If having all reports, including scientific reports, reviewed by politicians and political committees isn’t a propaganda forerunner of fascism vis-a-vis Hitler and Mussolini, please tell what else it could be!!! Besides a censorship and a direct violation of freedom of speech and information!
All Trump’s executive orders are rescinding actions taken under Obama to mitigate the excesses of Bush especially regarding to civil rights ant the War on Terror. Next, he’ll have Muslim Americans registered just as Hitler did with the Jews. We’ll make all of our covert meddling in other nations overt and enthrone “American Exceptionalism” globally. Instead of biological racism, we’ll have religious discrimination.
noun: fascism; noun: Fascism; plural noun: Fascisms an authoritarian and nationalistic right-wing system of government and social organization. In general use: extreme right-wing, authoritarian, or intolerant views or practices.
READING THE WHOLE ARTICLE WILL HELP YOU UNDERSTAND WHAT IS HAPPENING TODAY – RIGHT NOW AND RIGHT HERE.
From What Is Fascism?
Paxton, author of several books, including “The Anatomy of Fascism” (Vintage, 2005), said fascism is based more on feelings than philosophical ideas. In his 1988 essay “The Five Stages of Fascism,” published in 1998 in the Journal of Modern History, he defined seven feelings that act as “mobilizing passions” for fascist regimes. They are:
- The primacy of the group. Supporting the group feels more important than maintaining either individual or universal rights.
- Believing that one’s group is a victim. This justifies any behavior against the group’s enemies.
- The belief that individualism and liberalism enable dangerous decadence and have a negative effect on the group.
- A strong sense of community or brotherhood. This brotherhood’s “unity and purity are forged by common conviction, if possible, or by exclusionary violence if necessary.”
- Individual self-esteem is tied up in the grandeur of the group. Paxton called this an “enhanced sense of identity and belonging.”
- Extreme support of a “natural” leader, who is always male. This results in one man taking on the role of national savior.
- “The beauty of violence and of will, when they are devoted to the group’s success in a Darwinian struggle,” Paxton wrote. The idea of a naturally superior group or, especially in Hitler’s case, biological racism, fits into a fascist interpretation of Darwinism.
Once in power, “fascist dictatorships suppressed individual liberties, imprisoned opponents, forbade strikes, authorized unlimited police power in the name of national unity and revival, and committed military aggression,” Paxton wrote.
The question we really have to ask is whether Donald Trump IS a fascist and what that means about the United States. Do we sit back and get by like Germans did under Hitler? Or do we refuse to collaborate with the erosion of human and civil rights in our country?
Is Donald Trump a fascist? on Slate.com