Trudeau: "No, but I didn't agree with the decisions they made, which brought a world of pain to France. (A world of pain! Such a down-to-earth notion!) I wouldn't draw pictures of the prophet, but I've often drawn the Taliban, the PLO , etc., without provoking reactions."
The supersession of individual sensitivities by legal decrees extends far beyond the definition of free speech. By replacing the conscience of individuals with legal pronouncements, cowboy capitalism, alias globalization, leads us to believe that what we are seeing is not really fascism, only something that looks like fascism -- like the difference between its movie renditions and historical reality. Americans need to realize that the fanatic pursuit of power inevitably leads to the fanatic methods we are witnessing on the part of our government. No less, knee-jerk rejection of The Other spawns Hitler-worshipping parties that gradually will spread from Europe across the globe. The Golden Dawn in Greece is the Empire's arm against the Syriza Party, that stands up to international financial bureaucracies and private banks. And Angela Merkel's German powerhouse needs the anti-immigrant Pegida Party as a counterweight to southern Europe's rejection of northern Europe's austerity medicine, boldly embodied in Spain's Podemos Party, that could rise to power in December elections.
When threatened, capitalism, the preserve of the few, reaches for the fascist fist in its battle against the many. And because the arrow of time is irreversible, when a trend is well under way, it continues until it reaches a bifurcation point, which, in politics we call revolution.
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