Category: FASCISM

American Fascism

ROB URIE—In the American iconography, slavery and genocide against the indigenous population took place from the so-called founding forward under this system of representative democracy. Phrased differently, there is nothing intrinsic to representative democracy that precludes slavery and genocide. The social, economic and political repression and exploitation they represented had economic taking as their motive and they were systemic in structure— no single authoritarian leader, no Adolf Hitler or Benito Mussolini, created them as social facts.

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Curing Fascism

DAVID SWANSON—Fascism, Stanley tells us, using numerous recent and historical examples, creates a mythic past. Yet if I consider the view of U.S. high school history books found in Lies My Teacher Told Me by James Loewen or Founding Myths by Ray Raphael or other similar books, the fascism of U.S. schools has long extended to much more than pledging allegiance to a flag, and the struggle to teach the truth about the past can be called an anti-fascist struggle.

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Common Enemy: Why Israel is Embracing Fascism in Europe

RAMZY BAROUD—On his visit to Israel, Orban asserted that Hungarian Jewish citizens should feel safe in his country, an odd statement considering that it was Orban and his party that deprived many Jews and other members of minority groups of any feeling of safety. Still, Netanyahu has welcomed Orban as a “true friend of Israel” and Orban called on his European counterparts to show more support for Israel. Mission accomplished.

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HIROYUKI HAMADA IMMIGRATING FROM JAPAN TO THE BELLY OF EMPIRE

HIROYUKI HAMADA—And getting back to American people being nice and generous, they just can’t express those feelings of caring and love in constructive ways, as long as they are embracing imperialism.  I mean, that’s like saying someone is a great guy, although he owns a few slaves and shoots Indians occasionally.  We need to change our mode of thinking so that imperialism and wealth accumulation as guiding principles are as shameful as slavery or colonialism.  The thing is that when you throw anything into the hierarchical system shaped by money and violence, the good will always turns into something else–like, people wanting to stop violence and drugs would end up supporting police violence, mass incarceration and gentrification, or people longing for peace and democracy would end up supporting colonial wars, regime change operations and so on.

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