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Mon Dec 14, 2015, 03:05 PM

Why Fascism is Rising Again (And What You Can Learn From It)

Why Fascism is Rising Again (And What You Can Learn From It)
by umair haque
Here’s a tiny thought. If I’d told you last Christmas that the leading contender for President of the richest and most powerful country on the globe had openly said that he was OK with armbands, internment camps, extra-judicial bans, and blood rights, unless you were a card-carrying member of Conspiracy Theorists International, you probably would have laughed at me.

And yet. Here we are, in precisely that reality. And it’s not just Trump. The darkest spectre of global politics, the one that we thought exorcised, has somehow been summoned and reborn: fascism is resurgent. What I’ll call in this short series of essays New Fascism is a global phenomenon. Marine Le Pen, the most openly extreme politician contesting national leadership since Hitler…triumphed, winning a third of the vote, in recent French elections. The world stands poised on the precipice of a Dark Age of New Fascism — it is rising, Cerberus-like, from Scandinavia to Europe to Turkey to Australia.

I believe New Fascism is the single most important political development in our lifetimes. It is a critical moment for global society — a turning point. Like every turning point, it is a test. A test of the best of us: whether or not civilized societies can in fact stay civilized, in the most essential sense of the word — or whether we risk plunging once again into an era of world war and genocide.

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Mon Dec 14, 2015, 03:09 PM

1. Le Pew got skunked in the final round of voting

 

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Mon Dec 14, 2015, 03:31 PM

2. "leftists decided instead that the true opposition wasn’t a right-wing economics—but "neoliberalism"

Why did living standards begin to stagnate in the 70s — and then continue for nearly half a century? Here is the explanation. The US became, uniquely amongst advanced economies, consumed almost totally with an extremist right wing economic ideology. Trickle-down economics, for short. The idea, simply, was that prosperity at the top would rain down on those at the bottom. Hence, crucially, income was redistributed from the bottom to the top — in the belief that it would benefit those at the bottom tomorrow. How was that redistribution accomplished? Simple: by cutting taxes at the top severely, by slashing bargaining power for those at the bottom just as severely, by financializing the economy, that is, deregulating Wall Street, so that those at the top could invest the gains they were reaping.

While the right was not just promulgating an unproven extremist economic faith, the left didn’t even understand what it was fighting. A generation of leftists decided instead that the true opposition wasn’t a right-wing economics locally — but a global politics they called “neoliberalism”. But much of neoliberalism, in stark opposition to trickle-down economics did in fact lift millions across the globe out of poverty, misery, and despair. Why? Because liberalism, however you choose to define it, is not trickle-down economics: it is precisely the opposite — investing in institutions, people, and societies, so that gluts do not pile up at the top.

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Yet, the left began targeting and protesting the very institutions that were defending the globe from trickle-down economics — the World Bank, the IMF, the UN. Of course, I’m sure that those of you who are leftists will quibble with me vehemently here, and call me a Terrible Person. But the simple fact is that the IMF and World Bank were created by Keynes precisely to prevent wealth piling up at the top — and that is precisely what they did. So you are only really proving your own dire and profound ignorance of economic history. I’m sorry to be harsh, but we must speak in blunt realities now.

Interesting article. Thanks for posting, Agnosticsherbet.

And that tragic, historic, colossally stupid mistake — to confuse trickle-down economics with liberalism, left with right — damned the left to a path of total irrelevance. Instead of fighting the right, the left began fighting…itself.

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Mon Dec 14, 2015, 03:34 PM

3. We will fail and die.

 

We are a species undeserving of continued existence.

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Mon Dec 14, 2015, 05:57 PM

5. More "false equivalence" BS

You want to understand what happened to create fascism, listen to Chris Hedges: the left has collapsed. It has no power. It was run over by the right wing juggernaut long ago. It has delivered nothing of value to the proto-fascists this article is talking about in thirty years. And, it has been scapegoated, as if it had the power falsely attributed to it by the author of this slimy bilge.

It is absolute rot to claim that this new fascism takes equally from the left and the right. He recycles the zombie lie that the Nazis were left wing because their party's name contained the word "socialist". Then he makes a bunch of nonsensical statements:


A generation of leftists decided instead that the true opposition wasn’t a right-wing economics locally — but a global politics they called “neoliberalism”. But much of neoliberalism, in stark opposition to trickle-down economics did in fact lift millions across the globe out of poverty, misery, and despair.


the left began targeting and protesting the very institutions that were defending the globe from trickle-down economics — the World Bank, the IMF, the UN.


Proclaiming that neoliberalism abroad is different from neoliberalism at home does not make it so. Putting the UN in the same grouping with the financial-elite-dominated IMF is a sick joke.

The neoliberal regimes in South America (which were the first of such, and the first imposed by military control) so destroyed the local economies that, after a few years, they had to relax the doctrinaire stranglehold on the economy or face bankruptcy. Ask the Chileans and Argentinians who were murdered by the Chicago Boys' authoritarian dictatorships in the 1970s if they felt "lifted out of poverty and despair".

The IMF and the World Bank were protecting the world? ROTFLMAO. Ask the countries ruined by IMF-demanded "structural adjustment if they felt "defended". These two sentences by themselves tell me everything I need to know about the author. He is either clueless or part of the neoliberal media assault.

The right wing has had to destroy much more middle-class infrastructure in the U.S. than it ever encountered in any second or third world country it has looted. That is why America looks different. Its much harder to take a chainsaw to steel girders than to thatch and straw hovels. Nevertheless, the American "third way" has spent the last twenty five years destroying the Democratic party that FDR built, and letting our publicly-funded infrastructure crumble. Now they are indicating their willingness to "reform" what is left of the New Deal - Social Security and Medicare - into their graves. If HRC wins the nomination, their victory will be complete; and the same neoliberal trashing of society that has been ongoing overseas will be brought home to America with a vengeance.

This article hides its phoniness under its length and its bizarre take on recent events. I'm not going for a point by point rebuttal, because this article is your classic "trapdoor argument". It is easy to state it, and much harder to critique it to death. He mixes real facts (fascism comes out of economic frustration, identity politics ruined the left) with bullshit (left and right contributed equally to the rise of new fascism, the IMF and the WB are "good guys".

I figure many people at DU will fall for this false narrative. I am not sticking around for part 3, in which he promises "solutions". My prediction is the solution will be more priviatization, more input from corporations, and even less regulation.

That's my two cents.

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