"Trump has made clear his stark, #authoritarian vision for a potential 2nd term... a wholesale purge of the federal bureaucracy, weaponize the Justice Dept to explicitly go after his #political opponents..., stack #government agencies across the board with political appointees prescreened as ideological #Trump loyalists, and dole out pardons to myriad officials and apparatchiks as incentives to do his bidding"
If I said this on the dumb places that have up- and down-votes I would be #downvoted to perdition.
Do you want to know what it's like to live in a brutal, #authoritarian state (like my current place of residence: #China, or worse #NorthKorea)? Look no further than any sociopathic techbrodude company. Like Apartheid Manbaby's #Xhitter, say, or Robotic Overlord's #Facebook.
They've got it all: sloganeering, punishment for daring to critique the "geniuses" running the place, etc.
And after voting, twice this year alone, to slash air traffic control budgets.
#mikejohnson hates Americans.
Brighton, #UK: Call For An International Anti-Repression Gathering
"In the UK as elsewhere, murderous #police kill with impunity whilst politicians make way for a vast prison building program that will affect the poorest and most marginalised parts of society. Anarchists, activists and environmentalists are targetted as “extremists” and “terrorists” with special police teams designed to infiltrate and dismantle their campaigns and organisations.
Our communities are increasingly turned into open prisons, “a prison society”, through new technologies of social control. It’s time to stop wringing our hands and instead get organised. What do we have in common and can we build a common platform of action and discussion that helps us build a better world."
"Ruth Ben-Ghiat, an NYU history professor and expert in authoritarianism, told me...
If there is a shorthand to contextualize what is happening to the #Republican Party, she said, it is to state that its leaders “have fully embraced the #authoritarian playbook.”"
Russia has a draft law requiring all foreign visitors to sign “loyalty agreement” forbidding saying anything deemed anti-Russia while visiting the country
Also prohibits spreading information like “propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations & distortion of the historical truth” of the Soviet contribution to victory over fascism
Noch ein guter, ausführlicher Artikel über Kissingers menschenverachtendes "Lebenswerk". In der Tagesschau und anderen deutschen Medien ist hingegen bislang kaum ein Wort der Kritik an Kissinger zu finden, dafür aber jede Menge Lob und bemühte Beschönigungen...
Something to celebrate 🎉🥳🎉
'Henry Kissinger, War Criminal Beloved by America’s Ruling Class, Finally Dies'
Even if it comes too late, because:
'The Yale University historian Greg Grandin, author of the biography Kissinger’s Shadow, estimates that Kissinger’s actions from 1969 through 1976, a period of eight brief years when Kissinger made Richard Nixon’s and then Gerald Ford’s foreign policy as national security adviser and secretary of state, meant the end of between three and four million people. That includes “crimes of commission,” he explained, as in Cambodia and Chile, and omission, like greenlighting Indonesia’s bloodshed in East Timor; Pakistan’s bloodshed in Bangladesh; and the inauguration of an American tradition of using and then abandoning the Kurds.'
There's a party goin' on right here
A celebration to last throughout the years
So bring your good times, and your laughter too
We gonna celebrate 'Henry's Finally Dead' party with you
NEW: Judge who led DC court that handled brunt of legal fallout from #Jan6 warns of 'authoritarian' threat from 'big lies.' Beryl Howell alludes to danger of Trump's fact-challenged rhetoric as his trial looms in courthouse she oversaw for 7 years.
I am warning about appellate court Trump-appointees Neomi Rao and Gregory Katsas, both Clarence Thomas clerks.
Both have blocked two different investigations of HUGE significance into Donald Trump and Scott Perry's phone.
Sometimes it's hard to tell just exactly at what point the U.S. is in in its decline.
I personally find the normalisation of this kind of sham politics, that this just happens as part of state politics, a huge red flag. This is the sort of thing that happens in weak democracies.
Email your MP & Stop the Data Grab Bill
The Data Protection and Digital Information Bill will:
- Take away controls we have over our data
- Hand more power to government bodies and corporations
We’ll be vulnerable to our data being used against us and less able to do anything about it.
...more than a dozen freight train cars derailed, spilling molten sulfur and sparking a fire that was still only 50% contained by Thursday morning...
Act Now on MP’s Second Jobs
Tory Government has scrapped pledge to restrict #MPs’ second jobs
This gives the green light to more sleaze in #Westminster
We call for limits to how much MPs can spend working in second jobs, & how much they can earn. We also need a strict ban of any second jobs that involve covert lobbying.
Maggie Sullivan laid out the challenge of “odds” reporting (versus “stakes”, @jayrosen_nyu) earlier in Nov.
The risk of states (countries) failing escalates dramatically over the first 200 years and then levels off.
Those that survive longer are able to reinvent themselves for sustainability.
The United States is currently struggling to reinvent itself...
As either a social justice-oriented democracy or an oligarchy-led authoritarian regime.
The Age really is a poor excuse for a gossip magazine but this opinion piece by Julia Baird offers the paper some redemption.
Locking people up forever after they have been released from prison.. well, if they can do it to the stateless don't think they won't eventually do it to you.
[being against a #theocracy-tinged radical #rightwing #authoritarian administration in #Israel is not #antiSemitic — it exactly 100% the opposite. the path this government is on will never lead to mutual trust and lasting peace, and that itself is a huge detriment to Jews as a religion or a race, imho.]
Israeli parliament bill criminalises ‘consumption of terrorist materials’
From Seth Meyers:
"“The #GOP frontrunner is facing four #criminal cases and a civil #fraud trial, but that has not stopped him from laying out his plan for a second term,” said Seth Meyers... “complete his #authoritarian takeover of government and install an #autocracy of cronies and loyalists if he’s elected next year...
and it’s clear he’s got the support of the #Republican party, which has become a movement fundamentally opposed to #democracy "
Nov 14th #Turkey's #Islamist #authoritarian #Erdogan characterized the #Hamas-#Israel conflict as a war between the Cross and Crescent, adding more fuel to his relentless pursuit for radicalizing narrative.
Recep Tayyip Erdogan has been in power for two decades. People have criticized his increasingly authoritarian rule.
It seems that #Erdogan is preparing his supporters for a confrontation with the West.
He next says
"Allahu Akbar" a common arabic phrase used by muslims in various contexts, such as during celebrations, also used to express approval, gratitude.
This is no way helpful rather it is a radicalizing narrative.
Watch what they do. Islamist Recep is pouring fuel on the fires.
"The problem is, these toddlers have wasted more resources amassing weapons of mass destruction than any other nation in history. As if that’s not bad enough, American society currently seems to be on a collision course with straight-up #authoritarian #fascism. We’ve already put kids in cages." https://readcultured.com/entitled-american-outrage-is-the-cancer-that-will-kill-the-world-502903fa6da5
Stop the Data Grab Bill
The Data Protection & Digital Information Bill will gut UK privacy laws
From workers & children to NHS patients & migrants, #GDPR protects us all. It has been used to stop:
Unfair exam grading algorithms
Robo-dismissals from job
Digital strip searches of sexual abuse victims
These are just a few.
Tell #Tory govt, "hands off our data!"
[Mustread] 🇨🇳💥 With China's Help, Antisemites of the World Unite
The world is becoming a dangerous place for Jews, and the rising superpower is making it worse
by Tuvia Gering
「As fellow victims of genocidal imperialists during WWII [note: pre-CCP], the Chinese have generally sympathized with the Jewish plight. Even during the Cold War, when they were firmly aligned with the anti-Zionist Third World, they admired Israel's triumphs against all odds.」
「Yet after what might be called history's first TikTok pogrom, as images of what happened on the 7th of October spread in this Chinese-owned platform and in other social media, antisemitism has surged in the PRC like never before.
As if on cue, Chinese voices have been working en masse to dehumanize Jews and demonize Israel in the propaganda equivalent of the Three Gorges Dam collapsing, inundating the minds of China with toxic waste.」
Israel has sold the CCP party-state military and other advanced technology, enough to alarm the USA. Israeli-made equipment was used e.g. in #Tibet to torture the #Tibetan colonial subjects... Just think for a moment... another unique civiliation with its unique religion (Tibetan buddhism), unique language, culture, history, facing genocide, and Israel colludes with their colonial oppressors??
Yet the CCP returned the favour by throwing Israel, and the useful idiot Netanyahu, under the antisemitic bus.
Why? Because the large and largely illiberal "Arab Street" with their almost entirely #authoritarian strong man leaders can be allies in the Axis of authoritarians designed to end the liberal democratic experiment in human history. 🔥
The Chinese peoples have no agency or say in any of this. Some will swallow the regime propaganda (every society has a percentage of sociopaths and morons), but weaponizing the entire subject population like the CCP does is truly vile.
Individuals can't do much, but we can all try to avoid *empowering* hostile regimes by... maybe avoiding buying their produce?
In a Veterans Day speech, Donald #Trump pledged to "root out radical left groups” if re-elected in 2024, vowing to launch the largest domestic deportation operation, institute ideological immigrant screenings, revive the Muslim ban, cut taxes, deregulate, and prioritize fossil fuel.
His #authoritarian rhetoric raises concerns about potential abuses of power if he were to win another term, warning of ”Red Caesar" rule and a de facto military coup.
We need to hear from more experts on #authoritarian movements, and fewer pollsters...
We need the #media to see 2024 not as a traditional election but as an effort to mobilize a mass movement that would undo #democracy"
WHAT IS PROJECT 2025 ?
Project 2025 builds on #Heritage's latest Mandate for Leadership, a series which since the Reagan administration has served as the right-wing think tank's to-do list for the next Republican president.
The Global Project Against Hate and Extremism (GPAHE) described it as a "#farright playbook for American authoritarianism" and "a threat to a multiracial, diverse democracy."
"Project 2025 is an #authoritarian roadmap to dismantling a thriving, inclusive democracy for all."
"The #conservative establishment no longer maintains even the pretense of wanting “adults in the room” to restrain #Trump... The whole point of this headhunting endeavor is to find personnel who will be less squeamish, perhaps even enthusiastic, about Trump’s #authoritarian tendencies. Not guardrails, but wheel greasers.
This is the #government voters will choose if they choose Trump next November."
#Trump and his spokespeople have talked openly about:
- #GOP plans to secure (i.e. steal) the 2024 US election by subverting or bypassing remaining bodies working in favour of free(r) & fair(er) voting;
- invoking the #InsurrectionAct in order to use the military to quell protests;
- purging the #USmilitary & government of independently-minded individuals and replacing them with loyalists;
- removing #TermLimits and other constitutional or institutional checks on #SupremeExecutivePower;
- bringing independent government-funded bodies under direct presidential control;
- locking up his political enemies (or worse, implicit in constant violent metaphors), including partisan opponents, media critics and #antifascist activists;
- blanket presidential pardons for himself & his cronies;
- deporting undesirable people by the millions (requiring the establishment of huge deportation camps (i.e. #ConcentrationCamps);
- further dismantling the vestiges of anything resembling a welfare state;
- pulling out of multilateral & international bodies, reconfiguring #geopolitics even further in favour of #authoritarian regimes;
- slashing taxes on the wealthy;
- further dismantling #EnvironmentalRegulation;
- expediting the construction of #DirtyEnergy infrastructure.
"This rhetoric would be horrifying even if one didn’t interpret it literally, given the history of #authoritarian leaders who have compared disfavored groups to “vermin”
...voters deserve to know what #Trump intends to accomplish in a 2nd term. These words are not idle threats or “locker-room talk.” They are campaign promises & should be treated as such.
How do we know? Look at the track record from the last time he was president."
We need to hear from more experts on #authoritarian movements, & fewer pollsters...
We need the #media to see 2024 not as a traditional election but as an effort to mobilize a mass movement that would undo #democracy"
The country is not “fraying along political and cultural battle lines,” @nytimes and Richard Fausset.
Self-aggrandizing, #AntiDemocratic, #authoritarian, #WhiteMen — including #ChristianNationalists like “Pastor Lee” (another #whitewash profile) —lie with impunity in order to seize political and personal power.
@zdl @RationalWiki I mean, you can keep on with easy insults all day; it's much easier than addressing the actual point. I make no apology for being a #libertarian; given that the only alternative is #authoritarian, I'm not sure why anyone reasonable would choose otherwise. If you'd like to make an actual point, I'm happy to address it; if not, I'm sure you'll find plenty of engagement with people who prefer insults to discussions.
Levine, 3/3: "Prosecuting #political rivals is a hallmark of #authoritarian regimes and Trump’s remarks are the most candid public revelations so far of the anti-#democratic power he would bring to a second term as #president."
📌 Video of Trump's statement to Univision: (via Nicolle Wallace, Deadline Whitehouse - along with add'l commentary, 11.10.23) >>>
Media MUST explain the critical importance of #Election2024 & dangers of a Trump 2nd term without sacrificing their independence.
Media is failing at the "job of communicating those realities… They blame public’s attitudes on #polarization, as if they themselves have no role"
"Did I tell you? Have I not been saying this from the jump? You simply cannot imagine the level of danger this man poses to every single American. This has nothing to do with domestic policy agendas, this is about whether the United States continues on as a democracy or not. Simple as that."
Already looking ahead to the public unrest his hypothetical re-election could cause, Donald Trump and his allies are reportedly circling an idea to invoke the Insurrection Act on his first day in office, deploying the military to act as domestic law enforcement.
I would encourage everyone to read this beginning to end, and I'm including a gift link in this post. In the meantime, let's dig in to the more insane parts of this (hint: it's all of it. It's all insane)
Feminists have long warned about men who hide incompetence with belligerence — #Israel proves them right
By Amanda Marcotte
"As feminists have long argued, that's one of the most maddening aspects of toxic masculinity: It dupes people into confusing big talk for real action. #Authoritarian men like Netanyahu — or like #DonaldTrump — love to preen about how strong and powerful they supposedly are. It's all a lie, of course, and they often expose themselves as cowards who cringe away from real challenges. But what's alarming is that sexism tricks large swaths of the public into voting for them, supporting them or otherwise putting their trust in men who brag loudly but fail to show any real competence."
"between now and the 2024 elections. #Biden would have no trouble making the case against agents of anarchy, destruction and dysfunction.
It should not surprise us that a party that embraces #conspiracy theories, spews #propaganda and seeks to empower a candidate with #authoritarian impulses is incapable of governance."
"So #journalists: When writing about incremental #Republican actions, you should clearly contextualize them as “right out of the #authoritarian playbook.”
You should then explain what the playbook calls for, which is a lot, and includes:
Inciting political violence
Eroding civil rights
Eroding voting rights
Corruption to benefit a kleptocracy
Imprisonment of political opponents
Control of the judiciary
Control of social media"
Unbridled #capitalism coupled with greedy #authoritarian political leaders and parties who manipulate the public through #disinformation campaigns and #culturewar distraction are what got us here, whether it is #USA #UK #Philippines #Brazil or practically anywhere these days, it seems. https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2023/oct/24/tories-poverty-destitute-history-politics?utm_source=instagramthreads&utm_campaign=?utm_source=instagramthreads&utm_campaign=ToriesHaveCreatedANewPoverty
“The Israeli government has arrogated to itself extraordinary powers and relegated the Palestinian people to what Italian philosopher Giorgio Agamben calls ‘bare life,’ in which life is reduced to mere biological survival, stripped of legal protections and any political representation or significance.” #israel #gaza #palestine #apartheid #genocide #authoritarianism #authoritarian #colonialism #occupation
"So pay no attention to all those complaints about how much we’re spending in Ukraine. They aren’t justified by the actual cost of aid, and the people claiming to be worried about the cost don’t really care about the money. What they are is enemies of democracy, both abroad and at home."
"Whatever Republican hard-liners may say, they want Russian President Vladimir Putin to win. They view the Putin regime’s cruelty and repression as admirable features that America should emulate. They support a wannabe dictator at home and are sympathetic to actual dictators abroad."
~ Paul Krugman
Via Ruth Ben-Ghiat:
Apparently the idea of executing Milley is now the Party Line. We are living through real-time preparation for an #authoritarian crackdown. We are in phase of "getting the public used to the idea of violence." Having authoritative voices like Haley endorse violence is key.
#NikkiHaley indicates she doesn't view Trump's suggestion that Joint Chiefs Chairman Milley should be executed as disqualifying
"The most salient truth about the 2024 election is that the #Republican Party is poised to nominate an #authoritarian thug who publishes rationalizations for political #violence and promises to abuse presidential authority on a near-daily basis. There is no way for a paper or #news channel to appropriately emphasize this reality without sounding like a shrill, dull, #Democratic propaganda outlet. So, like the nation writ large, the #press comports itself as an amnesiac"
"Ignoring bizarrely unacceptable conduct depletes democracy’s defenses, but... Major media could seriously analyze #Trump in the context of #authoritarian movements, identify aberrant conduct and press #Republicans to defend it. The #media could level with voters that Biden’s mental and physical fitness are not at issue; Trump’s cognitive abilities are.
There is no excuse to avoid highlighting Trump’s deviant behavior."
Tory Party Embraces Trumpism
The party that made a virtue of embracing modern diverse Britain & championing the right to gay marriage, now pursues divisive & conspiratorial politics that deliberately mimics worst aspects of US radical right
#Republicans threaten to impeach newly elected #Wisconsin #supremecourt judge https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2023/sep/11/wisconsin-republicans-impeachment-threat-state-supreme-court
#NorthCarolina #Republicans Just Passed a Massive Power Grab to Seize Control of Elections https://www.motherjones.com/politics/2023/09/north-carolina-election-boards-bill-roy-cooper/
#Michigan #Republicans’ Plan to Overturn #VotingRights Is Sinister https://newrepublic.com/maz/post/175907/michigan-republicans-plan-overturn-voting-rights
This is just another example of how #Biden is hog-tied by the #DemocraticParty's decades long adoption of rabid #Capitalist #Neoliberal ideology. He may talk the talk, but there always seems to be pressure release valves in place to protect the #CorporateOligarchy. Unless elections put true #WorkingClass progressives in control the US is fated to continue a downward spiral into ever more #Authoritarian, if not outright #fascist control. We will fail to address the #ClimateEmergency as well.
"We reside in a #media environment that promotes—whether it intends to or not—right-wing #authoritarian spectacle. At the same time, as a culture, it’s consistently obsessed with who “won the day,” while placing far less value on the fact that the civic & democratic health of the country is nurtured through practices such as deliberation, compromise, and sober governance.
...it’s potentially tragic for democracy."
As Ruth Ben-Ghiat says, it's unsurprising that the Texas GOP acquitted Paxton: protecting the lawless is what authoritarian parties do, and the Texas GOP is one of the most extreme in the nation. As she notes, "Paxton has been a vociferous supporter of Trump's claim that Trump won the 2020 election." And Trump did not want Paxton impeached.
In short, the Republican party at present is monumentally corrupt.
I never remember who pointed this out to me first, but it stands the test of time;
Gavin Newsom says Ron DeSantis is ‘fundamentally authoritarian’
“I worry about democracy,” he said. “I worry about the fetishness for autocracy that we’re seeing not just from Trump, but around the world, and notably across this country.
“I’ve made the point about DeSantis that I think he’s functionally authoritarian. I’m worried more, in many respects, about Trumpism, which transcends well beyond his term and time in tenure.”
Nice democracy you’ve got there as Mike Huckabee Warns 2024 Will Be the Last Election 'Decided by Ballots Rather Than Bullets' if Trump Loses | Right Wing Watch
This podcast is an excellent overview of the Global Economy by the economist #RichardWolff
Where is the Global #Economy heading?
"It is not as though #journalists are unfamiliar with serious analysis.
The #media manages to expose elected foreign leaders who turn to #authoritarian tactics... They figure out how to investigate right-wing nationalistic parties in Europe that spout racist tropes and cozy up to the Russians.
Nevertheless, too few are willing to engage in exacting, sober #journalism when it comes to domestic political coverage."
Troubling #News from #Argentina, as the #HumanRights of both #Indigenous communities in #Jujuy province, and the #Archaeologists who work alongside them, are increasingly being trampled on by an #Authoritarian government.
I'm going to make this very, very clear.
If you are an #ML, #tankie, or any other form of #authoritarian, block me right the fuck now and save me the trouble.
No one who puts massive numbers of people in death camps is a good person. Not Andrew Jackson, not Mao Zedong (no, it wasn't just landlords and you fucking know it), not Harry Truman, not the former leaders of the USSR, NO ONE.
Capitalism is still capitalism if it's The State™ running the fucking business, and no form of authoritarian, absolutist government will benefit anyone who's not a member of a specific, chosen in-group. Typically, this is exclusively cishet, non-disabled members of the racial and/or religious majority for the area in question.
There is no form of absolute authority that won't be detrimental for those who don't fit that description.
- Your Local Transfemme Intersectional Anarchist
How Chinese surveillance methods are going global:
MEPs endorse blanket ban on facial recognition in public spaces, rejecting targeted exemptions
The total ban is part of a draft piece of legislation, known as the Artificial Intelligence Act
“In #Florida, about one in five residents are immigrants and hundreds of thousands of US citizens live in mixed-status households”
“In one year, the state’s GDP could drop by $12.6 billion”
“traveling to #Florida is dangerous”
“truckers have called for a boycott of shipments to #Florida” #BoycottFlorida
“It’s an attack on our systems of trust, of neighborly everyday interactions—on our
https://www.motherjones.com/politics/2023/05/all-floridians-should-be-worried-about-desantis-new-anti-immigration-law/ #farright #rightwing #authoritarian #GOP #republican
What happened in #Bavaria (Germany) this week with the mass searches of the premises of members of the #LastGeneration was out of line, legally speaking. - They do break the law, however.
However, arresting 1,500 #ClimateActivists of #ExtinctionRebellion seems almost unacceptably #authoritarian in nature, to me. This seems to have been peaceful protest. I hope they will file a complaint with the EU. This kind of behavior by national governments needs to stop.
"It would be desirable to legislatively prevent EU-based service providers from implementing end-to-end #encryption."
If you're from/in Spain, your time to protest is now.
Another example of how #Twitter can influence political struggles in #authoritarian countries in favor of the governments. By restricting access to certain anti-governmental content, Twitter does not only exercise censorship, but it also participates in the criminalization of opposition in #Turkey
1️⃣ No, #Libertarians Cannot “Reclaim” #Liberalism
https://www.liberalcurrents.com/no-libertarians-cannot-reclaim-liberalism/ #AdamSmith #deTocqueville #JohnStuartMill #socialjustice #democraticsocialism
“As with so many things Trump, it’ll be sticky to sort out where what he’s proposing is literally unlawful, which some things would be, and where what he’s proposing would fly in the face of well-established and deeply principled norms,” said Steve Vladeck, an expert on constitutional and national security law"
#GiftArticle #GiftLink :