Street art. Speeches. Petitions. Pulling products off the shelves. People are saying what they think of Donald Trump in all kinds of creative ways
Trump’s hatred towards Muslims is not only disgusting, but it also represents the fear which consumes uneducated Americans, he is everything this country doesn’t need. America doesn’t need more racists and violent speeches, America needs people with great minds and peaceful thinking. #Love it!
If any real life historical figure could be a Bond villain, Otto Skorzeny would definitely be a leading candidate. A former Nazi SS commando, stalwart fascist, and Cold War soldier of fortune, Skorzeny was the stereotypical cloak and dagger “bad guy” from any dime store spy novel, complete with a gnarly facial scar. Seriously, he could be a villain straight off of “The Blacklist”. During World War II he was an SS colonel, commando leader, and Hitler’s favorite soldier. He was best known for the daring rescue mission of Italian dictator Benito Mussolini, who was captured by Allied forces after the surrender of Italy. He also commanded a special infiltration unit composed of English speaking German soldiers who wore American uniforms and infiltrated American units behind enemy lines. Throughout the war Skorzeny would become one of Germany’s most highly decorated soldiers, participating in and commanding several commando missions.
After World War II Skorzeny was prosecuted for war crimes, but was released when British MI6 decided not to use their evidence against him as it would expose their intelligence networks. A man without official citizenship with any country, he first lived in Ireland, then Spain after gaining the support of Spanish dictator Francisco Franco. He was eventually granted a passport by his home country, Austria, and Spain, but Skorzeny wasn’t the sort of man who needed a passport to travel across the world. In the late 1940’s and early 1950’s he was a member of ODESSA, a clandestine group which smuggled ex-Nazi’s out of Europe to avoid war crime tribunals. He founded a large fascist political network in Spain, which printed and destributed fascist propaganda and created branch organizations throughout Europe and Latin America. He also served as advisor to Argentinian President Juan Peron and bodyguard to his wife Eva.
In the early 1950’s Skorzeny began to organize a mercenary group mostly composed of German SS, Gestapo, and Wehrmacht veterans. The goal of the group was to support fascist regimes and right wing extremist movements across the globe. This was mostly in the form of training, especially guerilla groups, but also by providing crack commando troops and boots on the ground. In 1960 his mercenary group was officially incorporated as “The Paladin Group”, co-founded by a rogue American CIA Special Operations officer and ODESSA member named Col. James Sanders. If there was a conflict that occured in Europe, Africa, Latin America, or Asia during the 1950’s to mid 1970’s, you can bet your bottom dollar The Paladin Group (or it’s nameless predecessor organization) had some role in it. The roots of The Paladin Group can be traced back to 1952 when Skorzeny was recruited by CIA man and former WWII German General Reinhard Gehlen for operations in Egypt. At the time Egypt’s monarch, King Farouk (CIA codename “Fat Fucker”) had been overthrown in a military coup, and Egypt was led by President Gen. Muhammed Naguib. Naguib used Skorzeny and his men to train the newly modernized Egyptian Army and various commando units in preparation for a possible plan to oust British forces from the Suez Canal. Skorzeny would later become advisor to Naguib’s successor, President Gamal Abdel Nasser.
For the most part, The Paladin Group supported fascist/dictatorial regimes or right wing extremist guerilla/partisan movements and vehemently opposed left wing or communist movements. However, Skorzeny often took jobs that either suited his needs or put a lot of cash in his wallet. A perfect example would be in the mid 1950’s when he was contracted by both the Israeli’s and Palestinians. Among his most famous (or infamous) clients was PLO leader Yassir Arafat, and Skorzeny planned Palestinian raids into the Gaza Strip in 1953 and 1954.
Throughout the 60’s The Paladin Group served a wide variety of clients. The Spanish Government hired them to fight a clandestine war against the Basque Nationalist Group ETA, they were hired by the South African Bureau of State Security, there were even rumors in the Soviet KGB that Skorzeny was training Green Berets for secret operations in Cambodia and Thailand. One of Skorzeny’s biggest clients was the Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddaffi, who hired The Paladin Group to help plan and execute the coup which put Gaddaffi in power, then to train the Libyan Army.
Between 1967 and 1974 The Paladin Group also took part in the organizing and execution of a series of military coups in Greece, leading to a civil war in which the Greek monarch, King Constantine II, was ousted from power and replaced with a military dictatorship.
The Paladin Group came to an end in 1975 with two major events. First, Otto Skorzeny died of lung cancer. Second, Francisco Franco likewise passed away. With Franco gone a new democratic government came to power, one which had little tolerance for fascist organizations. The Paladin Group was expelled from Spain. Without a home and the leadership of Skorzeny, The Paladin Group was disbanded. Peashooter hopes that producers make a retro James Bond movie with Otto Skorzeny as the bad guy. That would be so awesome!
I know you get really mad when I do the Bernie Sanders thing, but you need to understand something - economic authoritarianism is still authoritarianism.
I wrote about this, that Hitler - what do we hear about Hitler? That he’s right-wing. NAZIS stands for National Socialist Worker’s Party. Okay? So, put that in your back pocket.
Now, I know what people are going to say, “’National socialism’; not ‘democratic socialism’, like Bernie Sanders. One is fascism right-wing. One is not.” They’re both socialism. Democratic socialism always becomes nationalistic socialism - by definition - it has to. Why?
The United States is not a democracy. You throw around the term ‘democratic’ as though it is noble. No. We’re a constitutional representative republic. Why? That’s important to know. It’s important to know we’re not a democracy. That’s because democracy is mob rule.
The reason the United States was framed as a constitutional representative republic is to make sure that the rights of the minority are still protected from the majority. Otherwise the majority can just vote to screw the minority.
Yes, Donald Trump is a fascist.The internet proverb known as Godwin’s Law warns of the increasing likelihood of a Nazi or Hitler reference the longer a conversation goes. That law would seem to apply to Donald Trump in a different way: The longer he runs in (and atop) the Republican presidential primary, the probability of him sounding like a Nazi increases.
Donald Trump’s anti-immigrant rhetoric, his acceptance of violence at his rallies and his consideration of a special database for registering American Muslims have combined into a blend of nativism and authoritarianism not seen in mainstream American politics. But is he a fascist? Experts aren’t so sure.
Fascist regimes tend to make constant use of patriotic mottos, slogans, symbols, songs, and other paraphernalia. Flags are seen everywhere, as are flag symbols on clothing and in public displays.
2. Disdain for the Recognition of Human Rights
Because of fear of enemies and the need for security, the people in fascist regimes are persuaded that human rights can be ignored in certain cases because of “need.” The people tend to look the other way or even approve of torture, summary executions, assassinations, long incarcerations of prisoners, etc.
3. Identification of Enemies/Scapegoats as a Unifying Cause
The people are rallied into a unifying patriotic frenzy over the need to eliminate a perceived common threat or foe: racial , ethnic or religious minorities; liberals; communists; socialists, terrorists, etc.
4. Supremacy of the Military
Even when there are widespread
domestic problems, the military is given a disproportionate amount of government funding, and the domestic agenda is neglected. Soldiers and military service are glamorized.
5. Rampant Sexism
The governments of fascist nations tend to be almost exclusively male-dominated. Under fascist regimes, traditional gender roles are made more rigid. Divorce, abortion and homosexuality are suppressed and the state is represented as the ultimate guardian of the family institution.
6. Controlled Mass Media
Sometimes to media is directly controlled by the government, but in other cases, the media is indirectly controlled by government regulation, or sympathetic media spokespeople and executives. Censorship, especially in war time, is very common.
7. Obsession with National Security
Fear is used as a motivational tool by the government over the masses.
8. Religion and Government are Intertwined
Governments in fascist nations tend to use the most common religion in the nation as a tool to manipulate public opinion. Religious rhetoric and terminology is common from government leaders, even when the major tenets of the religion are diametrically opposed to the government’s policies or actions.
9. Corporate Power is Protected
The industrial and business aristocracy of a fascist nation often are the ones who put the government leaders into power, creating a mutually beneficial business/government relationship and power elite.
10. Labor Power is Suppressed
Because the organizing power of labor is the only real threat to a fascist government, labor unions are either eliminated entirely, or are severely suppressed.
11. Disdain for Intellectuals and the Arts
Fascist nations tend to promote and tolerate open hostility to higher education, and academia. It is not uncommon for professors and other academics to be censored or even arrested. Free expression in the arts and letters is openly attacked.
12. Obsession with Crime and Punishment
Under fascist regimes, the police are given almost limitless power to enforce laws. The people are often willing to overlook police abuses and even forego civil liberties in the name of patriotism. There is often a national police force with virtually unlimited power in fascist nations.
13. Rampant Cronyism and Corruption
Fascist regimes almost always are governed by groups of friends and associates who appoint each other to government positions and use governmental power and authority to protect their friends from accountability. It is not uncommon in fascist regimes for national resources and even treasures to be appropriated or even outright stolen by government leaders.
14. Fraudulent Elections
Sometimes elections in fascist nations are a complete sham. Other times elections are manipulated by smear campaigns against or even assassination of opposition candidates, use of legislation to control voting numbers or political district boundaries, and manipulation of the media. Fascist nations also typically use their judiciaries to manipulate or control elections.
if you hate capitalism please dear god move out of america
go to europe or china or whatever, america owes all of it’s technological success (ie, inventor of the tv, inventor of the laptop, inventor of the computer, inventor of the lightbulb, all of them came from america and that’s not a coincidence) and all of it’s financial success from the free market
go live in china. go live in venezuela. go live in north korea. go starve off of shitty bread rations. go be worked to your death, 12 hour days, 7 days a week. go live in a country where saying something the gov doesn’t approve of is a death penalty. go live in a country where only the political elite are allowed to drive cars. go live in a country where using the internet or going on websites you aren’t allowed on is a death penalty. go live in a country where you thought you were going to have a say in the law, but immediately had that taken away from you. go live in a country where making art is a useless waste of time and you aren’t allowed to sell any of it to anyone, and won’t have the time to make it as a hobby. go live in a country that you thought was going to be the first ‘real communism’ but turned to slavery in the matter of two months.
but dear god don’t force me or anyone else into it, you ungrateful bastards.
Police in Richmond, California have arrested 55-year-old William Celli, who was allegedly constructing explosive devices he intended to use against the Muslims in his community. Authorities obtained a search warrant for the man’s home after an anonymous caller tipped them off about Celli’s activities.
After evacuating the entire neighborhood, police detonated what appeared to be a homemade bomb, telling reporters they were not sure if it was an inert or active device. ThinkProgress confirmed that Celli, who is married and owns his own plumbing company, has been held in the Contra Costa County Jail since Sunday afternoon.
1. Powerful and continuing expressions of nationalism
From the prominent displays of flags and bunting to the ubiquitous lapel pins,
the fervor to show patriotic nationalism, both on the part of the regime itself
and of citizens caught up in its frenzy, was always obvious. Catchy slogans,
pride in the military, and demands for unity were common themes in expressing
this nationalism. It was usually coupled with a suspicion of things foreign that
often bordered on xenophobia.
2. Disdain for the importance of human rights
regimes themselves viewed human rights as of little value and a hindrance to
realizing the objectives of the ruling elite. Through clever use of propaganda,
the population was brought to accept these human rights abuses by marginalizing,
even demonizing, those being targeted. When abuse was egregious, the tactic was
to use secrecy, denial, and disinformation. LGBT, Islam etc…
3. Identification of enemies/scapegoats as a unifying
The most significant common thread among these regimes was the use of
scapegoating as a means to divert the people’s attention from other problems,
to shift blame for failures, and to channel frustration in controlled
directions. The methods of choice—relentless propaganda and
disinformation—were usually effective. Often the regimes would incite
“spontaneous” acts against the target scapegoats, usually communists,
socialists, liberals, Jews, ethnic and racial minorities, traditional national
enemies, members of other religions, secularists, homosexuals, and
“terrorists.” Active opponents of these regimes were inevitably labeled as
terrorists and dealt with accordingly. Moslems, Syrian Refugees
4. The supremacy of the military/avid militarism
Ruling elites always identified closely with the military and the industrial
infrastructure that supported it. A disproportionate share of national resources
was allocated to the military, even when domestic needs were acute. The military
was seen as an expression of nationalism, and was used whenever possible to
assert national goals, intimidate other nations, and increase the power and
prestige of the ruling elite. Heroes
5. Rampant sexism
Beyond the simple fact that the
political elite and the national culture were male-dominated, these regimes
inevitably viewed women as second-class citizens. They were adamantly
anti-abortion and also homophobic. These attitudes were usually codified in
Draconian laws that enjoyed strong support by the orthodox religion of the
country, thus lending the regime cover for its abuses. Right-to-lifers
6. A controlled mass media
Under some of the
regimes, the mass media were under strict direct control and could be relied
upon never to stray from the party line. Other regimes exercised more subtle
power to ensure media orthodoxy. Methods included the control of licensing and
access to resources, economic pressure, appeals to patriotism, and implied
threats. The leaders of the mass media were often politically compatible with
the power elite. The result was usually success in keeping the general public
unaware of the regimes’ excesses. Corporate Media
7. Obsession with national security
national security apparatus was under direct control of the ruling elite. It was
usually an instrument of oppression, operating in secret and beyond any
constraints. Its actions were justified under the rubric of protecting
“national security,” and questioning its activities was portrayed as
unpatriotic or even treasonous. NSA
8. Religion and ruling elite tied together
communist regimes, the fascist and protofascist regimes were never proclaimed as
godless by their opponents. In fact, most of the regimes attached themselves to
the predominant religion of the country and chose to portray themselves as
militant defenders of that religion. The fact that the ruling elite’s behavior
was incompatible with the precepts of the religion was generally swept under the
rug. Propaganda kept up the illusion that the ruling elites were defenders of
the faith and opponents of the “godless.” A perception was manufactured that
opposing the power elite was tantamount to an attack on religion. Christian Right, Dominionists
9. Power of corporations protected
personal life of ordinary citizens was under strict control, the ability of
large corporations to operate in relative freedom was not compromised. The
ruling elite saw the corporate structure as a way to not only ensure military
production (in developed states), but also as an additional means of social
control. Members of the economic elite were often pampered by the political
elite to ensure a continued mutuality of interests, especially in the repression
of “have-not” citizens.
10. Power of labor suppressed or eliminated
organized labor was seen as the one power center that could challenge the
political hegemony of the ruling elite and its corporate allies, it was
inevitably crushed or made powerless. The poor formed an underclass, viewed with
suspicion or outright contempt. Under some regimes, being poor was considered
akin to a vice.
11. Disdain and suppression of intellectuals and the
Intellectuals and the inherent freedom of ideas and expression
associated with them were anathema to these regimes. Intellectual and academic
freedom were considered subversive to national security and the patriotic ideal.
Universities were tightly controlled; politically unreliable faculty harassed or
eliminated. Unorthodox ideas or expressions of dissent were strongly attacked,
silenced, or crushed. To these regimes, art and literature should serve the
national interest or they had no right to exist.
12. Obsession with crime and punishment
these regimes maintained Draconian systems of criminal justice with huge prison
populations. The police were often glorified and had almost unchecked power,
leading to rampant abuse. “Normal” and political crime were often merged
into trumped-up criminal charges and sometimes used against political opponents
of the regime. Fear, and hatred, of criminals or “traitors” was often
promoted among the population as an excuse for more police power.
13. Rampant cronyism and corruption
business circles and close to the power elite often used their position to
enrich themselves. This corruption worked both ways; the power elite would
receive financial gifts and property from the economic elite, who in turn would
gain the benefit of government favoritism. Members of the power elite were in a
position to obtain vast wealth from other sources as well: for example, by
stealing national resources. With the national security apparatus under control
and the media muzzled, this corruption was largely unconstrained and not well
understood by the general population. Koch’s, Walton’s, to name a few.
14. Fraudulent elections
Elections in the form of
plebiscites or public opinion polls were usually bogus. When actual elections
with candidates were held, they would usually be perverted by the power elite to
get the desired result. Common methods included maintaining control of the
election machinery, intimidating and disenfranchising opposition voters,
destroying or disallowing legal votes, and, as a last resort, turning to a
judiciary beholden to the power elite. Voter Supression
NOTE: The above 14 Points was written in 2004 by Dr. Laurence Britt, a political scientist.
Dr. Britt studied the fascist regimes of: Hitler (Germany), Mussolini (Italy),
Franco (Spain), Suharto (Indonesia), and Pinochet (Chile).
Does any of this sound familiar? As America sinks deeper and deeper into
corporate greed will this country continue to be a democracy by the people
and for the people or will it be ruled by the few? Will the trinity
of money, power and greed over come one of the greatest countries in the world?
Only we, the people, can keep it free. SPEAK OUT AND LET YOUR THOUGHTS BE
KNOWN…ONLY BY SILENCE WILL WE BE DEFEATED!
“What no one seemed to notice… was the ever widening gap. .
.between the government and the people… And it became always wider. .
. the whole process of its coming into being, was above all diverting,
it provided an excuse not to think for people who did not want to think
anyway … (it) gave us some dreadful, fundamental things to think
about …and kept us so busy with continuous changes and ‘crises’ and
so fascinated … by the machinations of the 'national enemies,’
without and within, that we had no time to think about these dreadful
things that were growing, little by little, all around us…
Each step was so small, so inconsequential, so well explained or, on
occasion, 'regretted,’ that unless one understood what the whole thing
was in principle, what all these 'little measures’… must some day
lead to, one no more saw it developing from day to day than a farmer in
his field sees the corn growing… .Each act… is worse than the
last, but only a little worse. You wait for the next and the next. You
wait for one great shocking occasion, thinking that others, when such a
shock comes, will join you in resisting somehow.
You don’t want to act, or even talk, alone… you don’t want to 'go
out of your way to make trouble.’ …But the one great shocking
occasion, when tens or hundreds or thousands will join with you, never
comes. That’s the difficulty. The forms are all there, all untouched,
all reassuring, the houses, the shops, the jobs, the mealtimes, the
visits, the concerts, the cinema, the holidays. But the spirit, which
you never noticed because you made the lifelong mistake of identifying
it with the forms, is changed. Now you live in a world of hate and fear,
and the people who hate and fear do not even know it themselves, when
everyone is transformed, no one is transformed… .You have accepted
things you would not have accepted five years ago, a year ago, things
your father… could never have imagined.” :
From Milton Mayer, They Thought They Were Free, The Germans, 1938-45 (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1955)
It may not happen for another four years, but one of these lunatics could eventually win the presidency. If that happens, you can expect a massive paradigm shift in the American political culture, driving an already extremely right wing country further to the right, even into outright fascism. If that seems impossible, keep this in mind. In 1976, a right wing maniac challenged a sitting president for the GOP presidential nomination. His views were seen as too extreme to win a general election, his appeals to racism too blatant, his views on militarism too frankly insane. Four years later, he won election and defined a political generation.