -- to identify the philosophy's historical hallmarks. The parallels between then and now, it turns out, aren't hard to identify.

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Nope.

#1 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2019-07-26 03:33 PM | Reply

4. A Strongman Savior: Dapper Joe

5. The Stifling of Dissent: Antifa - Berkeley & Portland Chapters

6. Ritualistic Communal Bonding: youtu.be

#2 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2019-07-26 03:37 PM | Reply

Saw the headline and figured it was a Bayviking counterpunch article. But it's not surprising coming from antifa waterboy Banner.

#3 | Posted by nullifidian at 2019-07-26 03:53 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Early warning signs of fascism:

1. Powerful and continuing nationalism
2. Disdain for human rights
3. Identification of enemies as a unifying cause
4. Rampant sexism
5. Controlled mass media
6. Obsession with national security
7. Religion and government intertwined
8. Corporate power protected
9. Labor power suppressed
10. Disdain for intellectual and the arts
11. Obsession with crime and punishment
12. Rampant cronyism and corruption

#4 | Posted by Derek_Wildstar at 2019-07-26 04:41 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 5

Yep.

We are already a fascist nation.

Extremist Right wing authoritarians run this country currently.

Anyone that denies that is a lying traitor or a Ruskie troll.

They can be stopped, and fascism can be reversed, that is the good news.

#5 | Posted by aborted_monson at 2019-07-26 04:44 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Sorry #4, I side with #1, because he has listed so much more evidence to the contrary...

#6 | Posted by pumpkinhead at 2019-07-26 04:46 PM | Reply

Early warning signs of fascism:

1. Powerful and continuing nationalism
2. Disdain for human rights
3. Identification of enemies as a unifying cause
4. Rampant sexism
5. Controlled mass media
6. Obsession with national security
7. Religion and government intertwined
8. Corporate power protected
9. Labor power suppressed
10. Disdain for intellectual and the arts
11. Obsession with crime and punishment
12. Rampant cronyism and corruption

#4 | POSTED BY DEREK_

You can check all 12 of those boxes.

#7 | Posted by aborted_monson at 2019-07-26 04:46 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

"Is America Actually Headed Toward Fascism?"

That IS the master plan, isn't it? A person would have to be deaf, dumb and blind not to see where Trump wants to take America.

#8 | Posted by Twinpac at 2019-07-26 04:53 PM | Reply

The word is thrown around like a greeting, it has no meaning except to the pedantic.

#9 | Posted by visitor_ at 2019-07-26 04:56 PM | Reply

^yes, pedantic, like say..."visitor."

#10 | Posted by e1g1 at 2019-07-26 04:58 PM | Reply

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Sheeple:
don't you get tired of being so spectacularly dumbassed every day?

#11 | Posted by e1g1 at 2019-07-26 05:00 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

It will be seen that, as used, the word ‘Fascism' is almost entirely meaningless. In conversation, of course, it is used even more wildly than in print. I have heard it applied to farmers, shopkeepers, Social Credit, corporal punishment, fox-hunting, bull-fighting, the 1922 Committee, the 1941 Committee, Kipling, Gandhi, Chiang Kai-Shek, homosexuality, Priestley's broadcasts, Youth Hostels, astrology, women, dogs and I do not know what else.

--George Orwell, 1944

#12 | Posted by nullifidian at 2019-07-26 05:02 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

As Mackris pointed out, why aren't you cowards out in the street fighting fascism?

It's 1936 Berlin I heard. Hitler's Panzer division is on the move, and you twerps are posting on the internets.

#13 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2019-07-26 05:15 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

This article is getting a lot of hate from RoC, Bulli, and SherpDerp. This means it's extra important. Here are the author's major points:

1. An Era of Social Upheaval
Fascism tends to arise out of a very specific set of circumstances: when a group of people that once felt politically and economically secure suddenly finds themselves feeling marginalized.

2. A Nostalgia for a Lost, Glorious Past
A critical ingredient of fascism, says Dumm, is the ref-framing of a nation's current struggles as a departure from some glorious, long-lost past.

3. The Scapegoating of Minority Groups
Once a group has identified a problem, they must identify a way to fix it. And this, says Dumm, is a key moment in the emergence of fascism.

4. A Strongman Savior
In places succumbing to fascism, people come to see their situation as so perilous that the usual procedures for dealing with existential threats are no longer sufficient. Egomaniacal, almost messianic declarations are common among fascist strongmen.

5. The Stifling of Dissent
"If you have a situation where the law is not being enforced because of political intimidation," Dumm says, "that's when things start to crumble and fascist power comes in."

6. Ritualistic Communal Bonding
Rallies are integral to the strength of fascism because they reiterate its core promises: that the nation must be restored to its rightful place in the world, and the leader is solely capable of bringing about that result. "The leader-follower relationship is the core of authoritarian regimes -- and rallies are its distillation. They stage the leader's hold over the people as he demonstrates that his enemies have become their own."


Be aware of the road we are on and be a good American.

#14 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2019-07-26 05:25 PM | Reply

Gonna need more racism if you want to get Eberly to deny it's happening.

#15 | Posted by snoofy at 2019-07-26 05:32 PM | Reply

He's reporting on the best solutions for racism, straight from the kkk headquarters. spoiler alert, he says not to mention it, or you won't like what happens.

#16 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2019-07-26 05:35 PM | Reply

#14

This article is getting a lot of hate

Actually, "ridicule" is the proper term.

You're welcome.

#17 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2019-07-26 05:38 PM | Reply

Fascism? CA is moving right along with what Hitler did in the early 1930s, one party system. CA has effectively removed Republicans from the ballot by the top two primary system, taken control of the majority of the media, removing any non-liberal support out of the education system and the CA Senate just passed a Bill to keep Trump from the 2020 Ballot

#18 | Posted by Maverick at 2019-07-26 05:59 PM | Reply

--As Mackris pointed out, why aren't you cowards out in the street fighting fascism?

George Orwell walked the walk and got wounded in the Spanish Civil War fighting fascists. You wouldn't see any of our keyboard commandos do that.

#19 | Posted by nullifidian at 2019-07-26 06:03 PM | Reply

You wouldn't see any of our keyboard commandos do that.

Actually they are pretty good at walking up to strangers and stealing their hats and spitting on them. Screaming at the sky and clouds and all the other weird stuff.

Makes them feel like they are doing something important.

#20 | Posted by Pegasus at 2019-07-26 06:19 PM | Reply

6. Ritualistic Communal Bonding: youtu.be

#2 | Posted by SheepleSchism

youtu.be

Communal bonding usually requires more than one person.

I will see your weird video with even Stranger Black Mirror quality bonding... at a neotrump Youth Activists Teen Rally

Skip to 1:14 for the good stuff...

"It were better a millstone were hung around your neck and be cast into the sea than you would lead one child astray."

#21 | Posted by donnerboy at 2019-07-26 06:43 PM | Reply

Look at #5 - we have more dissent in our country than we've ever had. Look at #6 - We're actually more isolated now than we've ever been. This isn't even an opinion piece - it's a way to monetize the disease known as Orange Man Bad syndrome.

#22 | Posted by Merovigan at 2019-07-26 07:01 PM | Reply

Betteridge's law of headlines is an adage that states "Any headline that ends in a question mark can be answered by the word no".

#23 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2019-07-27 09:49 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

We already have cultural fascism and it's being driven by the left.

#24 | Posted by JeffJ at 2019-07-27 11:19 AM | Reply

--As Mackris pointed out, why aren't you cowards out in the street fighting fascism?

George Orwell walked the walk and got wounded in the Spanish Civil War fighting fascists. You wouldn't see any of our keyboard commandos do that.

#19 | POSTED BY NULLIFIDIAN

You, Mackris, Sheep, Pegasus

www.goarmy.com

Basic Training means ...

- no beer
- no bud [the smoking kind]
- lotsa of pushups

Have fun, boys !

#25 | Posted by PinchALoaf at 2019-07-27 11:50 AM | Reply

#18 | POSTED BY MAVERICK

They justify it by telling us that its for our own good.

#26 | Posted by phesterOBoyle at 2019-07-27 12:59 PM | Reply

3. The Scapegoating of Minority Groups

How is the 300 lb sack of---------- treating those minority animals at the border? Oh my.

#27 | Posted by reinheitsgebot at 2019-07-27 01:59 PM | Reply

Betteridge's law of headlines is an adage that states "Any headline that ends in a question mark can be answered by the word no".

Hence my post in #1.

#28 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2019-07-27 02:10 PM | Reply

We already have cultural fascism and it's being driven by the left.

#24 | POSTED BY comrade JEFFRY

I'm going to say the nicest thing I've ever said to you.....

You're delusional! Seek help.

PS. Look up the definition of the word "fascism".
You are making yourself look foolish by not knowing what that word means.

#29 | Posted by aborted_monson at 2019-07-27 05:20 PM | Reply

George Orwell walked the walk and got wounded in the Spanish Civil War fighting fascists. You wouldn't see any of our keyboard commandos do that.

#19 | POSTED BY NULLIFIDIAN

Right-wing Germans joined the Freikorps after WWI to fight socialists and commies in the streets of Bavaria.

You could fly down to Caracas, Venezuela ... and put your anti-socialism, anti-immigration, right-wing tough-guy talk to the test.

You know, fighting over there instead of fighting them here.

#30 | Posted by PinchALoaf at 2019-07-27 05:48 PM | Reply

Sorry, leftists, but Zion Don > Uncle Adolf

#31 | Posted by berserkone at 2019-07-28 04:57 AM | Reply

When the fascists come for guns, they'll discover ownership is different than pre'WWII germany.

#32 | Posted by Petrous at 2019-07-28 10:07 AM | Reply

The left has made sure there are no words for the evil that they do.

#33 | Posted by visitor_ at 2019-07-28 10:36 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

The left has made sure there are no words for the evil that they do.
#33 | POSTED BY VISITOR_

Post of the year.

Speech isn't free, it's approved by committee. Dissenters will be shouted down, doxxed, run out of a job.

#34 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2019-07-28 10:42 AM | Reply

Yes, it is. Here's why:

It was crucial for Israel's longterm survival post 9-11 that it help fashion America into a bigger version of itself.

Over the past 40 years Israel has taken the lead from ideas put into action by Nazi Germany and formulated a new type of "soft" Fascism. Certain elements in America (some coming from the Democrat side, but mostly Republican) are simply following Israel's lead. Anything you are currently seeing in America that appears to have fascist tendencies, Israel has paved the way for, whether it is the "wall" , the non-stop, pro-state propaganda that disguises itself as "breaking news", the reliance on the military-industrial complex to help keep the economy afloat, or the never-ending state of war and the idea that America's fundamental existence is at stake if any of these "guards" are let down.

#35 | Posted by pumpkinhead at 2019-07-28 10:49 AM | Reply

#25 | POSTED BY PINCHALOAF

You really aren't too bright ...

We aren't the ones claiming, we are heading towards fascism.

If you idiots really think its happening; then get off your butts and do something about it.

#36 | Posted by AndreaMackris at 2019-07-28 03:49 PM | Reply

"We aren't the ones claiming, we are heading towards fascism."

Isn't that why you had to stop Hillary?
Why then?

#37 | Posted by snoofy at 2019-07-28 03:54 PM | Reply

If you idiots really think its happening; then get off your butts and do something about it.

#36 | POSTED BY ANDREAMACKRIS

I have, so blow it out your pie-hole.

#38 | Posted by PinchALoaf at 2019-07-28 04:00 PM | Reply

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