Fascism Rising

Steve Kinsman By Steve Kinsman, 5th Dec 2016 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/wannq3-e/
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Joseph Goebbels wrote out the script for fascist totalitarianism in the 1920s, and Donald Trump is following it to the letter.

Warnings are out there, and we must heed them

Chris Hedges, perhaps American's foremost social critic, writes today, December 5, 2015, in www.truthdig.com, "Systems of government that are seized by a tiny cabal become mafia states. The early years - Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton in the United States - are marked by promises that the pillage will benefit everyone. The later years - George W. Bush and Barack Obama - are marked by declarations that things are getting better even though they are getting worse. The final years - Donald Trump - see the lunatic trolls, hedge fund parasites, con artists, conspiracy theorists and criminals drop all pretense and carry out an orgy of looting and corruption."

Hedges is describing here nothing less than a full-scale descent into fascism in America. Whether the right-wing crazies now taking over our government succeed or not depends on us. We must all summon the will and the strength to oppose them at every turn. It is time to turn off American Idol and the exploits of the Kardashians and take to the streets. It is time for us all to refuse to participate in our own oppression.

Joseph Goebbels' Recipe

Joseph Goebbels, the depraved but brilliant architect of the Nazi propaganda machine, laid out the recipe for fascism's rise to power in what he called "projection steps."

!. Discredit all democratic institutions in government.

This started under Ronald Reagan - "Government is not the solution, government is the problem" - and the right-wing has been singing that tune ever since.

2. Politicize and delegitimize the court system.

Republicans have been railing against "activist judges" ever since Reagan, and in state after state Republican legislatures have succeeded in changing the laws so that judges are elected rather than appointed. This has allowed rich people to fund judicial elections to get the judges they want.

3. Repeat lies until they are believed.

During the fight for and against Obamacare, right-wingers were screaming lies about "death panels" and warning that your freedom to choose your own doctor would be eliminated. And Donald Trump spent five years claiming that Barack Obama was born in Kenya. Even now, over forty percent of Republicans still believe Obama is not a natural born citizen.

4. Discredit the media so that your truth becomes the only truth. And attack the free press and free press rights.

Trump constantly refers to the "lying media." Some of his advisers are even calling for jailing the reporter who wrote about and published Trump's tax returns.

5. Create symbols that are above criticism.

Trump has called for imprisoning and fining anyone who would burn the American flag.

6. Claim a popular mandate that you don't have.

Although Hillary Clinton leads Trump by over 2.5 million popular votes (and counting), Trump is claiming a "huge mandate" for his policies. He and his surrogates claim that "millions of people voted illegally," and he and several of his advisors are saying that if the election were by popular vote only, they would have campaigned in states like California and would have won the popular vote.

7. Blame foreigners and minorities for all your ills.


Mexicans are "criminals and rapists." All Muslims are terrorists. Black Lives Matter are "thugs."

8. Claim omnipotence.

"I alone can fix it," said Trump in his second debate with Clinton.

9. Claim credit for things you didn't do.

Trump surrogates are going on television and saying things like "Gee, it's only been a couple of weeks since the election and already the economy is up and unemployment is down."

10. Hold rallies for adoration of the supreme leader.

Trump is having a grand time as he wings across the country on his "victory tour," basking in the love of his faithful.

11. Threaten to jail or prosecute political opponents, to strip citizens of their citizenship. Label supporters as patriots and all others as traitors.

Trump, during the campaign, labeled Ms. Clinton "crooked Hillary" and even now, during his "victory tour," his adoring crowds keep shouting "Lock her up!"

Understanding the intent

Hanna Arendt, writing about the Nazis*, pointed out that when they excoriated the Jews, blaming them for Germany's loss of the First World War, of course they knew they were fabricating everything. What the Nazis were really doing was preparing the citizenry for what was to come next.

Similarly, when Donald Trump and his surrogates claim that "millions of people voted illegally," Trump is playing exactly the same game. What Trump is actually saying that they are getting ready to steal the voting rights of millions of people.

Resist!

*Hanna Arendt, "The Origins of Totalitarianism"

Links: Donald Trump is Severely Mentally Ill

Preview photo from the Huffiongton Post
Goebbels photo from wikimedia commons

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I live in California with my wife Carol, where I have been practicing professional astrology for 35 years. I write articles on astrology, but I enjoy writing on a variety of other subjects as well..

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author avatar M G Singh
8th Dec 2016 (#)

Hi Steve, nice to read your post. But are you not tilting at windmills?

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
8th Dec 2016 (#)

With all due respect Madan, I invite you to observe Trump's presidency, and then tell me a couple of years from now whether I have been "tilting at windmills."

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author avatar Stella Mitchell
8th Dec 2016 (#)

There never was a better time to start praying for a miracle than now Steve.
Just agreeing with you could be fatalistic however true you may be , but everything is subject to change when we believe that there is a higher Power than even Trump himself ...regardless as to whether some might disagree with that truth ..including the man himself .
As the saying goes ...we reap what we sow ...therefore , the people need to be very careful what they agree to in connection with some of the claims of DT, or they may fall into the same ditch that has very slippery sides that he may be heading for .
I pray that Almighty God will allow only that which will be according to His will and purpose in these days .
Keep the news coming ...as you are well informed .
Many blessings
Stella ><

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
8th Dec 2016 (#)

Thank you Stella. I always appreciate what you have to say.

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author avatar Retired
24th Jul 2018 (#)

Interesting article Steve.

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