Friday, June 3, 2016

Straight From The Fascist Recipe Book

Good Day World!

Did you know that, "America is like a cruise ship that is about to go over Niagara Falls with tremendous carnage and death?" 
(Photo credit: Driftglass)

This rather dim view of America's future comes from former presidential candidate Ben (Sleepy) Carson who thinks Donald Trump would be a good president and captain of that cruise ship.

This coming from the man who said Egypt's pyramids were used to store grain. Carson, once scorned and ridiculed by Trump, now belongs to the Trumpet/Trumpette Clubhouse of crazy followers.

Meanwhile Trump is butt hurt because Gary Johnson, a Libertarian, has cast his hat in the race. For extra measure, there's whispers about another third party candidate - an Independent one (David French) with conservative credentials. 

One thing that Trump's detractors have been adamant about is his fascist leanings.

Robert Paxton, an expert on historical fascism recently told Slate Magazine:

"The use of ethnic stereotypes and exploitation of fear of foreigners is directly out of a fascist’s recipe book.

“Making the country great again” sounds exactly like the fascist movements.

Concern about national decline, that was one of the most prominent emotional states evoked in fascist discourse, and Trump is using that full-blast, quite illegitimately, because the country isn’t in serious decline, but he’s able to persuade them that it is. 

That is a fascist stroke. An aggressive foreign policy to arrest the supposed decline. That’s another one. 

Then, there’s a second level, which is a level of style and technique. He even looks like Mussolini in the way he sticks his lower jaw out, and also the bluster, the skill at sensing the mood of the crowd, the skillful use of media."

If it looks like a demogogue, acts like a demogogue, and sounds like a demogogue... chances are it is a demogogue. 

Time for me to walk on down the road...

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