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The Childhood of Tyrants

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This article is dedicated to a world in chaos, the wish that humanity mobilize compassionate action to alleviate untold suffering, and the faith that the Spirit within humans will find a way to do so, no matter how long it takes.

"What good fortune for those in power that people do not think."

- Adolf Hitler, as quoted by Joachim Fest

From the atrocious "war on drugs" in the Philippines; to Israel's "nation-state law" to racist policies in Italy and Christian fascism in Brazil, we currently see a new turn in the spiral of history as far-right movements rise to power at breakneck speed around the world. Is there something we can do to stop a fascist takeover?

The Trump administration is preparing to roll out a plan this week to send unmarked military-style federal assault squads already in Portland, Oregon, into other cities, warned White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, who named only locations with Democratic mayors. Many see this as an attempt to provoke violence and then use this as an excuse to enact further repressive measures.

While there can be multiple levels of analysis and intervention, it is imperative to try to understand the inner psychological dynamics of would-be totalitarian leaders.

The adulation and mindless penchant for violence of Trump's "base" appear reminiscent of those in Hitler's thrall and present a grave concern.


["Right now, armed, unidentified federal forces are on the streets of Portland, abducting people off the streets and shoving them into rented vans. These federal goon squads are operating against the express wishes of the city's mayor and the state's governor.

"Trump's acting 'Homeland Security' honcho, Chad Wolf, flew to Portland on Thursday to reinforce this uninvited armed occupation by the federal government. With solemn fanfare, Chad unrolled a list of 'violent acts' by 'violent extremists' to justify the Trumpist occupation: EVERY SINGLE ONE of these 'violent acts' involved ... spray-painting graffiti on a building or bridge. That's it.

"In recent days, Trump has ramped up his threats to 'take over' what he calls 'Democrat-controlled cities' by sending in federal forces, ostensibly to quell protests or fight crime or any number of specious reasons. This is happening right now, on the ground, in real life, in Portland, Oregon. It seems that Chicago -- whose mayor is Trump's perfect nightmare: a black woman in power -- might be next.

"The Trumpist troops in Portland are, we're told, 'drawn from various [unidentified] agencies in Homeland Security.' Couple these vaguely defined, unaccountable troops with the vast, militarized, hyper-aggressive forces of ICE, and you can see that Donald Trump now has a huge army of heavily-armed troops and military weaponry under his personal control. You can also see that he is willing to use them against the American people, especially those he considers his political enemies.

"'Part of Trump's reelection strategy is to scare the white suburbs, which polls show have soured on him, with 'urban' (read: minority) violence,' University of Michigan history professor Juan Cole wrote Monday for his website Informed Comment.

"'It now appears clear that part of that strategy is to send federal agents dressed like Iraq War troops to Democratic-run cities, on the pretext of protecting federal property, and then for them to attack and provoke Black Lives Matter and Defund the Police protesters, causing violence to escalate and using it... to scare the suburbs,' Cole continued. 'The exercise also has the advantage for Trump of entrenching a new form of secret police and of turning federal agents into instruments of his authoritarianism.'

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I work as a psychotherapist with an emphasis on transformational learning - a blend of psychoanalytic and transpersonal approaches, and am the author of Self Actualization and Unselfish Love and co-author of Families Helping Families: Living with (more...)

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