The US political/media class have been pushing hard for more authoritarian policies
to stave off the threat of "domestic terrorism" in the wake of the Capitol riot. President Biden, who was already working
on rolling out new domestic terror policies well before January sixth, confirmed after the riot
that he is making these new measures a priority. Political internet censorship is becoming increasingly normalized
, and now we're seeing liberals encouraged to form "digital armies"
to spy on Trump supporters to report them to the authorities.
And an amazingly large percentage of the US population seems to have no problem with any of this, even in sectors of the
political spectrum that should really know better by now.
"What else can we do?" they reason. "What other solution could there possibly be to the threat of dangerous fascists and
conspiracy theorists continuing to gain power and influence?"
Well there's a whole lot that can be done, and none of it includes consenting to sweeping new Patriot Act-like
authoritarian measures or encouraging monopolistic Silicon Valley plutocrats to censor worldwide political speech.
There's just a whole lot of mass-scale narrative manipulation going on to keep it from being obvious to everyone.
The way to stem the tide of Trumpism (or fascism, or white supremacism, or Trump cultism, or whatever term you use for
what you're worried about here) is to eliminate the conditions which created it.
Trump was only able to launch his successful faux-populist campaign in the first place by exploiting the widespread
pre-existing opinion that there was a swamp that needed draining, a corrupt political system whose leadership does not
promote the interests of the people.
Conspiracy theories only exist because the government often does evil things and lies about them
with the help of the mass media, forcing people to just guess what's happening behind the opaque wall of government
People only get it in their heads that they need a trustworthy strongman to overhaul the system if the system has failed
People who are actually interested in ending Trumpism would be promoting an end to the corruption in the political
system, an end to the opacity of their government, an end to their uniquely awful electoral system
, and an end to the neoliberal policies
which have been making Americans poorer and poorer with less and less support from the government which purports to
But these changes are not being promoted by the US political/media class, because the US political/media class speaks
for an empire that depends on these things.
Without corruption, the plutocratic class couldn't use campaign donations and corporate lobbying
to install and maintain politicians who will advance their interests.
Without government secrecy, the oligarchic empire could not conspire in secret to advance the military and economic
agendas which form the glue that holds the empire together.
Without a lying mass media, people's consent could not be manufactured
for wars and a system which does not serve their interests.
Without widespread poverty and domestic austerity, people could not be kept too busy and politically impotent to
challenge the massive political influence of the plutocrats.
So the option of stopping the rise of Trumpism by changing the system is taken off the table, which is why you never
hear it discussed as a possibility in mainstream circles. The only option people are being offered to debate the pros
and cons of is giving more powers to that same corrupt system which created Trump, powers which will be under the
control of the next Trumpian figure who is elevated by that very system.
You're not going to prevent fascism by creating a big authoritarian monster to stomp it into silence, and even if you
could you would only be stopping the fascism by becoming the fascism. To stop the rise of fascism you need to actually
change. Drastically. Believing you can just make it go away without changing your situation is like believing you can
avert an oncoming train by putting your hands over your eyes.
There is no valid argument against what I am saying here. Saying the powerful won't allow any positive change is just
confirming everything I'm saying and confirming the need to remove the powerful from power. Saying that ending
corruption, government secrecy and injustice would just be giving the terrorists what they want would be turning
yourself into a bootlicker of such cartoonish obsequiousness there aren't words in the English language adequate to mock
Yes, change is desperately needed. Yes, the powerful will resist that change with everything they have. But the
alternative is letting them plunge the world into darkness and destruction. We're going to have to find a way to win this thing
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