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24 oktober 2010

Fascistisch Amerika: komende verkiezingen weer een stap in die richting?

It's not fascism yet; but if the Tea Party manages to get its hands on the levers of power, it will ne
Door Sara Robinson, Blog for Our Future / Alternet, October 22, 2010

In August 2009, I wrote a piece titled Fascist America: Are We There Yet? that sparked much discussion on both the left and right ends of the blogosphere. In it, I argued that - according to the best scholarship on how fascist regimes emerge - America was on a path that was running much too close to the fail-safe point beyond which no previous democracy has ever been able to turn back from a full-on fascist state. I also noted that the then-emerging Tea Party had a lot of proto-fascist hallmarks, and that it had the potential to become a clear and present danger to the future of our democracy if it ever got enough traction to start winning elections in a big way.

(...) The Fascist America series of three articles (the other two are here and here) [update: links gebroken, wel hier en hier te lezen] was built out of Robert Paxton's Anatomy of Fascism - a landmark work of scholarship that lays out that specific conditions and prognosis of fascism.
(...) Paxton laid out the five basic lifecycle stages of successful fascist movements. In the first stage, a mature industrial state facing some kind of crisis breeds a new, rural movement that's based on nationalist renewal. This movement invariably rejects reason and glorifies raw emotion, promises to restore lost national pride, co-opts the nation's traditional myths for its own purposes, and insists that the country must be purged of the toxic influence of outsiders and intellectuals who are blamed for their current misery.
(Sound familiar yet?) (...) 

(...) Really? Are you serious?
It's fair to wonder if the Tea Party deserves to be taken this seriously. After all, there's always been this faction in US politics - the 10-12% rightwing authoritarian hard core that fueled McCarthyism and the Bircher movement and the Moral Majority; that voted for Goldwater and then George Wallace and even put KKK leader David Duke into office for a time. The far right has always been with us. It's one of the constants in our political landscape.
But they've always been a fringe movement, and it's mostly kept to itself. What's different now is that all the crazy ideas of the radical right - climate and evolution denialism, banning contraception, sovereign citizenship, End Times theology, white nationalism, all of it - have been catalyzed by the magic of the Internet and widespread economic disaster into one coherent mass subculture that, according to a Wall Street Journal poll released yesterday, has attracted a full 35% of the country's likely voters. According to Chip Berlet of Political Research Associates, the Tea Parties are a broad movement that brings together several preexisting formations on the political right.

Zie ook: 

"We Are at War": How Militias, Racists and Anti-Semites Found a Home in the Tea Party
Door David Neiwert, Alternet / The Investigative Fund at the Nation Institute, 21 november 2010

Tentherism: The Bizarre Ideology Behind Tea Partiers' Plans to Kill Social Security and Child Labor Laws
The Progress Report, 24 oktober 2010

Tentherism is an anachronistic Constitutional theory embraced by a slate of GOP candidates bent on dismantling 100 years of progress. [Zie in dit verband ook mijn blognotitie: Rechtse ideoloog Ayn Rand bewonderde seriemoordenaar; K] 

How Radical Conservatives May Succeed in Destroying Democracy
Door Chris Hedges, Truthdig / Alternet, 15 oktober 2010

Frank Rich: Tea Party Extremism and Rage Will Only Grow After Election Day
Door Steve M., Alternet, 17 oktober 2010

Republican Gomorrah; inside the movement that shattered the party
Door Max Blumenthal, september 2009

Aanvulling oktober 2016: Max Blumenthal blameert zich door zich te laten
fêteren door Poetins propagandazender RT. Bij zijn verhouding tot 'zo objectief mogelijke journalistiek' kan dus een vet vraagteken worden gezet.

Fascist America, in 10 easy steps
Door Naomi Wolf, The Guardian, 24 april 2007

Documentaire: 'Astroturf Wars; How Corporate America Is Faking A Grassroots Revolution'

Berlusconi zint op variant Amerikaanse Tea Party
AFP / ANP / De Volkskrant, 14 oktober 2010

En m'n blognotities:
Exitpolls VS: veel sympathisanten met Tea Party
Het grote geld en de machtige elites achter de Tea Party
Video-bewijs: miljardair-vervuiler David Koch trekt aan de touwtjes van Tea Party-extremisten
Extreemrechts in Amerika ruikt kansen
Scary People, Scary Times - Where Is This Country Going
Glenn Beck's propaganda vervalst de geschiedenis

Thilo Sarrazin: eugenetisch racisme van de Duitse Wilders
Weer immigranten lukraak beschoten in Zweden
Waarom Wilders een gevaar is voor de rechtsstaat
Wilders is wel degelijk indirect verbonden met de English Defence League
English Defence League knoopt banden aan met Tea Party
De PVV achter het masker van vrijheid en fatsoen
Adviseur Wilders: geef ons wapens!
Geert Wilders werkt samen met exteemrechtse verspreider van complottheorieën over Obama

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