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Why I don't argue with fascists. Like Trumpists.


". . . only those safe from fascism and its practices are likely to think that there might be a benefit in exchanging ideas with fascists. What for such a privileged group is a matter of a potentially productive difference in opinion is, for many of us, a matter of basic survival. The essential quality of fascism (and its attendant racism) is that it kills people and destroys their lives—and it does so because it openly aims so.

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To engage properly with Bannon and his ilk, the white nationalists and supremacists presently populating and energizing the American government, they must be identified as what they are: fascists. Much of American media and press on this side of the Fox News darkness does not dare to call out a fascist. That is partly out of knee-jerk complicity with the culture of leadership and celebrity worship. But I believe that it is also a matter of unbearable fear that the shape of American society, and the practices it has long depended on to maintain some semblance of democracy, are being destroyed, and no one quite knows what to do about it, save hoping to be saved by Mueller and/or impeachment.

If Bannon were to be called as he is, a fascist, the marketplace of ideas would have to confront the fact that the American government is being rapidly radicalized, that things unimaginable might be around the corner, and that there are many tempting paths to full collaboration. The idea that we’re all in this together and that we must keep talking is dangerous, just as my commitment to friendship was, because we might find ourselves wasting time and anger on a fundamentally unbalanced dialogue, where one side is armed with ideas, and the other is armed with weapons."

The whole article is very much worth a read.

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Subject Views Written By Posted
Fascism is Not an Idea to Be Debated, It’s a Set of Actions to Fight 366 Jock 15-Nov-18 04:57
Re: Fascism is Not an Idea to Be Debated, It’s a Set of Actions to Fight 81 Barbelo 15-Nov-18 05:09
Re: Fascism is Not an Idea to Be Debated, It’s a Set of Actions to Fight 93 Jock 15-Nov-18 05:10
Did You Take Your Wristband Off? 85 Barbelo 15-Nov-18 05:19
from the son of a Russian immigrant...and what his father has to say about Antifa 108 Racho 15-Nov-18 06:19
Re: from the son of a Russian immigrant...and what his father has to say about Antifa 93 Jock 15-Nov-18 07:11
Re: from the son of a Russian immigrant...and what his father has to say about Antifa 62 Racho 15-Nov-18 15:31
Re: Did You Take Your Wristband Off? 75 Jock 15-Nov-18 07:08
Re: Fascism is Not an Idea to Be Debated, It’s a Set of Actions to Fight 74 solaremp 15-Nov-18 13:06
Re: Fascism is Not an Idea to Be Debated, It’s a Set of Actions to Fight 59 adequatedane 15-Nov-18 15:17
Fascism Defined 63 Race Jackson 16-Nov-18 01:36
Re: Fascism Defined 99 WhoWeird 16-Nov-18 01:44
Re: Fascism Defined 114 Archaic 17-Nov-18 02:05


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