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Fascism in America 6: Authoritarianism

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Authoritarianism: favoring blind submission to authorities, favoring a concentration of power in a leader or an elite not constitutionally responsible to the people. So no labor unions, no strikes, power lies with corporations, police, government.

In the last post in this series I gave a short history of the police in the Netherlands, and of the basic police training when I was the librarian at one of the police training schools from 1984 to 1992. That should help to put what I have to say about the police in America and American authoritarianism in general in context. Continue reading

Fascism in America 5: A Little Detour to the Dutch Police

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At first this post was going to be about authoritarianism. It is, but only in the Netherlands. When I write the next post about authoritarianism in America, a lot of it will deal with the police, and before discussing that, it’s important for you to know where I’m coming from. So, first a brief history lesson and a tour of my first workplace as a librarian. Continue reading

Fascism in America 4: Symbols and Rituals

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In the previous posts in this series I circled around fascism, addressing elements of American society that are at least nationalist, but the line between nationalism and fascism is blurry, and now we’re getting there. Continue reading

Fascism in America 1: Introduction

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I was invited to speak at a meeting of an anti-fascist group today, specifically to give my insight from a Dutch perspective, as my country was occupied by the Germans during World War Two. Continue reading

The Assault: Part 10: Time Eternal

Image: Jan Breughel the elder: Orpheus in the Underworld

Image: Jan Breughel the elder: Orpheus in the Underworld

The tinkering with time and events, which I addressed in the previous post, leads us to what Mulisch calls “time eternal;” the elements in his writing which put the historical events into a larger, more timeless perspective. Continue reading

The Assault: Part 9: Familiar Imagery

demonstratieAlthough Mulisch demonstrates, especially in the case of the names of the houses and the signs in the gravel, that even the symbols disappear, and even though he explicitly claims within The Assault that it is fiction, Dutch readers, especially in the 1980s, recognized many of the historical aspects of the novel. In fact, history is so cleverly woven together with fiction that many readers thought the whole story was factual. The Belgian television even came to film at the location of the assault, but they could not find it (1). Continue reading

The Assault: Part 8: Selection and Reduction

image: en.wikipedia.org

image: en.wikipedia.org

In the last post we saw how Mulisch addresses the fact that historical events, as well as events on a personal level, are determined by both causality and sheer coincidence.

History is also a matter of selection and reduction. Continue reading