Source: Greg Felton
Viewing Donald Trump in light of the fascists of the first half of the twentieth century ~ who used economic stresses to scapegoat others, created cults of personality, intimidated opponents, incited violence, glorified their nations and disregarded international law, and connected directly with the masses ~ helps explain what Trump is doing and how he is succeeding.
Fascism promised people deliverance from politics. Fascism was not just [a] different type of politics, but anti-politics. Fascists’ main enemies were not just Marxist politicians, or liberal politicians, but politicians in general. It is therefore no coincidence that the most common explanation Trump supporters muster when asked about their vote is that “he is no politician.”
Of course American historians have pointed to this larger strand of anti-intellectualism in American politics, but what is different about this moment is that Trump has successfully wedded this anti-Enlightenment mood with the anti-political rage of the Republican base.
Demagogues are willing to do or say anything to gain office or to consolidate their power. Unconstrained by ideology, they have no concern for the consequences of their actions. Anything that serves to make them more powerful is good enough for them ~ even if the political system that facilitated their rise should be destroyed in the process. This, rather than some deep similarity to fascism, also explains the affinity between demagogues and political violence. True fascists venerate violence but also want to make it serve a purpose larger than themselves, like territorial conquest. Demagogues, on the other hand, tap into the most violent currents in a population simply to bolster their own popularity.
“plays into the hands of those who say she’s not trustworthy and makes her own rules” and “most important, is damaging her credibility among Democrats who are begging her to show them that she’d run an accountable and transparent White House.” But the Times editorial did not get to the heart of the matter. The larger question is, Why was she giving these speeches at all ~ and accepting such hefty payments for them ~ given Goldman Sachs’s record during the Great Recession of 2007–2008?
Because so much of Clinton’s true nature is hidden from view and because all of Trump’s shortcomings are on public display, Democratic voters have a skewed appreciation of who the real danger is and how to vote.
I intend to vote for Hillary Clinton in the California primary for one fundamental reason. It has to do with race. My life since 1960 has been committed to the causes of African Americans, the Chicano movement, the labor movement, and freedom struggles in Vietnam, Cuba and Latin America. … My wife is a descendant of the Oglala Sioux, and my whole family is inter-racial.
Liberals, beware: casting a vote for Clinton is to affirm militarism, economic inequality, and Wall Street. It is to vote for the ecological meltdown of our planet, duplicity in government, the control of our institutions by the rich, drone strikes, government surveillance of the people, and perpetual war. It is to cast a ballot against the interests of the working poor, and for the interests of Goldman Sachs and Big Pharma.
ED Noor: To be honest, neither candidate is particularly "likeable" but push to shove, Hillary is abominable.
Please see my second Blog Post in 2007: How Fascist is America?