HomeLatest ThreadsGreatest ThreadsForums & GroupsMy SubscriptionsMy Posts
DU Home » Latest Threads » Forums & Groups » Main » General Discussion (Forum) » Trump Just Broke Through ...

Fri Dec 11, 2020, 02:46 PM

Trump Just Broke Through the Last Level of Neo-Fascism [View all]

Never mind his latest Twitter storm of complaints and threats. Or do mind them, because their very desperation proves that its dawning on the Undapper Don that his chances of staying in the White House much longer are, as the mayor of Munchkin City put it, morally, ethically, spiritually, physically, positively, absolutely, undeniably, and reliably dead. Hell see for what will probably be the first time in his life that theres no judge he can buy (including the one he assumed he was buying, who has at least shown herself to be above mob-style corruption; hey, well take it), no fixer he can bribe, no idiot cousin he can put on the payroll to fix things.

When they start writing histories of the Trump era, I think the one-line summary will be something like this: While some portion of his appeal was based on legitimate grievances of working-class people against elites, he awakened an authoritarian impulse among the citizenry that was far larger and more rabid, and more easily triggered, than most of us ever imagined.

What do I mean by neo-fascism? Its a fairly obvious set of criteria. Here are five essential ones, though there are others: blind loyalty to a leader whos really more of a national father figure; belief that the leader is the state; belief that opposition to the leader is opposition to the state, and thus treason; conviction (instilled or ignited by the leader) that the source of the problems facing the good wholesome ethnic majority is some Other or collection of Others who must be ostracized if not banished; agreement that the rules and constraints of democratic order are sometimes useful and should be obeyed as long as one can obey them and win, because doing so confers a certain legitimacy, but if they have to be cast aside to hold power, then cast aside they must be. These principles animate every fascist regime in human history. They are at the heart of Trumpism, and they have drawn many more adherents than Id have thought possible in this country.

I think the writer makes some other good points in the article'

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/trump-just-broke-last-level-085740834.html

53 replies, 7286 views

Reply to this thread

Back to top Alert abuse

Always highlight: 10 newest replies | Replies posted after I mark a forum
Replies to this discussion thread
Arrow 53 replies Author Time Post
Reply Trump Just Broke Through the Last Level of Neo-Fascism [View all]
jalan48 Dec 2020 OP
Sucha NastyWoman Dec 2020 #1
jalan48 Dec 2020 #4
Arne Dec 2020 #5
True Blue American Dec 2020 #13
drmeow Dec 2020 #28
True Blue American Dec 2020 #30
localroger Dec 2020 #12
demigoddess Dec 2020 #20
localroger Dec 2020 #45
Javaman Dec 2020 #16
Yeehah Dec 2020 #19
ancianita Dec 2020 #21
Hortensis Dec 2020 #36
ancianita Dec 2020 #37
Hortensis Dec 2020 #43
ancianita Dec 2020 #46
Hortensis Dec 2020 #48
ancianita Dec 2020 #49
Hortensis Dec 2020 #50
ancianita Dec 2020 #51
lunatica Dec 2020 #31
overleft Dec 2020 #2
Karadeniz Dec 2020 #17
ancianita Dec 2020 #22
lunatica Dec 2020 #33
ancianita Dec 2020 #41
lunatica Dec 2020 #44
ancianita Dec 2020 #47
Mossfern Dec 2020 #3
Orrex Dec 2020 #42
Mossfern Dec 2020 #52
Orrex Dec 2020 #53
Mike 03 Dec 2020 #6
Karadeniz Dec 2020 #18
andym Dec 2020 #7
Mike 03 Dec 2020 #8
leighbythesea2 Dec 2020 #25
Thekaspervote Dec 2020 #11
leftieNanner Dec 2020 #15
ancianita Dec 2020 #23
lunatica Dec 2020 #35
concretebluetwo Dec 2020 #9
OMGWTF Dec 2020 #32
OMGWTF Dec 2020 #34
dlk Dec 2020 #38
bucolic_frolic Dec 2020 #10
My Pet Orangutan Dec 2020 #14
bigtime Dec 2020 #24
lunatica Dec 2020 #39
keithbvadu2 Dec 2020 #26
Hekate Dec 2020 #27
Evolve Dammit Dec 2020 #29
mountain grammy Dec 2020 #40