Fascists don’t consider violence to be per definition bad, as long as they are the ones meting it out, through violent and intimidating government actions and policies, armed militias and/or war. In Germany the Nazi Party quickly became militarized and bullied and intimidated its way into power.
But first, let’s look at America’s history of violence and intimidation. Continue reading
Posted in Government, History, Language, Media, Police, Politics, Slavery, Society, Violence, World War Two
Tagged fascism, fascism in America, history, Hitler, intimidation, militias, Nazi Party, opinion, Police violence, politics, second amendment, Trump, violence, Weimar Republic, WWI
Okay, there’s no way I can keep up with everything that’s going on, so I’m just going to write about what I was going to write about.
In the wake of Charlottesville there’s been a lot of talk on social and main stream media about white privilege and white responsibility for blacks’ uphill battles in America. Many white people claim not to be racist, but they also don’t feel responsible for race problems that they were not directly involved in. Continue reading
Posted in History, Slavery, Society, Violence
Tagged America's original sin, Charlottesville, history, opinion, racism, slavery, society, white privilege, white responsibility
I’ve always felt that America was primed for a fascist takeover. In fact, to some outsiders America already lives with “a very quiet kind of fascism“. I’m sure most readers will still think, even after Charlottesville, that I’m overreacting, that it was only Charlottesville, not all of the USA, and yes, if it stops here, if Trump is dethroned, if this is the watershed moment when everything changes, great. But I don’t think so. I hope so, but I’m not optimistic. Continue reading
Posted in Education, Emigration / Immigration, Government, History, Language, Media, Politics, Psychology, Religion, Slavery, Society, Violence, World War Two
Tagged Charlottesville, Civil War, Confederate statues, critical thinking, education, fascism, history, KKK, nationalism, neo-nazis, opinion, patriotism, Trump, white supremacists, World War Two
So Charlottesville happened. Trump is to blame. But he was elected president; all those who voted for him are therefore to blame. Everyone could see this coming from the beginning. It was 100% predictable. The fascist marches in the streets, the gun nuts out in force, everyone who isn’t a red-blooded white American male the target. And Trump doing nothing to discourage any of it. Continue reading
Posted in Education, Government, High School, History, Politics, Religion, Science, Slavery, Society, World War Two
Tagged Charlottesville, critical thinking, culture, education, fascism, geography, history, KKK, moral compass, opinion, politics, re-education, religion, Trump, white supremacists
R and I looked on Yelp for a place to eat in north Austin this evening, and we ended up in Troy, a Turkish/Mediterranean place in a little strip mall where we had been once before, a couple of years ago. Continue reading
Posted in Austin, Books, Eating out, Emigration / Immigration, Food, History, Language
Tagged A Strangeness in My Mind, books, emigration, food, history, immigration, Orhan Pamuk, Turkey
I posted this awesome article by Ben Fountain on the Resident Alien Facebook page, but that only has fifty readers. So here it is as well, my borrowed submission for yesterday’s writing prompt “Inevitable“. (And it’s never too late to like my page for more stuff that’s relevant to my blog posts.)
How the Republican party slowly but surely got Americans ripe for a …hm…
man, person, specimen, angry goldfish like Trump. Also, I now know what “dog whistle politics” is.
Posted in Government, History, Politics, Society
Tagged Donald Trump, GOP, history, KKK, ku klux klan, opinion, presidential election 2016, racism, Reagan, Republican Party, tea party, white supremacists