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Alexandira Ocasio-Cortez Mocks CBP Officers Claiming They Were Threatened By Her: “They Were All Armed. I’m 5 Feet 4 Inches”

Westlake Legal Group v7Bv5Qg5c7UywemoYnOvNzzRccVF2DaOXGF9OcTOSgo Alexandira Ocasio-Cortez Mocks CBP Officers Claiming They Were Threatened By Her: "They Were All Armed. I'm 5 Feet 4 Inches" r/politics

This is how fascists work. Be scary, but if someone comes back at you act scared. Be angry, but if someone gets angry with you, be outraged by their anger. Claim civility, all while being disgusting. Claim moral superiority, all while truly not giving a shit about what that even means. Claim the world has gone “too PC” and then be shocked and offended when people insult you (even if it’s for 100% accurate reasons).

We must fucking learn to ignore and persist. You cannot win arguments with these fucking people

EDIT: thanks for the gold, but I’d prefer you donate $3 to a worthwhile charity or more importantly just make a commitment in your head to vote and make sure ALL of your friends do

EDIT: 2nd edit simply because I never have these opportunities. If there’s one motto I’ve decided to live until the 2020 election, it’s “Constant Vigilance” from your favorite Auror, professor Moody. Don’t engage with them, just use it as motivation to get out and volunteer, donate money, or use whatever platform you have. Grab an oar, it’s all you can do. We paddle together and this will be easy

Take breaks from the news cycle and get reinvigorated. It’s a marathon, not a sprint. 2020 is the most important election of our lives. Some of you may not be enthralled with the candidate but please try to understand what another term of Trump means, and more importantly, what the GOP retaining the Senate means even IF the Democrats take the White House.

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Gallup: Americans’ pride in U.S. hits a new low

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Trump Administration “Misses Deadline” to Print Census Forms

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Trump Administration “Misses Deadline” to Print Census Forms

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Vets To Give Out Thousands Of USS John McCain Shirts At Trump’s July 4 Event

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Holocaust scholars ask DC museum to stop rejecting border camp comparisons

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The first concentration camps were opened in 1933, nine years before the “final solution” was implemented. They were by and large forced labor camps that held political prisoners, though slowly Jews began to be forced to migrate to them.

The conditions, even at that time were grossly inhumane and large numbers of people died from starvation and disease. However, the widespread use of gas chambers and the systematic extermination of Europe’s Jewish population didn’t actually begin until 1942 with the implementation of the “final solution to the Jewish question”.

There were nine years of concentration that held and tortured political prisoners and people deemed “socially deviant” before the holocaust even fucking began. If they’re position is that taking a stand against the U.S. government doing something disturbingly close to what the Nazis implemented in 1933 because somehow it is offensive to the few remaining survivors of the holocaust, something that didn’t technically begin until 1941, they may as well close up shop because they don’t actually serve any meaningful purpose and are simply partisan hacks.

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Holocaust scholars ask DC museum to stop rejecting border camp comparisons

Westlake Legal Group kjByenZvna9ZUJb1EgPXycMwZQ35ee4qZGbdPKDiC68 Holocaust scholars ask DC museum to stop rejecting border camp comparisons r/politics

The first concentration camps were opened in 1933, nine years before the “final solution” was implemented. They were by and large forced labor camps that held political prisoners, though slowly Jews began to be forced to migrate to them.

The conditions, even at that time were grossly inhumane and large numbers of people died from starvation and disease. However, the widespread use of gas chambers and the systematic extermination of Europe’s Jewish population didn’t actually begin until 1942 with the implementation of the “final solution to the Jewish question”.

There were nine years of concentration that held and tortured political prisoners and people deemed “socially deviant” before the holocaust even fucking began. If they’re position is that taking a stand against the U.S. government doing something disturbingly close to what the Nazis implemented in 1933 because somehow it is offensive to the few remaining survivors of the holocaust, something that didn’t technically begin until 1941, they may as well close up shop because they don’t actually serve any meaningful purpose and are simply partisan hacks.

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Roy Moore “likely failed” polygraph taken in effort to clear himself.

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Roy Moore “likely failed” polygraph taken in effort to clear himself.

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Ocasio-Cortez says officials at migrant detention facility were telling women to drink out of toilets

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What is currently happening, is the path to fascism. To be clear i dont mean this is the beginning of a new nazi empire that will gas and exterminate people. This is the path of a country that is on its way to radical authoritarian nationalism.

Dr. Lawrence Britt has examined the fascist regimes of Hitler (Germany), Mussolini (Italy), Franco (Spain), Suharto (Indonesia) and several Latin American regimes. Britt found 14 defining characteristics common to each:

  1. Powerful and Continuing Nationalism – Fascist regimes tend to make constant use of patriotic mottos, slogans, symbols, songs, and other paraphernalia. Flags are seen everywhere, as are flag symbols on clothing and in public displays.

2. Disdain for the Recognition of Human Rights – Because of fear of enemies and the need for security, the people in fascist regimes are persuaded that human rights can be ignored in certain cases because of “need.” The people tend to look the other way or even approve of torture, summary executions, assassinations, long incarcerations of prisoners, etc.

3. Identification of Enemies/Scapegoats as a Unifying Cause – The people are rallied into a unifying patriotic frenzy over the need to eliminate a perceived common threat or foe: racial , ethnic or religious minorities; liberals; communists; socialists, terrorists, etc.

4. Supremacy of the Military – Even when there are widespread domestic problems, the military is given a disproportionate amount of government funding, and the domestic agenda is neglected. Soldiers and military service are glamorized.

5. Rampant Sexism – The governments of fascist nations tend to be almost exclusively male-dominated. Under fascist regimes, traditional gender roles are made more rigid. Divorce, abortion and homosexuality are suppressed and the state is represented as the ultimate guardian of the family institution.

6. Controlled Mass Media – Sometimes to media is directly controlled by the government, but in other cases, the media is indirectly controlled by government regulation, or sympathetic media spokespeople and executives. Censorship, especially in war time, is very common.

7. Obsession with National Security – Fear is used as a motivational tool by the government over the masses.

8. Religion and Government are Intertwined – Fascist governments use the most common religion in the nation as a tool to manipulate public opinion. Religious rhetoric and terminology is common from government leaders, even when the major tenets of the religion are diametrically opposed to the government’s policies or actions.

9. Corporate Power is Protected – The industrial and business aristocracy of a fascist nation often are the ones who put the government leaders into power, creating a mutually beneficial business/government relationship and power elite.

10. Labor Power is Suppressed – Because the organizing power of labor is the only real threat to a fascist government, labor unions are either eliminated entirely, or are severely suppressed.

11. Disdain for Intellectuals and the Arts – Fascist nations tend to promote and tolerate open hostility to higher education, and academia.

12. Obsession with Crime and Punishment – Under fascist regimes, the police are given almost limitless power to enforce laws. The people are often willing to overlook police abuses and even forego civil liberties in the name of patriotism. There is often a national police force with virtually unlimited power in fascist nations.

13. Rampant Cronyism and Corruption – Fascist regimes are governed by groups of friends and associates who appoint each other to government positions and use governmental power and authority to protect their friends from accountability. It is common in fascist regimes for national resources and treasures to be appropriated or outright stolen by government leaders.

14. Fraudulent Elections – Sometimes elections in fascist nations are a complete sham. Other times elections are manipulated by smear campaigns against or even assassination of opposition candidates, use of legislation to control voting numbers or political district boundaries, and manipulation of the media. Fascist nations also typically use their judiciaries to manipulate or control elections.


Umberto Eco’s list (paraphrased from this essay)

  • The cult of tradition. “One has only to look at the syllabus of every fascist movement to find the major traditionalist thinkers. The Nazi gnosis was nourished by traditionalist, syncretistic, occult elements.”

  • The rejection of modernism. “The Enlightenment, the Age of Reason, is seen as the beginning of modern depravity. In this sense Ur-Fascism can be defined as irrationalism.”

  • The cult of action for action’s sake. “Action being beautiful in itself, it must be taken before, or without, any previous reflection. Thinking is a form of emasculation.”

  • Disagreement is treason. “The critical spirit makes distinctions, and to distinguish is a sign of modernism. In modern culture the scientific community praises disagreement as a way to improve knowledge.”

  • Appeal to social frustration. “One of the most typical features of the historical fascism was the appeal to a frustrated middle class, a class suffering from an economic crisis or feelings of political humiliation, and frightened by the pressure of lower social groups.”

  • Pacifism is trafficking with the enemy. “For Ur-Fascism there is no struggle for life but, rather, life is lived for struggle.”

  • Ur-Fascism speaks Newspeak. “All the Nazi or Fascist schoolbooks made use of an impoverished vocabulary, and an elementary syntax, in order to limit the instruments for complex and critical reasoning.”


Paxton’s Delineation of Five Stages

  1. Disillusionment with democracy— “fascisms take their first steps in reaction to claimed failings of democracy … In the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, thinkers and publicists discredited reigning liberal and democratic values, not in the name of either existing alternative — conservative or socialist — but in the name of something new that promised to transcend and join them: a novel mixture of nationalism and syndicalism that had found little available space in a nineteenth-century political landscape compartmented into Left and Right”

2. Fascism joins the political establishment — “The second stage — rooting, in which a fascist movement becomes a party capable of acting decisively on the political scene — happens relatively rarely … Success depends on certain relatively precise conditions: the weakness of a liberal state, whose inadequacies seems to condemn the nation to disorder, decline, or humiliation; and political deadlock because the Right, the heir to power but unable to continue to wield it alone, refuses to accept a growing Left as a legitimate governing partner … Every fascist movement that has rooted itself successfully as a major political contender, thereby approaching power, has betrayed its initial antibourgeois and anticapitalist program.”

3. Arrival to power — “fascism has never so far taken power by a coup d’état, deploying the weight of its militants in the street … The only route to power available to fascists passes through cooperation with conservative elites. The most important variables, therefore, are the conservative elites’ willingness to work with the fascists (along with a reciprocal flexibility on the part of the fascist leaders) and the depth of the crisis that induces them to cooperate … Neither Hitler nor Mussolini took the helm by force, even if they used force earlier to destabilize the liberal regime and later to transform their governments into dictatorships. Each was invited to take office as head of government”

4. Exercise of power— “fascist leaders who have reached power, historically, have been condemned to govern in association with the conservative elites who had opened the gates to them … tensions within fascist rule also help us clarify the frontiers between authentic fascism and other forms of dictatorial rule. Fascist rule is unlike the exercise of power in either authoritarianism (which lacks a single party, or gives it little power) or Stalinism (which lacked traditional elites). Authoritarians would prefer to leave the population demobilized, while fascists promise to win the working class back for the nation by their superior techniques of manufacturing enthusiasm.”

5. Radicalization or entropy— the fascistic government descends either into authoritarianism, or becomes radicalized, as Nazi Germany did, devolving into ethnic cleansing.

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