Monthly Archives: November 2016

Where We Get the Fascist Right Wrong

“And that’s where we get the fascist right wrong. The fascist right actively gets its satisfaction from hurting other people. That’s why we keep losing – we’re all like “I am doing this political stuff, but really I would rather be home making dinner or on a date or playing with my kids or reading a book”; they’re all “I’m out here heckling LGBTQ people and it’s great”. Racism, violence in general, sexual violence in particular, making people cry or hurt – that’s stuff that they actually do because it’s fun.

“A lot of people who are not part of the fascist right don’t understand this and that’s why we’re just bowled over when we see people doing stuff that’s horrible. We can’t get our heads around how they could enjoy it and actively want to do it, so we keep thinking that it’s some kind of mistake or sign of some personal suffering on their part.

“The people who tortured prisoners at Abu Ghraib did it because torturing prisoners was fun and no one bothered to stop them. There were other reasons wrapped up in it – chains of command, group culture, etc – but the social ground for what happened was that people tortured because it was fun.

“We need to get our heads around this and be ready – policy discussion and economic problems are not really of concern to the fascist right and they will not stop just because something is a bad idea or produces obvious social harm. It’s easy to be confused or hypnotized by this kind of…well, let’s call it evil, because it fills the social function of evil. It’s easy to look into the void, right? That’s how they get you. We have to give up on the idea that there’s some kind of policy or humanitarian angle which will reach these guys (and they’re mostly guys), because they are actively motivated by the opportunity to do harm.”

“You Fucking Children”

“London Review of Books: Is this how democracy dies?

“But in reality their behaviour too reflected their basic trust in the political system with which they were ostensibly so disgusted, because they believed that it was still capable of protecting them from the consequences of their choice. It is sometimes said that Trump appeals to his supporters because he represents the authoritarian father figure who they want to shield them from all the bad people out there making their lives hell. That can’t be right: Trump is a child, the most childish politician I have encountered in my lifetime. The parent in this relationship is the American state itself, which allows the voters to throw a tantrum and join forces with the worst behaved kid in the class, safe in the knowledge that the grown-ups will always be there to pick up the pieces.

“This is the most incisive piece of criticism on voter psychology I’ve read since the election. It expresses so much of what I’ve felt but haven’t been able to put into words, and it targets a deep, deep resentment I have about all the activism I’m doing – I didn’t make this mess but I’ve got to turn over my life and my sanity to trying to clean it up because who the fuck else is going to do it?

“I bet there’s actually a pretty large chunk of Trump supporters who would actually prefer not to have a bunch of neo-Nazis cozying up to power, but are they freaked out about it? No, and why should they be? It’s not their responsibility to reign in their President-elect; the same sliver of over-sensitive, politically correct, over-educated group of engaged people, the same ones who are always protesting and sharing articles on Facebook and donating to political causes – those are the ones who are going to days of their lives to making phone calls and nights of sleep to worry and stress; they’re the ones who are going to donate money they don’t have to the ACLU; they’re the ones who are going to spend all their energy flinging themselves against the system, trying to keep it from running completely off the rails.

“And when they succeed, and things are a tiny bit less worse than we were afraid it would be, all those non-voters and smug Trump voters will look at us smugly and say, see? I told you it wasn’t going to be fascism. You’re always overreacting. Boo hoo!

Fuck you, you fucking children. I wish with all my heart I could stand back and watch you experience the consequence of your terrible decision, except-as is the case with so many terrible decisions made by white people–the problem is that you’ve set it up so that a whole lot of innocent people will get hurt worse than you.”

Source: I still wake up and remember who is the President-elect | MetaFilter

Over Fifty Times Donald Trump Has Denied Climate Change on Twitter

“That’s the people who manage his golf course. Trump himself has shown that he has a fundamental lack of understanding of what climate change is and science itself.

“It’s fucked but not in the way they think it is.”

“They think he’s some renegade maverick being crucified because liberals can’t handle THE TRUTH. Except what he says the truth is changes every 5 minutes depending on whats most convenient. What’s really admirable about him is how he’s found a way to be utterly changeable in a way that keeps both sides committed to advancing his interests.

“The right will be convinced that whatever he’s saying at the moment is PC crushing, no nonsense hard truth because of the hysterical reaction he gets out of the left, and the left will be convinced that whatever he’s doing at the moment is pure evil (which keeps them from having any coherent strategy to fight him since they’re constantly reacting to Trump)

“It’s really a huge strength in politics that almost no other politician has. It may even allow him to do things no politician has before since the dawn of the information age. He’s managed to polarize the media narrative in such a way that he never really has to worry about being called out for inconsistency.

“His left wing opponents will never say “hang on, maybe he isn’t the devil if he’s said all this reasonable stuff”, and his right wing supporters will never crucify him for betrayal or flip flopping because he’s managed to detach his support almost entirely from specific policies and shifted it onto a general feeling he puts out with help of the liberal medias reaction to him.”