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Tue Oct 27, 2020, 12:29 PM

Americans Are Losing Sight of What Fascism Means

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/opinion/americans-are-losing-sight-of-what-fascism-means/ar-BB1amXfk

The Atlantic

Americans Are Losing Sight of What Fascism Means

Shadi Hamid
10/25/20
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Words matter because they help order our understanding of politics both at home and abroad. If Cotton is a fascist, then we don’t know what fascism is. And if we don’t know what fascism is, then we will struggle to identify it when it threatens millions of lives—which is precisely what is happening today in areas under Beijing’s control. Chinese authorities have tightened their grip on Hong Kong. And while the world watches, they are undertaking one of the most terrifying campaigns of ethnic cleansing and cultural genocide since World War II in Xinjiang province, with more than 1 million Muslim Uighurs in internment camps, as well as reports of forced sterilization and mass rape.

For morality to operate, moral proportion is required. Unfortunately, the Trump era has badly damaged our ability to see what’s right in front of our noses.
[Read: Saving Uighur culture from genocide]

Today, the United States is consumed by internal divisions, which means that the flow of ideas is the reverse of what it otherwise might be. Instead of solving problems through the very democratic institutions that once gave inspiration abroad, we now import foreign notions from Europe’s dark past in an attempt to comprehend what seems incomprehensible here in our own country. Donald Trump’s election led to a whole cottage industry of thinking that fascism is near, right here at home. It has grown steadily, reaching its culmination in the lead-up to the November election. In the past month alone, readers have seen Mussolini comparisons from eminent historians, explainers on what it’s like to live through a civil war, and an endless stream of warnings about Reichstag fires and a “fascist coup.” Here, Trump deserves some of the blame. He has a knack for bringing out the worst in his opponents, giving them license to use the very hyperbole and distortion that they criticize in others. This is one of many reasons to hope he is voted out of office.

If America doesn’t descend into fascism—and Joe Biden wins by a comfortable margin and Republicans accept the result, however reluctantly—then Americans will be able, once again, to gain a proper perspective on their long, four-year episode of unreason and myopia. Sometimes, life is elsewhere. In some places, democracy, or what’s left of it, is truly under threat. One of those places is Hong Kong.
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Response to saidsimplesimon (Original post)

Tue Oct 27, 2020, 12:32 PM

1. Horseshit.

Complete and utter horseshit.

Give him four more years and he’ll be stuffing people into ovens.

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Response to ZZenith (Reply #1)

Tue Oct 27, 2020, 12:37 PM

2. No he won't

He will throw them out of helicopters into the ocean instead

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Response to DBoon (Reply #2)

Tue Oct 27, 2020, 12:38 PM

3. Not enough helicopters in the world

to manage all the people who hate this fucker.

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Response to ZZenith (Reply #3)

Tue Oct 27, 2020, 12:40 PM

4. It worked for Pinochet

Pinochet is a hero to american conservatives.

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Response to ZZenith (Reply #1)

Tue Oct 27, 2020, 12:44 PM

5. They are already doing forced sterilizations...

and possibly a politically-motivated extra judicial execution in Oregon.

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Response to TheRealNorth (Reply #5)

Tue Oct 27, 2020, 12:45 PM

6. Yep.

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