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Fascism – America’s DNA

On the show this week, Chris Hedges talks to Gabriel Rockhill about the undercurrents of fascism in America’s DNA, and the US role in internationalizing fascism after World War II through clandestine activities such Operation Paperclip and Operation Gladio. Rockhill is a Franco-American philosopher and the founding Director of the Critical Theory Workshop and ProfessorContinue reading “Fascism – America’s DNA”

Preface

Madeleine Albright writes in Fascism a Warning that fascism has become fashionable in public discourse. The world is experiencing a resurgence in alt-right extremism leading to fascism in many countries, including Canada which, is not immune. My journey into the study of fascism originated with an interview given by Professor Richard Wolff and his guestContinue reading “Preface”

The Anatomy of Fascism

What is fascism? Many authors have proposed definitions, but most fail to move beyond the abstract. The esteemed historian Robert O. Paxton answers this question for the first time by focusing on the concrete: what the fascists did, rather than what they said. From the first violent uniformed bands beating up “enemies of the state,” through Mussolini’sContinue reading “The Anatomy of Fascism”

The Story of Fascism

In this one-hour special, Rick travels back a century to learn how fascism rose and then fell in Europe — taking millions of people with it. We’ll trace fascism’s history from its roots in the turbulent aftermath of World War I, when masses of angry people rose up, to the rise of charismatic leaders whoContinue reading “The Story of Fascism”

Ur Fascism

Umberto Eco Makes a List of the 14 Common Features of Fascism This abridged list (available in full at The New York Review of Books) comes to us from Kottke, by way of blogger Paul Bausch, who writes “we have a strong history of opposing authoritarianism. I’d like to believe that opposition is like an immune system response that kicksContinue reading “Ur Fascism”

Understandings of Fascism

These lecture videos are part of my series in Introduction to Comparative Politics, but are specially uploaded for my students at Long Island University Brooklyn, who because of the COVID-19 virus have to complete their coursework for the remainder of the Spring 2020 semester online. The material is open to all subscribers and those interestedContinue reading “Understandings of Fascism”

When Nazis Took Manhattan

On the evening of Feb. 20, 1939, the marquee of New York’s Madison Square Garden was lit up with the evening’s main event: a “Pro American Rally.” The organizers had chosen the date in celebration of George Washington’s birthday and had procured a 30-foot-tall banner of America’s first president for the stage. More than 20,000Continue reading “When Nazis Took Manhattan”

The Five Stage of Fascism

Historian Robert Paxton argues that fascism is best understood, not as a coherent political ideology, by rather as a series of political and social techniques for exploiting weaknesses in existing political power structures and subverting them to acquire and wield political power. Fascist movements go through 5 stages of development, which outlines, the tracing ofContinue reading “The Five Stage of Fascism”

No Plan

On February 28, 2021, The Toronto Star published, What’s the plan, Erin O’Toole? Conservative morale is low as MPs await direction, sources say. In short, there is no plan. Conservatives parties in Canada are morally and intellectually bankrupt. The only driving interest and policy of the CPC and UPC is lobbying the fossil fuel industry.Continue reading “No Plan”

Choose Wisely, Fascism or Socialism

Noam Chomsky, in an interview with Richard Wolff, stated that the current capitalistic system is broken. Historical evidence suggests two ways out, fascism or social democracy. The working class and disenfranchised on the left, center, and the right feel disillusioned and cheated by government and opposition parties and representatives. The status quo is coming toContinue reading “Choose Wisely, Fascism or Socialism”

Canadian Fascism

The rise and popularity of right-wing nationalism, extremism and religious fundamentalism in the United States, Brazil, India, Europe, and Canada are very troubling. The last one hundred years reveal the danger of tipping the scales too far right leads to fascism. The word fascism conjures up all kinds of emotions when spoken in public, invokingContinue reading “Canadian Fascism”

CPC, Guns and Fascism

Canadians have spoken out on gun control and, the polls are definitive. Canadians overwhelmingly want gun control. Still, the CPC and Erin O’Toole continue to fight over and divide Canadians who have spoken loudly. The CPC is anti-democratic and executes plays out of the fascist’s playbook. If it looks like a duck, walks like aContinue reading “CPC, Guns and Fascism”

CPC Fascist Playbook – Fear and Despair

Rebuilding Canada Page 6 Paragraph 3 Then, COVID-19 changed everything. The global economy was on its knees, and Canada had already squandered its opportunity to be prepared and mitigate the crisis. While the federal Liberal Government was slow to respond, provincial governments of all stripes stepped up to fill the leadership void. Thanks to theContinue reading “CPC Fascist Playbook – Fear and Despair”

If It Quacks Like A Duck

The rise and popularity of right-wing nationalism, extremism and religious fundamentalism in the United States, Brazil, India, Europe, and Canada are very troubling. The last one hundred years reveal the danger of tipping the scales too far right leads to fascism. The word fascism conjures up all kinds of emotions when spoken in public, invokingContinue reading “If It Quacks Like A Duck”

CPC Cover and Fascism

Madeleine Albright’s book Fascism, A Warning warns fascism has become fashionable in right-wing circles. She expresses dismay that in 2020 the subject of fascism has become prevalent in public discourse. Canadians must listen and take heed and be part of the conversation. The time to stand on guard is now. The rise and popularity ofContinue reading “CPC Cover and Fascism”

Fascism: A Warning

Madeleine Albright defines a fascist as “someone who identifies strongly with and claims to speak for a whole nation or group, is unconcerned with the rights of others, and is willing to use whatever means are necessary. Including violence to achieve his or her goals. In that conception, a fascist will lightly be a tyrant,Continue reading “Fascism: A Warning”

How Fascism Works

How Fascism Works: The Politics of Us and Them by Jason Stanley Fascist politics are running rampant in America today—and spreading around the world. A Yale philosopher identifies the ten pillars of fascist politics, and charts their horrifying rise and deep history. Jason Stanley is the Jacob Urowsky Professor of Philosophy at Yale University. HeContinue reading “How Fascism Works”