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I wanted to start a discussion mainly on the topic of fascism, its history, and how it is still being implemented today.

I know this will be a tasty morsel for a few users on here, and I'm looking forward to hearing your opinions.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with fascism and it's incredibly destructive course in history, I direct you to the Wikipedia page:

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fascism

I will get the ball rolling. First of all, I believe that many people on this website are severely misusing the term, and I would like to set that straight with this thread.

Fascism can be both on the right and the left. Hardcore left wing people do not like to hear this, however it is true just the same. I direct you to Joseph Stain's regiem. Or many governments who have used communism as a guise to create an authoritarian government. Mainly as a coup.

I am a liberal. Pretty hardcore liberal, actually. However the hard left is starting to really piss me off with their self righteousness. Mainly with the account of calling representative Omar an anti-semite for critisizing the government of Isreal (with due cause I might add). This is dangerous.

I am just really hoping the left does not fall victim to fascist tactics.

I know that @Skit was talking about the fact that Antifa was using borderline fascist tactics in their goal to actually fight fascism.


Which I agree with. However I would stop far short of calling them actual fascists, which is what the right is trying to do.

Anyway, I'm rambling. I'm looking forward to the conversation.
 
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Yeah both the far Left and far Right are fascists, both promote xenophobia and want to control every aspect of our lives.

Same old shit.
 
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What exactly are “fascist tactics?” Fascism is an end, not a means, and I think that most actions called fascist (referring to anti-fascist violence here), ignore the context of the end goal.

I’m curious as to what context you’re using that phrase in
 
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What exactly are “fascist tactics?” Fascism is an end, not a means, and I think that most actions called fascist (referring to anti-fascist violence here), ignore the context of the end goal.

I’m curious as to what’s context you’re using that phrase in

I'm sorry, but that just isint true. Fascism, by definition, can be tactics used to achieve an end state of a Fascist Party. If you look at the rise of Mussolini and Hitler, you will see that both used very similar tactics on the rise to power, and increased the aggression of these tactics once in power.

State sponsored propaganda. Nationalism. Demonization of immigration and certain groups of people. Intimidation of opposition. Disdain for media. Authoritarianism.

Those are fascist tactics. They are used to achieve a fascist state.

I dont have disdain for Antifa, I just do not agree with some of their tactics.

Especially hard left propaganda, such as calling anyone who has criticisms for them capitalists, rascists, sexists, ect.

The right just uses that as cannon fodder.
 

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I am a liberal. Pretty hardcore liberal, actually. However the hard left is starting to really piss me off with their self righteousness. Mainly with the account of calling representative Omar an anti-semite for critisizing the government of Israel (with due cause I might add). This is dangerous.

I am just really hoping the left does not fall victim to fascist tactics.

yeah that - although i know nothing about what's going on in Israel or who rep. Omar is - would seem to be what i like to call the bastardization of leftism. which seems to be very, very prevalent. like, fake
 
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I'm sorry, but that just isint true. Fascism, by definition, can be tactics used to achieve an end state of a Fascist Party. If you look at the rise of Mussolini and Hitler, you will see that both used very similar tactics on the rise to power, and increased the aggression of these tactics once in power.

State sponsored propaganda. Nationalism. Demonization of immigration and certain groups of people. Intimidation of opposition. Disdain for media. Authoritarianism.

Those are fascist tactics. They are used to achieve a fascist state.
We are in agreement about this. Perhaps I wasn’t clear about what my question was.
I was asking about which tactics of Antifa you disagree with, like specifically. I feel like I need a better frame of reference than “some of their tactics” to properly engage with this conversation
 
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I dont have disdain for Antifa, I just do not agree with some of their tactics.

Especially hard left propaganda, such as calling anyone who has criticisms for them capitalists, rascists, sexists, ect.

The right just uses that as cannon fodder.
 
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Ah okay I misunderstood. I thought you were talking about far left propaganda in general, and not as it relates to antifa.

I don’t think that call-out culture (which the left is actively moving away from, at least in the circles I run in) is propaganda though? Call-out culture stems from fundamental misunderstandings of the source materials that bring up intersectionality, anarchism and social justice, and isn’t really pointed in a way that dedicated propaganda is.


Also, I think it’s important to note that not everyone who claims antifa for themselves are leftists. Antifascists aren’t even an actual organized collective, and I think it’s important to hold the individual people accountable for their views and actions instead of a blanket term for people who just so happen to be against fascism.
 
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So....Fascism is the wedding of a Nationalism with a Corporatist economics (wherein the State "resolves" the class conflict between labour and capital) . Hence Trumpism can been seen as a kind of vulgar (in the sense of reductionist) fascism.
I have a Sun Tzu approach to tactics, i.e., the most effective action to win the field. Remember Marx: "Democracy is a battle to be won..." ( Actually, that was also Engels)
 

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Also, I think it’s important to note that not everyone who claims antifa for themselves are leftists. Antifascists aren’t even an actual organized collective, and I think it’s important to hold the individual people accountable for their views and actions instead of a blanket term for people who

I like this. I really dont like the grouping together of people via labels either.

As far as the call out culture, I'm not against it, I just dont like when a person or group says something the other one doesnt, so they use a defaming 'ist' to shame the other person, when it's clear that original person/group isn't. That's when a tool meant for justice, turns into propaganda.
 

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If a collective is uncentralized / has no internal system of accountability, outsiders still have to (and will) hold the collective accountable for their own sake.

So an unorganized collective like Antifa is judged by the actions of their worst outliers, rather than an internally enforced platform.

Ineffecient MO for making political progress


I'm for call-out culture, there's been a lot of heavy handedness recently, but the idea itself I'm for.
 

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Now the one thing that scares the hell out of me with the current administration, is that they have hit every single point on the "early warning signs of Fascism" poster in the Holocaust museum....in 2 years.

Hitler did some very similar to Trump's Decleration of Emergency to seize power in Germany.

I seriously think this is the closest America has come to a fascist regieme, ever. If not Fascist, then at the very least Authoritarianism.

And the fact that so many seriously privileged young people choose to not involve themselves in politics, or educate themselves before voting, astounds me.

I see nothing but a fall for America....however, I'm pretty sure Bernie Sanders just announced his run in the primaries....so perhaps there is hope.
 

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If we could just sieze all the abandoned buildings and empty houses in the name of the people and give our brothers and sisters (that want it) a place to sleep, I wouldn't have anything to complain about.
 

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Now the one thing that scares the hell out of me with the current administration, is that they have hit every single point on the "early warning signs of Fascism" poster in the Holocaust museum....in 2 years.

Hitler did some very similar to Trump's Decleration of Emergency to seize power in Germany.

I seriously think this is the closest America has come to a fascist regieme, ever. If not Fascist, then at the very least Authoritarianism.

And the fact that so many seriously privileged young people choose to not involve themselves in politics, or educate themselves before voting, astounds me.

I see nothing but a fall for America....however, I'm pretty sure Bernie Sanders just announced his run in the primaries....so perhaps there is hope.

We're pretty close to the precipice right now, there are looming issues like automation which could make things a lot worse if the country doesnt shape up politically.

I'm optimistic that we'll work things out and keep the boat floating though

The only thing I dislike about Bernie is his chances of beating out the Republicans, they're pretty united behind Trump while Dems might be more split behind Bernie. Id still support his candidacy
 

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you know the big timers already have an answer for potential civil unrest due to lost jobs from automation. Its militarization of the police force and intimidation tactics.
 

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you know the big timers already have an answer for potential civil unrest due to lost jobs from automation. Its militarization of the police force and intimidation tactics.

Ya, the automation debate needs to start happening NOW. Just like we should've done something about climate change 20 years ago.

I work around police alot in my line of work, and some of the things they are allowed to have/are given from the government is disgusting. Especially armored vehicles and .50 caliber machine guns mounted on trucks.

I've participated in many police trainings. The way they are trained scares me. Basically told that every citizen is a potential threat, and to treat them that way. Seriously. I know good people with free minds that were brainwashed into becoming trigger happy, hardcore conservative, nuts jobs from becoming a police officer. It's sad.

Comparatively to guys that come out of the millitary becoming the complete opposite that I've seen.
 

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There's plenty to worry about thats for sure, can only hope that reason and not violence continues to prevail
 

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Ya, the automation debate needs to start happening NOW. Just like we should've done something about climate change 20 years ago.

I work around police alot in my line of work, and some of the things they are allowed to have/are given from the government is disgusting. Especially armored vehicles and .50 caliber machine guns mounted on trucks.

I've participated in many police trainings. The way they are trained scares me. Basically told that every citizen is a potential threat, and to treat them that way. Seriously. I know good people with free minds that were brainwashed into becoming trigger happy, hardcore conservative, nuts jobs from becoming a police officer. It's sad.

Comparatively to guys that come out of the millitary becoming the complete opposite that I've seen.
Universal basic income is the only idea I have heard in response to the AI question. It won't happen though because of idiots who are bitter about "having to work" and seeing others "get something for nothing".
 

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