In a recent post, Robert Vella talked about “Donald Trump’s Authoritarian attacks on American democracy and its constitutional system based on the rule of law.” Then, in response to a question from me related to a seeming increase in the conservative movement around the globe, he responded …
It is political extremism which is widening both on the right and left. Recently, the socialists won in Spain. Who’s losing? The centrist, neoliberal establishment is losing virtually everywhere. Anti-democratic authoritarians are on the rise, and there are more right-wing fascist types around today than left-wing communists.
This phenomenon is eerily similar to what happened in Europe between WWI and WWII, and that’s why we should all be very worried.
As I’m not much of a history buff, I decided to do a bit of research related to the period he referenced and came across the following on Wikipedia:
Fascist parties sprang up, attuned to local right-wing traditions, but also possessing common features that typically included extreme militaristic nationalism, a desire for economic self-containment, threats and aggression toward neighbouring countries, oppression of minorities, a ridicule of democracy while using its techniques to mobilise an angry middle-class base, and a disgust with cultural liberalism.
I don’t know about you, but I found this extremely disturbing as it’s much, much too close to what is happening in these United States.
Then today, The Guardian posted this article: “No holds barred: Trump and his troops push for imperial presidency.”
It seems to me there’s only one solution: We Must Get Trump Out Of Office! For sure in the 2020 elections, but sooner if at all possible because things are getting downright scary.
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