Pulling wool over your eyes for over a decade now under threat and fear of Islamic terror … becoming paranoid!
“Horkheimer and Adorno consider the stages that paved the way to Nazism
to be not only the violence perpetrated by the great Western powers against
the colonial peoples, but also the violence perpetrated, in the very heart of
the capitalistic metropolis, against the poor and outcasts locked in the
“Ur-Fascism grows up and seeks for consensus by exploiting and exacerbating
the natural fear of difference. The first appeal of a fascist or prematurely fascist
movement is an appeal against the intruders. Thus Ur-Fascism is racist by definition.”
Umberto Eco (1995)
“[w]e will never have a complete definition of fascism, because it is in constant
motion, showing a new face to fit any particular set of problems that arise to
threaten the predominance of the traditionalist, capitalist ruling class.”
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The end of this year (2015) seems marked by a particular coalescing of several very reactionary trends in the U.S., and to a lesser degree in Europe (though Europe now has several of their own, though different, reactionary themes surfacing). But all of it is related.
One of the hallmarks of fascist thinking is a fusing of bigotries. In the U.S. today, there is the surge in Islamophobic rhetoric, accompanied by a resurfacing of antisemitism, and also with a cagey kind of new Colonial branding (see Bacardi graphic novel below). The antisemitism is representative of something else, though, too. Mary Ann Henderson and Brian Platt had a piece recently at Counterpunch that touched on a side bar issue to this; where they write: “The war on Christmas is more than a tinfoil hat conspiracy theory, it is a gateway into a conservative politics that exalts capitalism, racism, and nativism while attacking the Left.”
Now, before I get into their cogent analysis of the origins of this veiled antisemitism, I wanted to look at the peripheral ideological elements that serve to link Colonial nostalgia, racism, white privilege, and Imperialist war, militarism, and the re-emerging of pathological paranoia. A paranoia that is rooted in the hyper regressive state of `forgetting’ today in the West.
No, the State of Israel encompasses the settlements and occupied territory of the Palestinian people. By definition the State of Israel is NOT a democracy as all of its people does not have a voice. Stop bullshitting and look at the reality of Jerusalem, settlement expansion onto the West Bank, Ambassador David Friedman, US bigoted policy and decades of hypocrisy.
○ Erdoğan to Israel’s Netanyahu: You are a terrorist and an occupier | Hürriyet Daily News |
○ Netanyahu: Israel rejects Turkey’s ‘moral preaching’ on Gaza | Times of Israel |
○ EU urges probe into Israel’s use of live fire in Gaza border clashes
○ Israel rejects UN and EU calls for inquiry into Gaza bloodshed | The Guardian |
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A great honor to join EUCOM and NATO Commander, Gen. Mike Scaparrotti, in observing #JuniperCobra2018 – the joint exercises between the US Military and Israel Defense Forces to prepare for the defense of Israel against a missile attack. America at its best! #USIsraelPartnership pic.twitter.com/POugG9JWmL
— David M. Friedman (@USAmbIsrael) March 11, 2018
Recent diaries …
Words of warning in 2016 …
It is a historical fact the 9/11 attack on America, symbol of the free world, was exploited by the State of Israel to split civilization between “Western culture” and the terrorists “Islamic culture”. Fear Inc. and Islamophobia is on the rise and created the opening for fascism, populism and nationalism after the banking and financial crisis of 2008. The European far-right and anti-immigration parties developed as anti-establishment voices which led to the LEAVE vote in the UK Brexit referendum and the upset vistory for Trumpism in the US presidential election.
Israel and especially PM Netanyahu took this policy one step too far, sticking it to US president Barack Obama. Bibi overplaying his hand which gets him wide criticism from an otherwise tranquile opposition in Israel.
How Mark Zuckerberg saved Bibi Netanyahu …