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Trial runs for fascism are in full flow

By jazz_music following x   2018 Jul 11, 10:36pm 677 views   10 comments   watch   sfw   quote     share    


This from Irish Times. They say USA are being groomed for official barbarism. Worse than the routine against non-whites.

https://www.irishtimes.com/opinion/fintan-o-toole-trial-runs-for-fascism-are-in-full-flow-1.3543375

Fintan O’Toole: Trial runs for fascism are in full flow

Babies in cages were no ‘mistake’ by Trump but test-marketing for barbarism

Fintan O'Toole Tue, Jun 26, 2018, 05:00
To grasp what is going on in the world right now, we need to reflect on two things. One is that we are in a phase of trial runs. The other is that what is being trialled is fascism – a word that should be used carefully but not shirked when it is so clearly on the horizon. Forget “post-fascist” – what we are living with is pre-fascism.

It is easy to dismiss Donald Trump as an ignoramus, not least because he is. But he has an acute understanding of one thing: test marketing. He created himself in the gossip pages of the New York tabloids, where celebrity is manufactured by planting outrageous stories that you can later confirm or deny depending on how they go down. And he recreated himself in reality TV where the storylines can be adjusted according to the ratings. Put something out there, pull it back, adjust, go again.

Fascism doesn’t arise suddenly in an existing democracy. It is not easy to get people to give up their ideas of freedom and civility. You have to do trial runs that, if they are done well, serve two purposes. They get people used to something they may initially recoil from; and they allow you to refine and calibrate. This is what is happening now and we would be fools not to see it.

One of the basic tools of fascism is the rigging of elections – we’ve seen that trialled in the election of Trump, in the Brexit referendum and (less successfully) in the French presidential elections. Another is the generation of tribal identities, the division of society into mutually exclusive polarities. Fascism does not need a majority – it typically comes to power with about 40 per cent support and then uses control and intimidation to consolidate that power. So it doesn’t matter if most people hate you, as long as your 40 per cent is fanatically committed. That’s been tested out too. And fascism of course needs a propaganda machine so effective that it creates for its followers a universe of “alternative facts” impervious to unwanted realities. Again, the testing for this is very far advanced.

Moral boundaries

But when you’ve done all this, there is a crucial next step, usually the trickiest of all. You have to undermine moral boundaries, inure people to the acceptance of acts of extreme cruelty. Like hounds, people have to be blooded. They have to be given the taste for savagery. Fascism does this by building up the sense of threat from a despised out-group. This allows the members of that group to be dehumanised. Once that has been achieved, you can gradually up the ante, working through the stages from breaking windows to extermination.

People have to be given the taste for savagery. Fascism does this by building up the sense of threat from a despised out-group
It is this next step that is being test-marketed now. It is being done in Italy by the far-right leader and minister for the interior Matteo Salvini. How would it go down if we turn away boatloads of refugees? Let’s do a screening of the rough-cut of registering all the Roma and see what buttons the audience will press. And it has been trialled by Trump: let’s see how my fans feel about crying babies in cages. I wonder how it will go down with Rupert Murdoch.

Children and workers at a tent encampment recently built in Tornillo, Texas: the blooding process has begun within the democratic world. Photograph: Joe Raedle
Children and workers at a tent encampment recently built in Tornillo, Texas: the blooding process has begun within the democratic world. Photograph: Joe Raedle
To see, as most commentary has done, the deliberate traumatisation of migrant children as a “mistake” by Trump is culpable naivety. It is a trial run – and the trial has been a huge success. Trump’s claim last week that immigrants “infest” the US is a test-marketing of whether his fans are ready for the next step-up in language, which is of course “vermin”. And the generation of images of toddlers being dragged from their parents is a test of whether those words can be turned into sounds and pictures. It was always an experiment – it ended (but only in part) because the results were in.

‘Devious’ infants

And the results are quite satisfactory. There is good news on two fronts. First, Rupert Murdoch is happy with it – his Fox News mouthpieces outdid themselves in barbaric crassness: making animal noises at the mention of a Down syndrome child, describing crying children as actors. They went the whole swinish hog: even the brown babies are liars. Those sobs of anguish are typical of the manipulative behaviour of the strangers coming to infest us – should we not fear a race whose very infants can be so devious? Second, the hardcore fans loved it: 58 per cent of Republicans are in favour of this brutality. Trump’s overall approval ratings are up to 42.5 per cent.

The blooding process has begun within the democratic world. The muscles that the propaganda machines need for defending the indefensible are being toned up. Millions and millions of Europeans and Americans are learning to think the unthinkable. So what if those black people drown in the sea? So what if those brown toddlers are scarred for life? They have already, in their minds, crossed the boundaries of morality. They are, like Macbeth, “yet but young in deed”. But the tests will be refined, the results analysed, the methods perfected, the messages sharpened. And then the deeds can follow.


1   Ceffer   ignore (1)   2018 Jul 11, 11:10pm   ↑ like (2)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

Oh, no! Does this mean proof positive that Trump is WORSE THAN HITLER!
2   APOCALYPSEFUCKisShostikovitch   ignore (34)   2018 Jul 12, 1:24am   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

HEAD! SHOTS! FOR! TOTS! is a sacrament!
4   DASKAA   ignore (3)   2018 Jul 12, 10:29am   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

jazz_music says
Babies in cages were no ‘mistake’ by Trump but test-marketing for barbarism


Or course it wasn't Trump's mistake. Because it first occured under Obama.
5   TwoScoopsOfSpaceForce   ignore (4)   2018 Jul 12, 10:44am   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

Is this about Soft Brexit that basically keeps the UK in the EU's grip?

IMPORTANT: The Irish were neutral in WW2, send a condolence letter to the Third Reich when Hitler killed himself, and were never in NATO or assisted in any anti-Stalin activities. Like Sweden, they think this gives them some special moral insight, for some bizarre reason. But, they are great on harassing Israel.

Today is an amazing day where the tyrant James II was defeated at the Boyne and replaced by a thoroughly Whiggish King, William of Orange.
6   Quigley   ignore (0)   2018 Jul 12, 10:52am   ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

Such a stupid article, it’s not even worth critiquing. Just wrap it around a fish you don’t like and toss it in the bin.
7   HEYYOU   ignore (20)   2018 Jul 12, 10:57am   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

This belongs with this thread.

"Donald Trump is not fit to be president of the United States. He does not possess the requisite intellect and does not understand the significance of the office he holds nor the tasks associated with it. He doesn't read. He doesn't bother to peruse important files and intelligence reports and knows little about the issues that he has identified as his priorities. His decisions are capricious and they are delivered in the form of tyrannical decrees.

He is a man free of morals. As has been demonstrated hundreds of times, he is a liar, a racist and a cheat. I feel ashamed to use these words, as sharp and loud as they are. But if they apply to anyone, they apply to Trump. And one of the media's tasks is to continue telling things as they are: Trump has to be removed from the White House. Quickly. He is a danger to the world."

Wait! Some of this applies to his voters? "free of morals", "danger to the world."

http://www.spiegel.de/international/world/donald-trump-is-a-menace-to-the-world-opinion-a-1148471.html
8   TwoScoopsOfSpaceForce   ignore (4)   2018 Jul 12, 10:58am   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

Basically, if we don't have wide open borders and unlimited immigration, we're a Nazi, says resident of WW2 neutral country that had no problem with Tyrants conquering all of Europe.
9   HEYYOU   ignore (20)   2018 Jul 12, 11:05am   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

WTF is wrong with me posting an opinion piece?
I'll get my shit together!
DONALD TRUMP IS A LYING FIVE TIME DRAFT DODGING COWARD,ADULTERER!

Republicans have NOTHING ,so I left them with capitals as their only talking point.
10   TwoScoopsOfSpaceForce   ignore (4)   2018 Jul 12, 11:07am   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

HEYYOU says
DONALD TRUMP IS A LYING FIVE TIME DRAFT DODGING COWARD,ADULTERER!


Like Bill Clinton?




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