Trial Runs For Fascism

a scary but important read …

Trial runs for fascism are in full flow

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

Tue, Jun 26, 2018

by Fintan O’Toole

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US president Donald Trump: his claim that immigrants “infest” the US is test-marketing of whether his fans are ready for the next step-up in language towards “vermin”.
Photograph: Jim Lo Scalzo

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.

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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.

Fox News mouthpieces outdid themselves in barbaric crassness: making animal noises at the mention of a Down syndrome child, describing crying children as actors

This is greatly encouraging for the pre-fascist agenda. 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.

from the Irish Times

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Ivanka comes clean, well, sorta …

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First daughter/sister wife to President Kim Dong Dump broke her silence today at a presser just outside the Oval office where she admitted that she is so stressed out about going to prison for the rest of her sad life that she’s now eating up to 35 pens a day.
“It’s something to do, I have NOTHING to do here while I wait for my next grift, and this whole Mueller is coming and we’re all going to prison thing is somewhat distressing. Plus being married to an asexual hermaphrodite is harder that you think. And sex with Daddy just isn’t the same since he’s completely succumbed the the wrath of dementia. He keeps calling me Vladdy, sweet Vladdy. Anybody got a spare Mont Blanc?”

Trump’s “criminals”

We shouldn’t be hiring judges by the thousands, as our ridiculous immigration laws demand, we should be changing our laws, building the Wall, hire Border Agents and Ice and not let people come into our country based on the legal phrase they are told to say as their password.
– Donald J. Trump

We must maintain a Strong Southern Border. We cannot allow our Country to be overrun by illegal immigrants as the Democrats tell their phony stories of sadness and grief, hoping it will help them in the elections. Obama and others had the same pictures, and did nothing about it!
– Donald J. Trump

“Democrats are the problem. They don’t care about crime and want illegal immigrants, no matter how bad they may be, to pour into and infest our Country, like MS-13. They can’t win on their terrible policies, so they view them as potential voters!”
– Donald J. Trump

In the twenty plus years I have been writing music, blogs, articles and more about the ‘political’ issues that affect myself and the people I see around me I have NEVER been so profoundly affected and saddened by anything more than the story at hand. What America is becoming at the hands of Trump and his soulless allies is NOT what America has EVER been, and should NEVER be. DO NOT stand by and allow this to happen. Fight. With everything you have, and if you can’t bring the fight, then speak out wherever and whenever you can.
Anyone who believes that I am being ‘over the top’ or hyperbolic about any of this needs to stfu, sit down, read some history, and wake the fuck up before it is too late. Your democracy is teetering. Your democracy is failing. And every single citizen must stand and be heard. And never stop until these racist, fascist wannabes are pushed back under the rock they have crawled out from. This administration is consolidating power every day and before long democracy will be a memory. The choice is yours America. What will it be? What kind of America do you want your children to live in?

These are picture taken TODAY of Trump’s ”criminals” being taken to their cages …
Look carefully at them and decide if this is YOUR America.

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and these are the sounds…

Is this your America?
Is this where you want to have your children and grandkids grow up?
Is this ‘American Exceptionalism’?
Is this that shining city upon a hill?


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On Tonight …

It’s that time again peeps …
Somewhere around ‘half past Maddow’ this week’s episode of  Bad Touch Donnie’s “Toss ‘Em Under The Bus” is sure to appear on every fucking station you can find … after all, it’s Friday, the president has the weekends off, and someone has to take the blame for another week of Trump fuck-ups and melt-downs.
So get the popcorn ready and let’s all settle in for this week’s clusterf episode …

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Oh Cannabis

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Canada to legalize marijuana to help them cope with living next to America

Prime Minister Trudeau says his new domestic policy will be to get baked and wait for the neighbors to their south to chill out a bit.

A statement from the Canadian government says they intend to legalize marijuana as quickly as possible because holy shit they’re definitely going to need it.

Drug reform has been a big topic in the country for many years, but experts believe the election of President Trump hastened the process – due to Trudeau calling a press conference the day after the US election and asking if anyone had any ‘really strong shit’ they could let him have a bang off.

When told that would actually be illegal, Trudeau was overheard muttering “We’ll see about that” in an off-the-record comment.

Canadians have welcomed the move to legalize cannabis, insisting that when you’re as high as a kite, some of Donald Trump’s public speeches actually start to make sense.

Speaking to reporters yesterday, Trudeau said, “Wow, yeah. So. Trump. Trump. Uh, yeah. So I reckon we’ll be needing as much of this stuff as we can get our hands on for a few years, amiright? Amiright?

“But, so, yeah, anyone got any Pringles? I feel like I need them just so as I can watch them…watch them..oh, come on, you know. Trump.

“He’s so orange. So. Orange,” he added, before falling over in a fit of giggles.

Canny Canadian retailers have already begun planning regionally-themed flavored marijuana cigarettes, with a bacon-flavored mix already extremely popular in advance sales.

from News Thump

Team America Space Force, fuck yeah!

On Monday, President Trump announced that he would create a sixth branch of the armed forces he calls the Space Force.

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“We are going to have the Air Force, and we are going to have the Space Force, separate but equal,
it is going to be something. So important. Believe me”

SPACE FORCE WANTS YOU
The first recruitment posters were shown off at the presser.

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And the whole gang showed up to show off the ‘original design’ of the proposed new uniforms by daughter Ivanka Trump. What is it with these assholes and escalators?