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Glenn Glenn Glenn...

Hold up a minute buddy, heard you got a jet for sale! Come on letís talk.

https://www.rawstory.com/2018/04/glenn-beck-puts-private-jet-sale-media-empire-falls-apart/


Posted by N_E_1 for Tennis | Tue Apr 17, 2018, 03:56 PM (3 replies)

If We Don't Act Now, Fascism Will Be on Our Doorstep, Says Yale Historian.

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https://www.alternet.org/activism/if-we-dont-act-now-fascism-will-be-our-doorstep-says-yale-historian

How close is President Donald Trump to following the path blazed by last century's tyrants? Could American democracy be replaced with totalitarian rule? There's enough resemblance that Yale historian Timothy Snyder, who studies fascist and communist regime change and totalitarian rule, has written a book warning about the threat and offering lessons for resistance and survival. The author of On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century talked to AlterNet's Steven Rosenfeld.

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We think about democracy, and thatís the word that Americans love to use, democracy, and thatís how we characterize our system. But if democracy just means going to vote, itís pretty meaningless. Russia has democracy in that sense. Most authoritarian regimes have democracy in that sense. Nazi Germany had democracy in that sense, even after the system had fundamentally changed.

Democracy only has substance if thereís the rule of law. That is, if people believe that the votes are going to be counted and they are counted. If they believe that thereís a judiciary out there that will make sense of things if thereís some challenge. If there isnít rule of law, people will be afraid to vote the way they want to vote. They'll vote for their own safety as opposed to their convictions. So the thing we call democracy depends on the rule of law. And the things we call the rule of law depends upon trust. Law functions 99 percent of the time automatically. It functions because we think itís out there. And that, in turn, depends on the sense of truth. So thereís a mechanism here. You can get right to heart of the matter if you can convince people that there is no truth. Which is why the stuff that we characterize as post-modern and might dismiss is actually really, really essential.

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The same thing goes with Mr. Trump. The things that he might do that some people would like, like building a wall or driving all the immigrants out, those things are going to be difficult or slow. In the case of the wall, I personally donít believe it will ever happen. Itís going to be very slow. So my suspicion is that it is much easier to have a dramatic negative event, than have a dramatic positive event. That is one of the reasons I am concerned about the Reichstag fire scenario. The other reason is that we are being mentally prepared for it by all the talk about terrorism and by the Muslim ban. Very often when leaders repeat things over and over they are preparing you for when that meme actually emerges in reality.

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TS: Yes. The point of the book is [that] we are facing a real crisis and a real moment of choice. The possibilities are much darker than Americans are used to considering. But at the same time, what we can do is much more important than we realize. The regime will only change if the gamble of the people in the White House is right: That many of us despise many others of us and that most of us are indifferent. If it turns out that there are emotions and values that are more numerous and more vibrant than indifference and hatred, things are going to be okay. That depends on us. That depends on us making certain realizations. It depends on us acting fast. In that sense itís a test, not just collectively. Maybe thereís no such thing as a collective test. But it is a test for us individually.

Most Americans who havenít been abroad haven't been faced by something like this. And hopefully they wonít be faced with it again. But we are faced with it as citizens and as individuals. And I think, five or 10 years from now, no matter how things turn out, weíll ask ourselvesóor our children will ask usóhow we behaved in 2017.
Posted by N_E_1 for Tennis | Sun Apr 8, 2018, 12:39 PM (35 replies)
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