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The world is entering its second Fascist era.

The absolute number one priority now is to fight this new Fascism. All other ideological differences, be you socialist, communist, anarchist, scoial democrat, liberal, neoliberal, moderate conervative, all these are secondary.

I do not know how to fight it. Although I have some limited experience on what might be called the front lines, it was toes in the water, and for the most part I am an elitist middle-class London/Stockholm/Massachusetts liberal. But we are all going to have to learn fast.

We have one advantage, which is the knowledge of how things played out last time, so that maybe we can avert the very worst of it.

One thing I would say - do not put your trust in senators, or judges, or constitutions, or (hollow laugh) the international system, or any of the august established institutions of authority to hold the dark forces in check. They will all melt away when the right incentives are found. None of the normal rules can be assumed to apply. If they did, we would not be where we are today. It is on all of us to find new ways.

It is a different and darker world we wake up to. But if we survive this, we get to try again.

Date: 2016-11-09 08:43 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
This morning, SVT invited Sweden Democrats to, unopposed and without asking them any hard questions, analyse what Trump's victory means. (Spoiler: They're quite pleased about it. I know, I was shocked too.)

The assimilation continues. We Have To Take People's Fears Seriously(TM), which of course means giving more space and less criticism to those who spread those fears.

It's snowing heavily over here. Winter is coming.

Date: 2016-11-09 08:48 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
We have to take people's concerns seriously.

We have to take people's fears seriously.

We have to take people's prejudices seriously.

We have to take people's hatred seriously.

We have ignored these concerns, fears, prejudices and hatreds for too long, and now these voices are speaking in a way we can no longer ignore.

We have to let people's concerns, fears, prejudices and hatred rule over us. That is democracy.

Date: 2016-11-09 12:40 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] sabotabby
I'm wondering if an alliance of rational countries can be made. I mean, the US is now clearly allied with Russia, which blows my mind. As much as I hate Trudeau, I just can't see him going along with this. I can't even see May going along with this. It's like geopolitics just completely shifted.

Me, I don't trust any of these fucks, and I've always been in favour of a united front combatting fascism. I mean, I don't even know where to start, but.

Date: 2016-11-09 07:01 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I have some limited experience of fighting fascism on the streets (Merseyside c. 1980). It's scary. It will make you doubt your liberal/pacifist values. But, to quote the facilitator of Fascism back then, "there is no alternative".


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