A conference this month aims to unite European far-right leaders like Marine Le Pen and Viktor Orbán in a continentwide alliance. What would once have been a fringe grouping can now rely on the support of several EU governments.
In an op-ed published by The Courier-Journal, Brian Clardy, a Murray State University history professor, and John Hennen, a history professor emeritus at Morehead State University, sounded the alarm on the Republican Party’s long-term plan for the United States. According to Clardy and Hennen, the GOP is preparing to lead the United States down a path “straight toward white supremacy and authoritarianism.”
Fellow US-Americans, do you have the strange sensation of still being in the fascistic Donald Trump era during the neoliberal Joe Biden administration?
Almost twenty years ago, I wrote a six-part article series: “Repeal the Patriot Act.” Six months later, I wrote a piece titled “The Madness of America.”
The GOP has embraced the oligarchic strong-man police-state and the Democratic Party is returning to its progressive and populist roots—we face a moment of great danger and one of great opportunity.
Every week we witness a new, sometimes hidden or subtle, sometimes very blatant step toward normalizing violence as the solution to political problems. The Republican party is taking the late 1920’s-1930’s strategy of the Nazi party in Germany and using this model of bringing fascism to our door and manipulating voting so it will appear to be an elected choice.
It is an appropriate longstanding truism that democracy is impossible without an informed citizenry paying informed attention to political developments. Public knowledge is a matter of life and death, like when people learn on the radio or television that they must evacuate because a major hurricane. The political hurricane of white nationalist authoritarianism – fascism, American-style – is bearing down on the United States today (anyone who thinks it has gone away because Joe Biden is president is living in denial.)
Time for the left to fight back with their own self-defense against the coming (violent?) coup (alreadY) in motion….
Orbán’s neofascist Hungary is now, if not officially then certainly unofficially, the model for the neofascist Trumpist movement that’s seized the American Republican Party.Bannon’s new call, made just last week, for “shock troops” of “pre-trained teams” to seize control of America after the 2024 election so there’s no turning back like last year is eerily reminiscent of Orban’s return to power in Hungary in 2010 when he essentially did the same thing, giving his party control of the voting process nationally.Hungarian-style soft fascism is now the GOP’s brand and they’re doubling down on it, believing to their core that by the end of 2024 they can do to America what Orbán did to Hungary — and therefore never face consequences or serious political opposition ever again.