This week I wrote about the election of Jair Bolsonaro in Brazil and what that means for the world. He frightens me. It’s quite rare to see a leader be that blatant about his plans to do evil. I believe every word he says. I also discussed the ongoing deteriorating situation in the United States and the global rise of fascism. I wrote, “There is a refusal by too many people of influence to have the conversations this moment requires.” Marley K. responded:
This is the reason I fear nothing will change next Tuesday. All the things you describe in the piece are the reasons for the surge in fascism. False American exceptionalism (we are hypocrites and fake as a $4 bill), pro- Whiteness associated with colonizing tendencies, more concerns about doing business than caring for all people equally, we refuse to discuss the role of race in the mix of global collapse, and cesspools of media refusing to call this moment in world history what it truly is are the reasons we are here.
A lot of us are going to pay for the selfishness and intolerance of the few. Sometimes losing is winning. This collapse is going to put people on the bottom who never thought the bottom was fashionable. Look to Greece for the best model yet as to what our collapse will look like.
I’ve been saying for some time that I don’t think the blue wave people are counting on is going to be as big or as effective as hoped. First, there’s all the cheating the Republicans are doing. Big enough turnouts might overcome the fraud, but they might not. In addition, I just don’t think enough people are willing enough to call a spade a spade and really lay out what’s happening in a way people who aren’t politics junkies can understand. I think those of us who follow politics closely don’t get how many people have no idea what’s happening. Some don’t have access to the information, but others don’t want to know. They don’t want their privilege disturbed. They’re ostriches with their heads in the sand. The media allows them to maintain this posture relatively unchallenged. By the time enough establishment news media start using the word “fascism” to describe what’s happening, it will be too late. They’re still using euphemistic language like “racially charged” when they mean “racist.” There’s a pattern of really irresponsible framing of these issues coming from the AP, Reuters and outlets that should know better. The problem is deeply entrenched, and I don’t think it will be resolved in time.
Marley K. is right. We’re all about to learn some really tough lessons and pay heavy prices for problems we didn’t create. I think the people who are going to be the most surprised by the outcome are White women. The racist White men they’re propping up despise them too, and that will be made clear to them soon.
A Greek-style economic collapse in the United States seems unthinkable, but it’s on the table. Everything is.
John Gomez wrote:
It’s all about money, no ideology any more. Whatever the global corporate plutocracy wants, it gets. Until of course there is nothing left (the thought of which does not deter them)
Keep writing, keep thinking, keep resisting. Don’t buy their BS. Ever.
I think those of us who aren’t greedy have difficulty understanding the avaricious mind. I can’t imagine wanting money so badly that I would nihilistically destroy the entire planet to get it. It legitimately baffles me. What I understand even less is the admiration these deeply broken people receive, how their vulgar grasping does get framed as an ideology, that so many people believe it to be principled. I’m always surprised whenever I see ordinary working people defending the honor of billionaires. It’s really quite weird when you think about it. Money is meant to be a tool that makes trading easier, but it’s imprisoned us all…
Of the business of fascism, jwa1313 wrote:
Kitanya — part of the reason that the “Austrian corporal” was able to get as far as he did was because the movers & shakers in post-Great War Germany viewed many of his propositions as “business opportunities”, and thought that they would be able to “control” him, and blunt his “worst impulses”.
Boy, were they surprised — the ones who survived …
A handful of people are going to make a lot of money while the world burns. But plenty who think they will are going to end up on the wrong side of things. That is honestly what I don’t get about all this: how many people are convinced they’re going to be among the winners, that the consequences of the “worst impulses” are going to skip over them. They’re willing to gamble their countries, their societies, the entire world on it. People are voting for this utter madness… It’s not being forced on them.
I’m reading How Propaganda Works, and it talks about the ways democracy is used against itself. That’s what we’re watching. Circling back to Marley K.’s point, I don’t think that mid-term elections are going to provide the check on the devolving situation in America people hope it will. Too much momentum gathered while establishment media were hand-wringing and writing fawning profiles of hipster Nazis. I’m not sure what will happen, but it’s going to take more than electing Democrats to put a stop to all this.
I’m working on a tough new piece, so I’m not sure what my posting will be like next week. It’s the most difficult thing I’ve ever written, and I vacillate between feeling like I have to write it and certain I should bin it. I don’t think I’ve ever been as conflicted about a piece of writing before. We’ll see where it goes…