Trumpism: The Real Danger of Donald Trump
From the very moment Donald Trump was elected President, I have had one overriding fear. It is a fear that no one in the corporate media will ever articulate because it is extremely bad for ratings. It is a fear that very few in the alternative media ever discuss, or even consider. It is a fear that haunts our future.
My fear is that the United States falls into the ideological morass of fascism. Not necessarily the goose-stepping Nazis and gas chambers brand of fascism, but something akin to it, uniquely American and yet unmistakably fascist. An apple pie laced with cyanide, just like grandma used to make.
I can already hear the groans from some of my fellow leftists about the alarmism, or the temerity to say that a white supremacist, patriarchal, settler-colonial imperialist project such as the United States, built on slavery, dispossession, and genocide as it was, could possibly slip further into the abyss. But it’s true.
To quote Bizarro Ronald Reagan: “America’s worst days lie ahead. You ain’t seen nothing yet.”
But why do I say that no one in the corporate media will say this when it seems every day, all over traditional and social media, that Trump is a fascist? How can I possibly suggest that no one is discussing the threat of fascism in America when much ink has been devoted to Trump’s flirtation with, and embrace of, many aspects of classical fascism?
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A spectre is haunting us: it’s the past weighing like a nightmare on the present
Originally published - https://mronline.org/2018/07/06/a-spectre-is-haunting-us/
The context we now exist in is one that is defined by glaring contradictions everywhere, its fractured, changing, unstable and confrontational. It is a time of despair, but also pockets of hope.
On the one hand, a spectre is haunting us, but it is not the one that Marx spoke of. Rather an authoritarian and extreme right wing form of capitalism, last seen on extensive scale in the 1930s, is rearing its hideous ghost-like head.
This right wing extremism has become an ‘acceptable’ form of politics amongst some people in the context of the unresolved capitalist crisis. It is the ‘solution’ amongst sections of ruling classes in many countries to a crisis that is not going away. As part of this, many states are passing laws attacking basic rights that oppressed classes have won through decades and even centuries of struggle (including in South Africa); states are beginning to bare their teeth more often rather than being in a position to rule by consent; toxic nationalisms based on exclusionary racial, ethnic and religious identities (including within sections of the population in South Africa) have once again become acceptable and even embraced by sections of the population (giving rise to the likes of Trump, Le Pen and Duterte and xenophobia and other ills in South Africa); and bigotry and hate are back.
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