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Is Donald Trump a fascist? The question is usually posed as an insult rather than as a serious inquiry. A common response is that “he is not as bad as Hitler”, but this rather dodges the issue. Hitler was one hideous exponent of fascism, which comes in different flavours but he was by no means the only one.

The answer is that fascist leaders and fascism in the 1920s and 1930s were similar in many respects to Trump and Trumpism. But they had additional toxic characteristics, born out of a different era and a historic experience different from the United States.

What are the most important features of fascism? They include ultra-nationalism and authoritarianism; the demonisation and persecution of minorities; a cult of the leader; a demagogic appeal to the “ignored” masses and against a “treacherous” establishment; contempt for parliamentary institutions; disregard for the law while standing on a law and order platform; control of the media and the crushing of criticism; slogans promising everything to everybody; a promotion of force as a means to an end leading to violence, militarism and war.

The list could go on to include less significant traits such as a liking for public displays of strength and popularity at rallies and parades; a liking also for gigantic building projects as the physical embodiment of power.

Hitler and Mussolini ticked all these boxes and Trump ticks most of them, though with some important exceptions. German and Italian fascism was characterised above all else by aggressive and ultimately disastrous wars. Trump, on the contrary, is a genuine “isolationist” who has not started a single war in the two-and-a-half years he has been in the White House.

It is not that Trump abjures force, but he prefers it to be commercial and economic rather than military, and he is deploying it against numerous countries from China to Mexico and Iran. As a strategy this is astute, avoiding the bear traps that American military intervention fell into in Iraq and Afghanistan. It is an approach which weakens the targeted state economically, but it does not produce decisive victories or unconditional surrenders.

It is a policy more dangerous than it looks: Trump may not want a war, but the same is not true of Mike Pompeo, his secretary of state, or his national security adviser John Bolton. And it is even less true of US allies like Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, who have been pushing Washington towards war with Iran long before Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman took control in Riyadh in 2015.

Trump’s aversion to military intervention jibes with these other influences, but it is erratic because it depends on the latest tweet from the White House. A weakness, not just of fascist leaders but of all dictatorial regimes, is their exaggerated dependence on the decisions of a single individual with God-like confidence in their own judgement. Nothing can be decided without their fiat and they must never be proved wrong or be seen to fail.

Trump has modes of operating rather than sustained policies that are consequently shallow and confused. One ambassador in Washington confides privately that he has successfully engaged with the most senior officials in the administration, but this was not doing him a lot of good because they had no idea of what was happening. The result of this Louis XIV approach to government is institutionalised muddle: Trump may not want a war in the Middle East but he could very easily blunder into one.

Of course, Trump is not alone in this: populist nationalist authoritarian leaders on the rise all over the world win and hold power in ways very similar to the fascists of the inter-war period. What is there in these two eras almost a century apart that would explain this common political trajectory?

Fears and hatreds born out of the First World War, the Russian Revolution and the Great Depression propelled the fascists towards power. When old allegiances and beliefs were shattered and discredited, people naturally looked to new creeds and saviours. “The more pathological the situation the less important is the intrinsic worth of the idol,” wrote the great British historian Lewis Namier in 1947. “His feet may be of clay and his face may be blank: it is the frenzy of the worshippers which imparts to him meaning and power.”

Is the same thing happening again? Fascism was the product of a cataclysmic period in the first half of the 20th century that is very different from today. The US failed to get its way in wars in Iraq and Afghanistan but these were small-scale conflicts in no way comparable to the First World War. The recession that followed the 2008 crash was a blip compared to the Thirties.

Many of the better off reassure themselves with such thoughts. But they underestimate the destructiveness of de-industrialisation and technological change for great numbers across the globe. Inequality has vastly increased. Economies expand, but the benefits are skewed towards the wealthy. Metropolitan centres plugged into the global economy flourished, but not their periphery.

The distinction between winners and losers varies from country to country but governments everywhere underestimated the unhappiness caused by social and economic upheaval. Beneficiaries of the status quo invariably downplay the significance of fault lines that populists are swift to identify and exploit.

Philip Hammond, the British chancellor of the exchequer, contemptuously dismisses claims by the UN that great number of people in Britain were living in “dire poverty” and saying that, in so far as deprivation existed, the government was acting effectively to address the problem. The new wave of Trump-like leaders springing up all over the globe do not have to do very much to do better than this.

Such overconfidence on the part of the powers-that-be is becoming rarer. Democrats who had convinced themselves that Trumpism would be exposed and discredited as a conspiracy wished on America by the dark powers in the Kremlin have seen their fantasy evaporate.

ORDER IT NOW

But there is probably worse to come: experience shows that populist authoritarian nationalism – what Namier called “Caesarian democracy” – is not a static phenomenon. It may not begin with all the fascist characterisation listed above, but its trajectory is always in their direction. Regimes become more nationalistic, authoritarian, demagogic, shifting from intolerance of criticism or opposition to a determination to extinguish it entirely.

A case study of this process is Turkey, where President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is reinforcing his one-man rule by overturning an opposition victory in the election to choose the mayor of Istanbul. Many Americans deny that the same process is happening in the US, but they tend to be the same people who did not believe that Trump could be elected in the first place.

(Republished from The Independent by permission of author or representative)
 
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  1. dearieme says:

    The endless crying wolf about Trumpino will look bloody silly when a real Musso/Hitler pitches up.

    People will yawn at the hysterical warnings: “oh not again; they said the about Trump”.

    • Replies: @A123
    , @Wally
  2. Paul says:

    Some of the features of fascism listed by Patrick Cockburn could be listed as features of the Stalinism that was embraced by Patrick’s father (Claud Cockburn) and are embraced by the liberals of today.

    • Replies: @Alfa158
    , @ThreeCranes
  3. Ron, Cockburn, if he ever wasn’t, has become an astonishingly silly man, and articles like this add absolutely nothing to our understanding of Trump.

  4. Tom Verso says:

    I really appreciate the absence of any pretense of writing an objective journalistic article about Trump.

    This is an unabashed virtue pretentious ideological piece, with virtually (literally?) no statements of verifiable facts. Rather, a passionate ideological stream of consciousness creating metaphoric illusions of fact; e.g. “Hitler and Mussolini ticked all these boxes and Trump ticks most of them … Trump’s aversion … Trump has modes of operating”.

    Not many who market themselves as journalist are so honest about their self-gratifying sense of high morality vis-a-vis the great unwashed deplorable who vote for and support Trump. You leave no doubt in the minds of readers that you are not an objective recorder of events vis-a-vis Trump.

    Rather, a political patrician op-ed opinion writer in the camp of the ‘non-Fascist’ FBI and NSA operatives who engaged in a verifiably documented coup d’état against a constitutionally elected President; e.g. lies to FISA court to get unconstitutional search warrants.

    And, that’s to be appreciated.

  5. melpol says:

    Extreme Nationalistic leaders are impossible in the US because of large independent minorities. But Trump can unify the Whites and send people of color back to their ancestral lands. There is no way this can be done without destroying the economy and disrupting society. China and Japan find it easy to have Fascist leaders because of having all Yellow Race citizens.

    • Replies: @Corvinus
  6. The recession that followed the 2008 crash was a blip compared to the Thirties.

    It’s a lot bigger than you think. It’s just “on the down low”. The swipe of an EBT card at the supermarket and a Section 8 voucher are both a whole lot less in-your-face visible than soup and bread lines and Hoovervilles all over the country.

  7. ‘Trump may not want a war in the Middle East but he could very easily blunder into one.’
    Nations blunder into the very war they are trying to avoid – abject defeat. The US president, encouraged by his counselors, might launch an attack on Iran, not realizing the consequences. He wouldn’t be alone in history for doing that, so it cannot be held against him. Regional conflicts today are so interconnected that a localized dispute could drag in the major nuclear powers in multiple theaters. That is what happens if vital interests clash. It is the pattern of history. And there is nothing to suggest it has changed.
    https://www.ghostsofhistory.wordpress.com/

    • Replies: @floda
  8. plantman says:

    Let me get this straight: Cockburn identifies the central problem as the widening inequality that emerged following the Great Recession of 2008, but then he blames Trump for being Trump.

    WTF!

    Here’s Cockburn: ” Inequality has vastly increased. Economies expand, but the benefits are skewed towards the wealthy. Metropolitan centres plugged into the global economy flourished, but not their periphery.”

    Okay, if that’s the problem, then why are the Democrats still jabbering about Russiagate instead of talking up programs and tax breaks aimed at the struggling middle class???

    The way to get rid of Trump is to propose policies that help to reduce the economic insecurity that has spread across the entire country.

    The Dems don’t want to do that because they are still the faithful servants of Wall Street and the big corporations. ….which is why Trump’s economic nationalism looks so attractive to people who have nothing to lose!

    • Replies: @ThreeCranes
  9. Anon[762] • Disclaimer says:

    Trumps a ceo which is dictatorial hardly as dangerous as your FDR WILSON TEDDY LINCOLN ETC.

    FASISM is the death throes of democracy as it tries to resist its inevitable slide into further extremes of Mobism it tries to put a bit of lipstick on the pig with fascism. It tries to recover a bit of order with authority and a bit of lawfulness by reigning in a bit of the elite looting Democracy leads to cultural degeneracy and so there’s often a lowbrow attempt at restoring the culture the elite highbrows having led the degeneracy spiral only the middle is available to try and save the culture. The opposition is usually high using low against middle often an imported low high often skims the redistribution its stealing with threats of riot by low. You can tell the collapse is near when the power elite are no longer second and third sons of elites (no longer buying into the duty of safeguarding the culture which ensconced them but rather decide to triangulate power of their own the nation culture people be damned) but are the children of the imports.
    This is the problem of republic they breed too many elites who are not satisfied with mere maintenance and so they defect

  10. G says:

    I am yet to read a convincing argument how the most hardline Zionist president in US history, who had his campaign run by the AIPAC guy Michael Glassner, influenced by Jared Kushner and proud Christian Zionist Steve Bannon, who hired Jewish Goldman Sachs bankers Mnuchin and Cohen right from the start, made the Jewish olgarchy of the Kushners and others into Jewish aristocracy in the white house, has most to all his children married or dating Jews, is an obscene, vulgar and tasteless vessel for the wishes of the Jewish Casino Godfather Sheldon Adelson, filled his government with Neocons, has his power base in Zionist Evangelical Christians, has somehow anything remotely to do with with Adolf Hitler or Benito Mussolini. — This one isn’t.

    Neither are Boomerisms about what “fascism” is or isn’t. And the downright idiotic habbit of Anglosphere journalists and intellectuals to label totalitarianism as “fascist” brings already a fundamental misinformation in the term itself. And I can only explain it from a necessity of the Anglosphere commentators, who are drenched in post WW2 mythology, to obfuscate the fact that one was allied to a certain Stalin and produced the rise of communist China starting under Mao himself. The greatest mass murderer in human history who did have near total control over his subjects and their minds. Unlike Mussolini and Hitler or even Stalin.

    What are the most important features of fascism? They include ultra-nationalism and authoritarianism

    As ultra-nationalistic as Churchill or Roosevelt, as authoritarian as Stalin and Mao.

    the demonisation and persecution of minorities

    Tibetans, Uyghurs, Palestinians… – ah yes, and concentration camps for the Boer!

    a cult of the leader

    Echnaton, Caesar himself is actually a weaker example, Mao, Stalin, again Churchill, then Truman; or John F. Kennedy for that matter: The enshrined patron-saint of US democracy and its tragedy and crucifixion, his mythological rise to almost sainthood like Lincoln, or until recently MLK jr. Nevermind that Hillary Clinton was the absolute and total cult leader figure for the US establishment and Angela Merkel was crowned leader of the free world in a detestable act of disinformation and lies, almost on the level of Stalinist lies. A woman who has turned German parliamentary politics into a GDR like one party coalition of leftist neo-liberal imperialism on her own people.

    a demagogic appeal to the “ignored” masses and against a “treacherous” establishment

    The masses are ignored. Want Anglosphere examples? Brexit. And as Charles Murray noted: the peoples have – for generations! – voted against more immigration, the establishment has also for generations ignored them. There is also something to be said about the victims of Rotherham and how they were ignored, for over a decade crimes comitted against them systematically covered up.

    And when it comes to a treacherous establishment, look no further than to the Ziocons, Merkel, May and unfortunately Trump himself now. How utterly rotten and morally bankrupt, for example, the establishment of Britain is shows the case of again Rotherham and Jimmy Savile.

    contempt for parliamentary institutions

    And for good reason! Politicians are mindless and usually incompetent drones to be bought by foreign and corporate lobbies, pushed by manipulative and deceptive mass media and to be used as pawns for foreign policy of unelected deep state actors.

    disregard for the law while standing on a law and order platform

    Ah yes! There is something about the acts of the declared “leader of the free world” Angela Merkel breaking the German constitution and European law while ordering a stand down to the German border police who was ready to close the German borders, to allow in a million illegals against the strong wishes of at least a significant minority. This crypto-communist also leads the “conservative” party of “stability” who loves to talk about democracy, toleranz and openness and the dangers of undemocratic Russia.

    control of the media and the crushing of criticism

    ADL, SPLC, overwhelming control over the old media corporations and near monopoly control over the internet and social media platforms of a certain group that shall not be named. But it’s certainly not better when the government itself directly controls the media as in Europe. Is the author seriously trying to make the claim that today the dangers in this regard come from new right populists? Or that this was something singular and a defining characteristic of fascism?

    slogans promising everything to everybody

    “Wir schaffen das!”, “Stadt für alle!”, “Land für alle!”, “Diversity is our strength!”, “Globalism brings more wealth for everyone involved!”, “Free trade is good for everybody!”, “Workers of the world unite! All you have to lose is your chains!”

    a promotion of force as a means to an end leading to violence, militarism and war.

    Ah yes such a true forces for peace and democracy and the freedom of all peoples of the world the British Empire was and the USA are! The peoples of Vietnam, Serbia, Libya, Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Palestine and Germany can sing a song about it. The USA are such a peaceful hegemon! Dedicated to spreading human rights, democracy and freedom globally. — But they are also nothing special in this regard. Indeed this point is typical for basically all forms of government. Haven’t you people read your Machiavelli?

    What did derail the Trump movement and turned MAGA into MIGA and a continuation of the status quo and its lobbies, were not the populist grassroots support for Trump – across the entire West, even globally, or the hopes and wishes of the indeed ignored masses of the USA, or the populist supporters in the West who saw him as a beacon of their own hopes and wishes. It was the ‘deep state’ which by all means is just the functional reality of representative, parliamentary democracy in the age of mass media, a global financial system and corporations.

    The claim that tree of life recipient Donald Trump and life long supporter and friend of Israel is a “fascist” is even more bizarre and ridiculous than calling Saddam Hussein or Muammar al-Gaddaffi Adolf Hitler. And do I really need to quote all the things Trump said about Israel and Netanyahu, or after the synagogue shootings..?

    But the idea that he is a true isolationist who doesn’t want war, is absurd. The Syria strikes speak volumes about his intellect, judgement, foreign policy independence and also about his willingness to do anything what Bibi and Adelson want. Just as the embassy move to Jerusalem, just as the Golan Heights and so much more.
    The USA simply cannot start a war with Iran. Because they don’t have the sufficient access to execute a major ground invasion of Iran through Iraq, Turkey, Afghanistan, Turkmenistan, Pakistan or a D-Day like operation from the Sea. The USA also cannot do it, because the overwhelming majority of the people in Europe, globally and even a majority in the USA itself would condemn another war of aggression by the USA. This has nothing to do with the wishes of the Kushner, Bolton, Pompeo Trump government and its shadow puppeteers Netanyahu and Adelson. The same is true for Venezuela and Syria.

    The Anglosphere, with the USA as its hegemonic leader, is caught in its own life-long delusions, its own mythology from the British Empire to WW2, its decade spanning structural and fundamental mistakes and errors and flaws. It’s not the first Empire to be in this situation and it won’t be the last Empire who will have its own downfall accelerated by it all.

    Liberal democracy is a failed, a false and a falsified political model turned into a post-political ideology of an increasingly undemocratic establishment. The Europeans do not want it, the Africans do not want it, the Asians do not want it and increasingly the citizens of the USA and Great Britain do not want it. Trump and Brexit are indeed indicators for this.
    Because people are communal, they do not wish to be atomized individuals. And nobody wants social-democracy either for that matter. They do not solve problems, they do not provide people with what they need and they have no truly inspiring visions to offer either. And that’s why the future lies in nations and peoples. Not because there is a threat of “fascism”. And I think when it comes to the erosion of the rule of law and democracy being a means for the demos, the establishment has done absolutely everything itself to make this the reality for the citizens in the USA and EU.

    • Replies: @peterAUS
    , @Logan
  11. A123 says:
    @dearieme

    The false claims about Trump are intended to deflect from the Truth.

    dasFuherer Obama started down the road to Facism … directing the SS/FBI to conduct surveillance and enforce political orthodoxy. If the transfer of power to dasFuherer H. Clinton had taken place successfully we would be living in a Facist nation by this point.

    Authoritarian Left National Socialism (Nazism), also known as Globalism, is a threat to the Christian Citizens of the U.S. The Democratic party openly embraces these National Socialist / Globalist goals. The Facist Stormtroopers of Antifa are their version of the Hitler Youth.

    Fortunately, the circular firing squad of the DNC nomination process looks unlikely to present a serious threat in the next election….. Biden vs. Trump.
    ______

    Globalist penetration of the Republican establishment led to thrown elections with Romney and McCain intentionally chosen for their unelectability. Thus, the real crisis for America is 6 years down the road.

    Will Christian Populists be able to drive the Globalists / National Socialists out of the Republican party?

    Trump will be term limited out of office. If Globalists still contaminate the Republican party we could see another round of their strategy… “Let the DNC Win”. Another Romney or McCain establishment Globalist candidate chosen for intentional defeat.

    PEACE

    • Replies: @David
  12. Anon[253] • Disclaimer says:

    Amen. But the loss of blacks is likely unnoticeable with regard to economic volume.

  13. Jmaie says:

    For two years and change I’ve been trying to get my rabid anti-Trump friends to attack him for the things he’s actually done, rather than for whatever random outrage is floating around the twittersphere. But too no avail, they seem to think that yelling about the 64th horrible thing he’s done this week will do what the previous 63 have not, to cause the masses to rise up and pack him off to jail.

    The basic thrust of column is pointless. “Fascist” is indeed nothing more than an insult, being most inapt. And yet the OP spends his energy trying to shoehorn Trumpism into the Fascism fold.

    Mr. Cockburn, you bring up valid points, especially about the dangers of war posed by Pompeo and Bolton. I’d have a lot more respect were you to concentrate more on that issue and less with orange man bad.

    • Replies: @A123
  14. Many Americans deny that the same process is happening in the US, but they tend to be the same people who did not believe that Trump could be elected in the first place.

    Mostly what the leftists deny is the extent to which their own excesses (rooted in denial of reality) have naturally led to the rise of Trump.

    As I read Mr. Cockburn’s “analysis” it is obvious that he cannot make this connection either. Not that I believe the left can be “blamed” for the cycles of Nature. It is just frustrating to see the denial.

    Yes, Mr. Cockburn, the fascists and the wars are coming, and there’s not one damned thing you can do about it.

  15. Alfa158 says:
    @Paul

    “control of the media and the crushing of criticism; slogans promising everything to everybody; a promotion of force as a means to an end leading to violence, militarism and war.

    The list could go on to include less significant traits such as a liking for public displays of strength and popularity at rallies and parades; a liking also for gigantic building projects as the physical embodiment of power.”

    More of those fit Obama than Trump. But silly me for expecting a Prog to catch that. Disconnection from reality is a necessary condition for being a Leftist. The truth is not that which is, it is that which is supposed to be.
    I will now return to waiting for Trump to use his “control” of the adoring mass media in order to achieve his agenda.

  16. Trump hasn’t conquered any nations, while Emperor Obama conquered Honduras, Libya, Somalia, Ukraine, and tried to conquer Yemen, Turkey, and Syria. Obama also expanded the drone assassination campaign, to include US citizens. Obama restarted the Cold war by demonizing Russia and dispatching American troops to Russia’s borders with new military bases in the Baltic states.

    Control of the media? Trump has none, while the media cheered Obama all the time, even when he imprisoned journalists. They want to impeach Trump, but have no specific reason. I can list a dozens reasons to impeach any of our past Presidents. Finally, whenever Trump tries to ease tensions with Russia and North Korea, or pull troops from Syria, he is attacked by the media and Democrats.

    Trump is no saint, but this article is absurdly biased; typical of a corporate media figure.

  17. He’s more like Abbas. A cuck puppet of Jewish Power.

  18. Fascism (A police state created by the wedding of corporate and state powers) has been coming to America along various lines for quite some time but it’s not the “nationalism” that we need to worry about. In fact our tendencies to run fascistic have moved quickest while nationalism evaporated.

    The US is a divided nation, there is barely a “nation” here anymore, so we can stop worrying about nationalism. We are no longer a single nation and haven’t been for some time. Trump isn’t going to change that. LOL We are more in danger from increasing polarity ripping us apart than we are nationalism uniting us into some new Reich.

    Trump has at best hit 40% approval ratings in the polls, he barely holds onto power and in fact lost the house. That’s not a dictator in the making. There is zero danger that he will unite the country either, that isn’t going to happen.

    As for socially that one is really a joke. There has never been a nation on Earth that is less “Socially” fascist, NEVER. How a nation like ours, where you can literally self identify as any thing you want, would be socially fascist is beyond me, yet that is actually what is being described.

    The fascism I’m worried about comes in the form of Crony Capitalism spawning endless wars for profit while cracking down on liberty at home with the Patriot act and all the rest. That’s the creeping fascism we all should be worried about and many of us were. We voted for Trump as the only alternative to that very problem.

  19. Pure hysteria. TDS-porn.

    By the way, Mussolini wasn’t really Mussolini. And even Hitler and his Third Reich were more morally complicated than the Narrative couches them. There, I said it.

    Fascism is an absurdly ballyhooed term, like “white supremacist.” Nobody alive today really has that view of the State.

  20. Mr. Grey says:

    Cockburn represents a certain class of Britons who have lost their nerve, happy to flood their country with muslims to pay for some imagined sins, preferring to live under the firm hand of Brussels instead of facing the uncertainty of leaving the European Union. The fact that Trump is willing to help the U.K. after a Brexit only terrifies these cowards even more.

    • Replies: @peterAUS
  21. peterAUS says:
    @G

    Good comment.

    Except the part starting with

    The USA simply cannot start a war with Iran.

    and finishing with

    The USA also cannot do it, because the overwhelming majority of the people in Europe, globally and even a majority in the USA itself would condemn another war of aggression by the USA.

    There are a couple of quite plausible scenarios excluding use of US/NATO/Western ground forces.
    Yes, nobody knows what will happen after the first shot in anger is fired but Washington can, with confidence, start the engagement believing one of those options will work.

    To be clear: something more akin to “demonstration” than “war” (totally misused word today, among plenty….) is quite possible.

  22. peterAUS says:
    @Mr. Grey

    …. to pay for some imagined sins….

    You are onto something there.

    Short attempt:
    https://www.stanforddaily.com/2017/01/25/why-performances-of-white-liberal-guilt-make-me-want-to-punch-myself-in-the-throat/
    Quote:

    ….their displays of contrition become nothing more than a narcissistic means of patting oneself on the back and elevating oneself over less virtuous privileged people who don’t make the same performances of guilt.

    Keywords:narcissistic, elevating oneself over…….

    Author, as a very good example.

    • Agree: Mr. Grey
  23. Corvinus says:
    @melpol

    “But Trump can unify the Whites and send people of color back to their ancestral lands.”

    Not really. Say, why don’t you lead that charge? You have the willpower, right?

  24. TG says:

    No, no, no, missing the point. A ‘Fascist’ is someone saying something that the rich and powerful don’t want said.

    So when Donald Trump said that he wanted to stop us from wasting trillions of dollars on pointless winless foreign wars that serve only to enrich politically-connected defense contractors, that was Fascist and Rascist and Literally Hitler.

    Trump got beaten down, and without consulting Congress, launched a completely unjustified and stupid missile attack on Syria, and suddenly he was ‘presidential.’ So you see, a leader taking power into his own hands and running roughshod over the rule of law, that’s ‘Democracy’ – as long as he’s doing what the rich want done.

    Bottom line: now that Trump has morphed into “Swamp Thing,” there will be political theater and screaming and howling, but it’s all for show. It’s a circus.

    • Replies: @jammer
  25. A123 says:
    @Jmaie

    Have you considered administering TDS vaccine (1) to your ‘friends’?

    The label looks quite promising:

    ;-D

    In all seriousness, TRUMP’s inability to cut down on H1B visas is distressing. However, picking a fight with China and India at the same time could go badly wrong. China trade was prioritised over India visas.

    PEACE

    _______

    (1) http://www.diogenesmiddlefinger.com/2019/05/trump-derangement-syndrome-vaccine-now.html

  26. David says:
    @A123

    Would you fuck off with the PEACE shit?

  27. Sean says:

    Is Donald Trump a fascist? The question is usually posed as an insult rather than as a serious inquiry

    Quite!

  28. We are getting close. Clarence Thomas just hinted that the Supreme Court will soon be trying to make birth control illegal. Who knew that SCOTUS made laws? We’re getting into Saudi Arabia territory freedom-wise.

  29. @Paul

    The fundamental promise and appeal of Fascism was Rebirth. The fascists pointed to the corruption of bourgeois civilization and promised a cure. In place of parliamentary sloth, stalemate and corruption, they offered discipline, progress and pride. In league with the corporations, the government would promote joint massive works that would give dignity and security to Labor. Progress! was the watchword. Futurism. A man striding boldly forward.

    “Futurism was one of the most politicized art movements of the twentieth century. It merged artistic and political agendas in order to propel change in Italy and across Europe. The Futurists would hold what they called serate futuriste, or Futurist evenings, where they would recite poems and display art, while also shouting politically charged rhetoric at the audience in the hope of inciting riot. They believed that agitation and destruction would end the status quo and allow for the regeneration of a stronger, energized Italy.
    These positions led the Futurists to support the coming war, and like most of the group’s members, leading painter Boccioni enlisted in the army during World War I. He was trampled to death after falling from a horse during training. After the war, the members’ intense nationalism led to an alliance with Benito Mussolini and his National Fascist Party. Although Futurism continued to develop new areas of focus (aeropittura, for example) and attracted new members—the so-called “second generation” of Futurist artists—the movement’s strong ties to Fascism has complicated the study of this historically significant art.”
    Essay by Emily Casden

    Defining Fascism as authoritarianism etc. is just empty platitudes of the uninformed. If you don’t get the promise of radical, forward-leaning change and the visceral excitement it offered, you don’t get it at all.

    • Replies: @Digital Samizdat
  30. Zion Don isn’t Hitler, although I wish he was.

    • LOL: Digital Samizdat
  31. Mulegino1 says:

    Trumpism is a mixture of kosher Americana and an apotheosis of the sharp vulgarian businessman as politician as opposed to the hero or the visionary leader as statesman. It is a kind of halfhearted bourgeoisie reaction to the extreme cultural Marxism and social engineering, as well as a slavish adherence to Zionism. Its so called “national spirit” may be more exemplified by a hexagram or skull cap on top of its figurehead leader, as opposed to a legionary’s helmet, Fuehrer’s cap or Latin Cross. It is almost the polar opposite of the eponymous Fascism of Mussolini, in which the Fascist Council dictated to the cartels, not vice versa, and Il Duce was in charge and not a boardroom of soulless corporate internationalists . Fascism can cut both ways- it can be used by an authoritarian leader to unify the state and nation or it can be used by corporate oligarchs and their figurehead to destroy the nation and its people.

    Trumpism is even further removed from National Socialism and the Fuehrer. A man of the people arose from humble origins on his own merits and reputation for courage under fire and engineered both the greatest economic recovery and most spectacular renaissance of national pride and dignity in recorded history. Hitler was not driven by personal vanity to see the “H” of his name in lights, nor was he a crooked vulgarian beholden to casino pimps and subterranean international Jews. Had National Socialism been allowed to flourish and had not been destroyed by the world Sanhedrin and its shabbos goyim camp followers, Europe would in all likelihood be a far cleaner, culturally vibrant and thriving culturally radiant center of power for the entire world and especially its own far flung diaspora.

    Trump could have been a true, independent nationalist leader but he scorned that role and has largely
    turned on his base. While he is still the lesser of the two evils compared to most of the Democratic automaton and pervert contenders, he certainly knows on which side his shekels are buttered.

  32. getaclue says:
    @Sane Left Libertarian

    “Who knew that SCOTUS made laws?” — You seem to be clueless as to how we got Abortion and Gay “Marriage”? Just you don’t like it when they don’t make the ones you want? That’s the reason SCOTUS was not suppose to legislate and dictate but to rule on legal cases based upon written law and prior case history –we have elected officials and elections and votes as to this other stuff — and neither Abortion or Gay “Marriage” could get past that problem to be hoisted on us so the Dictators in Black Robes stepped in like Idi Amin or whoever….– and no one elected them to do this–a group of Dictators but that’s how they act and since they have mostly been acting that way for the Left the Globalist Media and DNC/Leftists have loved them long time not so much if Justice Thomas gets his chance at bat…hope he does sure would be alot of fun to see the Leftist Lunatics go even more insane, if that’s possible….

    • Replies: @Sane Left Libertarian
  33. floda says:
    @peter mcloughlin

    If Trump stars a war with Iran I will drop my strides and bare my large, White, pimply ass in front of the Christmas tree at our local shopping mall for all to see.

  34. @Mulegino1

    Great post.

    You’re right.

    Zion Don is nothing like Hitler, and I say this all the time. Hitler loved his nation and his people.

    That’s why I find it so odd that the left hates Trump so much. Essentially, he lets them win just about every fight.

    He says what his base wants to hear, then he does whatever the (((left))) wants him to do. He’s backed down on just about everything. I know he’s faced resistance, but you would think that he’d have tried harder to fulfill his promises on immigration.

    And for him to allow the censorship of conservatives…..he’s really quite spineless.

  35. Icy Blast says:

    Cockburn is just a silly old man crying out for attention.

  36. Thank you, Patrick Cockbreath. For penning one of the most limp wristed, lackluster articles I’ve ever read.

  37. @Sane Left Libertarian

    You mean trying to make Baby Murder illegal….. right?

    • Replies: @Sane Left Libertarian
  38. This is a steaming heap of shit. I knew Cockburn was a little cracked. But this? A drinking problem?

  39. Wally says:
    @dearieme

    Garbage in, garbage out.

    Hitler simply did not do what is alleged. There is no proof he did.

    The impossible claims about NS Germany have been utterly debunked as evidenced by attempts to stop free speech about the fake “holocaust” because it does not withstand rational, scientific scrutiny, see:
    House Bill 741:
    http://www.unz.com/tsaker/sovereignists-of-all-countries-unite/

    and censorship of the Internet by Zionist forces.

    “we’ve often fantasized about drawing up an indictment against Adolf Hitler himself. And to put into that indictment the major charge: the Final Solution of the Jewish question in Europe, the physical annihilation of Jewry. And then it dawned upon us, what would we do? We didn’t have the evidence.”

    – so called “holocaust historian” Raul Hilberg

    http://www.codoh.com

    • Replies: @BengaliCanadianDude
  40. @Tar Remover

    I didn’t know that birth control is now considered baby murder. It’s difficult to keep up with how far right Fox Nation has moved on a weekly basis.

    • Replies: @Icy Blast
  41. @getaclue

    Do you believe birth control should be illegal? It’s a simple question. Hint: your answer should contain one word.

  42. @Mulegino1

    A Trumper calls someone else a pervert

  43. Trump does have his own white house-controlled media. It’s now been demonstrated that Fox, talk radio, and the White House exchange talking points on a daily basis. And we should not forget the hundreds of newspapers owned by Murdoch, the Kochs, the Tribune Group (ChiTrib has endorsed one Dem for president in 150 years), etc. And while MSNBC did obviously did like Obama’s “liberalism” (basically Reagan plus BLM) during his term, they didn’t actually work for the White House during that time.

  44. @Sane Left Libertarian

    Who knew that SCOTUS made laws?

    How old are you? Or did you just do a Rip-van-Winkel through the entire Warren Court era?

  45. @ThreeCranes

    Quite true. After all, unlike (((Bolshevism))), millions of Europeans actually did freely vote for fascist and National Socialist parties. That’s precisely what today’s élites are so afraid of. And now you know why they call democracy fascism!

  46. @Mulegino1

    Long story short: Trumpism is just another example of ‘national zionism’.

  47. Some traits are right, but the whole description lacks the essence: Fascism is supposed to be the radical spiritual rebirth of a blood-and-soil nation.

    Nothing similar in the case of Trump.

  48. SafeNow says:

    Paul Manafort is on his way to solitary confinement at Rikers Island (and we remember what Mrs. Manafort went through). “If that can happen to them, it can happen to you” is the intended message. Red Hen restaurant, elevator scolding, Antifa, college kangaroo courts. I am not a political-scientist or historian, but this seems like some kind of soft dictatorship to me, especially living in California.

    By the way, I think it’s wrong to comment that the essayist is old — here, and in other comment trails.
    Perhaps I say this because I find myself in my dotage. But old people, be they essayists or plumbers, have observed a lot and have perspective.

  49. G. Poulin says:

    As usual, the lefty mind sees only the self-generated fantasies dancing around in its own head. The real world entirely eludes it.

  50. @plantman

    Used up my AGREE button, but agree.

  51. WHAT says:
    @Mulegino1

    Hitler`s reconstruction was quite openly funded by DA JOOZ. I understand the daddy issues american far right is experiencing publicly, but it is not good to ignore history; Trump is already repeating it, being owned by Adelson, Kochs and Mercer wholesale.

  52. Until now I gave Patrick Cockburn the benefit of the doubt. I figured he, allegedly a frontlines journalist, understands how easily Mossad could & would censor him permanently, so he deftly steers around the JQ. (like Fred Reed steering around the cartels).

    But now it’s clear Cockburn’s just more sleazy (((controlled opposition))):

    “…US allies like Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, who have been pushing Washington towards war with Iran long before Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman took control in Riyadh in 2015.”

  53. jammer says:
    @TG

    As the bumper sticker said: “Elect a clown, expect a circus.” Actually Kabuki theater is probably more apt.

  54. Logan says:
    @G

    Nevermind that Hillary Clinton was the absolute and total cult leader figure for the US establishment

    Not at all, IMO. Cult leadership is focused on the person of The Leader as such.

    Hillary was never wildly popular with any large number. She was just the embodiment of their hopes and dreams for continued domination and a representative of Women. The First Woman President elected to succeed The First Black President.

    AFAIK there was little enthusiasm for Hillary as Hillary..

  55. @Robert Dolan

    Zion Don

    CLASSIC.

    Lyrics in need of a tune:

    Zion Don

    …says what his base wants to hear, then he does whatever the (((JEW))) wants him to do.

    …’s backed down on just about everything(, too).

    …you would think that he’d have tried harder to fulfill his promises on immigration.

    …’s really quite (a) spineless (imitation).

  56. Vortigern says:

    Pseudo-academic comparisons of Trump to the human butcher Hitler don’t rise to the level of sophomoric tripe.

    • Replies: @Wally
  57. Precious says:

    Trump, on the contrary, is a genuine “isolationist” who has not started a single war in the two-and-a-half years he has been in the White House.

    Amen to that, but I would also put isolationist in quotation marks.

    It is not that Trump abjures force, but he prefers it to be commercial and economic rather than military, and he is deploying it against numerous countries from China to Mexico and Iran. As a strategy this is astute, avoiding the bear traps that American military intervention fell into in Iraq and Afghanistan. It is an approach which weakens the targeted state economically, but it does not produce decisive victories or unconditional surrenders.

    It wasn’t like the USA was racking up decisive victories and unconditional surrenders before Trump took office.

    It is a policy more dangerous than it looks: Trump may not want a war, but the same is not true of Mike Pompeo, his secretary of state, or his national security adviser John Bolton.

    Good thing Trump had all that practice firing people before he got elected. Sure, it would be nice if he hired someone better in the first place, but often that isn’t an option.

  58. Wally says:
    @Vortigern

    Yawn. Another dumb ass takes the bait.

    Hitler did no do what is alleged and you have no proof that he did.

    see my comment #39.

  59. Haha Patrick Cockburn!

    How about, “Trump is Mussolini in possession of Hitler’s weapons and armed forces”?

    As for whose “generals” and “advisors” Il Duce Arancia commands, well…….

    (However, that also begs the question about little king bibi)

  60. Stealth says:

    Blow it out your ass, Pat.

  61. @Wally

    Thank you for your service Wally in exposing the misinformation connecting to the greatest myth ever( the holohaux). I mean this genuinely.

  62. Icy Blast says:
    @Sane Left Libertarian

    So killing a baby in it’s Mother’s womb is “birth control”? Wow. These left-wing euphemisms for infanticide are audacious indeed. I guess this audacity is what Barry and his fanatical followers were referring to. I say we put infanticide up for a vote, state-by-state. If you happen to live in a state where baby-killing is voted down, you and your fellow ghouls can simply move to a state where your beloved human sacrifice is still supported by a majority. (By the way, you can by no means call yourself a Libertarian. People like you render the term meaningless.)

    • Replies: @Authenticjazzman
  63. @Icy Blast

    ” Sane” and “Left” are so profoundly contradictory that any attempt to elaborate would be futile beyond description.

    To be “Left” (ist) is to be insane beyond hope.

    Authenticjazzman “Mensa” qualified since 1973, airborne trained US Army vet, and pro jazz artist.

  64. J1234 says:

    Patrick Cockburn isn’t retarded, but he’s not far off. Profoundly ignorant is more like it. Mussolini in 1919, at the inception of his movement, said fascism had no doctrinal foundation. It’s really more like a feeling, or maybe “spirit” as it’s fanatics would say. That spirit revolves around the idea of “unity,” what ever form that takes, so any political leader who promotes the idea of unity is either channeling, replicating or paralleling fascist principles, to one degree or another. Doesn’t mean they’re fascist in any meaningful way. This all comes out of the mythology that totalitarian leaders – fascist or otherwise – bear absolutely no political resemblance to us.

  65. DinoN says:

    How so many people can waste so much time on History. The only thing that can be “trusted” are the Dates. All other info is Hogwash! A simple example is 911. All of us who live through it, have our own version. It was done by: US Gov’t, Muslims, Israel etc. 50years from now what will the History Books version be!

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