Are We Headed for Fascism Under President Trump?

Posted on January 10th, 2017 in Capitalism,Climage Change,Culture by Robert Miller
Donald Trump

Donald Trump: who me?

Most of us are wondering what positions Donald Trump will offer next, to further remind us that the days of the Obama administration are dwindling down to a precious few!—-and we now have to worry about how far right we have to turn to placate Donald Trump’s White House ambitions. It looks like Obamacare is next on the chopping block, but delayed by a year or two. But let me paint a darker picture (if there is one) of what’s going on; I have said on numerous occasions said that I don’t blame the Trump voters for voting the way they did on November 8th. I blame the Republican (mostly) and Democratic parties (more than a little) and the financial institutions (a lot), for allowing the income disparity to be so grossly distorted that it now represents some form of evil—-we need more labor unions to begin fixing this problem. It is clear, at least to me, that there will be no peacemaking between the two parties; the are permanently divided without the possibility of a peaceful settlement between them. The increased worker productivity changes, that have occurred over the past thirty years, has not been rewarded by appropriate compensation in worker’s salaries, nor will their be, as long as the Republican party is in control. I expect that it will take many years and perhaps a few depressions before the Democrats are in control; and I hope by then it will be a completely different Democratic party.

But, what I do blame the voters that voted for Trump is their embarrassing naivete, because I fear that,  they will support Trumps’ turn to fascism which I fear is just around the corner, given what we have already seen from Donald Trump. I am not the only person worried about this coming reality; you have only to search the web with two words “Trump” and “Fascism” and you will be rewarded by an abundance of good articles. One cautionary note is provided by Robert O. Paxton which you can read about here. He claims that fascism is overused.

As Herman Goring [Hitler’s second in command] once said “Naturally, the common people don’t want war … but after all it is the leaders of a country who determine the policy, and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is to tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in every country. Trump has already picked his enemy, it’s ISIS [Islamic State of Iraq and Syria] and he has already blown this all out of proportion to the threat. So Trump has already laid the groundwork for his underlying fascism. He only has to dress it up and call it by another name. How about “Global Market Nationalism.” After all the Hitler’s party was named National Socialist German Workers’ Party. Compared to that party the one I am proposing  sounds entirely innocent of any fascist-leaning moniker.

Fascism is an interesting term if you look it up in an ordinary dictionary, you might find fascism defined as an “authoritarian and nationalistic right-wing system of government and social organization.” One of the characters they name as the gold standard for  fascism is Benito  Mussolini, but I prefer another definition related more to Adolph Hitler, and that is the wedding of the state with major corporate interests. Krupp steel did very well under Hitler’s regime, because the weapons manufacturing relied on steel for tanks, guns, cannons, machine guns, trucks and so forth. And that is what I fear most of all about the Trump presidency; we already know that we have a military-industrial complex itching to go to war, because that’s when they make huge profits. At the end of WW II, one of FDR’s business advisers said that business was so good during the war, the country should be on a permanent war footing!  Well, we are almost there. I hope I’m wrong, I hope Trump will turn out to be an incompetent fool, so we can all get a good laugh at his colossal blunders.  But these days we do not do blunders very well; our blunders always seem to cost billions or trillions of dollars!

And that brings us to the subject of education. Hermann Goring also said that education is a very dangerous—-every educated person is a future enemy. While it is safe to say that most Trump supporters are uneducated,  If you think you can generalize about the people that voted for Trump, think again; USA Today has a fascinating summary of the Trump voters which you can see here. One thing you will note is that many of them start off by saying how much they dislike Hillary Clinton, and that too brings us to another point of discussion which is that Donald Trump very successfully painted a very negative portrait of Hillary Clinton for her private email server, something I find trivially absurd, and too much of the campaign was devoted to this trivial issue.

If fascism comes to America, it probably won’t be recognized as such, at least not at first. Robert Paxton has written an excellent book The Anatomy of Fascism wherein he provides an excellent example of what fascism will look like if one of the other forms of fascism comes knocking on our door. Fascism was an invention of the 20th century

Recently we have a report from the CIA, that claimed evidence for Russian election tampering favoring promoting the election of Donald Trump. Of course he has denied this, claiming that the CIA failed to find evidence for  Saddam Hussein, of Iraq, for having weapons of mass destruction. I have commented on many occasions of the deficiencies of the CIA, particularly their covert operations. They are secretive and too many of their operations have given American foreign policy a very bad name. One thing you can do to retrieve many of my objections to the CIA, is to go to my website (themillercircle.org) and in the search bar type in the word CIA and you will be rewarded with a never-ending long list of missives, but one of my favorites and be found here. Charles Blow has written a stinging criticism of Donald Trump which you can read here. It’s a very good read.

On another disturbing note about the Trump election, Rachel Maddow conducted a post-election poll and here are some of the results

  • The stock market under President Obama soared and went from 7,49.09 (Dow) to 19,614.91 yet 39% of Trump voters think the stock market went down under President Obama
  • Unemployment under Obama dropped from 7.8% to 4.6%, Clinton, Johnson, Stein and other voters were well of that fact. But 67% of the Trump voters believe that unemployment rate increased under Obama
  • 40% of Trump voters believe that Trump won the popular vote.
  • 60% of Trump voters believe that millions voted illegally for Clinton
  • 73% of Trump voters believe that George Soros paid Trump protesters
  • 29% of Trump voters believe that California voters should not be included in the popular vote

From these astonishing facts, we have to assume that the Trump voters live in a different reality compared to the rest of the world that most of us live in. This too is a bit frightening to contemplate, because if we assume that the voters who voted for Trump can be this blind to reality, then are we not already firmly planted with at least one foot in the fascist camp, just waiting for the other shoe to be inserted in the phantasmagorical mess? None of us have a crystal ball from which we can anticipate the future. But we must resist with every fiber of our being, the Senate needs to be firm and resist every cabinet appointment for Trump. By doing this, we must never let him never forget that we will all go down fighting to save our Democracy, even though today, we find ourselves in an oligarchy, but hope springs eternal! (in this case I define an oligarchy as one in which the vast majority of Americans favor retention or expansion of Social Security, Medicaid and Medicare, in poll after poll, but we don’t see this expressed in congress because the lobbyists and congress itself will pursue polices against the will of the people.

I am not sure if we will recognize the transition from oligarchy to fascism; maybe the transition will be too subtle for detection. But armed with a good bullshit detector, like the one God gave to me, I will steadfastly report back to you once I smell the foul in the air.

We have yet to understand the impact of FBI director Jim Comey’s untoward intrusion into our Federal election. But it does not look good and he should be charged with electioneering fraud.

Donald Trump and the racist-conspiracy theorists, generals and billionaires around him inherited and exploited this condition, just as they have inherited and will exploit the destruction of civil liberties and collapse of democratic institutions. Trump did not create this political, moral and intellectual vacuum. It created him.

So if we look at the Republican party today, we see a prefascist party with no moral code whatsoever. They are endangering the lives of our children and grandchildren, due to their complete mistrust of  global climate change science, they have put profit before humanity, but right now the seem to have the power to do whatever they want!

We used to count on the European community for steadfast wisdom, but those days are gone and Europe is beginning to look a lot like Trumpville in America. So they’re out.

We must resist their malevolent actions, which is clearly aimed at subduing us and our neighbors. I have never felt so alone in my own country. Everything Donald Trump stands for I must reject as unconstitutional

RFM

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