Tag: Fascism

Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. A Brief Note about Fascism, Antifa, and President Trump

 

There’s a little checklist making the rounds on social media and purporting to list “characteristics of fascists.” As lists go it isn’t a very good one, in that it oddly omits the sine qua non, the single essential aspect, of fascism, which is the blunt use of government authority to completely control the economy and the people.

That, after all, is what fascism is, so it seems worth mentioning.

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;P I stayed home, sick, from my home office yesterday, and I had a lot of time to browse and catch up on things. One of them left me shaken to my core. Marco Rubio had become a fascist. Well, fascist would be too much of an ugly exaggeration, but he certainly advocates for dictatorship […]

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“There’s nothing sane or scientific about the hells communism creates on the Earth. It’s just as animalistic and base as fascism. It relies on malice and hatred and will to power just as much. It’s just that the communist sanctifies envy, and the fascist sanctifies pride.”Sarah Hoyt

While reading libertarian science fiction author Sarah Hoyt’s blog on the antagonism of fascism and communism, this phrase stuck out to me. Sarah grew up in Portugal during the socialist regime, so she speaks from experience.

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I ran across this last week while looking up something I thought was misspelled: Hostility to gays Gorky strongly supported efforts in getting a law passed in 1934, making homosexuality a criminal offense. His attitude was coloured by the fact that several leading members of the Nazi Sturmabteilung, or Brownshirts, were overtly homosexual. Writing in […]

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Michael Knowles of The Daily Wire spoke Thursday night at the University of Missouri and articulated a true and factual statement, specifically that: Men are Not Women and Women are Not Men. The transgenders and transgender activists/students weren’t having any of it. In fact, one protester apparently threw a liquid substance (possibly paint or milk […]

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 Our old friend, Claire Berlinski, has a very good piece in the City Journal about a communist festival she attended last Fall. In classic Berlinski style, she captures the fist in the air punch with all its Marxist glory, using her funny/serious, tongue-in-cheek writing style. It’s a snapshot of the mindset of current zombie European […]

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In a post awhile ago, I shared some of the YouTube military history channels I follow. One of these, The Great War, ended, kind of, with the hundredth anniversary of the Versailles Treaty. Now the host of that channel, a Texas ex-pat named Indy Neidell, has started a new project called World War Two. This has basically the same format as the first, with a recap, week by week, of important events 80 years ago. Here’s the first one:

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Recently my readings brought me to 1 Samuel 11, which I thought offered some fascinating reflections on government and political power. Humility in Leadership Read More View Post

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Quote of the Day: True Fascism

 

The spirit of the kangaroo court has since graduated into business and politics where it has proven especially useful for settling scores and advancing careers and agendas dishonestly. Coercion has replaced persuasion. Coercion is at the heart of totalitarian politics. Do what you’re told, or else. Believe what we say, or else. (Or else lose your reputation, your livelihood, your friends….) This plays neatly into the dynamics of human mob psychology. When the totalitarians set up for business, few individuals dare to depart from the party line. It’s the perfect medium for cultivating mendacious ideologies. – James H. Kunstler

The “Resistance” is big on projecting the label of “Fascist” on their opponents. They even call their movement “antifa” for anti-fascist. It reminds me of how another other totalitarian society truncated Geheime Staatspolizei (Secret State Police)to Gestapo. Intolerant bigotry against all of those disagreeing even slightly with your views has always been the hallmark of the fascist. And today, it is not only the political mob that will come after you. Major corporations are firing, deplatforming, refusing to service and otherwise silencing those who deviate from the Progressive agenda; intolerance in the name of diversity.

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“‘Let the jury consider their verdict,’ the King said, for about the twentieth time that day. ‘No, no!’ said the Queen. ‘Sentence first–verdict afterward.’ ‘Stuff and nonsense!’ said Alice loudly.” — Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland

In the latest installment of Leftist agenda-driven stuff-and-nonsense, the school board for West Point High School in Virginia, by a unanimous (5-0) decision, has fired French teacher Peter Vlaming for not using compelled speech and for “misidentifying” a female student who identifies as a male as a female. In a statement following the board’s decision, the Superintendent stated:

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“[W]hat truly makes the French Revolution the first fascist revolution was its effort to turn politics into a religion. (In this the revolutionaries were inspired by Rousseau, whose concept of the general will divinized the people while rendering the person an afterthought.)”
— Jonah Goldberg, in his book Liberal Fascism

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If a doppelgänger of Joseph Goebbels, the “poison dwarf” propaganda minister of the Third Reich, were somehow to leap into the 21st century and embark on a Tocqueville-like tour of his country’s former enemy, probably he would be stunned by developments thought to have perished with the Nazis’ defeat in 1945. Of course, technological progress would dazzle any time traveler from that era — though Goebbels might huff that German science predicated many advances — but professional interests likely would dominate his observations.

Some things would make him laugh: micro-aggressions, safe spaces, counseling for sensitive egos — are you kidding me? Others would evoke comparisons to practices more familiar to him, such as America’s huge “fake news” industry — i.e., media lies — and Planned Parenthood’s annual slaughter of innocents. So much to see, so much to evaluate, so much to compare!

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The recent Jewish holiday of Purim signified the defeat of Haman’s plot to massacre the Jews in The Book of Esther. Christians are now observing a holy period called Lent, a remembrance of Jesus’ 40 days in the desert, tempted by Satan and represents a time of prayer, self-examination and reflection. The Holy Season of […]

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America unload on Roy Moore for answering a question about the last time America was great by discussing the family unity during the era of slavery. They also discuss the bizarre tweet from the French ambassador to the United States, who used Pearl Harbor Day to rip the U.S. for not doing more to stop fascism in the 1930’s. And they discuss odd, emotional, and inappropriate details surrounding the resignation of Arizona Rep. Trent Franks for apparently asking two female staffers to carry his child while he and his wife experienced infertility.

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This year, and practically this month, marks the 100th anniversary of the Russian revolution that propelled socialism to power and cemented its grim reign over the Russian people and, ultimately, a significant fraction of the globe.

So here’s a question you might pose to your favorite Bernie supporter or “Antifa” sympathizer: “Practically speaking, what is the difference between fascists and socialists?”

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Here are the bare facts of what the press in India is calling the “Kerala Love Jihad Case”: …Akhila Ashokan, a 24-year-old [Hindu] woman…converted to Islam in 2012 while pursuing her Bachelor’s degree in Homeopathic Medicine and Surgery in Salem, Kerala…. Read More View Post

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Filmmaker and author Dinesh D’Souza sits down for two interviews with Dave Sussman at the Whiskey Politics/Ricochet Media Booth at Freedom Fest in Las Vegas. Dinesh discusses how while the Left thinks of itself as the ‘party of diversity’ it is quite the opposite, even fascist. He argues that the Left wishes to keep voters in abject poverty to ensure they maintain their voting blocks. Born in India, D’Souza came to the U.S. as an exchange student at the age of 18 and graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Dartmouth College. Called one of the “top young public-policy makers in the country,” following graduation from Dartmouth University, he went on to work in the Reagan White House as a policy analyst. D’Souza quickly became known as a major force in public policy through his books, speeches, and films. Pre-Order the sure to be best-selling THE BIG LIE now and get a signed copy at Dinesh D’Souza.com. Book interview coming soon.

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I have a weakness for social media. I just can’t quit it. At least not yet, but it seems the hysteria since the election of Trump is going to push me away and fast. For the past several months, I’ve had to entertain daily hysterics about anything Trump does from policy decisions down to awkward […]

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Left, Right, and Politics

 

Talking American sends me thinking now and again. All the questions about the left and the right came up again the other day, questions that come up more often than I think they should, and which I fear can never be articulated in a way that contains partisan passions. That’s how it is: The terms of political art are almost unique in how contentious and disputable they really are. But this sent me thinking, as I said, so I have some questions and remarks below, and a sketch for a crash course on the politics of left and right — I hope you’ll be interested in this enough to make it possible to have more conversations and, possibly, more clarity.

  1. Is it worth learning what left and right mean in politics? Where they come from? How we ended up talking this way?
  2. Do people who talk this way think of it as more than a mere expedient?
  3. Do people who insist on talking this way have any good faith that’s not limited to partisanship?
  4. Do people who want to go beyond left and right really get what’s in people’s hearts as per the previous two points?

I might write something serious and respectable about this, but is it worth the time? I do have some provisional remarks, meanwhile, about what seems to me to be at stake: