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Fascism is the new GOP

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It can't happen here by Sinclair Lewis-- first edition-- a novel about how the US becomes a fascist nation
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Fascism is a form of far-right, authoritarian ultranationalism characterized by dictatorial power, forcible suppression of opposition, and strong regimentation of society and of the economy, which came to prominence in early 20th-century Europe.

Fascists believe that liberal democracy is obsolete and regard the complete mobilization of society under a totalitarian one-party state as necessary to prepare a nation for armed conflict and to respond effectively to economic difficulties. A fascist state is led by a leader such as a dictator and a martial law government composed of the members of the governing fascist party to forge national unity and maintain a stable and orderly society.

Fascism rejects assertions that violence is automatically negative in nature and views imperialism, political violence and war as means that can achieve national rejuvenation. The extreme authoritarianism and nationalism of fascism often manifests a belief in racial "purity" or a "master race", usually synthesized with some variant of racism or bigotry of a demonized other; the idea of "purity" has motivated fascist regimes to commit massacres, forced sterilizations (as happened under Trump at our southern border), genocides, mass killings or forced deportations against a perceived other (deportation of active US military).

If anyone doubts Republicans want a fascist dictatorship, all you must do is look at their actions. The United States is the only Western democracy where a nationally viable right-wing movement currently is clear fascism. It alone features such clear, repeated linkages between organized, paramilitary forces (Proud Boys, 3%, (fake) Militias ") and a mainstream major party with access to institutionalized mechanisms of power and governance.

The first is direct signaling: GOP politicians speak directly to paramilitary groups. Trump engaged in direct signaling more than once, with troubling statements like: "I'm urging my supporters to go into the polls and watch very carefully" or the Proud Boys to "stand back and stand by." This shows a willingness to solicit help from armed groups and individuals.

The second is permissive signaling: GOP politicians do not give specific instructions to paramilitary groups but indicate that violence will go unpunished, and the GOP will interfere in attempts to stop it from happening (the GOP in congress being against a Jan. 6th commission for example). Trump's reference to "some very fine people on both sides" at Charlottesville's Unite the Right rally (which was done by Nazis) is a good example of permissive signaling. GOP politicians supported the caravan of nearly 100 trucks that surrounded and attempted to run off the road, a Biden campaign bus on a Texas highway. The incident was cheered by Sen. Marco Rubio, and Trump, among others.

After the armed occupation of the Michigan State Capitol on April 30, 2020, the Republican speaker of the house said, "There's nothing more American than people coming together to ensure their voices are being heard." Permissive signaling also occurs when responsibility for acts of violence are quickly shifted onto opposition groups, such as when Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz blamed antifa (which is not a unified group) for the Capitol insurrection just hours after the attack.

The third is coordination: GOP politicians and government officials work with paramilitary groups (Trump's people working with Proud Boys for Jan 6th for example, or that same group being welcomed at the GOP CPAC), cooperating with them in performances that make it clear they are part of the same movement. The chair of the Michigan GOP was involved in organizing an attempt to disrupt vote-counting in Detroit and organized 19 buses to Washington for the Jan. 6 insurrection. Michigan Republican Senate leader appeared at an event alongside organizers of the armed occupation of the Statehouse only weeks after it happened, sharing the stage with a militia member who would later be arrested in the plot to kidnap Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.

The GOP regularly promises to put America first and extolls the virtues of ordinary Americans (by which they often mean white Americans). Mussolini's The Doctrine of Fascism (1932) - partly ghostwritten by philosopher Giovanni Gentile, who Mussolini described as "the philosopher of Fascism" - states:

The Fascist conception of the State is all-embracing; outside of it no human or spiritual values can exist, much less have value. Thus understood, Fascism is totalitarian.

Fascists routinely lionized the military and military virtues and sought military solutions to political issues (using national guard against peaceful protesters, encouraging said protesters be shot).

Fascists such as Mussolini thought violence could cleanse and a tarnished nation. Fascism views violent action as a necessity in politics that fascism identifies as being an "endless struggle". They encouraged loyal thugs to rough up, and occasionally kill, people whose politics differed from theirs (as Trump did multiple times at rallies). At GOP rallies, according to many reports, things have been said that could be interpreted as invitations to assassination. GOP followers often speak longingly of violent acts they wish to see committed against others.

Fascists trumpeted what they saw as masculine virtues and male authority within family and society, urging women to confine their sphere to home and children. The GOP shares much of this outlook, lauding their own stamina and accusing opponents of lacking it. They mock men whom they deem deficient in virility.

Fascists always looked to a leader who was bold, decisive, manly, uncompromising, and cruel when necessary. Mussolini and Hitler worked hard to polish their images as dauntless rulers beholden to no one. They encouraged their followers to idolize them as Il Duce and der Fuhrer. They claimed special insight into the will of the people. Trump, although not a war veteran, fully embraces the cult of the leader. He offers his business "experience" as evidence of his leadership. He also claims to channel the common man.

Italian and German fascism shared a commitment to the notion rebirth. Mussolini and Hitler encouraged their supporters to believe in lost (or stolen) greatness, in a glorious past. That could be long ago, as with the Roman Empire, which Mussolini invoked, or only a couple of decades prior, as with the German Reich that was, according to Hitler, "stabbed in the back" in 1918. Trump made this appeal to a golden age the centerpiece of his campaigns, assuring that only he can "make America great again."

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Fess up...are you a state loving, war embracing, deep state denier, and new friend of the NSA and Big Tech?

Republicans are just the symptom of what the Democrats are.

Blah, blah, blah....

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It's "toe the line" and "toe the party line", not "tow." The party is not a barge on a canal.

In the concept of "LGBT rights", let me divide that into LGB rights, which I think are pretty much just human rights, and T rights, which I don't understand. What are they? Do they go beyond mere human rights?

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"The party is not a barge on a canal." You sure about that?

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Trans are indeed a problem. There's no doubt they deserve human rights, but what happens in sports? Consider the women barred from running in the Olympics because they have too much natural testosterone. We're talking REAL women here. I was reading a discussion between trans women who had played football in high school, they didn't have an answer. IDK

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Speaking of Mussolini...

He took over a weak right wing political party and rebuilt it to suit his needs.

He claimed to be for the workers, against the elites.

He claimed to be a nationalist and advocated protectionism.

He was anti-immigrant.

He was supported by a gang of "Blackshirts" who enforced his will using violence.

He coined the term, "Enemy of the People" and used it to demonize the free press that criticized him.

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He orchestrated the "March on Rome" that resulted in the attack on the Italian Parliament by his supporters. Who took hostages and occupied the government demanding that the King make Mussolini Prime Minister. Mussolini declared an emergency and soon after took over the country.

The rest as they say is history, which now certainly appears to be repeating itself with Trump. I'm pretty sure (but not certain) that Trump was once photographed in his bedroom, with a copy of Mussolini's rise to power on his nightstand. Hmmm...

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Trump is no Mussolini. The policies were mostly the same between him and his predecessor. I suggest picking up The Image: A Guide to Pseudo-Events in America by Daniel Boorstin.

You give too much credit to Mr. Reality Show's Apprentice. He's an insider, and simply represents 2 symptoms to the same cause. Look deeper.

He may have fooled many of his voters but no doubt the partisans on the other side that have been gaslighted to the nth degree. The media defines reality through repetition.

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Blaming only the GOP giving the Democrats a break just bothers me. Sure America is fascist. Has been for at least a decade now.

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In the midst of breakdown and disruption, fascism can look good to many people, particularly those who don't think historically or deeply. Unless the American people wake up quickly, we are looking at an even more intense fascism than we already have. For more see:

Democracy Incorporated: Managed Democracy and the Specter of Inverted Totalitarianism

by Sheldon S. Wolin

"Wolin's writing has a resonance that binds the canon of political philosophy to unfolding events and present circumstances. In Democracy Incorporated, he contends that the institutions and practices that Americans regarded as their defense against totalitarianism"and other forms of authoritarian domination"have failed them. There is nothing like this book. It is a major, potentially revolutionary contribution to political thought.""Anne Norton, author of Leo Strauss and the Politics of American Empire

"Powerful and persuasive. Democracy Incorporated does exactly what great political theory should do: it provides a theoretical framework that allows the reader to see the political world anew. It left this reader with an almost nightmarish vision of American politics today, a nightmare all the more terrifying for being so compelling, so vivid, and so real." Marc Stears, author of Progressives, Pluralists, and the Problems of the State

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